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Johnny Thunders: Go, Johnny, Go: Thunders' So Alone

Sleevenotes by Ira Robbins, Sire Records, February 1992

AMONG THE LIFETIME residents of abyssville are those rock'n'rollers whose faith in the liberating rebellion of mangy guitar music gets crossed up into a personal ...

XTC: Toys in the Attic

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, April 1989

XTC’s Andy Partridge is from that eccentric, uniquely English school of songwriters that brought you Ray Davies and Vivian Stanshall. His problem has been his ...

The Psychedelic Furs: Come In, Sit Down And Take The Weight Off Your Cheekbones

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, July 1991

SOME BRITISH ROCK MUSICIANS move to America to make their fortunes; others go to avoid sharing them with the Inland Revenue. Quite what the Psychedelic ...

Patti Smith: 15 Minutes with Patti Smith

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, October 1978

DOUBTLESS, many of you will have noted a small item in NME's scandal section recently, which referred to the fact that Patti Smith had broken ...

Shoes

Interview by John Tobler, Blank Space, 1979

AND DON'T forget that title – it’s not The Shoes, but simply the plural of the footwear without the definite article. There are four Shoes, ...

The Raspberries

Profile by Metal Mike Saunders, Biography for Capitol Records, 1974

YOU KNOW the group's story by now: how the Raspberries came out of nowhere in Summer 1972 to score with their million selling single, 'Go ...

Lothar and the Hand People: Return Of The Weird: Lothar and the Hand People

Report and Interview by Steven R Rosen, Denver Post, 29 October 1995

"YOU THINK THERE'LL be enough interest in this that I'll be able to make a fortune giving theremin lessons?" ...

Todd Rundgren: Todd: Rundgren Reviews Himself

Interview by Alan Betrock, Phonograph Record, March 1974

TODD WAS RECORDED mostly during July; actually July and August, 1973, and it was my usual hodgepodge approach to performance in the album. ...

Badfinger At The Crossroads

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, Phonograph Record, May 1972

ONE WOULD THINK that a group as successful as Badfinger, a group with their momentum (three top-selling singles, one LP million seller, association with Bangla ...

The Raspberries: Raspberries: Starting Over

Review by Ron Ross, Phonograph Record, September 1974

IT'S A TEEN-CLUB midsummer Saturday night at Papa Joe'sParlour-pizza, pinball, pretzels, and pop-available without I.D. Raspberries, with no fewer than three Top Forty hits in ...

Alice Cooper: Scenes From An Impending Conquest

Profile by Ben Edmonds, Creem, June 1973

"Alice Cooper...I thought it was gonna be like Judy Collins or something: It was the most revolting thing I've ever seen. You shoulda been there..." ...

Hall & Oates: The Voice Of Young America

Interview by Andy Gill, NME, 23 March 1995

Daryl Hall is the sweet soul voice in the Hall & Oates duo, whose "black-white" music has made them America's hit single champs of the ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Grand Funk: Super Patriots Come Clean And Still Manage To Till Some Dirt

Interview by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, July 1975

You're just hangin' out In the local bar And you're wonderin' who in the hell you are Are you a farmer? Are you a star? ...

Mercury Rev: A Long Strange Migration: Jonathan Donahue Talks

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, January 2005

RBP: What difference did it make working in your own studio for the first time? ...

DIG THIS! Fave Raves and Rabid Enthusiasms for February 2002

Review by Various Writers, Rock's Backpages, February 2002

GIG OF THE MONTH ...

Over to YOU: RBP Readers Vote!!

Guide by Various Writers, Rock's Backpages, December 2001

RBP's TWO-PART epic "Cry Me A River: The 100 Most Heartbreaking Records Ever Made" feature sparked a torrent – well, a stream, anyway – of ...

Bruce Springsteen: Little Egypt From Asbury Park

Profile by Dave Marsh, Creem, October 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN SITS cross-legged on his half-made bed, and surveys the scene. Records are strewn across the room, singles mostly, intermixed with empty Pepsi bottles, ...

Grand Funk Railroad: The Band that Killed Rock 'n' Roll

Essay by Ira Robbins, salon.com, 10 April 2000

AMONG CULTURAL HISTORIANS, it has long been an article of faith that the '60s dream died in an ugly bar fight at Altamont Speedway in ...

David Johansen, New York Dolls: Funky (But Chic): David Johansen At Point Blank

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 2 December 1978

RIGHT BETWEEN the eyes, pilgrim. Yeah, he does look like Lee Marvin. In walks the supposed progenitor of all this punko nonsense, ex-New York Doll ...

Patti Smith: 20 Minutes With Lenny Kaye…

Interview by Kris Needs, ZigZag, December 1979

THE PATTI SMITH Group had a day off in London. The night before they'd played to a generally enthusiastic reaction but universal slagging at Wembley ...


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