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Utopia: Todd Rundgren's Utopia

Review by Ian MacDonald, NME, 12 October 1974

OF THE presumably few people who ignored the charges of self-indulgence and pretentiousness generally levelled at Rundgren's last effort (the double-album Todd) and, despite everything, ...

Luther Vandross: Luther Are Good For The Soul

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, June 1976

2008 introduction: "Luther are three girls and two guys whose debut single for Cotillion is attracting a lot of attention. They are not headliners yet, ...

Jackson 5, The: I Want You Black: How Jacko's debut still has the power to thrill

Memoir by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, 1 July 2009

OVER A LIFE-TIME, there are a number of those stop-you-in-your-tracks musical moments that seem to tattoo your soul. And, in a sense, those ear-turning songs ...

Sparks: Talkin' About My Generator

Interview by Bob Stanley, Times, The, 11 June 2004

SPARKS PUT the fear of God into preteens with their debut Top of the Pops appearance. As pretty boy Russell Mael flashed his baby blues ...

Utopia: The CREEM Synthesizer Lesson

Guide by Robert Duncan, Creem, October 1975

NOW, BEFORE we begin with today's lesson, I would like to relate a few facts about the synthesizer's history and the men who so valiantly ...

Meat Loaf: The Ladies' Man

Interview by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 25 August 2014

OFTEN, MUSICIANS doing multiple phone interviews from a hotel room or publicist's office will try to open the door with journalists by throwing out some ...

The Band: Stage Fright

Sleevenotes by Barney Hoskyns, Capitol Records, October 2000

THE BAND had good reason to call their third album Stage Fright. On the eve of their live debut at Bill Graham’s Winterland theater in ...

Sparks: What A Difference The Days Made: Sparks Look Back

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2003

FOR OVER 30 YEARS, Sparks have always been a glorious musical anachronism. To think that their genesis is on the American West Coast at the ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Welcome to the Pleasure Dome

Review by Richard Cook, NME, 3 November 1984

IT IS, of course, brilliant. And nothing more so than the last glittering shards, the final breaths taken in this pleasure dome. ...

Grand Funk Railroad: We're an American Band

Retrospective by Lenny Kaye, History of Rock, The, 1983

If there was any group that polarised rock opinion, it was the blunt, effective power trio, Grand Funk railroad. Bypassing the ruling elite of 'progressive' ...

Jimi Hendrix: Black Secret Technology

Retrospective by Simon Reynolds, Uncut, July 2000

Hendrix wasn't just the original firestarter, all flash and dazzle. He was a scientist of sound. ...

New York Dolls: The Legendary Mercer Concerts

Live Review by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, October 1973

THE HEADLINER was Satan the Eternal-Fire-Eater, and the place was the Mercer Arts Center. The room was the Kitchen —approximately 13' x 60' in size. ...

Hawkwind's Space Ritual and Kosmik Muzak

Review by Gary Sperrazza!, Strait, 15 November 1973

AS YOU ALL KNOW, the prime force, the "essence" if you'll permit, of good rock has always been Energy. Rock Energy is created through two ...

New York Dolls: The New York Dolls: A retrospective

Retrospective by Miles, History of Rock, The, 1983

ALTHOUGH THEY WERE one of the most influential bands of the early Seventies, the New York Dolls remain one of the least known. The ...

New York Dolls: Too Much, Too Soon

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, April 1974

"WE DON'T PLAY too good, but we dance as bad as we want," Archie Bell once said by way of introduction to his fabulous Drells ...

Alison Krauss, Me'Shell Ndegeocello: Sounds of Heartache: Alison Krauss and Me'Shell Ndegeocello

Essay by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore City Paper, 18 August 1999

IT WOULD BE hard to think of two female singers more different than Alison Krauss and Me'Shell Ndegeocello. Krauss, a straight European-American from the Midwestern ...

Hall & Oates

Interview by Roy Trakin, Creem, April 1985

"NOW REMEMBER," the harried veteran publicist briefs me as I perch on the jump seat of the chauffeur-driven limousine cruising groovily over the 59th Street ...

Flo & Eddie: Illegal, Immoral & Fattening

Review by Richard Cromelin, Phonograph Record, September 1975

IN THE SPIRIT of fair play which should be utmost in our minds this Bicentennial year, PRM sent invitations to a wide spectrum of rock ...

Fanny: The Year Of The Woman

Interview by Michael Gross, Gallery, 1975

WITH ALL THE noise, convulsions, legal maneuverings, and groundbreaking advances made by feminists in the last few years, women remain the underdog minority in the ...

Paul Carrack: Suburban Voodoo

Sleevenotes by Terry Staunton, Acadia Records, June 2006

BY THE TIME the 1980s were just a few years old, the goodtime sounds of the pub rock movement had pretty much fallen out of ...


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