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Hold Your Head Up: In Praise of Bi-Level Rock!

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

Barney Hoskyns, co-author of The Mullet: Hairstyle of the Gods, hails Mullet Rocks!, a new compilation of bodacious bi-level hard rockers. Below we feature cool ...

Patti Smith: Behind The Wall Of Sleep

Report and Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 25 March 1978

"Their quarters were filled with counterfeit sleep" – Stephen King, The Shining ...

Grand Funk Railroad: Still In A Grand Funk: How The Boys From Flint Exploded, Imploded & Still Haven't Patched Things Up

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, Detroit Metro Times, 14 August 2002

IT'S A SUNNY spring morning in the Motor City but the wind whipping across the Detroit River makes it feel a lot more like winter. ...

Jerry Butler: The Iceman Talking: The Life And Times Of Jerry Butler

Interview by Norman Jopling, Cream, June 1973

BUTLER'S MUSIC Workshop is upstairs in a tatty warehouse building in Chicago's South Side, very near Chinatown and uncomfortably near Lake Michigan so it gets ...

Patti Smith: The Patti Smith Group

Interview by Andy Schwartz, New York Rocker, June 1979

A WAS LOST. He pulled the Toyota over to the curb, parked, and flicked on the overhead light to check his road map. Should he ...

Amboy Dukes, The, Cannibal & The Headhunters, Chocolate Watch Band, The, Bobby Fuller Four, The , Good Rats, The, Remains, The, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, Seeds, The, Shadows Of Knight, The, Standells, The, 13th Floor Elevators, ? and the Mysterians, Knickerbockers, The, Electric Prunes, The: The A-Z of Punk

Overview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, 17 July 1976

THE ORIGINAL idea behind this A-Z was to try and provide a guide to 'punk' as it's now generally understood, i.e. as much a question ...

Nine Inch Nails, Trent Reznor: Trent Reznor: Sympathy for the Devil

Interview by Eric Weisbard, Spin, February 1996


New York Dolls: Make-up America!

Retrospective and Interview by Kris Needs, MOJO, June 2006

In 1971 Manhattan, five teenage toughs in make-up, tried to kick-start the punk revolution. By 1976 the New York Dolls seemed finished, poleaxed by drugs, ...

Television: TV Times

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 7 May 1977

Television's Tom Verlaine talks to Caroline Coon in Houston ...

Devo: Where the Rubber met the Road

Report by Byron Coley, New York Rocker, January 1979

"Louis bided his time, isolating Spain diplomatically, and acquainting his fellow rulers with the term devolution." — Encyclopedia Britannica Vol. VI, p. 1093 ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Frankie Goes To Hollywood: Frankie Says Pop Revolution

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Hughes, Record Collector, January 2014

It's easy to forget how big an explosion Frankie Goes To Hollywood caused in the '80s. Rob Hughes peers through the cracked windows of the ...

Best of the Noughties: RBP Writers' Top Twenties, 2000-2009

Special Feature by Various Writers, Rock's Backpages, December 2009

NOTE: Some of these lists are ordered but many writers opted simply to provide lists in either alphabetical or no particular order. Some couldn't think ...

Patti Smith: The Rebel: Patti Smith

Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, August 1996

To R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, she is "one of the premier artists of my lifetime – I’ve blindly stolen from her for years." To Bob Dylan, ...

Skinny Tie Heaven! The RBP Power Pop Top 100

Guide by William Higham, Rock's Backpages, August 2001

Chiming and choogling, winsomely pretty and archly melodic, freshfaced and faux-naif... yep, it's that formidable sub-genre POWER POP, a blissful marriage of melody and energy ...

David Bowie: A Candid Conversation with David Bowie

Interview by Cameron Crowe, Playboy, September 1976

HE WAS ONCE a scruffy, honey-haired folk singer. Then an adamantly bisexual balladeer. Then a spacey, cropped-red-haired androgynous guitarist backed by a band called the ...

Robert Pollard's Art of Confusion

Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, January 2006

IN MID-2004 Robert Pollard announced he'd be shutting down his band of 21 years, Guided By Voices, following the release of the group's fifteenth full-length, ...

Isley Brothers, The, Isley Jasper Isley: The Isley Brothers: "We-e-e-e-e-e-elll!"

Retrospective and Interview by Ben Edmonds, MOJO, January 2000

Their cry was first heard in 1959. The Isley Brothers are about to enter their sixth decade of pop stardom. They inspired The Beatles, employed Hendrix, funked-up Neil Young and ...

Joe Walsh

Interview by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, The Guitar Greats (BBC Books), 1983

In 1969, The Who toured Britain, dragging around a support act who were, to say the least, an unknown quantity to all but a very ...

Blondie, Mud, Suzi Quatro, Sweet: Chinn and Chapman

Book Excerpt by John Tobler, Stuart Grundy, 'The Record Producers', 1982

THE YEARS BETWEEN 1971 and 1975 were tucked between psychedelia on the one hand and punk rock on the other, and while they featured country ...

Let's Active, Mitch Easter, R.E.M., Sneakers: Mitch Easter Interviewed: Perfect Sound Forever - The Director's Cut

Retrospective and Interview by Fred Mills, unpublished, Summer 2007

NOTE: This is a vastly expanded version of the Mitch Easter feature, "Perfect Sound Forever," written for issue #76, of Magnet, published summer 2007. Interviews ...

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