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Carole King: The Dumb Sound

Report and Interview by Al Aronowitz, Saturday Evening Post, August 1963

2003 note: The following was trimmed down to fit in the pages of the Saturday Evening Post by Bill Ewald, one of the few editors ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Secrets Of The Stones' Man

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, August 1964

The Stones are no longer a challenge... they need no pushing... the Andrew Oldham Orchestra doesn't exist ...

Talent Immigration Dispute Continues

Report by Louise Criscione, KRLA Beat, May 1965

IT APPEARS that the Government is not giving in after all, and is still making it plenty rough on British acts trying to get into ...

Adam Faith, Jackie Trent, Sandie Shaw, Val Doonican: Eve Taylor: Queen Bee Of Show Business

Profile and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, July 1965

EVELYN TAYLOR – affectionately, respectfully, jealously and irreverently known as the "Queen Bee of Show Business" – has a loud voice, grey hair and the ...

Our Nancy's Life Abroad — with Those British Pop Stars

Profile and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, February 1966

The telegram came from Interpop. It read "ARRIVING IN DETROIT FROM LONDON ON PANAM FLIGHT 57 TUESDAY 3:20 PM IS YOUNG LADY OF POSSIBLE INTEREST ...

The Beatles, Cilla Black: Brian Epstein: The Man Behind The Beatles And How He Lives

Profile and Interview by Maureen Cleave, Evening Standard, The, April 1966

Many theories developed about Brian Epstein: he was crooked, he was straight; he was a tough businessman, he was a lousy businessman; it was all ...

Sid Bernstein: The Genius Finder

Interview by Jane Heil, Hit Parader, May 1966

THE MAN BEHIND THE STARS ...

Herb Alpert: No Movie For The Brass, They Want Their Rights

Report by Carol Deck, KRLA Beat, May 1966

THE POP world is going movie mad. ...

The Facts of Pop Life

Special Feature by uncredited writer, Rave, August 1966

RAVE takes a long, hard look at the pop world and the people who make it tick. What's it all about, this real yet so close ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stone Oldham: Talented, Insulting, Outrageous

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, August 1966

ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham is on the move and as usual with this ubiquitous personality ("The Beach Boys' new single is not dedicated ...

The Troggs: Larry Page — The Man Who Fights In Pop Without Being Nasty

Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1966

LARRY PAGE used to be a recording artist — and his exploits were headlined in national newspapers. Now he's on the management-production side and his ...

Musicassettes — a Revolution in the Recorded Music Field

Report by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, August 1966

LET'S TALK about musicassettes! Might just as well get in early on this revolutionary form of prerecorded music because like it or not, there's going ...

Kim Fowley, The Mothers Of Invention: Kim Fowley: Portrait of a Freak

Interview by uncredited writer, International Times, October 1966

KIM FOWLEY is a hustler. He telephoned International Times and bombarded me with ideas. His main idea was that I should interview him and give ...

Billy Fury and Larry Parnes

Report and Interview by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, January 1967

WE WERE talking about Billy Fury, Larry Parnes and I. Recalling, first of all, Bill's record of success over eight years, involving at the last ...

The Troggs: Trogg-Maker Reveals Secrets

Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, January 1967

LARRY – "Lawrence" to his friends – Page is the one-man organisation behind the phenomenal success of the Troggs. Lawrence is the group's business manager; ...

AIR — The Top Men Behind The Hits...

Interview by David Griffiths, Record Mirror, April 1967

BACK IN the old days of show business (until the early Fifties) an artiste never got to make a record unless he was already established ...

Jackson Browne, Penny Nichols: The Billy James Underground

Report by Richard Goldstein, Village Voice, The, August 1967

HE CRUISES along the Freeway out of Los Angeles in an open Rolls, the kind that used to have upholstery and windows. His young son ...

Curtis Knight, Jimi Hendrix: Jimi Hendrix: A Shoddy Hendrix Record?

Report by Michael Lydon, Rolling Stone, January 1968

THE NEW Capitol LP, Got that Feeling: Jimi Hendrix Plays, Curtis Knight Sings, is not what it appears: Hendrix's latest release. The cover, with no ...

Record Business '68

Comment by Paul Williams, Crawdaddy!, March 1968

THERE IS confusion afoot in the rock music world, a familiar confusion that arises from lack of understanding, lack of communication, and lack of common ...

John Mayall, MC5, Traffic: Rock and Roll Dope #6

Comment by John Sinclair, Fifth Estate, August 1968

NOW THAT things have cooled down a little for the MC5 and myself after all the excitement of recent weeks maybe I can get into ...

Bill Graham: The Producer of the New Rock

Interview by Michael Lydon, New York Times, The, December 1968

"I dream about doing the Beatles," Bill Graham said, hunched over his desk in the crowded office of the Fillmore West. Outside the office, the ...

Rock for Sale

Report by Michael Lydon, Ramparts, 1969

IN 1956, WHEN rock & roll was just about a year old, Frankie Lymon, lead singer of Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, wrote and recorded ...

The LSD Of Underground Rock

Report by Mark Williams, International Times, June 1969

IN AN ARTICLE in the dreaded Melody Maker (7/6/69), Tony Wilson points out that, 'At last the underground seems to be coming to terms with ...

Fairport Convention, The Incredible String Band: Joe Boyd: Freaky Galahad

Profile by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, July 1969

"WELL, YOU'D put your arm round its neck, y'know, like this" (demonstrating) "and hold it on the seat next to you, like another person." ...

Bonzo Dog Band: Bonzo Dog Runs, Fucks Itself

Report and Interview by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, November 1969

NEW YORK — The Bonzo Dog Band, bitter over what they felt was shoddy treatment by their American record company, cut their second U.S. tour ...

New-Old Grande Something to See

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, December 1969

THE LATEST word, in the merry-go-round that ballroom promoters have been sending Detroit people on, is good, but still a little confusing. It's confusing In ...

Chairmen Of The Board, Freda Payne: Eddie Holland: A Musical Magician, Once of Motown, Bidding for His Own 'Detroit Sound'

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, February 1970

Yes, Holland-Dozier-Holland DID Split with the Giant; Yes, Eddie Holland DID form Invictus Records; Yes, Invictus IS Climbing the Charts ...

Brown Shoes Don't Make It

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1970

IT WAS, AT least for me and most of the people I know, the music that first aroused interest in things Underground, and the music ...

Grand Funk Railroad: The Bigtime Rock Band That's Ignored Back Home in Detroit

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, May 1970

THERE'S NOTHING small-time about Detroit in the music business. More and more, record company executives come here first to tap talent. They know it's here. ...

Country Joe & The Fish, Jefferson Airplane: Kent Aftermath: Teen Turmoil Poison At B.O.

Report and Interview by John Morthland, Rolling Stone, June 1970

SAN FRANCISCO — Lou Rhode, a student at San Francisco City College, is a clerk at Tower Records, and wears an "Out Now" peace button ...

The Americanization of Rock

Comment by Bill Graham, Cue, October 1970

IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE that rock has been on this planet for two decades. My own involvement with the music, as a producer in these ...

Bill Graham: The Man The US Kids Love To Hate

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, November 1970

BREAKFAST at London's Savoy Hotel with Bill Graham. The man, who has the high cheekbones and thick mouth of an American Indian, and the thundering ...

Mike Curb Congregation, John Sebastian: Mike Curb: Record Boss Keeps Mum

Report and Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, December 1970

The 'Curb 18' Still Unidentified ...

Harold Battiste, Sam Cooke, Lee Dorsey, Dr. John, Barbara George, Tami Lynn, Prince La La, Sonny & Cher, Allen Toussaint: Behind the Scenes with Harold Battiste

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, July 1971

FREQUENTLY, we receive letters from readers' asking us to write about the people behind the scenes in our music. For example, the features we did ...

The Rainbow Theatre: Cheap Seats In Pot Of Gold

Report and Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, October 1971

"ROCK audiences now are interested in having a comfortable place to sit and really listen to music. The days of freak out dancing to anything ...

Nesuhi Ertegun: The World Is His Manor

Profile and Interview by Geoffrey Cannon, Guardian, The, October 1971

GEOFFREY CANNON talks to "the most powerful man in the record business outside America" ...

Grand Funk Railroad: To Live Outside the Law You Must Be Honest

Report by Lenny Kaye, Creem, November 1971

Mark, Don, Mel, and Terry at Shea: Give Peace a Chance, Love Conquers All, Get Funked ...

Labelle: Vicki Wickham: The Secretary That Roared

Interview by Toby Mamis, Phonograph Record, December 1971

I'D CONSIDERED doing this piece since mid-June. So, frankly, when the time came, I was thoroughly prepared. Prior to my interview with Vicki Wickham, I'd ...

Frank Zappa: Portrait Of The Artist As A Businessman

Interview by Paul Phillips, Rob Partridge, Cream, January 1972

"IF you’re making £10 a night, you’ll be screwed. When you’re making £1,000 a night, you’ll still get screwed... only you’re being screwed for more." ...

David Geffen: David's Talented Asylum

Interview by Penny Valentine, Sounds, February 1972

Penny Valentine talks to America's leading manager David Geffen ...

Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup, Elvis Presley: Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup: Rock's Debt to Crudup

Report by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, February 1972

BLUES SINGER Arthur (Big Boy) Crudup has spent most of his 67 years staring at bad crops, worse bills, garbage trucks and empty promises. He ...

Sounds of the Seventies: Graham is *#! mad again

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, May 1972

BILL GRAHAM stood with his hands behind his back, watching a man from Twentieth Century Fox tell a press conference how Graham and the company ...

The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: Behind the Shades — The Stones, and Other Stories...

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, June 1972

ANDREW OLDHAM, THE MAN WHO DISCOVERED THE STONES ...

The Rolling Stones: Andrew Oldham: Last Part of the Tony Norman Series

Interview by Tony Norman, New Musical Express, June 1972

LAST WEEK, Andrew Oldham talked about his life with the Rolling Stones. Like Brian Epstein, Oldham seemed to be more than just an ordinary manager. ...

Frank Barsalona Is Probably Rock's Most Successful Agent. His Wife Says It's Because He Really Cares

Interview by Roy Hollingworth, Melody Maker, October 1972

IT'S SUPER being a rock 'n' roll mogul. ...

Artist & Repertoire: We Buy And Sell Talent

Report by David Rensin, Music World, January 1973

"So you want to be a rock and roll star
Well listen now to what I say
Just get an electric guitar
Take some time and learn how ...

Kim Fowley, The Rockin' Berries: The Rockin' Berries v. Kim Fowley. Or, The Vulture Scoops the Pool

Essay by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, March 1973

The only time the Rockin' Berries met Kim Fowley was in Los Angeles in 1964. Phil Hardy has met them both recently and found that ...

The Platters: Buck Ram and The Platters

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, April 1973

BUCK RAM is remembered for The Platters and a number of hit records: 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' (1955); 'The Magic Touch', 'My Prayer' ...

David Bowie, Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Vanilla: Cherry Sauce

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc, April 1973

...Or hot gossip from a former skin-flick queen who's been hired to handle David Bowie's publicity machine. ...

The Beatles: Peter McCabe and Robert D. Schonfeld: Apple To The Core (Martin, Brian and O'Keeffe)

Book Review by Phil Hardy, Let It Rock, May 1973

A short sighted look beyond the stars ...

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 ...

Davis Case Stirs Wide Probe on Federal Level

Report by Ian Dove, Billboard, June 1973

NEW YORK — Rumor, speculation, innuendo and fact — all rocked the music industry in the wake of Clive Davis' dismissal as president of CBS ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Dandy Livingstone, Desmond Dekker, John Holt: Reggae... The Hits You Never Hear

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, July 1973

Scores of reggae records sell enough copies to qualify as pop hits. But you won't see them on the charts and you won't hear them ...

The Rolling Stones Hit The Road…

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, August 1973

...and at every date the promoter is expected to provide 50 security men, five limousines, a doctor, ten dozen roses, two bottles each of whisky, ...

Hot Chocolate, Stories: Stories and Hot Chocolate: 'Brother Louie'

Report and Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, September 1973

"THIS IS NOT what I wanted," Enrol Brown mused over a boiled egg breakfast in his London penthouse. "Tony Wilson and I will still get ...

New York: Pop, Rock Thrive on Concert Format

Report by Ian Dove, New York Times, The, September 1973

SAME FACES, new places — that's the outlook for rock in the coming months in New York. The rock industry (and it is an industry) ...

Brian Auger, Julie Driscoll, The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds: Giorgio Gomelsky: The Man Who Sold The World

Interview by Max Jones, Chris Welch, Melody Maker, November 1973

Giorgio Gomelsky was a pioneer of British rock in the sixties. In the second part of an interview with MM he talks about managing Brian Auger and Julie Driscoll and his ...

Jobriath: Superstar or Superhype?

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, January 1974

"If hype means projecting your artist, I'm going to produce the biggest hype ever" – Jerry Brandt talking to ROBERT PARTRIDGE about his latest discovery, ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney, Wings: The Rolling Stone Interview: Paul McCartney

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, January 1974

THIS JANUARY marks the tenth anniversary of the Beatles' appearance on the American charts. Last month Rolling Stone conducted its first full-scale interview with Paul ...

Jimi Hendrix: How Rock Society Blew Another Mind

Essay by Michael Gray, Let It Rock, February 1974

WHEN JIMI HENDRIX flew into England for the first time, with Chas Chandler, they went straight from the airport to Zoot Money's house for an ...

Marshall Sehorn: We Had Some Good Times

Interview by John Broven, Blues Unlimited, February 1974

Marshall Sehorn of Sansu talks to John Broven about his start in the business ...

Humble Pie, Peter Frampton: Dee Anthony: Dee Works!

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, February 1974

From doing impersonations of Al Jolson for 20 bucks a night to managing Humble Pie – that's the story of Dee Anthony. He talks to ...

Fleetwood Mac Flak: Manager Takes Name, Not Members, On Tour

Report by Loraine Alterman, Rolling Stone, February 1974

And then there were none... ...

Electric Light Orchestra, The Move, Roy Wood, The Small Faces, Wizzard: Don Arden: The Hit Man

Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, March 1974

He's been called the Al Capone of pop, and the reputation's, shall we say, a little heavy. A nervous Robert Partridge talks to Don Arden... ...

Mott The Hoople, Procol Harum: Guy Stevens: Guy's Out For Glory

Profile and Interview by Martin Hayman, Sounds, March 1974

GUY STEVENS is the kind of guy who might be buttonholing your young lady in the boozer. ...

Vinyl Shortage: Curse of the Vanishing Dynaflex

Report by Dave Marsh, Creem, April 1974

"Before the vinyl shortage is over, kid, they may have to make your Jethro Tull albums out of earwax." ...

Emerson Lake And Palmer: Welcome Back, My Friends, To The Show That...

Report and Interview by James Johnson, New Musical Express, April 1974

… requires 40 tons of equipment, 18 humper/loaders, seven personal roadies, six sound crew, five trucker/drivers, four spot manipulators, three heavy musicians two outside coordinators and (we guess) a man to make the ...

David Bowie, Mott The Hoople, Lou Reed, Mick Ronson: Tony DeFries: Bowie's MainMan

Profile by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, May 1974

Tony DeFries is Mr Big of today's rock —the 70s' Col. Parker. He deals in STARS, the most glittering of whom is David Bowie. He ...

The Rock'n'Roll Way of Death

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, June 1974

Death has always been big business as a perverse form of entertainment. In the 18th Century, public hangings had similar pulling power to Emerson Lake ...

Maggie Bell, Led Zeppelin: Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin

Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1974

With a background in wrestling, it's not surprising that Peter Grant is cast as a heavy. And as manager of Led Zep, the legend has ...

Clive Davis: Clive: Inside The Record Business with James Willwerth (Morrow)

Book Review by John Morthland, Creem, March 1975

THE LONGEST PRESS RELEASE ...

John Lennon's battle with the US Immigration Department

Report by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, July 1975

JOHN LENNON, IN his battle of wits with the US Immigration Department, is looking less like the stoical pre-doomed crazy of old, and more like ...

Press Receptions

Overview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, July 1975

NME raises its bleary-eyed head to peer at the wacky world of Press receptions. Or how to get some not-so-cheap publicity. ...

Larry Parnes

Profile and Interview by Steve Turner, New Musical Express, August 1975

"Marty Wilde was managed by Larry Parnes – 'They don't call me Parnes, shillings and pence for nothing' – who entered rock as Tommy Steele's ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan's The Basement Tapes – The Best Of The Bootlegs Goes Establishment

Overview by Michael Gross, Circus Raves, October 1975

BOB DYLAN'S ART is his body of work. There are close to twenty legitimate Bob Dylan albums. There is a book, Tarantula, and another of ...

Bruce Springsteen

Report and Interview by Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, November 1975

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN says he just writes down his impressions of stuff whereas here in Hollywood, Calif., there are people in from New York who believe ...

Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Bruce Springsteen: John Hammond: From Billie to Bruce

Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, December 1975

John Hammond recalls his 40 years atthe forefront of popular music recording ...

Godzilla and I

Comment by Penny Valentine, Street Life, February 1976

THERE ARE three women writers on Street Life. We are generally treated with the same 'respect' as our male colleagues. In other words, if there's no ...

Joe Boyd: An Interview

Interview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, February 1976

Penny Valentine talks to the man in between, Joe Boyd who has recently produced Toots Hibbert, Maria Muldaur, and the McGarrigles. ...

Grammys '76: Sham, Sham, Sham

Comment by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, March 1976

EACH YEAR, the American music industry embarrasses itself by nationally televising a 90-minute display of the irrelevant and the ridiculous, the Grammy Awards. ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: Mel Bush: The Man Who Hired The World

Book Excerpt by Mick Gold, Rock On The Road (Futura), April 1976

A PROMOTER IS THE middleman between a musician and an audience. A promoter hires a venue, books an act, organises the publicity, is responsible for ...

Stuff et al: The 'Citteh'

Report and Interview by Davitt Sigerson, Black Music, October 1976

Davitt Sigerson investigates New York's soul music underground ...

Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Meet The Colonel Tom Parker of the Blank Generation

Profile and Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, November 1976

MEET MALCOLM McLAREN. He runs a shop called "SEX". He manages a group called THE SEX PISTOLS. He sincerely believes that he and his band ...

Last Exit (UK), Sting: Making It: Last Exit

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, January 1977

Any band with fire in its belly sooner or later has to gamble on that make-or-break trip to London. This is an account of how ...

The Eagles: One Of These Nightmares

Interview by Barbara Charone, Crawdaddy!, April 1977

Say a Prayer for the Pretenders... ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: A Non-Interview With Malcolm McLaren

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, June 1977

I VISITED THE office of Glitterbest (Sex Pistols management) recently, accompanied by Tony D. (editor of Ripped & Torn fanzine) to try and arrange an ...

The Doors, MC5, The Ramones, Jonathan Richman, The Stooges: Danny Fields: The Fields Connection

Interview by Giovanni Dadomo, Sounds, July 1977

The Doors, MC5, Iggy & The Stooges, John Cale, Lou Reed, Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers and The Ramones — without them the last ten years of ...

The Beach Boys: CBS Convention: Beach Boys Party

Report by Max Bell, New Musical Express, August 1977

BEACH BOYS PARTY FOR CHOSEN 1,600 ...

Reflections on Solid State Neon Faces

Comment by Stephen K. Peeples, RePlay, November 1977

SEATED AT A back table near the Golden Rooster's alleyway exit, my eyes fix a stare on the joint's '50s neon face (jukebox). Thirty years ...

John Lennon, Bruce Springsteen: Behind the Scenes: Iovine in the Right Place

Profile and Interview by Dave Marsh, Rolling Stone, November 1977

NEW YORK — In 1973, when he was working with producer John Lennon as assistant engineer on Harry Nilsson's Pussycats album, Jimmy Iovine looked up ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 1

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

OK, SO YOU GOT yourself an electric guitar, you've learned how to play and now you think you're ready to corner the market with the ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 2

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

ROCK'N'ROLL is Laissez-Faire Capitalism Incarnate. Sorry to get so heavy so soon, but it's the truth. The music business is the most highly developed consumer ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 3

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, January 1978

NOW YOU'RE heading for the one. The big record contract with the big record company for the BIG money and the BIG Hits. ...

How To Succeed In The Biz Without Really Dying, part 4

Guide by Chas de Whalley, Sounds, February 1978

"How many times have you been asked to sign away your services exclusively for five years? Viewed that way a record contract represents a very ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Dave Schulps, Trouser Press, June 1978

ONE OF THE most interesting personalities of the first decade of British rock was the Rolling Stones' sharp-tongued, red-headed manager, Andrew Loog Oldham. ...

The Charts and the 12-inch Limited Edition Single

Comment by Bob Woffinden, New Musical Express, August 1978

NME's LAST chart-hyping piece concluded with a statement to the effect that the twin threat of both exposure in the press and the greater number ...

Singles in 1978: The Ones That Got Away

Overview by Paul Rambali, New Musical Express, December 1978

1978 was a classic year for singles. But most of the best were released on small labels with little chance of airplay, erratic distribution, and ...

Rock Mortality: They Gave Their Souls For Rock 'n Roll

Essay by Mick Farren, New Musical Express, January 1979

THE WRITER can eventually put down his pen, close the book and turn on the TV. The actor can take off his makeup and go ...

Billy Joel: Power Behind The Throne

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Daily Mail, February 1979

WHAT ROCK'S LATEST SUPERSTAR OWES TO HIS WIFE ...

John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren, Public Image Ltd, The Sex Pistols: Rotten v. McLaren: No Winner

Report by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, February 1979

AS JOHNNY Rotten savours his first victory in the Lydon-Glitterbest case, Public Image Ltd. prepare to record a second album with a new drummer, the ...

Aging Musicians’ Dilemma: Is There Rock After 30?

Comment by John Mendelsohn, Los Angeles Times, March 1979

AT THE APOGEE of Beatlemania, Paul McCartney was asked at a press conference how long the Beatles would last: "Dunno," he replied, "but I can’t ...

Malcolm McLaren, New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols: The Rise And Fall Of Malcolm McLaren Part One: Tin Pan Alley Meets An Idea Whose Time Has Come...

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1979

The Man Who Sold The World ...

Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: The Rise And Fall of Malcolm McLaren Part Two: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse Go Riding...

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, June 1979

EARLY IN July, 1978, the office of Glitterbest Ltd. at 90/98 Shaftesbury Avenue, which is the centre of London's Theatreland, received the following letter. ...

Record Prices: Tear Them Down

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

AM I CRAZY or am I in the UK? Strolling through a discount record store I look to the right and there's Blondie's Parallel Lines ...

Duffo, The Lurkers, Tubeway Army: Beggars Banquet: Laughing All The Way To The Banquet

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, July 1979

FROM SECOND-HAND RECORD SHOP TO NUMBER ONE SINGLE AND ALBUM. THE STORY OF BEGGARS BANQUET ...

The Sex Pistols: Sex Pistols: Some Product: Carri On Sex Pistols (Virgin)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, July 1979

THIS IS getting silly. ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: The Trials of Tom Petty: Petty gets it…

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, March 1980

Washed clean by legal wranglings, Tom Petty is settling down to write good rock 'n' roll songs. "That's all I want to do," he tells ...

Tape It or Levy It: Home Taping Survey Results

Report by Rosalind Russell, Record Mirror, August 1980

Who's to blame for the slump in the record industry? ROSALIND RUSSELL gets the answers ...

Marc Bolan, John's Children, The Yardbirds: The Music Game as Played by Simon Napier-Bell — Label Owner, Songwriter, Producer, Manager

Interview by Jim Green, Trouser Press, October 1981

"THE OTHER day I was discussing doing a new kind of record deal for the States. The record companies are going to hate it, but ...

Kim Fowley: Rock'n'Roll Survivor

Press Release by uncredited writer, unpublished, 1982

1957: Kim meets future Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and begins to write songs. ...

Majors and Indies: Fight For Survival

Overview by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1982

During the forties and fifties, at a time when giant conglomerates were starting to squeeze small companies out of the market in most industries, a ...

The Cassette Revolution

Report by Clinton Walker, Rolling Stone (Australia), 1982

"ATTITUDES TO CASSETTES are changing," says Andy Maine, co-producer of Fast Forward cassette magazine. "For so long they've been the little brother or sister of ...

Adam & The Ants, Bow Wow Wow, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Malcolm McLaren: Innovation Or Exploitation?

Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, February 1982

Malcolm McLaren, the shaker and baker of British punk, turned the Sex Pistols into an epochal event, turned Adam Ant around and now plays Svengali ...

Bill Drummond, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Teardrop Explodes: A Life In The Day Of Bill Drummond

Interview by Mark Cooper, Record Mirror, April 1982

Bill Drummond, manager of The Bunnymen and The Teardrops, talks to Mark Cooper ...

The Motels: Hell In A Handbag

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, August 1982

STUCK IN a jam on the Hollywood Freeway, staring for five miles at a yellow Smiley bumper sticker telling me to have a nice day, ...

Mickie Most: The Midas Touch: Mickie Most

Profile by Steve Turner, History of Rock, The, 1983

Record production made millions for Mickie Most ...

The US Music Moguls and the Rock Revolution

Retrospective by Greg Shaw, History of Rock, The, 1983

Business as Usual Following the arrival of the Beatles, the American record industry no longer found it so easy to manufacture rock 'n' roll stars ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Sharon Osbourne: The Power Behind The Throne

Interview by Chas de Whalley, Kerrang!, January 1983

Before she linked up with, and subsequently married, Ozzy, Sharon Osbourne was better known as the daughter of Don Arden, proprietor of Jet Records and ...

Malcolm McLaren: Proud Pirate of Punk

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Times, The, May 1983

Malcolm McLaren was dismissed as a distasteful maverick when he managed the Sex Pistols, but there is more to him than an outrageous gift for ...

A&R Crisis: Why U.S. Acts Can't Get Record Deals

Report and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, June 1983

NEW YORK CITY — "When you do A&R," says Karin Berg as she climbs the steps of Manhattan's cavernous, sparsely populated Ritz nightclub near midnight ...

Eric Clapton, The Charlie Daniels Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Joel, Journey, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Take the Money and Run

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, July 1983

Rock & roll gets in bed with corporate America ...

What Simon Says: Simon Napier-Bell

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1984

AS THE MANAGER of buddy-buddy superstars Wham!, Simon Napier-Bell is not modest about the role he’s played in their success. Without him, he suggests, they ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood: ZTT: Who Bridges the Gap Between the Record Executive and The Genius? Me

Essay by Paul Morley, New Musical Express, February 1984

PAUL MORLEY, the man who took FRANKIE GOES TO HOLLYWOOD to Number One, takes a long day's journey into night where he wonders whether he ...

Discotto Finds Way To Succeed In Italy

Report by Peter Jones, Billboard, May 1984

MILAN — A new trend within the troubled Italian record business is for wholesalers to set up their own record production operations, mainly turning out ...

The Jacksons' Summer Tour In Chaos As Businessmen Scramble For Power

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, June 1984

LITTLE MORE than a month and a half before the Jacksons were due to hit the stage, preparations for their summer tour were a shambles. ...

Richard Branson: Rock & Roll at 30,000 Feet

Profile and Interview by Fred Schruers, Rolling Stone, October 1984

From Tubular Bells to Boy George, Richard Branson has made millions from music. Now he's trying to run his own airline. Is he smart enough ...

Notes That Are Music To His Ears: Clive Davis

Interview by Mick Brown, Guardian, The, 1985

What do Barry Manilow, Donovan, Janis Joplin, and Springsteen have in common? They owe a lot of their success to Arista Records’ boss Clive Davis. ...

The Special AKA: Memoirs of a Survivor

Interview by Colin Irwin, Melody Maker, January 1985

Few artists are entitled to hold their heads as high as JERRY DAMMERS. He hasn't yet managed to free Nelson Mandela, but Dammers has managed ...

Pet Shop Boys: Neil Tennant At The British Record Industry Awards

Report by Neil Tennant, Smash Hits, February 1985

You saw Prince. You heard Frankie. You felt the warmth of Wham's sun tans. You watched the TV show but now read THE FULL STORY! ...

Hank Ballard and the Midnighters: Hank Ballard (1985)

Interview by Ira Robbins, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1985

The chief Midnighter talks about his 'Twist' royalty legal entanglements, a loan from the notorious Morris Levy and his current musical activities.

File format: mp3; file size: 17.7mb, interview length: 20' 29" sound quality: * (phoner)

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bill Graham

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, December 1985

The P.T. Barnum of rock & roll celebrates his twentieth anniversary ...

Juke Box Jury

Overview by Kathryn Flett, i-D, February 1986

i-D presents the story of the Jukebox in glamorous technicolour, taking a quick bop, swing and a jive through the story of the blues and ...

John Lydon, Malcolm McLaren, The Sex Pistols: Lydon vs McLaren: The End of the Affair

Report by Jon Savage, Spin, April 1986

EARLY IN 1976, the Sex Pistols were a good idea trying to get started, gate-crashing other people's concerts — with instruments allegedly stolen from rich ...

Independent Promotion: The Inside Story

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, April 1986

IT WAS GOING to be easy money. The cash would be sent, each week, in an unmarked brown paper envelope to the home of the ...

Grand Juries Investigate Mob Ties to Record Biz

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, May 1986

MCA linked to criminal activities ...

Martyrs Of Elitism

Essay by Cynthia Rose, Creem, June 1986

ELITISM. DICTIONARIES call it "the sense of being part of a superior or privileged group." On the street, it's more familiar as hipnitude, or novelty. ...

Pepe Willie, Prince: Pepe Willie: "See, Me And Prince Had A Deal..."

Interview by J. Kordosh, Creem, July 1986

IN THE MID-'70s, Pepe Willie — a New York writer, musician and producer — went into the Cook House Studio in Minneapolis with two teenaged ...

Seymour Stein: The Sultan Of Sire

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, October 1986

Seymour Stein may be the most eccentric record executive in America. But his taste, foresight and business smarts have taken his label to the top ...

The Monkees et al: Comebacks

Report and Interview by Andy Gill, Q, December 1986

TWENTY YEARS ago, Mickey Dolenz, a former child actor best known in the title role of Circus Boy, answered an ad for "Four Insane Boys, ...

Whitney Houston: The Long Road To Overnight Stardom

Report and Interview by Bud Scoppa, Billboard, December 1986

ONCE IN A BLUE MOON, a new artist emerges who simply takes over, in utterly decisive and undeniable fashion. So it was with Whitney Houston ...

Dire Straits, Pet Shop Boys, Spandau Ballet: BPI Awards: Middle-age Spread

Report by Jon Savage, Observer, The, February 1987

JON SAVAGE takes a sceptical look at the BPI Awards ...

The Singles Scene

Report by Ben Fong-Torres, GQ, April 1987

AMONG THE many mini-debates raging in the record business is the future of the 45-revolutions-per-minute single. It was born in 1949, came to life by ...

Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Bruce Springsteen: John Hammond 1910-1987

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, August 1987

LEGENDARY RECORD producer and talent scout John Hammond — who played a key role in the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Aretha ...

Eric B & Rakim, The Justified Ancients Of Mu Mu, M/A/R/R/S, Stock Aitken Waterman: Sampling the Sounds

Report by Simon Frith, Jon Savage, Observer, The, October 1987

SIMON FRITH and JON SAVAGE on more copyright complexities ...

Tower Records: The Power of Tower

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, November 1987

IT WASN'T ENOUGH FOR TOWER RECORDS TO OPEN A SHOP IN BOSTON: IT HAD TO BE THE WORLD'S LARGEST — AND MOST LAVISH — RECORD ...

Rock & Advertising: The Selling Of A Revolution

Report by Dave Zimmer, BAM, December 1987

Madison Avenue Buys A Big Piece Of The Rock: How The Ad Industry Takes Your Favorite Songs And Turns Them Into Jingles For Toothpaste, Tennies ...

You Don't Have to Say You Love Him: The Divine Simon Napier-Bell

Profile and Interview by Dave Rimmer, Q, Summer 1987

IN A DISCREET east London venue, in the smaller dressing room backstage, a new group called Blue Mercedes are packing up their gear after their ...

Inside the Payola Scandal

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, January 1988

ROLLING STONE has uncovered details of alleged cash payoffs — payola — to radio-station personnel by the operation of the California-based independent promotion man Joe Isgro. ...

Butthole Surfers, Sonic Youth: Honey of the 'Core: Ten Years After... and it's Almost Independents Day

Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, January 1988

During 1987 the US indie underground began surfacing in much the same way as it had here a full decade earlier. BYRON COLEY, co-editor of ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: The Final Chapter?

Report and Interview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, April 1988

ON WEDNESDAY 10 February, the usual knot of press photographers and television camera crews on permanent point duty outside the Law Courts in The Strand ...

MCA and the Mob: Risky Business

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, June 1988

How did a reputed mobster become a deal maker for MCA Records? ...

Soul II Soul: Jazzie B and the New Black Economy

Report and Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Statesman, June 1988

A thriving underground enterprise culture has grown up around music – bootlegged vinyl, pirate radio, warehouse parties. It’s a black economy powered by black aesthetics ...

Biz Markie, Just-Ice, Mantronix, Salt-N-Pepa, Joyce Sims: Indie Labels: Players With the Rap Attack Making the Most Impact — and It's Not Just for the Money

Report by Vernon Gibbs, Billboard, June 1988

INDEPENDENT LABELS have always been critical to the exposure of new black music. In the '50s, labels like Specialty and Chess gave pioneers like Little ...

Rosie Flores, George Highfill, Michelle Shocked, Dwight Yoakam: Producer Pete Anderson Leads Calif.'s Gold Rush

Report and Interview by Holly Gleason, Billboard, July 1988

LOS ANGELES — With the success of Dwight Yoakam's gold albums (Guitars, Cadillacs, Etc., Etc. and Hillbilly Deluxe), producer Pete Anderson has found a beachhead ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson: Holly Johnson: Frankie Say See You In Court!

Report and Interview by William Shaw, Blitz, August 1988

Despite rampant early successes, the Frankie Goes To Hollywood saga ended in a bitter courtroom battle. Now freed from his ZTT contract, frontman Holly Johnson ...

Signed, Sealed, Delivered: Simon Napier-Bell, Svengali

Interview by Chris Bourke, Rip It Up, August 1988

SIMON NAPIER-BELL'S reputation has preceded him. He's used to that. "Some people are wary of me," he says. "So it's difficult to know what a ...

Tipper Gore and the PMRC: Not In Front Of The Parents

Report and Interview by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, September 1988

The PMRC scored major brownie points recently when its chief, Tipper Gore, appeared on MTV. RALPH TRAITOR hears the woman who Guns N' Roses' Slash ...

Def Leppard: Rock's New Gift of Garb

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, November 1988

Once maligned, concert merchandising is now rock's hottest business ...

Canned Music: Pop’s Cola Wars

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1989

Madonna has signed a $7.5 million deal with Pepsi which allows them the "world exclusive" on her single. They call it "synergy". Others call it ...

Sampling: A Creative Tool or License to Steal?

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, August 1989

Guitarist Leo Nocentelli vividly remembers his first exposure to sampling in 1982. "I was on a session and the guy pressed one note on the ...

The Beastie Boys: Paid In Full

Report and Interview by Frank Owen, Spin, October 1989

The Beastie Boys say their old record company is withholding millions of their dollars. Def Jam's Russell Simmons says he taught the Beastie Boys how to walk and talk. A ...

"I Know Where Syd Barrett Lives"

Interview by Len Brown, New Musical Express, October 1989

PETER JENNER epitomises the 'fifth Beatle' school of pop management, guiding the ill starred careers of the early Pink Floyd, Marc Bolan and Topper-troubled Clash ...

Making It: Heavy Metal in Hollywood

Report and Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, November 1989

LOS ANGELES – It's 2:20 a.m., a Sunday, just after the rock clubs on Sunset Boulevard have rousted the last rowdies and kicked out the ...

Peter Jenner Journeys Through The Minefields Of The Rock World

Interview by Jim Sullivan, Boston Globe, The, January 1990

IN HIS 46 YEARS, Peter Jenner has seen a lot of rock 'n' roll, and a lot of rock 'n' rollers, come and go. He's ...

Singles Incentives, Rank Outsiders

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, April 1990

SO, FAREWELL – to the Fine Young Cannibals single in a tin, to the Eurythmics in a wooden casket, and to Eric Clapton in a ...

Miming: Here's One We Prepared Earlier…

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1990

IT WAS THE Prince's Trust Concert of 1985 and Wembley Arena swayed gently to Dire Straits' lushly bestringed lament for star-crossed lovers, 'Romeo And Juliet'. ...

N.W.A.: Poison The Hood: Niggaz with Attitude

Retrospective by John Mendelsohn, unpublished, for Playboy, 1991

ON A SPRING EVENING in 1991, the late Eazy-E accepted the invitation of Dr. Dre, his fellow member of the notorious "gangsta" rap group NWA, ...

Anita Baker: Anita & the Killing Machine

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, January 1991

The straight talking Anita Baker delivers her verdict on the state of R&B and the double standards applied by the U.S. music business. David Nathan ...

No More Heroes?

Report by Sean O'Hagan, Face, The, March 1991

Where have all the pop stars gone? Artists like Elvis Presley or The Beatles are the record company ideal, showing steady sales year after year. ...

Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons Score Big

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, May 1991

Michael and Janet set new standards for artist deals ...

Janet Jackson, Sting, Suzanne Vega: Changing Times at A&M

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, May 1991

The classy, formerly independent label tries for a comeback ...

The Stone Roses: Stone Free

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1991

After nine months of strenuous legal wrangling, The Stone Roses have extricated themselves from an "oppressive", "one-sided and unfair" contract. Report by Phil Sutcliffe. ...

Milli Vanilli: The Award Sinners

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, August 1991

The Milli Vanilli affair rocked the secretive world of pop. CAROLINE SULLIVAN on the scandal of stars who don't sing — and the judge with ...

The Band: Bill Graham on The Band (and Dylan) (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, August 1991

Über-promoter Bill Graham talks about his relationship with The Band, from their Winterland debut to The Last Waltz, via Watkins Glen and the 1974 Dylan mega-tour

File format: mp3 File size: 28.3mb Interview length: 30 minutes 56 seconds Sound quality: ****

A Last Farewell To Bill Graham

Obituary by Ben Fong-Torres, San Francisco Chronicle, November 1991

BILL GRAHAM was a movie of a man. His 60-year-long life, which came to an end in a helicopter crash in Sonoma County the night ...

Ticket Touting: On Every Street

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, February 1992

"IT'S A QUESTION of water in the desert," say Harry the ticket tout. "If someone's got the water and you need it, you'll pay him ...

Nirvana: Smells Like… Bullshit

Interview by Steffan Chirazi, Kerrang!, February 1992

Nevermind has been at Number One on the Kerrang! Album Chart for a month, Stateside it's the same plus Double Platinum, and worldwide the video ...

Tori Amos: I Wanna Sell You A Tori

Report by Terry Staunton, New Musical Express, February 1992

Six months ago she was nobody, today TORI AMOS is well on the way to becoming a household name. The former LA 'rock chick' has ...

Love Compilations: The Fast Food Of Love

Overview by Lloyd Bradley, Q, March 1992

Passion to go. Ambience-U-Like. Take-away smooch. Marketing men have discovered the public's appetite for romantic compilation albums. "Everyone loves love," they tell Lloyd Bradley. "We've ...

Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine: Carter USM: Stars of the Singlets Market

Report by Bruce Dessau, Guardian, The, May 1992

Never mind the music, it's the T-shirt that counts these days. Bruce Dessau reports ...

Bill Nelson, Robert Wyatt: Robert Wyatt & Bill Nelson: Tough Guys Don't Dance

Interview by Mac Randall, Musician, August 1992

Bill Nelson meets Robert Wyatt. For 20 years they've bucked the system and made music at the edge of rock. Two vets discuss the never-ending ...

Bill Graham Presents: My Life Inside Rock and Out By Bill Graham and Robert Greenfield

Book Review by Tom Graves, Washington Post, The, October 1992

THE LATE Bill Graham is remembered by most as the prickly, hyperactive browbeater who opened not one, but two Fillmore concert halls during the height ...

Tribute bands: Phonies!

Report and Interview by Martin Aston, Q, November 1992

Weird but true. The average unknown band will get more work and better money by pretending to be someone famous than by being themselves. Martin ...

Kim Fowley (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1993

A brief history of Hollywood (the Fowley version); growing up in L.A., and growing up fast; getting into the music biz, and the calamity that was The Beatles. The King of the Hollyweird Night tells all.

File format: mp3; in 4 parts, total file sizes: 105.2mb, total interview length: 1h 54' 48" sound quality: ***

George Michael: D.I.V.O.R.C.E.

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, January 1993

George Michael vs. Sony: "We do not speak the same language." ...

Mudhoney, Pavement: 45rpm Singles: Seven Inches of Pleasure

Report by Michael Azerrad, Rolling Stone, February 1993

For bands and fans, the single is the new format of choice ...

Wendy James: This Year's Model: The Second Coming of Wendy James

Interview by Andrew Mueller, Melody Maker, February 1993

The last time we spoke to WENDY JAMES, she made a lot of typically outrageous claims for herself. She would be the biggest name in ...

Negativland, U2: Negativland: A Fistful Of Lawsuits

Report and Interview by Tony Fletcher, Creem, April 1993

"I don't think there are any record companies right now in the real sense of the word. We're all in the fashion business. You used ...

Vince Power: Power, Corruption and Lies?

Profile and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, May 1993

Once, he ran a junk shop; now Vince Power's a powerful music impresario. But last month's acquisition of London's Town & Country Club has led ...

Sonny Til & The Orioles: Is This The Woman Who Invented Rock & Roll?: The Deborah Chessler Story

Retrospective and Interview by Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, June 1993

IN AN EARLY EPISODE of Homicide: Life on the Street, Barry Levinson's recent TV series about a team of Baltimore cops, the detective played by ...

Bad Boys Inc, Take That: Take That and Parody

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, October 1993

Pop is being manufactured like never before — especially cute-white-boy pop. As the war between champs TAKE THAT and challengers BAD BOYS INC hots up, ...

Kim Fowley: Living and Dying in L.A.

Retrospective and Interview by Steve Roeser, Goldmine, 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 ...

George Michael Vs Sony: This Time It's Personal

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, December 1993

DOWN AT THE High Court, as Q went to press, the case of George Michael versus Sony was prodigiously well-paid business as usual for the ...

Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Color Me Badd, En Vogue, Intro, Jade, Jodeci, Shai, Silk, SWV: Quiet Storm: The Year In R&B

Report by Frank Owen, Vibe, December 1993

While no one was looking, a new kind of R&B became the dominant force in pop music. And still it gets no respect. ...

The Beach Boys, Linda Ronstadt: Nik Venet (1993)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, Summer 1993

From his youth in '50s Baltimore to involvement with Linda Ronstadt and the Canyon Cowboys in '70s L.A., via Kim Fowley, his time at World Pacific and Capitol including producing the Beach Boys and much more: the music biz veteran tells the whole story.

File format: mp3; in 3 parts, total file sizes: 103.6mb, total interview length: 1h 53' 08" sound quality: ***

Kirsty MacColl: Raging Against the Machine

Interview by Paul Sexton, Times, The, February 1994

There are many ways to describe Kirsty MacColl, but "female singer-songwriter" is not one of them, she tells Paul Sexton ...

Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra: Juggy Gayles: Leader of the Old School

Profile and Interview by Holly George-Warren, Rolling Stone, March 1994

JUGGY GAYLES hyped records the old-fashioned way-with style ...

How Technology Will Kill The Music Biz

Special Feature by Frank Broughton, i-D, June 1994

In the future, there will be no record companies or record shops. In fact there will be no records. Instead, sound will be transmitted straight ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Early Wailers: Fussing & Fighting

Report by Larry Jaffee, Billboard, June 1994

Marley Catalog Is A Source Of Strife, Suits ...

The Beastie Boys: The Filofax Of Life

Interview by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, June 1994

Beastie Boys have recovered from years of being f***ed about by record companies to build their very own self-contained business empire. They've also just made ...

Neil Young: A Conversation with Elliot Roberts

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, September 1994

FEW OTHER artist/manager relationships have endured as long as the one between Neil Young and Elliot Roberts. It is nearly 30 years since the lanky, ...

MTV OD

Report by Caitlin Moran, Melody Maker, December 1994

The MTV European Music Awards happened last week. You might have seen them on the telly. Lots and lots of famous stars winning prizes for ...

The Chemical Brothers, Orbital: The British Invasion?

Report by Frank Broughton, Blah Blah Blah, 1995

With the Chemicals and Underworld making waves stateside, is dance music finally reaching mainstream America? ...

Pearl Jam's Ticket Wars

Report by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1995

IN 1994 PEARL Jam showed they weren't just the biggest band in America, they were the most revolutionary. Now that's a combination we haven't seen ...

The Q New Year Summit 1995: Where Are We Now?

Interview by Robert Sandall, Q, February 1995

We teeter on the lip of a New Year, and, let's not flagellate around the shrub-like foliage here, The Future. In an attempt at stocktaking ...

Sleeping With The Enemy: When Musicians Become Record Executives

Report and Interview by Roy Trakin, Musician, March 1995

YOU WOULD think Gary Lemel is one of the luckiest guys around. As President of Music for Warner Bros, films, he gets to pal around ...

Ash: Boys Who Like Hurls

Interview by Keith Cameron, New Musical Express, March 1995

ASH may be fresh-faced teens but they're hardly naïve kids. The Irish striplings are currently the coveted prize in a US bidding war involving such ...

The Rolling Stones: How It Happened

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, May 1995

By 1963, The Rollin' Stones lacked only a "g" and a manager. Enter Andrew Loog Oldham, 19-year-old music publicist and soon-to-be Stones Svengali... ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham: The Rolling Stones' First Manager And Producer

Interview by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, November 1995

THERE ARE only a handful of rock managers who truly deserve the epithet great, those whose reputations have lived on long after the sell-by date ...

Sly & The Family Stone: The Pink Hippopotamus, The Ferry Godmother and Ilili (A Non-Fiction Fairy Tale): David Kapralik in 1996

Profile by Al Aronowitz, Blacklisted Masterpieces of Al Aronowitz, The, 1996

THE DAY HE GETS OUT of the hospital from his third suicide attempt, Dave Kapralik is ready to try to snuff himself again. He's got ...

Mary J. Blige, Boyz II Men, R. Kelly, Teddy Riley: Andre Harrell: Resurrection of the Soul

Report and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, March 1996

Andre Harrell is a man with a mission. The youngest head of Motown since Berry Gordy, he tells Sean O'Hagan how he plans to put ...

David Bowie, Frank Zappa, Lou Reed, Neil Young: Contract Breakers

Essay by Mark Sinker, Wire, The, June 1996

2005 note: Savage Pencil did a nice illustration for this: John and Yoko hilariously naked, among other excellent things. It also elicited an angry postcard ...

R.E.M.: Be Seeing You?

Report by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, August 1996

Last year's Monster touralmost killed them. They have dispensed with the services of their 'fifth' member. They now live time zones apart. On the eve ...

Evan Dando, The Lemonheads: Evan Dando and the Pop Walkabout

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Independent, The, September 1996

IN DON DeLillo’s 1973 novel Great Jones Street, a rock star named Bucky Wunderlick decides to quit his band and disappear from the music industry. ...

Elvis Presley: 25% Of The King: Col. Tom Parker

Obituary by Michael Gray, Guardian, The, January 1997

COLONEL TOM PARKER, the flamboyant tent-show hustler who was Elvis Presley's Svengalian manager, has died in Las Vegas at the age of almost 90. He ...

Jay Z: Jaÿ-Z: Z Top!

Interview by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, March 1997

SOME PEOPLE, eh? They're never satisfied. Incredibly, not even vast pop success is enough for these blighters. ...

“Bastards. Liars. Pimps. Theives. Scumsuckers. Perverts...”

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, August 1997

...And that's some of the nicer things they say about rock'n'roll managers. they may have swapped their baseball bats for law degrees, but as Phil ...

The Death of Live Music

Essay by Mark Dery, Musician, August 1997

Will concert and club dates survive in the Internet age? ...

The Beatles: Taylor of Savile Row: Derek Taylor, 1932-1997

Obituary by Chris Bourke, New Zealand Herald, The, September 1997

DEREK TAYLOR, WHO will forever be known as "the Beatles' press officer", leant across and switched my tape recorder to "pause". I had just admitted ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor, 1932-1997

Obituary by Chris Welch, Independent, The, September 1997

DEREK TAYLOR, the Beatles' press officer, brought calm, authority and a sense of dignity to the chaos of the '60s. As spokesman for the band ...

Shooting Stars: Denny Bruce Produced Plenty Of Legends – But Never Became One

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, LA New Times, September 1997

STROLL THROUGH Denny Bruce's home on a hillside north of Sunset Boulevard, and you wander through mementos of a career spent nurturing greatness. ...

The Beatles: Derek Taylor 1932-1997

Obituary by Philip Norman, Rolling Stone, October 1997

THE SIMPLE term "music publicist" does not begin to describe Derek Taylor, who died from cancer of the esophagus at his home, in Suffolk, England, ...

They're the New Beatles!

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, November 1997

Or the New Dylans. Or the New Stones. Maybe they were the New Johnny Hates Jazz. Whatever, whether plugging a gap left by the originals ...

The Spice Girls: Spice: The Final Frontier

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, December 1997

The tabloids have turned on them, their fans are leaving them — even Smash Hits readers voted them Worst Group. Is this the end for ...

Frankie Lymon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, MOJO, February 1998

"I WAS MERELY a pawn in a big chess game," said Frankie Lymon, just months before he died of a heroin overdose on February 28, ...

Popzilla: SFX Entertainment

Report and Interview by Ted Drozdowski, Boston Phoenix, The, March 1998

How one man is gobbling up the nation's concert business – and what it could mean for you. ...

Press Officers: Trying to Keep the Customer Satisfied

Report and Interview by Steven Wells, Vox, November 1998

When you're the PRESS officer for a rock group, life's about fending off the scum press, nannying drug-addled lead singers... and punching out the odd ...

Bands and Money

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Nobody goes into rock’n’roll for the money. No, really. Ask any band. But the trouble is if a lot of people like them they get ...

Bush: Breaking America

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe checks out the history of British bands making it, and failing to make it, in the USA, and looks at the example of ...

The Verve: My Copyright Hell

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, MOJO, 1999

Tangled webs, anyone? Rock’n’roll’s got them by the skein, especially when it comes to money. But the case of The Verve, Allen Klein and Andrew ...

Whose Song Is It Anyway?

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, 1999

Phil Sutcliffe tells of the winners and losers in music publishing ...

The Beatles: Tony Barrow: Beatles Confidant Offers Glimpse Inside Mania

Report and Interview by Frank Tortorici, sonicnet.com, March 1999

Publicist Tony Barrow was there for the "We're more popular than Jesus" and "Paul is dead" crises. ...

The Beatles: Timeless Illustrious Past: Why The Beatles Are Still Big Business

Essay by Steve Turner, Wiener Zeitung, June 1999

ALTHOUGH THE Beatles disbanded almost thirty years ago, public interest in the group has never waned. Beatles records still sell in their millions worldwide (six ...

Who Killed Rock 'n' Roll?

Comment by Gene Sculatti, LCD, November 1999

Who's the perp?Somebody must've done this. ...

Brits Go Home! The End of the Invasion

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, Observer, The, 2000

AMID ALL the self-congratulatory hubbub over the British successes at the Oscars, few people stopped to reflect that luvvie wonderboy Sam Mendes hadn't actually made ...

David Bowie, Elvis Presley, The Rolling Stones: I Was A Pop Star's Arse-wiper!

Report by Martin Aston, Q, January 2000

For as long as there have been rock stars, there have been rock star "support systems", from the Memphis Mafia to "Spanish" Tony Sanchez to ...

The KLF: Burning question: The KLF

Report and Interview by Andrew Smith, Observer, The, February 2000

Why did Bill Drummond set fire to £1 million? Why did he want to chop off his own hand on stage? And why did the ...

Pop in the 90's: Everything for Everyone

Essay by Eric Weisbard, New York Times, The, April 2000

GEORGE STRAIT is a middle-aged country singer with an easy grin about him; even his boxed sets go platinum. Ice Cube is an intense rapper ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Stephen Dalton, Uncut, June 2000

As manager of The Rolling Stones for most of the Sixties, ANDREW LOOG OLDHAM became almost as famous as the band themselves. Modelling himself on ...

Dr. Dre, Tupac Shakur, Snoop Doggy Dogg: Suge Knight: Death Wish

Report by Andy Crysell, New Musical Express, August 2000

His rise and his fall has been a story of violence, pig-headed machismo and ruthless determination. Currently biding his time in jail, Death Row boss ...

Andy Irvine

Interview by Colin Harper, Folk Roots, October 2000

HAVING BEEN through the music business mill several times over the past thirty-five years, with spells in such legendary and pioneering Irish music ensembles as ...

Ewart Abner

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

b. 1923, Chicago, Illinois, USA, d. 27 December 1997, Los Angeles ...

Roy Acuff

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

b. 15 September 1903, Maynardville, Tennessee, USA, d. 23 November 1992, Nashville, Tennessee ...

Gene Vincent, Led Zeppelin: The Enforcer: Peter Grant

Book Excerpt by Chris Welch, from 'The Man Who Led Zeppelin', Omnibus Books, 2001

An extract from Peter Grant: The Man Who Led Zeppelin by Chris Welch, first published by Omnibus Press in 2001. (256pp, currently available in softback ...

Andrew Loog Oldham, The Rolling Stones: The Backpages Interview: Andrew Loog Oldham

Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, January 2001

Last year saw the UK publication of Stoned, a wonderfully insightful film/fashion/music overview of the first Britpop era (1960-1964) by Andrew Loog Oldham, perhaps best ...

Looking For Influence, Significance, Development And Perpetuation At The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

Comment by Bill Holdship, LA New Times, March 2001

Press release, Tuesday, December 12, 2000, New York – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees for the 16th Annual Induction Ceremony were announced ...

Blasts to the Past: Canada's labels dig through back catalog and discover gold

Report and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Billboard, March 2001

THERE'S GOLD in them there vaults. Like miners digging for precious nuggets, Canadian record companies have been sifting through their back catalogs to find long-lost ...

Music: The Key To Getting Rich, High And Laid

Book Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl White Powder by Simon Napier-Bell (Ebury Press, £16.99) ...

Shane MacGowan and Simon Napier-Bell: The Sound And The Fury

Book Review by Ian Penman, Guardian, The, April 2001

Black Vinyl, White Powder, Simon Napier-Bell (390pp, Ebury Press £16.99)A Drink With Shane MacGowan, Victoria Mary Clarke and Shane MacGowan (360pp, Sidgwick & Jackson £15.99) ...

Let's Try That One Again...

Comment by Tom Cox, Observer, The, May 2001

IN AN ERA WHEN pop carries scant mystery and every 'best ever' list imaginable seems to have been compiled, the term 'lost classic' has so ...

Slaves to the Rhythm: Is Napster Dying?

Report by Edward Helmore, Guardian, The, July 2001

After leading the digital music revolution, Edward Helmore says former fans won't flock back to Napster when it relaunches this summer ...

Gillian Welch: The Cost of Music

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2001

"EVERYTHING IS free now," sings Gillian Welch. "That's what they say/Everything I ever done/ Gotta give it away." There is resignation in her voice. Though ...

Andrew Loog Oldham… And The Salty Tale Of Sandy Beach

Retrospective by Dave Thompson, Goldmine, 2002

POP STARDOM is about creating myths and sticking to them. ...

Coldplay, So Solid Crew, Starsailor: Letter from London, January 2002

Overview by Phil Sutcliffe, Los Angeles Times, January 2002

WHILE, SINCE The Beatles, we British music fans have often affected insouciant confidence in the superiority of our taste over the rest of the world's ...

Simon Cowell: "The White Stripes? Heard of them. Wasn't blown away."

Interview by Steven Wells, New Musical Express, January 2002

He makes kids cry, hates fat people and he gave us Westlife. Now Pop Idol villain Simon Cowell turns his evil gaze on some NME ...

My Problem With CDs & Records

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2002

Learning how not to hoard music. ...

U2: Bono’s Dosh: U2 and Money

Report by Phil Sutcliffe, Payday, March 2002

"WE'RE NOT GOING to let people rip us off, we want the money!" That's what Bono said in 1979 when Dublin's teenaged hopefuls U2 were ...

Ranting About The Record Business

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

It's no surprise major-label music sales are down – the music sucks!. ...

Is The Record Industry Killing Itself?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

Chasing the elusive million-seller could be the kiss of death for the corporate music business ...

Wilco: Taking Control in a Crisis

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Daily Telegraph, March 2002

ROCK AND ROLL is not the first place you would look for a new form of patriotism. Yet Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, the latest album by ...

Rock Bottom: The Music Industry In Trouble

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent, The, April 2002

WHEN ROLLING STONES manager Andrew Loog Oldham founded his own company, Immediate Records, in the 1960s, the paper sleeve of each and every single bore ...

The Beatles: The Death of Brian Epstein

Retrospective by Jim Irvin, MOJO, November 2002

THERE'S A story, probably apocryphal, concerning John Lennon during his infamous 'lost weekend', the period in the mid-'70s when he split from Yoko and devoted ...

Bobby Curtola, The Moffatts, Justin Timberlake: Teen Idols and the fast track to fame

Report and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Inside Entertainment, 2003

"Some people call me a teenage idol/Some people say they envy me/I guess they got no way of knowing/How lonesome I can be" (Ricky Nelson, ...

Pushing the pressure point

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, January 2003

THE NEWS THAT the Vines have been sent back to Australia, following a bout of Ricky Gervais/Grant Bovey-style pat-a-cakes onstage between singer Craig Nicholls and ...

Closing Time

Essay by David Stubbs, Guardian, The, August 2003

ON JULY 3, the House Of Lords failed to block government moves to introduce a new law requiring pubs, clubs and cafes to apply for ...

Fountains of Wayne: How to Be a Rock Manager for a Day

Report and Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Blender, September 2003

EAGER TO LEARN if we have what it takes to make our way in the talent-management industry (sticky fingers, violent tendencies), Blender asked pop maestros ...

David Bowie: The Ken Pitt Interview

Interview by Chris Welch, unpublished, 2004

ONE AFTERNOON in 1967 I was interviewing The Nice at a flat in Earls Court when their guitarist David O'List produced a new album he ...

Prince: The Man With No Name

Retrospective by Dan Gennoe, Q, 2004

NOTE: Article from a special edition of Q: 50 Years of Rock 'n' Roll 1954-2004 From Elvis to the Beatles ...

Kim Fowley, Tomorrow, Keith West: A Teenage Opera: Testing… Testing…

Retrospective by Kieron Tyler, MOJO, February 2004

Brainchild of German Phil Spector wannabe Mark Wirtz and UK psych hopefuls Tomorrow, A Teenage Opera promised to be the grandest psychedelic production of the ...

The Brits: D-Day – The Music Died

Report by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, February 2004

IT WAS the British music industry's D-Day, with The Darkness, Dido, Duran Duran and even Daniel "personality bypass" Bedingfield sweeping the board. ...

The Beatles, Danger Mouse: More Than Words: Musings on Music Journalism — Life Goes On

Comment by Devon Powers, PopMatters, March 2004

FEBRUARY 24 WAS a banner day for the Copy Left, a loose network of computer activists, intellectuals, forward-thinking musicians and zealous fans who continue to ...

So Sue Him!: Walter Yetnikoff with David Ritz: Howling At The Moon (Abacus) ***

Book Review by Jim Irvin, MOJO, May 2004

Subtitled "Confessions of a music mogul in an age of excess", the fearsome former figurehead of CBS's enjoyable schmuck-into-mensch saga. ...

Julian Cope, XTC: The Old Boy Network

Report by Terry Staunton, Record Collector, June 2004

GETTING DITCHED by a major label is not always the end of the line for the big stars of yesteryear, as Terry Staunton reports ...

"£50 Man" is music to ears of dying industry

Report by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, June 2004

FIVE years ago, prominent figures in the music industry began proclaiming that downloading would kill the music industry. ...

In a Spin

Comment by Pete Paphides, Observer Music Monthly, July 2004

Will iTunes really kill off the record shop? Perhaps not – after all, digital information isn't something you can have and hold. And, says Peter ...

David Geffen (2004)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, December 2004

The mogul of Laurel Canyon on Asylum Records, managing artists and his close relationships with the likes of JD Souther, Laura Nyro, David Crosby and Joni Mitchell.

File format: mp3; file size: 25.1mb, interview length: 26' 07" sound quality: * (phoner)

The Who: Kit Lambert: A Profile

Retrospective by Chris Charlesworth, Q, Spring 2004

"GET HIM OUT of here." "What?" "Get him out. He’s making things worse." "But Pete, he’s... he’s Kit, their manager." ...

Franz Ferdinand, Keane, Scissor Sisters, Joss Stone, The Streets: More Originality Please: The BRITS

Report by Gavin Martin, Daily Mirror, February 2005

THE BRITS Awards Panel must be relieved that their 25th Anniversary coincided with a revival in the fortunes of new UK music makers. ...

The iPod: Rise of the Machines

Report by Edward Helmore, Q, March 2005

This is the untold story of Apple's iPod — the gadget that ate the world and saved the music industry. We're all pod people now. ...

Out of tune: Customers suffer in the music download war

Report by Angus Batey, Times, The, March 2005

This month, a group of unnamed people became the first casualties of the UK music industry's war on internet piracy, when the British Phonographic Industry ...

Arrow Brown: The Godfather of King Drive

Retrospective by Bob Mehr, Chicago Reader, April 2005

Arrow Brown wanted badly to be a player-he wore a black hat, packed heat even in church, and exploited a houseful of wives and concubines ...

Madonna: Famous for being more famous than famous: Madonna and other icons

Comment by Caitlin Moran, Times, The, November 2005

Our writer muses on the qualities that separate the icon from the merely great. ...

Hype and glory: How to Create a Buzz

Report by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, June 2006

As Alan McGee books a made-up band, Dave Simpson looks at the science of creating a buzz. ...

Obituaries: Mercury Records' Irving Green, co-founder, and Art Talmadge, first vice president

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, August 2006

BY PURE COINCIDENCE, two founding members of the first management team of Mercury Records have died within weeks of each other: Irving Green, co-founder and ...

Tom Waits: Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, Asheville, NC

Report and Interview by Fred Mills, Harp, August 2006

HE CAME, he saw, he conquered. Meanwhile, he hoisted that rag, he got behind the mule, and he tangoed until we were just about sore. ...

Joe Tex: Buddy Killen, 1932-2006: Nashville record man and music publisher

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, December 2006

BUDDY KILLEN, the highly successful Nashville music publisher, songwriter and record man, died of liver and pancreatic cancer on November 1, 2006 at age 73.  ...

How To Beat The Difficult Second Album Syndrome

Comment by Ian Gittins, Guardian, The, January 2007

SOPHOMORE SLUMP Or Comeback Of The Year? asked Fall Out Boy in a brilliantly prescient track on their 2005 album From Under the Cork Tree, ...

The Beatles: Neil Aspinall: The Man Who Really Made The Beatles

Profile by Philip Norman, Daily Mail, April 2007

LOYALTY IS not a virtue associated with the pop music industry. Treachery, exploitation and kiss-and-tell are its far more familiar signature-tunes. ...

The Beach Boys: David Anderle's California Nights

Profile and Interview by Kirk Silsbee, Life After 50, May 2007

"WATCH YOUR HEAD," cautions David Anderle. The retired record industry executive-turned-painter is leading the way down a steep, narrow stairway in his classic Spanish-style home ...

Elvis Costello: Flogging A Dead Horse: Reissuing back catalog ad nauseam is no way to revive an ailing record industry

Report by Larry Jaffee, Mediaware, June 2007

YES, THE PRE-RECORDED music industry is mired in the throes of a tailspin from which it most likely will never recover. This, of course, is ...

The 50 Year Copyright Conundrum

Report and Interview by Colin Harper, unpublished, July 2007

IN SEPTEMBER 1959, an inmate of Mississippi State Penitentiary named James Carter led his fellows in singing a work song, 'Po' Lazarus', while chopping wood. ...

Prince Papers The House

Comment by Phil Sutcliffe, Yahoo! Music, July 2007

THAT PRINCE CHAP, he does like to lob a spanner in the music-industry works. It's record shop chains he's upset this time. They're calling him ...

Spreading The Word

Report by Robin Eggar, Sunday Times, July 2007

Library gigs, recycled sleeves, free CDs – our correspondent finds novel ways to get your music to the masses ...

Frankie Knuckles, David Mancuso, David Morales: Def Mix: The house that Judy built

Retrospective and Interview by Bill Brewster, Pacha, August 2007

AT THE CENTRE of every story is what philosopher Malcolm Gladwell calls a "connector". Connectors are people who know lots of other people. They are ...

The Police: Miles Copeland: Where's the Police chief?

Report and Interview by Chris Campion, Observer, The, September 2007

AS THE POLICE prepare to finally hit home turf on their reunion tour, one figure conspicuously absent from all the reappraisals of their career is ...

Radiohead: OK Computer: Why The Record Industry Is Terrified Of Radiohead's New Album

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, October 2007

Radiohead are the latest — and greatest — band to shun the conventional CD release. Their new album is available online — and you don't ...

Paul Wasserman, Press Agent and Friend

Obituary by Wayne Robins, waynerobins.blogspot.com, November 2007

PAUL WASSERMAN, the erudite press representative to a long roster of rock and movie stars, died in Los Angeles at age 73, according to an ...

Clyde Otis 1924-2008

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2008

CLYDE OTIS died on January 8, 2008, in Englewood Hospital, New Jersey at the age of 83. He was famous amongst NDT readers for writing ...

Adele: "Her Success is Depressingly Inevitable"

Comment by Andy Gill, Independent, The, February 2008

AS ADELE'S album sweeps to the top of the charts, it becomes increasingly clear that in the future, all our pop-cultural decisions will be made ...

Joy Division: The Joy Division Industry

Comment by Chris Roberts, Quietus, The, April 2008

More offcuts from the Factory ...

Bill Drummond: Recorded Music Has Run Its Course

Interview by John Doran, Quietus, The, August 2008

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Russell Simmons: The Hustler

Interview by Angus Batey, Guardian, The, September 2008

Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons helped Run DMC, Public Enemy and the Beastie Boys make it big. But is his greatest talent self-promotion? Angus Batey meets ...

Jerry Wexler: Appreciating Jerry Wexler, the Supreme Atlantic Record Man

Memoir by John Broven, Now Dig This, October 2008

AS SOON AS Jerry Wexler's death was announced on August 15, 2008, daily newspapers and rock magazines had their already-written obituaries ready to go in ...

Live Music: Is This The End Of The Road?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, November 2008

Gigs have been shoring up the ailing music industry – but they're not as popular as they once were. Caroline Sullivan reports on growing anxiety ...

Steve Knopper: Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Book Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Boston Phoenix, The, January 2009

LIKE ANY GOOD murder mystery, Steve Knopper's Appetite for Self-Destruction keeps the tension high and the action swift as the search for a culprit drags ...

Wembley Arenaversary: A Legendary Venue Turns 50

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Audience, March 2009

FIFTY YEARS AGO, in March, 1959, Petula Clark, Lonnie Donegan and rising young songstrel Shirley Bassey appeared in the Record Star Show, the first live ...

Alan Livingston Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, March 2009

Alan Wendell Livingston, businessman, born 15 October 1917; died 13 March 2009 ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, April 2009

Bay City Rollers manager who was mired in scandal ...

Sepian Thoughts: The Other Side of Copyright

Report and Interview by Fred Dellar, Rock's Backpages, April 2009

RICHARD TAY'S OFFICE is an aural museum of the impressive kind. Many hundreds of old 78 rpm shellac discs plus vinyl long-players from the '50s ...

The Last Days of a Great Guitar Shop: RIP Manny's Music Store

Retrospective by Binky Philips, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

AFTER 75 YEARS, Manny's Music Store on West 48th St in Manhattan will close its doors forever at the end of this month. Obviously, this ...

Quintessence: The Manager of Quintessence

Memoir by Chris Charlesworth, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

IT'S NOT OFTEN I come across the name Quintessence these days but the give-away CD on the most recent MOJO is an Island folk compilation ...

Recession Rock: How the credit crunch will make Britannia cool again

Comment by Dan Gennoe, Rock's Backpages, May 2009

MONEY. IT'S NOT everything. It's a lot. But not everything. In music, it's actually more curse than blessing. Commerce is an essential element in any ...

Steve Knopper: Appetite for Self-Destruction – The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age

Book Review by Danny Goldberg, Truthdig, June 2009

STEVE KNOPPER'S Appetite for Self-Destruction is an entertaining, well-written attempt to chronicle the economic decline of record companies, but his thesis echoes conventional wisdom that ...

Will the Indie Chart rise again?

Report and Interview by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, July 2009

In its 1980s heyday, the indie chart was a beacon of top alternative music. Then the majors took over. Now it may get a new ...

The Beatles: You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett

Book Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, October 2009

BY NOW all of us should have recovered from our latest dose of Beatlemania, occasioned by the release of the Beatles' remastered back catalogue on ...

Robyn Hitchcock: He Often Dreams of Packaging

Report and Interview by Larry Jaffee, MediaPack, December 2009

LIKE MANY singer-songwriters, Robyn Hitchcock needs to supplement his boundless creativity with art forms in addition to music. Not surprisingly, when he's not releasing albums ...

Top Of The Noughties Pops

Essay by Bob Stanley, Guardian, The, December 2009

Can Bob Stanley listen to every No 1 song from the noughties and escape with his sanity intact? He recalls a musical decade that ranged ...

Pink Floyd: Prog rockers strike a blow for all musical artists

Comment by David Stubbs, Independent, The, March 2010

PINK FLOYD'S legal victory over EMI may be welcomed by some as a victory for artistic integrity. ...

Frank Zappa, Tom Waits: Frank Zappa's Manager: A Smile On His Lips, And A Pistol Under The Bar

Obituary by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, March 2010

Mick Brown pays tribute to Herb Cohen, who managed Frank Zappa while maintaining an enthusiasm for music, cheese, confectionery and armaments. ...

Malcolm McLaren 1946-2010

Obituary by Dave Simpson, Guardian, The, April 2010

THE IMPRESARIO and iconoclast Malcolm McLaren, who has died aged 64 from the cancer mesothelioma, was one of the pivotal, yet most divisive influences on ...

LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The Zombies: Why Your Favourite Band Should Split Up

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2010

From the Pixies to the Zombies, Jude Rogers talks to the bands who chose to burn out, not fade away ...

David Bowie: Station to Station: The importance of David Bowie

Essay by Paul Morley, Financial Times, September 2010

HOW MUCH DO you like David Bowie? You will have to like him a lot to want to spend more than £80 on a deluxe ...

Dan Charnas: The Big Payback – The History of the Business of Hip-Hop

Book Review by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, January 2011

"HERE'S A LITTLE story that must be told," Dan Charnas writes by way of an ironic introduction to his brick-sized epic, quoting a classic rap ...

The Archies, The Monkees: Don Kirshner

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, January 2011

IT IRKED Don Kirshner, who has died of heart failure aged 76, that he was never inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. ...

Obituary: Bobby Robinson, Harlem record man

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, February 2011

MORGAN CLYDE "Bobby" Robinson, the longtime Harlem record man and record shop owner, died on January 7, 2011, at the grand age of 93 while ...

The BRIT Awards

Comment by Paul Morley, Observer, The, February 2011

THE VOTING ACADEMY for this year's Brit awards is made up of 1,000 specially invited members from across the UK music industry: music critics, music ...

Kenny Gamble: "Philadelphia was the party with a tormented soul"

Profile and Interview by Paul Lester, Guardian, The, March 2011

Philly Soul's sweet sound hid masked warnings about growing chasms in 1970s American society ...

The Great Rock'n'Roll Sellout

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, June 2011

Gone are the days when bands would be scorned for getting into bed with corporate sponsors and brands, so what ever happened to "selling out"? ...

The Songs of Now Sound a Lot Like Then

Comment by Simon Reynolds, New York Times, The, July 2011

ONCE POP MUSIC was something by which you could tell the decade, or even the year. But listening to the radio nowadays is disorienting, if ...

The Brill Building Sound

Retrospective by Steven R Rosen, Paste, August 2011

WHEN DON MCLEAN'S "American Pie" was released in late 1971, everyone tried to analyze what he meant by "the day the music died." McLean was ...

Nirvana: Smells Like a Sellout: Nirvana and the Death of Alternative Rock

Essay by Toby Creswell, Rock's Backpages, September 2011

NOWADAYS EVERYBODY ascribes the collapse of the recording industry to illegal downloading. But as Bob Dylan recently observed, "Remember when that Napster guy came up ...

Gong, Magma, The Yardbirds: Giorgio Gomelsky: An Interview

Retrospective and Interview by Archie Patterson, Eurock, Spring 2011

IF THERE EVER was a man who lived and breathed music it's the international vagabond Giorgio Gomelsky. Born in the former Soviet-Georgia, his parents fled ...

Huey P. Meaux is dead

Obituary by John Broven, Now Dig This, Summer 2011

AFTER A PERIOD of failing health, Southern record man Huey Purvis Meaux died at home in Winnie, Texas, on April 23 at age 82. He ...

Indie Rock's Slow and Painful Death

Report by Dorian Lynskey, Guardian, The, January 2012

Sales figures suggest alternative rock is in a dismal place right now. Will it ever recover? And should we care? ...

Kim Fowley: Impresario, Svengali, Saint, Devil

Report and Interview by Evelyn McDonnell, Los Angeles Times, April 2012

KIM FOWLEY pulls DVDs, fliers, CDs, a hospital admission slip and more DVDs out of a jumble of media on the mixing board of a ...

Chris Lighty, 1968-2012

Obituary by Amy Linden, XXL, September 2012

THE DEATH OF a young person evokes its own peculiar grief. And when that death is a suicide – grief mushrooms into something more painful ...

The Rolling Stones: Everybody Must Get Stoned: Andrew Loog Oldham Speaks

Interview by Paul Trynka, Rock's Backpages, December 2012

ANDREW OLDHAM'S two books of memoirs, Stoned and 2Stoned, are not only vital, entertaining works on the genesis and growth of the Rolling Stones; they ...

Don't blame HMV for its demise

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, January 2013

It's our fault – because we're too lazy to support our shops. ...

Frank Zappa: Gail Zappa: Mother of Re-Invention

Comment by Mark Leviton, Rock's Backpages, February 2013

I'M A HUGE admirer of Frank Zappa, and have been since the mid-'60s. As a music critic I've written about him extensively, and during my ...

Peace: Tiny, Smug and Blissfully Ignorant Minds: New British Indie and Peace's In Love (Columbia)

Special Feature by Neil Kulkarni, fuckyouneilkulkarni.blogspot.co.uk, April 2013

"I. Man's perceptions are not bound by organs of perception; he perceives more than sense (tho' ever so acute) can discover." — William Blake, ...

Lil Wayne, Nicki Minaj: Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne: The Blueprint Group

Profile and Interview by Kate Allen, IDOL, September 2013

"The Blueprint Group makes brands out of rappers and turns their dreams of success into a reality." ...

Girls Allowed? The Women On Top In The Music Industry

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2013

After Sinead O'Connor's open letter of concern to Miley Cyrus, sexism in the music business has never been more discussed. But what do the women ...

AR Kane, Bauhaus, Belly, The Birthday Party, Bon Iver, The Breeders, Cocteau Twins, Dead Can Dance, Lush, M/A/R/R/S, Modern English, The National, The Pixies, Red House Painters, This Mortal Coil, Throwing Muses, Xmal Deutschland: 4AD Records: Labelled with Love

Retrospective and Interview by Wyndham Wallace, Classic Pop, November 2013

A new book, Martin Aston's Facing The Other Way, tells the story of a label that scored just a single number one hit during the ...

HMV Revisited

Retrospective by Cliff White, Rock's Backpages, November 2013

AS THE HMV retail chain slowly unravels in the 21st Century multi-tech marketplace, I offer a few off-the-cuff memories of my time working at the ...

U2: "Fifth member" of U2 Paul McGuinness to Walk On after 35 years

Report by Nick Hasted, Independent, The, November 2013

"WE'RE NOT GOING to let people rip us off, we want the money," Bono, the singer for the penniless and unknown band U2 proclaimed in ...

The Dave Clark Five: Dave Clark's Miscalculation

Retrospective by Harold Bronson, Rock's Backpages, March 2014

THE fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles' debut in America has occasioned a number of other anniversary TV specials linked to the British Invasion. With a ...

Bert Berns, Solomon Burke: Cry to Him: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns

Book Excerpt by Joel Selvin, 'Here Comes The Night' (Counterpoint Books), April 2014

In these two excerpts from Joel Selvin's splendid new biography of Bert Berns, the soul hustler from the Bronx oversees the 1961 session for Solomon ...

Miriam Bienstock: The First Lady of Atlantic

Memoir by Loraine Alterman, Rock's Backpages, April 2014

FOR MONTHS I had noticed an immaculately coiffed and beautifully dressed older woman at my manicure place on Manhattan's Upper East Side.   ...

Bert Berns: Hit Man: Joel Selvin's Here Comes the Night

Book Review by Robert Gordon, New York Times Book Review, The, May 2014

BERT BERNS the producer is the Phil Spector you've never heard of. Bert Berns the songwriter is the Leiber and Stoller you've never heard of. ...

Black Sky Thinking: White Power And Black Pop: The Real Problem With 1Xtra's Power List 


Comment by Neil Kulkarni, Quietus, The, July 2014

Neil Kulkarni dissects the recent BBC 1Xtra Power List which featured three white acts in the top four... ...

Is It All Over For The Album?

Comment by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, July 2014

Artists were the kings of vinyl. Now, everyone can create their own digital playlist – but Spotify will never be Pet Sounds. ...

Nostalgia pays in Nashville as rocketing record sales make it the capital of vinyl

Report and Interview by Edward Helmore, Observer, The, August 2014

Taylor Swift and Beyoncé are among the artists turning to the old LP format to capture the essence of their music. ...

Lee Hazlewood: "I'm just an old cowboy who wrote a few songs…" A First Encounter with the legendary Lee Hazlewood

Book Excerpt by Wyndham Wallace, 'Lee, Myself & I' (Jawbone), May 2015

The following extract takes place within a few minutes of my first meeting with Lee Hazlewood in April, 1999, at New York's Grand Hyatt Hotel, ...

Led Zeppelin, U2: Dennis Sheehan Talks About Led Zeppelin (and a little bit about U2)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, May 2015

NOTE: This is a transcription of an April 2010 phone interview with Dennis Sheehan – then tour manager for U2 –  for my oral history ...

Taylor Swift: Apple royalties U-turn: is Taylor Swift the most powerful woman in music?

Report by Caroline Sullivan, Guardian, The, June 2015

Viewed as an advocate for artists and a game-changer, almost no other pop star could have made the corporate behemoth roll over. ...

"The Best Things in Life Are Free": Downloads, Streaming, You Tube and Mags

Comment by James Musker, Rock's Backpages, November 2015

THE AGE OF INSTANT access is upon us. We are currently living in a world where it's difficult to avoid sensory overload, as there seems ...

Frankie Lymon: Crooks and Fools: Morris Levy, Frankie Lymon, and the story of 'Why Do Fools Fall in Love'

Book Excerpt by Richard Carlin, 'Godfather of the Music Business' (U. Miss Press), March 2016

'WHY DO FOOLS Fall in Love' is one of the classic hits of the '50s.  Along with its importance to the history of rock 'n' ...

Iron Maiden: Maiden Voyage: Inside Iron Maiden's Book Of Souls Tour

Report and Interview by Johnny Black, Audience, April 2016

SEEN FROM the stage, an Iron Maiden concert is an ocean of Maiden t-shirts, with thousands of devotees proudly displaying various incarnations of the band's ...

Elton John: Madmen Across the Water: How Elton John (and Bernie Taupin) stormed the USA

Retrospective by Harvey Kubernik, Rock's Backpages, April 2017

IN NOVEMBER 1970, Elton John performed an intimate concert at A&R Studios in New York, recorded for WABC FM. In front of 125 people, Elton ...

Elvis Presley: Caught in a Trap: The Kidnapping of Elvis – Two Excerpts

Book Excerpt by Chris Charlesworth, (Red Planet Books), August 2017

The first extract from Caught in a Trap features Elvis in hospital (which is true) accepting a phone call from Richard Nixon (which probably isn't). ...

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