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Adam Sweeting
Once upon a time, Adam Sweeting was the features editor of Melody Maker, and wrote for Q in its early days. Currently, he writes regularly for The Guardian and Uncut magazine, and also contributes to The Times Saturday magazine, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph and the Independent on Sunday. He is a partner in the TV production company VTVC, who made the series Mr Rock'n'Roll (about rock managers) for Channel 4. VTVC is currently working on a major documentary about Luciano Pavarotti for BBC2.

The archive contains 177 articles by this writer.

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Ryan Adams: Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, January 2002

I SAW rock'n'roll's future and its name is… all right, calm down everybody. ...

A Flock of Seagulls: A Flock Of Seagulls: Beaks On Broadway

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 19 June 1982

"AND THAT was a Flock with 'Space Age Love Song' here on K-ROQ Los Angeles. For those of you who don't know yet, that's A ...

Lily Allen: Somerset House, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 13 July 2009

The queen of MySpace and Twitter struggles to make herself heard in the real world. ...

Altered Images, The Human League: Martin Rushent: The Genetic Method

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 6 February 1982

Studio Svengali MARTIN RUSHENT earbashes hungry hack Adam Sweeting. ...

The Archies, The Monkees: Don Kirshner

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 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. ...

Asia: Asia (Geffen)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 3 April 1982

DESIGNED BY computer, hand-built by robots...Completely calculated, thoroughly contemptible, Asia is very bit as hollow, shallow and nasty as anyone had a right to expect. ...

Aztec Camera: Knife (WEA 240 483-1)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 29 September 1984

RAZOR SHARP ...

Afrika Bambaataa: The Funky Cassandra

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 19 February 1988

Adam Sweeting spreads Bambaataa's word for Planet Earth ...

The Bangles

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 2 March 1985

IF IT'S TUESDAY, this must be Paris. How about Europe so far, girls? ...

The Bangles: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 23 February 1985

CALIFORNIA DREAMING ...

The Bay City Rollers: Tam Paton

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 April 2009

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

George Benson: "If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, February 1987

KEN FRITZ, the slim, obsessively neat half of George Benson's management team Fritz & Turner, was worried that he may have caught a chill while ...

David Bowie: Serious twilight — David Bowie: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 June 1987

Adam Sweeting finds David Bowie losing his way at Wembley ...

David Bowie, Chic, Duran Duran, Nile Rodgers: Nile Rodgers: Man of the Moment

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 October 1986

Buddies with Bowie, big pals with Duran, mate of Al Jarreau, is there no-one NILE RODGERS doesn't know? Adam Sweeting charts the changing life and ...

Bobby Brown: Soul's Carnal Cruiser: Bobby Brown, Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 June 1989

He came, they saw, he conquered... Adam Sweeting on Bobby Brown at the Wembley Arena ...

Buffalo Springfield, Crazy Horse, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Neil Young: Shakey: Neil Young's biography by Jimmy McDonough

Book Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, September 2002

MOST ROCK stars realise they need to plug the new album and stir up column inches when concert tickets go on sale, but eventually it ...

Kate Bush: Bushwacked by Kate

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 12 October 1989

THE WOMAN pouring tea in a hotel near EMI records has a wide, warm smile and speaks with such endearing openness that you wonder if ...

Kate Bush: Return of the Recluse

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Independent on Sunday, 2 October 2005

PLENTY HAS HAPPENED in the twelve years since Kate Bush last released an album. Tory sleaze has morphed into New Labour; mobile phones and iPods ...

Cabaret Voltaire

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 26 June 1982

"THERE'S 70 million people on earth." "Where are they hiding?" ...

Terry Callier

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 October 2012

FROM HIS BEGINNINGS in jazz, folk and soul music onwards, the singer and guitarist Terry Callier, who has died aged 67 after suffering from throat ...

Cameo: Flat Out for the Top

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 October 1988

To celebrate Cameo's thirteenth album Adam Sweeting joins Larry Blackmon for a wholemeal bagel in downtown New York. ...

Johnny Cash (1989)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 17 March 1989

The Man in Black on the controversy surrounding the 'Til Things Are Brighter tribute album; being threatened by the Klan for hugging Charley Pride; his friendship with Roy Orbison; the state of current country, and his Scottish roots. He also shows Sweeting his coin, gun and guitar collection!

File format: mp3; file size: 30.9mb, interview length: 32' 11" sound quality: ***

Rosanne Cash (2014)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 10 February 2014

The not-so-native New Yorker on her current album The River and the Thread; on rediscovering the American South, and the Tallahatchie Bridge; on being Johnny Cash's daughter; working with her husband and co-writer John Leventhal; on songwriting, and her sewing circle!

File format: mp3; file size: 57.9mb, interview length: 1h 00' 16" sound quality: ****

Alex Chilton: Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 October 1985

Back on top ...

Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend: Jim Marshall, 1923-2012

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 April 2012

The "Father of Loud", he gave his name to the world-famous, ubiquitous amplifier. ...

Gene Clark: Flight Fantastic

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, July 2001

GENE CLARK'S NO OTHER IS ONE OF THE GREAT LOST ALBUMS. ...

The Dave Clark Five, Phil Collins, Don Henley, Keith Moon, R.E.M.: Drummers: Adventurers in the Skins Trade

Overview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 8 March 1991

Dim, manic, noisy, and rarely women. But drummers aren't all troll-like, says Adam Sweeting ...

Cluster, Harmonia: Dieter Moebius, 1944-2015

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 July 2015

THOUGH BORN IN Switzerland, Dieter Moebius, who has died aged 71, was destined to become renowned as one of the pioneers of so-called Krautrock. ...

Coldplay: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 2 July 2014

THE ALBERT HALL was besieged by Coldplay fans desperately seeking a ticket for this week's pair of sold-out shows. ...

Elvis Costello & The Attractions: Ten Bloody Marys & Ten How's Your Fathers (Imp)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1980

COSTELLO BUFFS will undoubtedly be familiar with this generously-stuffed collection of His Master's Voices from its previous existence on cassette. On the other hand, they ...

Elvis Costello And The Attractions: Punch The Clock (F Beat)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1 September 1983

PHEW, for a moment there I thought the penny wasn't going to drop in time. Luckily, after a further batch of circumnavigations of the turntable, ...

Elvis Costello: A Dream Comes True

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Gramophone, 11 January 2004

A ballet from pop legend Elvis Costello based on Shakespeare? How did the musical changeling meet the challenge, asks Adam Sweeting ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 December 1986

Elvis on the loose: Adam Sweeting sees a master in peak form. ...

The Cramps: Lux Interior

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 February 2009

Co-founder of the Cramps, exponents of trash culture and 'psychobilly' music ...

The Crawling Chaos, Joy Division, Section 25: Joy Division, The Royal Family, Crawling Chaos, Section 25: Moonlight Club, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, New Musical Express, 19 April 1980

THE 1980 FACTORY ACT ...

David Crosby: A Hippy out of Hell

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 March 1989

David Crosby is back with an album and autobiography. He talks to Adam Sweeting ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: "Deja Vu Again"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 29 October 1999

THERE'S NO MISTAKING the portly middle-aged man with the walrus moustache beached on a sofa at the Dorchester hotel, plucking the chords of Neil Young's ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY's Stephen Stills and Neil Young (1999)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 October 1999

Together again to promote the new CSNY album Looking Forward, Messrs. Stills and Young enthuse about making the record, putting a band together to tour, the state of Crosby, and their relationship then and now. They also look back at their time together in Buffalo Springfield, spinning yarns and tall tales.

File format: mp3; file size: 37.9mb, interview length: 39' 29" sound quality: ****

Culture Club: Kissing To Be Clever (Virgin V2232)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 9 October 1982

The lust patrol ...

The Cure

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Spin, July 1987

Robert Smith grew up like any other alienated boy from the suburbs. Then he grew down and became one of pop music's great eccentrics. ...

Roger Daltrey (2011)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 22 June 2011

The Who frontman on touring Tommy as a solo artist; on Cousin Kevin, Uncle Ernie and paedophilia; on Prince Charles; on CSI using Who songs as title music, appearing in that show, and his acting career in general. He then, at great length, airs his frequently reactionary political opinions.

File format: mp3; file size: 64.5mb, interview length: 1h 07' 09" sound quality: *****

Miles Davis: A little loving goes Miles and miles. Miles Davis: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 July 1987

Adam Sweeting finds one of Jazz's greatest innovators in masterful form at the Festival Hall ...

Sammy Davis Jr., Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra: Frank Sinatra, Liza Minnelli, Sammy Davis Jr.: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 April 1989

Come to the cabaret, old chums. Adam Sweeting gets a kick out of Liza, Sammy and a revitalised Frank Sinatra at the Albert Hall. ...

Dead Or Alive: Queen Bitch

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 14 April 1984

Suddenly, yesterday's men Dead Or Alive are pop Stars. Here, flamboyant PETE BURNS tells Adam Sweeting about fame and dressing up. ...

Def Leppard: Obituary: Steve Clark — Hard Rock Hero

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 January 1991

THE DEATH of Def Leppard's guitarist Steve Clark, aged 30, on Tuesday morning was the latest disaster to strike the Sheffield group. On New Year's ...

Defunkt: The Venue, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 20 June 1981

PRESENTING upwardly mobile uptown jazz/funk from New York, Defunkt are a sharp six-piece fronted by the ever-cool Joe Bowie, who plays trombone, conducts the band ...

Howard Devoto, Pete Shelley: Shelley-Devoto: The Odd Couple

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

YOU HAVE BEEN parachuted into the middle of 1976. Text messaging, Hear'Say and Osama Bin Laden belong to an unknowable future, but The Sex Pistols ...

Bo Diddley

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 June 2008

American pioneer of rock'n'roll who influenced the Beatles and the Rolling Stones ...

The Dixie Chicks: Dixie Chicks: How The Chicks Survived Their Scrap With Bush

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2006

Adam Sweeting assesses how the Dixie Chicks have weathered a political storm ...

Thomas Dolby: The Flat Earth (Parlophone)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 11 February 1984

ANYBODY WHO'D put Magnus Pyke in one of their videos has to be a gimmick merchant, right? Though Thomas Dolby scored a hit in all ...

Thomas Dolby: Hyperaction

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 3 March 1984

Adam Sweeting gets all smoochy with Eighties Renaissance Man THOMAS DOLBY. ...

Ian Dury: Triffic!

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, February 1987

MADNESS ALWAYS called him Uncle Ian, and there's still that avuncular earthiness about Ian Dury. "They always say, we are entertainers," he notes, "and I'll ...

Steve Earle: Highway Blues

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

HOW STEVE EARLE'S GUITAR TOWN BROUGHT A NEW ATTITUDE TO NASHVILLE. ...

Earth Wind and Fire: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Sunday Telegraph, 20 October 2013

Funk Pop's most durable act are still as interested in theatrics as music ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Echo and the Bunnymen: Crystal Days (1979-1999)**** (Warner Strategic Marketing)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, August 2001

MAC LADS' four-CD retrospective ...

Eurythmics: Be Yourself Tonight (RCA)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 May 1985

AMONG their assimilations, borrowings and treatments, Eurythmics remain outsiders. "I'm a looker, a viewer of things," said Annie Lennox. Their Sweet Dreams album nailed the ...

Eurythmics: The Ministry Of Truth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 May 1985

AMONG THE CRASH of crockery and the hubbub of tea-slurping customers, Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox sit unobtrusively at a table in the Waldorf Hotel. ...

Eurythmics: "I Am Not The Androgynous Annie Lennox. I Never Was. I Used It For Something Else"

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 November 1986

The Eurythmics Leading lady talks to Adam Sweeting about her life, her music and her image. ...

Dave Stewart, Eurythmics: The Man Most Likely To: Dave Stewart

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, February 1987

THE MATCHING PAIR of black and white Mercedes limousines nose, cautiously down the narrow street, unearthly craft looking for a landing space in the Milan ...

Donald Fagen: Sunken Condos

Review by Adam Sweeting, Arts Desk, The, 10 October 2012

Sly and sardonic new songs from the Steely Dan veteran ...

Fehlfarben: Before The Deluge

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 31 July 1982

UNDER THE nuclear shadow, something stirs. Looking west, it decides to reject the old men's fear and guilt. If the sands of time are turning ...

Bryan Ferry: Zealous Guy

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, October 1994

Managerial divorce, marital problems, writer's block… times have been hard for Bryan Ferry, but the "artist who makes records" has entered his Arabic period with ...

Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Holly Johnson: Frankie goes to Litigation

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 18 January 1988

Holly of Frankie Goes To Hollywood takes his label to court today. Adam Sweeting reports ...

Rory Gallagher: Gallagher: The Rory Details

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Beat Instrumental, March 1979

I LOST COUNT of the number of times men in check shirts spilt beer down me. Elderly blues and rock and roll music thundered over ...

Gang of Four: Songs Of The Free (EMI)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 22 May 1982

AND SO the most highly-evolved piss artists in "rock" came to release their third LP. ...

Kate Garner, Haysi Fantayzee: Kate Garner: Woman's Own

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 17 March 1984

KATE GARNER used to be known for taking her clothes off. Now she's keeping them on, even in the face of Adam Sweeting. ...

Lowell George: Time Loves a Hero: Lowell George

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 August 2000

THE EAGLES SOLD more records and Steely Dan went down better with intellectuals, but the best American band of the 1970s was Little Feat, led ...

Macy Gray: Shepherds Bush Empire, London ***

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 May 2003

HER RECORD COMPANY had spent the day warning everybody that she would be on stage at 9pm, not 9.15pm as advertised, but in the end ...

Nanci Griffith, Lyle Lovett, Ricky Skaggs, Randy Travis: New Country: Banjoing the Roy Rogers Image

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 27 March 1987

It may have had a hard time persuading people to take it seriously but, as Adam Sweeting reports, country music is winning ...

Hall & Oates: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 17 March 1984

SWEET SOUL MUSIC ...

Daryl Hall: The Net Widens For Hit-Maker Daryl Hall

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2012

The blonde half of Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall, is fast becoming quite the English gent, he tells Adam Sweeting .  ...

John Hiatt: Bring The Family

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, February 2008

Harrowing '87 confessional enhanced by Ry Cooder, Nick Lowe and Jim Keltner. ...

Whitney Houston: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 May 1988

Adam Sweeting marvels at a mega-star in action at the Birmingham NEC ...

Freddie Jackson, Alexander O'Neal, Teddy Pendergrass, Luther Vandross: Who Took the Heart out of Soul?

Comment by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 February 1987

As London prepares for more streamlined sophistication, Adam Sweeting wonders what happened to the sweat and suffering ...

Michael Jackson: The Greatest Showman — Michael Jackson: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 July 1988

Adam Sweeting on the dazzling Michael Jackson at Wembley ...

James: First We Take Manhattan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, August 1992

And then we take — Alton Towers? In preparation for their Fourth of July bash at the noted Midlands leisure resort, James have been touring ...

Jason & The Scorchers: Jason and the Scorchers: Fervor

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 28 July 1984

WITH MUCH contemporary sound becoming more than a tad anaemic (they know who they are), we must turn our eyes to the West for a ...

Katharine Jenkins: Katherine Jenkins and the classical music stars who please our ears – and eyes

Report by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 21 January 2014

DRESSED IN something crimson and curve-enhancing by Stella McCartney, and teetering on Kurt Geiger heels, Katherine Jenkins has assured us that she's heading "back to ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Ah, Showbusiness...

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, October 1987

...the roar of the crowd, the smell of the greasepaint, the reverberating thud of boot through amplifer. Live sets lasting nine whole minutes. A riot ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: Psychocandy (Warners)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 23 November 1985

THE NEGATIVE VIBES ...

Norah Jones at Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 3 October 2002

At 23, Norah Jones is both old beyond her years and curiously insecure in front of an audience, even such a plainly partisan one as ...

Grace Jones: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 March 1990

THE GRACE Jones Experience could be described as long-awaited. The chap pressed up to the front of the stage certainly thought so. "Waiting three hours ...

Tom Jones: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 May 1987

Mock macho ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, April 1980

A SLY old dog who knows all the tricks, B. B. King is capable of making you realise that the blues is rather more than ...

B.B. King: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 October 1986

AFTER 30-ODD years in the trade, in which he's travelled millions of miles and used up lord knows how many sets of guitar strings, it's ...

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Lonely Runs Both Ways

Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 19 November 2004

THIS IS KRAUSS'S first studio album for three years, though in the meantime she's delivered a bestselling live album, won three Grammy awards, and made ...

Cyndi Lauper: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 26 February 1987

FUNNY GIRL! Cyndi Lauper is equal parts Shirley Temple, Rickie Lee Jones and Bugs Bunny, a fruitcake in a musical doll's house wearing cartoon clothes, ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee 1945-2006

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 August 2006

Flower-power myth maker who captured the dark side of the summer of love ...

Annie Lennox: The Right Stuff: Annie Lennox on Singers

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, February 1987

I NEVER HAD enough money to have a record player, so I never got into the habit ol buying records, and so my only real ...

Let's Active: Cypress (IRS IRSA 7047)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 15 September 1984

ACTIVATE ...

Little Feat: Snakes On Everything

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, December 2001

FOR A FEW moments, it sounded just like old times. Little Feat were rolling unhurriedly through 'Day Or Night', embellishing it with their traditional lopsided ...

Little Feat: Dixie Chicken

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2009

RELEASED IN a year that also produced Steely Dan's Countdown to Ecstasy, The Eagles' Desperado and Jackson Browne's For Everyman, Little Feat's Dixie Chicken still ...

Living Colour: Rocking the Boat

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 23 August 1990

Establishment America says rock is a white man's prerogative. Adam Sweeting on why Living Colour think otherwise ...

Lyle Lovett: Lovett and Leave It

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 March 1988

Lyle Lovett is top of the country charts but the laid back Texan has no intentions, he tells Adam Sweeting, of ending up on the treadmill ...

John Lydon: The Primal Yawn

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 8 February 1986

John Lydon, a cartoon character no longer, is back with a single which looks like being a bit of a hit, and an album called ...

Manassas: The Feast Of Stephen

Retrospective by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, February 2002

ADAM SWEETING ON MANASSAS, STEPHEN STILLS' GROUNDBREAKING 1972 MIX OF COUNTRY AND ROCK ...

MC Hammer: Me, Jesus and the President

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 May 1991

Adam Sweeting is privy to a generous 15 minutes of MC Hammer's hard-earned fame ...

MC Hammer: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 May 1991

Hammered home: Adam Sweeting sees MC Hammer let the rap rip at the Birmingham NEC on a night of music and moralising ...

Ian McLagan, 1945-2014

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 4 December 2014

MUSIC HISTORY has a special niche reserved for Ian McLagan, who has died aged 69 after suffering a stroke. ...

George Michael: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 January 1991

"THE MOST constructive thing I can do now is to try to be a great songwriter," says George Michael. ...

Buddy Miles 1947-2008

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 29 February 2008

Rock drummer who graced the stage with Hendrix in his heyday ...

Ministry: Ministry of Offence

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 10 July 1982

THE AIRPORT at Minneapolis is surprisingly big, considering the town itself is hidden away up towards Canada in the big blank heart of the mid-West. ...

Liza Minnelli: "Each song is a movie to me"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Daily Telegraph, 17 January 2013

Ahead of her show at the Royal Festival Hall, Liza Minnelli takes a break from rehearsals in New York to serenade Adam Sweeting. ...

Liza Minnelli, Pet Shop Boys: All Eyes Are On Liza

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 14 August 1989

"My whole life I've sung songs that were written before I was born." But no longer. Liza Minnelli, Oscar-winning superstar, talks to Adam Sweeting about ...

Sugar Minott

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 12 July 2010

Prolific Jamaican musician who was a pioneer of dancehall reggae ...

Joni Mitchell: Joni Rides Home

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, April 1991

JONI MITCHELL MAY HAVE CUT HER MUSICAL TEETH DURING THE ERA OF LOVE AND PEACE BUT SHE TAKES NONE TOO KINDLY TO COMPARISONS WITH TODAY'S ...

Joni Mitchell: Dog Day Afternoon: Joni Mitchell

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 January 1986

THEY'VE ALL all been coming out of the woodwork this past year, the artists who'd never deign to speak to anyone - ole Neil, Dylan ...

Mothmen: One Black Dot

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 3 April 1982

THERE'S SOMETHING invisible about the Mothmen. Oh yes, they've included a picture of themselves here and their names are all written down for inspection...but the ...

Motorhead

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Trouser Press, May 1981

"NOISE IS A big part of Motorhead mania" says the stark black lettering inside one of the band's tour brochures. Immediately below it is a ...

Graham Nash (2016)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 8 March 2016

The ex-Hollie and CSN(Y) associate talks about his new album This Path Tonight; about seeing the Everlys in Manchester as a youth, harmony singing, the recent changes in his life; about Trump, religion and the state of the world, and his continuing love of photography; and about the tribulations of David Crosby and the health of old flame Joni Mitchell.

File format: mp3; file size: 49.5mb, interview length: 51' 35" sound quality: *****

The National: Boxer

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, June 2007

TWELVE YEARS AGO, the five members of the National left their native Cincinnati and headed east for New York. As mid-westerners who can never think ...

New Order: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 10 December 1983

BLUE COOL ...

New York Dolls, Johnny Thunders, Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers: Johnny Thunders: Punk and Drugs and Warhol

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 April 1991

JOHNNY THUNDERS had long been a by-word for self-destruction through drugs and hard living. In 1981, Trouser Press magazine cynically declared Thunders "legally dead" alongside a cartoon ...

New Order: Shaming The Nation

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 11 January 1986

With last year's album Low-life, NEW ORDER finally laid the ghost of Joy Division and emerged as one of this nation's saving graces with a ...

Nico, The Velvet Underground: Nico: A Baleful Dark Brown Voice

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 23 July 1988

NICO, THE baleful Teutonic queen of sixties New York, has died in Ibiza after a cerebral haemorrhage suffered while cycling in intense mid-day heat. She ...

Robert Palmer On Singers

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, December 1986

THESE ARE MY favourite 10, and not in any particular order. For instance, I do think Billie Holiday was better than Peter Cox, the singer ...

Robert Palmer: How to Run the Riptide With Style

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 November 1986

Adam Sweeting on the rise of Robert Palmer ...

Pere Ubu: The Art Of Pere Ubu

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1981

IT'S AN IRONIC twist of fate that Pere Ubu's latest visit to the UK should be prefaced by Rough Trade's reissue of the band's debut ...

Pere Ubu, The Pixies: Pixies, Pere Ubu: Kilburn National, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 7 July 1989

SUPPORT FOR The Pixies, Boston's finest, came from Pere Ubu, born again (and again) as cortex-tickling popsters via the Cloudland album. Vocalist David Thomas, a sweating balloon ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Petty Larceny

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, September 1991

HEIR TO DYLAN OR BEL AIR AIRHEAD? SOMETIME WILBURY TOM PETTY IS 40 WITH KIDS, AND EVEN THOUGH HIS NEW ALBUM WITH THE HEARTBREAKERS IS ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty

Report and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 13 June 1981

BENMONT TENCH remembers the day well. "It was April Fool's Day 1974 when we drove to L.A.," he recalls. At the time, keyboardsman Tench, guitarist ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty (1981)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 1981

The head Heartbreaker talks at length about, among many other things, songwriting and lyrics; his first album; working with Stevie Nicks; bandmates Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench; his Hard Promises album; Roger McGuinn's cover of 'American Girl'; Duck Dunn and John Fogerty; the MCA lawsuit and Denny Cordell; visiting Europe, and his relationship with producer Jimmy Iovine.

File format: mp3; file size: 86.6mb, interview length: 1h 30' 13" sound quality: ***

Pink Floyd: Richard Wright

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 16 September 2008

Keyboard player and founder member of Pink Floyd ...

Robert Plant (1993)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 18 June 1993

The former Led Zeppelin frontman on his current solo project: on his new band and their youthful enthusiasm; on the depth of his roots in the blues, and musical theft; how John Bonham's death meant the end of Zep; on the music that inspired his youth... and how old rockers like him can remain engaged with the present.

File format: mp3; file size: 38mb, interview length: 39' 36" sound quality: ****

Prince: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 June 1990

The Prince's new clothes ...

The Redskins: Keeping On And On

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 11 February 1984

Adam Sweeting weathers a storm of political invective from THE REDSKINS ...

R.E.M.: The Carioca, Worthing

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 5 May 1984

HOT NIGHTS IN GEORGIA ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: The Human Riff

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, December 2002

For 40 years, KEITH RICHARDS has been the soul of The Rolling Stones, a band he wouldn't let die even when he seemed to be ...

Lionel Richie: Dancing On the Ceiling

Review by Adam Sweeting, Q, October 1986

IT IS SAID THAT Lionel Richie's previous solo album, Can't Slow Down, sold an unthinkable 15 million copies, the kind of statistic that can cause ...

Lionel Richie: Crossing the Square

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 17 March 1987

The saintly Lionel Richie's co-writer is the Lord. Adam Sweeting reports ...

Lionel Richie: This Charming Man

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, June 1987

Deep in the heart of showbiz, there is one name that's on every guest list. One person — firm of handshake, even of keel — ...

Diana Ross: The Queen of Muzak — Diana Ross: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 May 1989

Adam Sweeting finds the Birmingham crowd more entertaining than Diana Ross ...

Scritti Politti: The Politics of Green Land

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 July 1985

Adam Sweeting meets Scritti Politti's radical singer-songwriter ...

Del Shannon: Pop Before the Beatles

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 10 February 1990

THE APPARENT suicide of Del Shannon at his home in California puts the final tragic twist to a story which began well with a string ...

Carly Simon (1988)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 21 July 1988

The singer-songwriter discusses the soundtracks to the movie Heartburn (and current project Working Girl); plus Reagan, Dukakis and Jessie Jackson, and American politics in general; growing up in the illustrious Simon (& Schuster) family; the pros and cons of Live Aid; drugs and her generation; working with Clive Davis at Arista... and her reluctance to play live.

File format: mp3; file size: 40.3mb, interview length: 41' 59" sound quality: ***

Paul Simon (1993)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1993

In the context of his retrospective box set Paul Simon 1964/1993, the veteran singer-songwriter looks back over his relationship with Art Garfunkel; 'Bridge Over Troubled Water'; his artistic evolution in the shadow of the Beatles and Dylan; his black NYC influences; Graceland's success and controversy; accusations of cultural appropriation; his longevity and place in the world.

File format: mp3; file size: 59.7mb, interview length: 1h 02' 19" sound quality: ****

Simple Minds: The Laird

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Q, August 1987

HE HAS HEARD the big music, and he'll never be the same. "At the end of the day we are a hell of a noise," ...

Sisters of Mercy: The Sisters Of Mercy: The Devils Floorshow

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 15 January 1983

Adam Sweeting unravels the stream of consciousness gushing forth from the SISTERS OF MERCY. ...

Slash, Velvet Revolver: Slash: "I died. I do remember that."

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 9 July 2004

When three battered ex-junkies from Guns N'Roses got together to form Velvet Revolver, the cynics got ready for a flop. Guitarist Slash tells Adam Sweeting ...

Sonic Youth: Here Come The Noise Terrorists: Sonic Youth

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 July 1992

THUNDEROUS mantra-grooves and jagged fanfares of atonal brass boom across the parched grass of New York's Central Park, though it could equally well be Monterey ...

Spear Of Destiny: Spear of Destiny: Spear & Loathing

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 21 January 1984

SPEAR OF DESTINY'S KIRK BRANDON bares his soul to Adam Sweeting ...

Bruce Springsteen

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, September 2002

IF ALL YOU'VE ever seen of New Jersey is Newark airport or the bits they show you in the opening sequence of The Sopranos, you ...

Bruce Springsteen: Talking To The Boss

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Vox, September 1992

FOLKLORE TELLS us there was a time, about 25 years ago, when meeting the stars was a simple matter. You just had to hang out ...

Squeeze: Sweets From A Stranger (A&M)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 8 May 1982

CELEBRATED FOR their willingness to look the slings and arrows straight in the eye, Squeeze return with more observations and scars from the battle zone. ...

The Style Council, Wham!: Wham! Style Council: Miners' Benefit, Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 15 September 1984

Pit-Head Ballet ...

The Style Council: Our Favourite Shop (Polydor)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 25 May 1985

Shopping spree ...

Talking Heads, Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club: The Byrne Issue

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 14 October 1988

Adam Sweeting on Talking Heads, the Tom Tom Club, and the great divide between the two ...

Chip Taylor: Lock 17, London ****

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 July 2005

EVEN BEFORE he met Carrie Rodriguez, Chip Taylor's life had the authentic ring of fiction about it. ...

Tears For Fears: Talking in Riddles

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 26 November 1983

Adam Sweeting tolerates the serious posturings of TEARS FOR FEARS. ...

Teenage Fanclub: Shepherd's Bush Empire

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 5 June 1995

YOU CAN tell a lot about a band from their choice of cover versions. As their tumultuous set rampaged to a close, Teenage Fanclub ripped ...

Television: Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 June 2002

IT WAS SOMETHING of a coup to recruit Television for David Bowie's Meltdown festival. The glacial new-wavers made rock history with their 1977 debut album, ...

U2: At The Homecoming: U2’s Unforgettable Fire

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 1985

THIS HAS BEEN a long time coming, and there have been signs of strain. War, U2's last album of new material, was released more than ...

U2: The Unforgettable Fire (Island U25)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 6 October 1984

AT THE HOMECOMING ...

U2: Under A Blood Red Sky (Island Mini LP IMA3)

Review by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 26 November 1983

IT WAS only a matter of time before U2 released a live disc of some sort, since gruelling road-work has earned them a firm base ...

U2: Friars, Aylesbury

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Sounds, 13 June 1981

THEY'D JUST FLOWN IN from the States, seen Springsteen the previous night, and gave Aylesbury a taste of what it's like to be totally wired ...

Luther Vandross: A night with the fat controller — Luther Vandross: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 1 April 1989

Adam Sweeting finds the rich fare of Luther Vandross a mixed blessing at Wembley Arena ...

Luther Vandross: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 6 February 1987

Deluxe on his side: Adam Sweeting on Luther Vandross's uptown sounds ...

Townes Van Zandt: Keeping Quiet For The Sake Of A Song: Townes Van Zandt 1944-1997

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, January 1997

OTHER MUSICIANS revered Texan song writer Townes Van Zandt who has died of a heart attack aged 52, but he made real efforts, helped by ...

Velvet Revolver's Slash (2004)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Rock's Backpages Audio, June 2004

The hairy guitar wrangler talks about his drug issues, his overdose, and being straightened out by having a child; his early influences; playing guitar with Izzy Stradlin and Dave Kushner; Duff McKagan's reinvention; getting Velvet Revolver together; Scott Weiland's drug and legal issues; the (first) end of Guns N' Roses... and much more.

File format: mp3; file size: 71mb, interview length: 1h 13' 58" sound quality: ****

Tom Verlaine: Flash Light

Review by Adam Sweeting, Q, 1987

IN ONE SENSE, Tom Verlaine has the most consistent output of any of rock's guiding lights. Since Television's spellbindingly wonderful Marquee Moon a decade ago, ...

Martha Wainwright: "I like old guys cos they like me!"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Telegraph Magazine, 10 May 2008

Singer Martha Wainwright tells Adam Sweeting about the soap opera of her family life ...

Tom Waits: A Mellower Prince Of Melancholy

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 15 September 1992

HE MIGHT STILL dress as though he staggers around sniffing under dustbin lids, but now the self styled Oddball Kid refuses to play his old ...

Gillian Welch and David Rawlings: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 August 2004

"WE LOVE PLAYING HERE," Gillian Welch told us more than once, and since she and her musical soulmate David Rawlings were on for more than ...

Wham!: Wembley Stadium, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 30 June 1986

George's time to go-go: Adam Sweeting on Wham!'s farewell concert at Wembley ...

Robert Wyatt: Diving for Pearls

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 4 June 1983

Adam Sweeting talks to ROBERT WYATT about shipbuilding, pop music, the Eurovision song contest, and revolutionary ideologies. ...

XTC: A Coat Of Many Cupboards (Virgin) ****

Review by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, April 2002

FOUR-CD box set offers alternative history of quintessentially English pop group. ...

Neil Young: Old Ways Diehard

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, September 1985

The old Crosby, Stills and Nash hippie has taken on a new redneck colouration with firm roots in country music. Adam Sweeting looks back from ...

Neil Young: "Will I be deported?"

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 May 2003

IT IS DIFFICULT to find supportive things to say about George Bush unless your construction company is rebuilding Iraq, but it would be a droll ...

Neil Young: Legend Of A Loner (part 1)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 7 September 1985

NEIL YOUNG is one of rock's most enduring heroes. From Buffalo Springfield to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young to his own brilliant, if erratic, solo ...

Neil Young: Legend Of A Loner (part 2)

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Melody Maker, 14 September 1985

He's back! In part two of Adam Sweeting's definitive epic, NEIL YOUNG explains the gentle art of growing old gracefully. ...

Neil Young: The Uncut Questionnaire: Neil Young

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Uncut, October 2003

UNCUT: When you played the songs from your new Greendale album in Europe, did you experience any anti-US hostility? ...

Zwan: Billy Corgan

Interview by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 21 February 2003

BILLY CORGAN has been dreaming of Christina Aguilera, pop's best undressed woman. She was staying at the same London hotel as Corgan's new band, Zwan, ...

ZZ Top: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 22 October 1986

Heads in the clouds ...

List of genre pieces

Rag Bag of Mags

Report by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 2 June 1990

Adam Sweeting looks at a new round of paper wars ...

Ahmet Ertegun

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Richard Williams, Guardian, The, 16 December 2006

A mogul who nurtured the careers of stars such as Ray Charles, Led Zeppelin, Aretha Franklin and Dusty Springfield ...

Alan Livingston Obituary

Obituary by Adam Sweeting, Guardian, The, 20 March 2009

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

Stiff Records

Report by Adam Sweeting, Q, October 1986

THE CONNAUGHT ROOMS in London, WC2, are used to Lord Mayors, masonic gatherings and businessmen full of brandy, but on a grey August Monday the ...

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