Sweet Potato was a music magazine started in Portland, Maine in 1975 by David and Ryan Wright, with a Boston edition that opened in 1978 and a Minneapolis edition that debuted the following year. (The Minneapolis magazine morphed into City Pages.) Sweet Potato got its wings during the punk and post-punk era, but its coverage, for a regional magazine, was extensive and wide-ranging, with stories on pop, jazz, classical and country music as well as on The Clash, Ramones, The Police, The Tom Robinson Band and the Cars. It, like the Boston Phoenix, launched a number of key rock writers throughout the area and across the country. The magazine folded in the late-'80s. (It has no on-line presence, but a couple of its writer-editors, Jim Sullivan and Dean Johnson, have resurrected some of the hardcopy stories and scanned them for on-line placement on Rocks BackPages.)
Interview by Jim Sullivan, Sweet Potato, April 1979
SOME PEOPLE just don't know how to take the Fabulous Poodles. The night before their February 10th gig in Boston, the Poodles were in Philadelphia, ...
Interview by Jim Sullivan, Sweet Potato, July 1979
IT'S EERIE and disturbing news to learn about the death of someone with whom you had enjoyed a long and enjoyable conversation just a few ...
Interview by Jim Sullivan, Sweet Potato, August 1979
THE USUAL ways to write about most rock artists are, I'm afraid, inadequate when one's subject is Robert Fripp. Generally, the writer's task is to ...
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