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John Lennon, Iggy Pop: Sounds Of The Seventies: Portrait Of A Naked Iggy

Report and Interview by Mike Jahn, Baltimore Sun, 16 May 1971

ONE DAY late last December I came home and found this message on the tape recorder that answers my telephone when I'm not home: "This is ...

Richard Hell, Patti Smith, Television: Victor Bockris goes to the Airport with Robert Mapplethorpe

Interview by Victor Bockris, New York Rocker, December 1976

SATURDAY OCTOBER 16th 2P.M. Robert Mapplethorpe is going to California on a T.W.A. flight. I am arriving at his fifth floor Bond Street studio loft ...

Norman Seeff by Norman Seeff

Interview by Colman Andrews, Marty Cerf, Phonograph Record, August 1977

As told to Marty Cerf and Colman Andrews... ...

Chalkie Davies: "This Job Isn't A Job As Much As It's A Job, A Hobby And A Social Life Rolled Into One"

Profile and Interview by Robin Katz, Girl About Town, 17 April 1978

THE PROBLEM with rock and roll music, and the culture that surrounds it, is that few people take it very seriously. Maybe that's because rock ...

The Michael Ochs Archives: An Obsession that Grew Into a Business

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 11 April 1980

MICHAEL OCHS was caught red-handed in 1958 stealing a copy of the Five Shillings' 'Letter to an Angel' single from a Columbus, Ohio, department store. ...

The Clash: Still Scruffy, But Now Rock Heroes

Profile by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 5 September 1982

NEW YORK — Four musicians sauntered onto New York's Pier 84 Tuesday. Tall, gangly, ragtag and scarred, they looked like the scruffy street fighters they ...

Rain Parade: Hit Parade

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, 1 June 1985

THE ONLY kind of sex I can imagine performing to the exquisite, perfumed garden noise of Rain Parade is tender. Maybe this is why Matt ...

Jim Marshall (1990)

Interview by Mat Snow, Rock's Backpages Audio, March 1990

The legendary rock photographer looks back at his life and times, snapping (and hanging out with) the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Miles Davis, Janis Joplin and many, many more.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.5mb, interview length: 50' 48" sound quality: ***

Jim Marshall: Right Place, Right Time

Profile and Interview by Mat Snow, Q, June 1990

Jim Marshall's taut black-and-white photographs, unobtrusively snapped in unguarded moments, are a powerfully evocative record of that first freewheeling decade before the men with the ...

The Band: Elliott Landy (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 13 August 1991

The great rock photographer remembers his time working with The Band, from Woodstock and Big Pink to Los Angeles and The Band sessions.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.9mb, interview length: 50' 57" sound quality: ****

John Lennon: Bob Gruen: Just Like Starting Over

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 26 August 1995

New Yorker Bob Gruen is famous in the field of rock'n'roll photography but his association with John Lennon overshadows everything. GRAHAM REID hears the stories. ...

Through the Lens of Mick Rock

Retrospective and Interview by Jeff Apter,, December 1997

WITH A NAME such as his, British-born photographer Mick Rock's destiny was laid out before him: he had to work in the peculiar world of ...

Paul McCartney, Wings: Linda McCartney

Obituary by Miles, MOJO, June 1998

Rock photographer turned legendary other half ...

Bob Dylan: Bobquest: In Search of Zimmerman

Book Excerpt by Jill Furmanovsky, Rock's Backpages, 2001

‘Quest’: a search, especially an arduous one, for something that is greatly desired. Example: quest for life's meaning. ...

Elvis Presley: Memphis: Visions of a Bluff City

Special Feature by Joss Hutton, Rock's Backpages, August 2002

Click here to see Joss Hutton's evocative images of Memphis, 25 years after Elvis's death ...

Parting Shot: Keith Morris 1938-2005

Obituary by Mark Williams, Guardian Unlimited, 29 July 2005

IN THE EARLY 1970s, Keith Morris was asked to do a session for the first album with an unknown singer-songwriter, Nick Drake. Keith took a ...

Joy Division: Closer Still: An Interview with Control director Anton Corbijn

Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, September 2007

THE ESSENCE OF DEATH, much like that of war, rests in how it has irreparably changed those left to grapple with its aftermath. Its effects ...

David Gahr: Folk, jazz and rock photographer

Obituary by Colin Irwin, Independent, The, 5 September 2008

WHEN BOB DYLAN shocked the audience at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival by going on stage with members of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band to ...

Picture This: 10 Years of Rock Archive

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, October 2008

PRIDE OF PLACE on my office wall belongs to a photograph by Jill Furmanovsky. It's an image that takes me back almost 30 years to ...

Joy Division, The Smiths: Kevin Cummins: Manchester – Looking For The Light Through The Pouring Rain (Faber & Faber)

Book Review by Keith Cameron, Q, October 2009

Manc-rock, from punk to Oasis, by legendary lensman. ...

Patti Smith, Television: The Mapplethorpe Effect: Patti, Polaroids and Punk

Retrospective by Simon Warner, Rock's Backpages, 15 January 2010

IT WOULD NOT BE outrageous to propose that the two greatest albums of the punk tsunami featured cover images by arguably the most important post-war ...

Joni Mitchell, Neil Young: The Heart of Joel Bernstein

Report by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, 12 February 2010

IN 1970, 16-year-old me was following Neil Young around; learning his songs, going to his concerts (two identical sets on one night!), and counting the ...

Jimi Hendrix: "I Was So Cocksure With Jimi": How Rock Photography Pioneer Gered Mankowitz Captured Hendrix And The Cream Of The 1960s

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, 29 August 2010

Gered Mankowitz wasn't yet 21 when his pictures captured London's groovers at their hippest. As the portraitist prepares to put his Hendrix archive on show, ...

Barry Feinstein 1931-2011

Obituary by Sean O'Hagan, Guardian, The, 24 October 2011

THE AMERICAN photographer Barry Feinstein, who has died aged 80, made his most famous series of images when he accompanied Bob Dylan and the Band ...

Lou Reed, Mick Rock and John Varvatos launch Transformer in New York

Report by Jeff Slate,, 4 October 2013

"THESE ARE amazing images," host John Varvatos said at the opening of the Q&A at the launch party for Transformer, the new deluxe book from ...

David Bowie: Me and David: An Interview with Photographer Mick Rock

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, 'The Rise of David Bowie' (Taschen), February 2014

YOU COULDN'T make the name up: as the man himself says in the interview that follows, "Mick Rock" sounds like a cartoon character, a distillation ...

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