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Who, The: Richard Weight: Mod – A Very British Style (Bodley Head)

Book Review by Ian Penman, London Review of Books, 29 August 2013

IN A LOVELY 1963 piece on Miles Davis, Kenneth Tynan quoted Cocteau to illuminate the art of his "discreet, elliptical" subject: Davis was one of ...

The The: Lip Tripping

Profile and Interview by Jon Wilde, Volume, April 1993

IT'S HARDLY A surprise to learn that Matt Johnson, that most untypical of pop star types, experienced a less than typical upbringing. ...

Jeffrey Osborne, Pointer Sisters, The, Captain Beefheart, Tiny Tim, Harry Nilsson, Carly Simon, Barbra Streisand, Ringo Starr: Reel American: Richard Perry

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, November 1985

Doctor of Applied Song Medicine, Studio Psychology, R&B Analysis and Chart Metallurgy... ...

Bill Fay: Tomorrow Never Knows

Retrospective and Interview by Rob Young, Wire, The, March 2005


Cure, The: Robert Smith: A Suitable Case for Treatment

Interview by Fiona Russell Powell, Face, The, October 1985

"We can't make it. We are ready to die when we are born. We are the patsies. And I hate the intellectual freak who realises ...

Lester Bangs, Big Star: The Great Lig in the Sky: The Legendary Rock Writers Convention of May 1973

Retrospective and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, June 2006

ON MEMORIAL DAY weekend in May 1973, over a hundred of the leading rock writers of the day flew into Memphis, Tennessee, for 72 hours ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Ocean Refrain: Echo and the Bunnymen

Retrospective and Interview by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, October 2005

To mark the release of the first Echo & the Bunnymen album in four years, Ian McCulloch and Will Sergeant recall the triumphs and pitfalls ...

Wire: Tense, Nervous, Headache

Retrospective and Interview by Keith Cameron, MOJO, April 2006

Combining art school sensibilities and musical inability, Wire rejected punk's pub-rock posturings for driving minimalism, fewer chords and no guitar solos. With the reissue of ...

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin: Jimmy Page

Book Excerpt by Stuart Grundy, John Tobler, 'The Guitar Greats' (BBC Books), 1983

THERE ARE CERTAIN guitar players without whom this book could not claim to approach completeness, and, of course, one of our criteria for inclusion was ...

Queen: Brian May

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

AT THE START of the 1980s, the rock band which was generally accepted, if not as the most popular group in the world, then as ...

The Jam, Paul Weller, The Style Council: Paul Weller: Last Man Standing

Interview by Paul Lester, Uncut, December 1998

"YOU SHOULD WRITE THAT LETTER," Paul Weller' is telling his press agents, Pippa Hall and Jane Wilkes of Monkey Business PR, referring to a particularly ...

Kim Fowley: Living and Dying in L.A.

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, 26 November 1993

IT'S A NAME (and yes, it's a man's name) that's been popping up around the music scene for roughly the past 35 years. And every ...

Billy Joel: Piano Man

Interview by Andy Childs, ZigZag, July 1975

IT'S AN AWFUL confession to make, especially in a normally omniscient rag like this, but up until about nine months ago I was almost completely ...

Pink Floyd: Games For May

Retrospective by Miles, NME, 15 May 1976

TEN YEARS AGO THE PINK FLOYD were a semi formed idea in the mind of one SYD BARRETT. Nine years ago they were the darlings ...

The Deviants

Retrospective by Mick Farren, MOJO, October 1999

They couldn’t sing. They couldn’t play. They were winding up the hippy establishment a decade before punk. And 30 years ago they enjoyed their finest ...

Elton John: The Elton John Story: Final Part

Interview by John Tobler, ZigZag, April 1973


Simply Red: 24 Carrot Soul

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1995

Still red — politically, tonsorially and Simply — the alleged panther-like Mick Hucknall is teetering on the brink of another globe-goosing success with the follow-up ...

Depeche Mode: They Just Couldn't Get Enough

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, March 1997

"I heard it on the radio: Dave had overdosed, nearly died, then been arrested for drugs offences. That was when I thought Depeche Mode were ...

Kate Bush: Iron Maiden: Kate Bush

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1989

Although signed at the tender age of 18, Kate Bush stoutly refused to be "the record company's daughter". She's quietly become her own manager, producer, ...

Pink Floyd: A Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Interview by Simon Witter, NME, 9 July 1988

No band has ever been simultaneously as popular and as hated as Pink Floyd. Their latest album, A Momentary Lapse of Reason, has spawned three ...

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