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The Beatles: How the Frenzied, Furry Beatles Took Over England

Profile by Maureen Cleave, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 February 1964

'We Are Our Friends, Pals And Buddies' ...

The Chipmunks: He Is Those Chipmunks

Interview by Maureen Cleave, The San Francisco Examiner, 29 November 1964

Ross Bagdasarian's Electronic Creatures Are Vastly Real ...

Judy Garland: Circle Star Theater, San Carlos CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 September 1965

Judy's Electric, but Searching Evening ...

John Coltrane, Elvin Jones, McCoy Tyner: The John Coltrane Quartet: Jazz Workshop, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 15 September 1965

Coltrane, Jones Explode Together ...

The Beau Brummels, The Byrds, Glen Campbell, Roy Head, Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Lovin' Spoonful, Sonny & Cher, The Toys: Sonny & Cher, Beau Brummels, The Byrds, Glen Campbell et al: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 4 October 1965

Rock-and-Roll Party Bedlam ...

The Lovin' Spoonful, Sergio Mendes: Sergio Mendes' Brasil '65: El Matador; The Lovin' Spoonful: hungry I, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 October 1965

Some Bright New Music ...

The Mothers Of Invention, Nico, The Velvet Underground: The Velvet Underground, Nico, the Mothers of Invention: The Exploding Plastic Inevitable, Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 30 May 1966

Gimmicky 'Explosion' ...

Chet Baker: The Chet Baker Quintet: Smokin' (Prestige 7449)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 4 June 1966

Baker Rides High On Flugelhorn ...

Richard and Mimi Fariña, Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service: Jefferson Airplane, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Mimi Farina: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 18 August 1966

Some Real Flying In the Fillmore ...

The Beatles: Candlestick Park, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 30 August 1966

Beatles Strike Out at Ball Park ...

Grateful Dead, The Teddy Neeley Five, Otis Redding: Otis Redding, Grateful Dead: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 December 1966

Otis Redding — Rhythm and Blues Tidal Wave ...

The Monkees: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 23 January 1967

A Gleeful Time With the Monkees Spoofing, Chatter Thrill Youngsters ...

The Rolling Stones: Between the Buttons (London)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 31 January 1967

Stones' Latest LP Is a Smasher ...

The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol SMAS 2653)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 3 June 1967

Last Respects to Beatles In an Album That Turns on ...

Cream, Big Black: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 1 March 1968

Cream Whips Up a Storm ...

Tim Buckley, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, The Sunshine Company, Brenton Wood: Tim Buckley, the Sunshine Company, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Brenton Wood: The Circle Star, San Carlos CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 March 1968

"Rock and Roll '68" — Good Panorama of the Pop Scene ...

Buck Owens: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 March 1968

Exhilarating Time With Buck Owens ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, The Doors, Electric Flag, Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Taj Mahal, Steve Miller: 16 Hours of Rock in Dismal Surroundings

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 20 May 1968

SIXTEEN HOURS of the same thing gets to be an enervating experience even if one is a super-rock fan and many of the nation's outstanding ...

It's a Beautiful Day, Cecil Taylor, The Yardbirds: The Yardbirds, Cecil Taylor, It's a Beautiful Day: Fillmore Auditorium, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 May 1968

A Wide Range of New Sounds at the Fillmore ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead: Carousel Ballroom, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 8 June 1968

Ballroom Is No Place for A Concert ...

It's a Beautiful Day: New New Sounds

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 30 June 1968

BRIGHTEST AND most compelling of the newer local modern music groups, and certainly the one with the most intriguing sounds and name is violinist David ...

Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs: Flatt & Scruggs: hungry i, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 July 1968

Fine Flatt-Scruggs Sextet ...

Electric Flag, Buddy Guy, Freddie King: Electric Flag; Freddie King; Buddy Guy: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 10 July 1968

Lots of Room at Fillmore West ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Basin Street West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 15 August 1968

Like Old Days in Harlem: A Roaring Good Show ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk: Roland Kirk's Expanding World

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 12 September 1968

MUCH OF Roland Kirk's life has been a dogmatic and frustrating crusade to make his listeners realize that the reason he plays two or three ...

The Collectors, Cream, It's a Beautiful Day: Cream, It's a Beautiful Day, the Collectors: Coliseum Arena, Oakland CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 5 October 1968

Cream's Farewell Had Beautiful Support ...

Our Famed Fillmore Goes East — With a Difference

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 27 October 1968

  DURING THE past two and a half years the San Francisco Fillmore has become internationally famous as the principal shrine of rock 'n' roll concerts ...

Santana: Matrix, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 14 November 1968

Santana Band Up Close ...

The Beatles: The Beatles (Apple)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 November 1968

Beatles' Latest-in a Plain Wrapper ...

Larry Coryell: The Trident, Sausalito CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 November 1968

3 Old Friends Bust Loose At the Trident ...

George Duke, The Third Wave: The Third Wave, George Duke: Trident, Sausalito CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 12 December 1968

5 Little Girls And Mr. Duke ...

Country Joe & the Fish, Led Zeppelin: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 January 1969

Impressive New Rock Group ...

Joni Mitchell: Zellerbach Hall, University of California, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 17 February 1969

Joni Mitchell Does It Right ...

Richard Pryor, Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Richard Pryor, the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band: Basin Street, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 31 March 1969

Opening Night Crowd Cheers Watts Band ...

Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band: Watts 103rd Street Band: Band May Be Wattless, but Powerful

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 8 April 1969

WHAT'S THE magic ingredient that makes popular hit records? If anyone knew for sure he'd have a billion dollar industry rotating around him, at 45 ...

Ace of Cups, The Band, The Sons of Champlin: The Band, Sons of Champlin, Ace of Cups: Winterland, San Francisco SF

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 18 April 1969

The Band — Too Little, Too Late ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin, Brian Auger & the Trinity: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 25 April 1969

Overblown Zeppelin Takes Off ...

Elvin Bishop, The Doors, Lonnie Mack: The Doors, Lonnie Mack, Elvin Bishop: Cow Palace, Daly City SF

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 26 July 1969

Morrison Closes Doors on Fans ...

John Fahey, Jesse Fuller, Peter Grant: Giannini School, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 8 November 1969

Strange and Memorable Triple-Bill Folk Concert ...

B.B. King, The Rolling Stones, Ike & Tina Turner: The Rolling Stones, Ike & Tina Turner, B.B. King: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 10 November 1969

Rolling Stones End With an Uproar ...

Cold Blood, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joy of Cooking: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Joy of Cooking, Cold Blood, Lamb: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 14 November 1969

In Style and Skill CSN&Y Riding High ...

Jethro Tull, MC5: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 November 1969

Good Music and Giggling Foolishness ...

The Temptations: Mr. D's, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 26 November 1969

The Temptations Get a Soul Transplant ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland, Maxayn: Bobby "Blue" Bland, Paulette Parker: Basin Street West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 3 December 1969

Bobby 'Blue' Bland Is Right On ...

Grateful Dead, The Rolling Stones: Still Hope for the Stones

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 3 December 1969

THE ROLLING Stones are still hoping to perform in a gigantic free show in the San Francisco area on Saturday afternoon. ...

Commander Cody: Cody's Airmen On the Way Up

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 15 December 1969

THE NATIONAL pop music compass needle has been pointing toward Nashville for over a year and now it is digging into the past of country-and-western ...

Cold Blood: Cold Blood (San Francisco Records)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 December 1969

THE FIRST issue of San Francisco records, produced for the Fillmore Corporation by David Rubinson, is a recorded introduction to the soul-rock band, Cold Blood. ...

Terry Riley: A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia 7315)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 December 1969

THE WONDERFUL San Franciscan with the strange sounds, Terry Riley, has a second LP out, A Rainbow in Curved Air (Columbia 7315). ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Live/Dead (Warner Bros. 1830)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 December 1969

The Dead Show New Life on Latest Album ...

Rev. James Cleveland, The Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Mighty Clouds of Joy: The Edwin Hawkins Singers, James Cleveland, the Mighty Clouds of Joy: Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 5 January 1970

A Bright Light in Oakland ...

Steel Mill, Jonathan Goodlife: Matrix, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 14 January 1970

A Memorable Wet Night With The Steel Mill ...

Bill Graham Plans Winterland Move

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 20 January 1970

ROCK CONCERT-dance impresario Bill Graham, threatened with eviction from his Fillmore West location at Market and Van Ness sometime this year, has made long-range agreements ...

Sandy Bull, Victoria: Matrix, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 26 February 1970

Talented Sandy Bull Back In His Old Musical Niche ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young, John Sebastian: Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young: Déjà Vu (Atlantic); John Sebastian: John B. Sebastian (Reprise)

Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 16 March 1970

Compatible Pair of LPs By Sebastian and CSN&Y ...

Miles Davis, Grateful Dead: Grateful Dead, Miles Davis: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 10 April 1970

Miles' Marvelous Montage ...

Joe Cocker, Van Morrison, Leon Russell, The Stonemans: Joe Cocker, Mad Dogs & Englishmen, Van Morrison, the Stonemans: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 April 1970

Cocker's Classy Collection of Rock Freaks ...

Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Roberta Flack, Charles Mingus: Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Cannonball Adderley Quintet, Roberta Flack: UC Jazz Festival, Hearst Greek Theater, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 25 April 1970

Miles Davis Stirs Up New Sounds ...

Miles Davis: Both/And, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 May 1970

Miles Undeniably Great ...

Grateful Dead, New Riders of the Purple Sage: The Grateful Dead, the New Riders of the Purple Sage: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 August 1970

Jerry Garcia Keeps Family Together ...

Pacific Gas & Electric, Sly & The Family Stone: Sly & the Family Stone, Pacific Gas & Electric: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 12 December 1970

Sly — Master of Rock-Theater ...

Jerry Garcia, Merl Saunders: Dead Leader Who Is Very Much Alive

Report and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 January 1971

JERRY GARCIA is the principal power plant and instrumental, as well as inspirational, leader of San Francisco's oldest continuing rock band, the Grateful Dead. ...

John Hammond, Neil Young: Neil Young, John Hammond Jr.: Berkeley Community Theatre, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 1 February 1971

Neil Young Great As A Solo ...

Curtis Mayfield: Harding Theater, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 22 February 1971

Curtis Mayfield Warms The Harding Theater ...

Aretha Franklin, King Curtis & the Kingpins: Fillmore West, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 March 1971

Aretha Commands RESPECT ...

Fillmore West Going — Police Blamed

Report and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 June 1971

THE FILLMORE West rock-dance operation at Market and Van Ness will close down permanently at the end of June, an exhausted and bitter Bill Graham ...

The Sound of the City by Charlie Gillett (Outerbridge & Dienstfrey, $2.50paperback, $6.50 hard cover)

Book Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 22 July 1971

A Fine Text on the Rise of Rock ...

Burt Bacharach, Orange Colored Sky: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 July 1971

An Evening With Bacharach Pop Format-Artistry Gets to Be Repetitious ...

The Commodores, Yvonne Fair, The Jackson 5: The Jackson 5, Yvonne Fair, the Commodores: Cow Palace, Daly City CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 23 August 1971

An Exciting Show by the Jackson 5 ...

Led Zeppelin: Community Theater, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 15 September 1971

Musical Joke — But Fans Love Led Zeppelin ...

Allman Brothers Band, Elvin Bishop: The Allman Brothers Band, Elvin Bishop: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 9 October 1971

Driving Blues Into Your Soul ...

There is Chaos at the Concert

Comment by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 19 December 1971

AUDIENCE BEHAVIOR at rock concerts has deteriorated in recent months. Near anarchy exists in many portions of the concert halls. ...

Roberta Flack, Donny Hathaway: Donny Hathaway and Roberta Flack: Community Theater, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 May 1972

Soulful, Powerful Show ...

The Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder: Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 7 June 1972

Rolling, Rocking Stones Gather No Moss ...

David Bowie, Flo & Eddie, Sylvester: David Bowie & the Spiders from Mars, Phlorescent Leech and Eddie, Sylvester: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 28 October 1972

Bowie Band Fails To Arouse Crowd ...

The Mothers of Invention, Weather Report, Copperhead: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 16 December 1972

Unique Blend Of Styles at Winterland Show ...

Bill Withers: A Star Now, Shocked By the Shallowness

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 27 December 1972

THE HUGELY successful singer Bill Withers is a big guy. When he comes through the doorway, he fills it; when he shakes hands, he really ...

Elvin Bishop, Mike Bloomfield, Paul Butterfield's Better Days: Paul Butterfield's Better Days, the Elvin Bishop Group, Mike Bloomfield: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 24 February 1973

3 Bs' Rock Blues Jam Exciting ...

The Jackson 5: The J5½ at work and play

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 22 May 1974

THE JACKSON Five are reaching out, consciously trying to relate their music to an older crowd. ...

Duke Ellington: Harry Carney, an appreciation: A great sax man

Obituary by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 12 October 1974

JAZZ SAXOPHONIST Harry Carney died at age 64 a few days ago in New York City. ...

Sun Ra: Space Is The Place (Dir. John Coney)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 14 November 1974

A timeless — also plotless — film of Sun Ra ...

Charlie Daniels Band: Rural electrification hits S.F.

Report and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 23 December 1974

BIG CHARLIE Daniels brought his roaring good Tennessee mountain-rock 'n' roll band through Winterland over the weekend. ...

Ralph J. Gleason: Yesterday, we were all losers

Obituary by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 4 June 1975

EARLY MORNING phono calls are the bad ones. A year ago I was jangled awake and plunged into gloom on hearing "Duke died." ...

Jimmy Reed: A Chicago blues great dead at 50

Obituary by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 31 August 1976

JIMMY REED, one of the great Chicago blues artists, died early yesterday morning in Oakland. He had been playing club engagements throughout Northern California in ...

Cab Calloway: Of Minnie the Moocher and a Cab with ciass

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 September 1976

CAB CALLOWAY, sharp, nimble, full of stories and laughs, moved through the noontime crowd at the Washington Square Bar and Grill and onto the sundrenched ...

John Handy: Jazzman's new direction

Profile by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 15 September 1976

"HARD WORK," that's what John Handy and his band chanted... Handy blew on the alto sax, the audience at Keystone Korner clapped along in a ...

Sylvester: Old Waldorf, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 July 1977

Sylvester: A turn in the right direction ...

Bing Crosby: A legend takes up where he left off

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 11 August 1977

IT USED to be said that Bing Crosby's was the best-known voice in the world, and that his films and wartime appearances in the 1940s ...

Crystal Gayle: She's more than a little sister

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 17 September 1977

OVER THE last few years, as her own star has been rising high over the country music scene, singer Crystal Gayle has learned to live ...

Donny Osmond, The Osmonds: In the busy world of Donny Osmond

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 2 November 1977

"YOU'RE GOING to phone Donny Osmond?" A couple of my jazzfan friends stared in disbelief. It was as if I had announced that Duke Ellington ...

Behind the growth of punk rock

Comment by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 13 November 1977

THE UNPRECEDENTED attention being lavished on what is called "punk rock" by record companies, trade papers, publicity houses and international media is clear indication that ...

Rahsaan Roland Kirk

Obituary by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 6 December 1977

BLIND JAZZ multi-instrumentalist Rahsaan Roland Kirk died of a stroke early Monday morning after finishing a performance at an Indianapolis club. He was 41. ...

Sex Pistols: The Sex Pistols: Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 16 January 1978

Sex Pistols end U.S. offensive bored but richer ...

The Bee Gees: Disco: They said the same things about the Tango

Comment by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 7 April 1978

"These new dances never lost their original reason for being — passion!" "If couples dancing these new steps could see themselves, especially from the rear, they ...

Mel Tormé: Tormé writes about a singer, but not himself

Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 16 June 1978

YOUR ONLY contact with Mel Tormé has been while he was performing (singing, playing piano or drums, joking). So you've really only gotten a sample ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Canned Heat, Country Joe & The Fish: Chet Helms: Rockin' back to the 60s scene

Profile and Interview by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 29 September 1978

CHET HELMS was the great visionary of the innocent early days of San Francisco's rock music and hippie scene. ...

The Shaggs: They are so bad, they're popular

Report by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 13 June 1980

I FIRST HEARD about the Rounder label LP called The Shaggs — Philosophy of the World via a shout of outrage from my 14-year-old son ...

Where are the Blacks on MTV?

Report by Michael Goldberg, The San Francisco Examiner, 8 March 1983

WHEN BLACK superstar Rick James, who has sold more than 10 million albums during the past four years, first heard about MTV, he was enthusiastic. ...

Bruce Springsteen: Secret of Springsteen's success is 'Born in the U.S.A.'

Profile by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 21 October 1984

SAN FRANCISCO'S local entertainment scene in the second week of January 1970 was in its typical, rainy, post-holiday doldrums. ...

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