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Reggae: The Rape of Smaug

Overview by Penny Reel, International Times, 31 May 1973

WHITE MAKES his move. Black makes his move. White moves and Black reciprocates. Black moves and White reciprocates. The players perpetuate the game for the ...

Dennis Brown: When Two Systems Clashed at Club Four Aces: A snapshot of London reggae culture in the early '70s

Book Excerpt by Penny Reel, Deep Down With Dennis Brown, 9 February 2002

Penny Reel was the pre-eminent reggae writer of reggae's '70s heyday, contributing regularly to NME, Black Echoes and other publications. His Deep Down With Dennis ...

Aretha Franklin: Aretha — the True Professional

Interview by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 4 May 1968

IN ONE of the attractive middle-class homes which line the long streets of north west Detroit, passers-by often notice an attractive young woman dusting and ...

Aretha Franklin at Fillmore West

Live Review by Jonh Ingham, Creem, June 1971

BILL GRAHAM'S Fillmore West. At one end is a fairly large stage, the sides littered with sound equipment. Behind it hangs the light show scrim. ...

Aretha Franklin: Once More With Feeling

Profile and Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 18 November 1980

Mick Brown on Aretha Franklin's return after years of soul searching ...

Aretha Franklin: The Queen's Greatest Tracks

Review by Martin Colyer, Barney Hoskyns, Mark Pringle, Rock's Backpages, May 2002

"THEY USED to call me a jazz singer," Aretha told Val Wilmer in 1968. "Now I think what I sing is closer to R&B and ...

Aretha Franklin: The 100 Greatest Singers Of All Time: #1 Aretha Franklin

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, October 1998

 "She has all the Olympian leaps and trills, plus what's so often missing from others — believability." Eddi Reader "The essence of human spirit." Vic Chesnutt "I'm ...

Jimmy Jones: Timin' Is The Thing

Retrospective by Penny Reel, Let It Rock, May 1975

What would have happened if you and IHadn't just happened to meet?We might have spent the rest of our livesWalking down misery street. ...

Jerry Wexler (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 30 March 1993

Smokin' weed in the MOMA courtyard: growing up in NYC and the people he grew up with; meeting the Erteguns; writing for Billboard; the early days at Atlantic and working with Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and more...

File format: mp3; in 2 parts, total file sizes: 44.5meg, total interview length: 48' 40" sound quality: ***

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