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Bob Spitz

Bob Spitz

Bob Spitz, a veteran of the music industry, has parlayed his experience and interest in music into his writing. He has authored nonfiction books on topics ranging from the workings of the industry in The Making of Superstars: Artists and Executives of the Rock Music Business, to the famous Woodstock concert in Barefoot in Babylon: The Creation of the Woodstock Music Festival, 1969. Spitz's biography of Bob Dylan, Dylan: A Biography, which was published in 1989, continues to be viewed as relevant and, as of 2005, remains in print. The Beatles: The Biography, however, is Spitz's most widely reviewed book; it has been called "the definitive Beatles biography" by numerous critics.

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The Modern Lovers, Jonathan Richman: Ultra-Modern Lovers: Sophomoric Seduction In The Big, Red Apple

Report and Interview by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, January 1977

NEW YORK — It had been pouring for most of two days, but the rain began to let up about four in the afternoon. As ...

Dick Clark: American Bandit

Report by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, March 1977

NEW YORK — "Disc jockeys' mortgages were being paid, women were being provided; it was a slimy era." ...

Foreigner: Foreigner (Atlantic SD 18215)

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, June 1977

FOREIGNER IS a Boston/Cream pie a la mode whose futile search for the perfect hard-rock formula is diverted long enough for them to squeeze out ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes: This Time It's For Real (Epic PE 34668)

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, July 1977

RIDDLE OF THE SOUTHSIDE ...

Barry Manilow: Trying To Get the Feeling

Interview by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, September 1977

IT'S ELEVEN-below-zero on the Avenue, pitch black and hailing glassy bullets the size of golf balls. Empty buses on the suicide run choke back jetstreams ...

The Cate Brothers, Doobie Brothers, The Rowan Brothers: The Doobie Brothers: Livin' On The Fault Line; The Rowan Brothers: Jubilation; The Cate Brothers Band: The Cate Brothers Band

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, November 1977

DON'T CRY DADDY ...

Boz Scaggs: Down Two Then Left (Columbia JC 34729)

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, January 1978

MO' DANCING & SLICK DEBRIS ...

Cissy Houston, Bette Midler: Bette Midler: Broken Blossom (Atlantic SD 19151);Cissy Houston: Cissy Houston (Private Stock PS 2031)

Review by Bob Spitz, Crawdaddy!, March 1987

BETTE'S OFF, NO CISSY STRUT ...

The Beatles, Paul McCartney: He May Be Sir Paul, But He's Still a Beatle

Interview by Bob Spitz, New York Times, The, 25 May 1997

ON A RECENT afternoon in the kitchen of a quaint 17th-century mill house overlooking the English Channel, there was a sense of eventfulness. The room ...

Felix Cavaliere, Rick Derringer, Foreigner, Nils Lofgren, Leslie West: The Rock'n'Roll Fantasy Camp

Report and Interview by Bob Spitz, Delta Sky, December 1997

IT WASN'T UNTIL Friday night, when Frank Gonzales belted out a monster version of 'Double Vision', that everyone realized the significance-the true beauty of the ...

Sting: "I think I am the edge": Sting faces 50 and the millennium

Interview by Bob Spitz, Delta Sky, December 1999

FROM THE MOMENT the Police made their debut in 1978, it was clear that Sting wasn't about to go away. It wasn't so much that ...

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