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Dan Nooger

Dan Nooger

I wrote the Detroit and Philadelphia chapters of Blackwell's Guide To Soul Recordings and have written about music for many years; my Village Voice review of one of Bruce Springsteen's earliest New York shows at Max's Kansas City in 1973 was quoted in Will Hermes' book Love Goes to Buildings On Fire.  My name was also quoted as the "reviewer" of the Nasty Bits' show in the final episode of HBO's Vinyl.  I have also produced and/or annotated many blues, soul and jazz reissue projects going back to the 1970's, for such labels as Chess, Savoy Jazz, Ace and Night Train. I was a staff writer with Atlantic Records' publicity department from 1978 to 1980. In the early '80s I was a staff reporter for music trade publication Cashbox. I also used to do some film-extra work in the mid '90s and was directed for one day by Martin Scorsese in Bringing Out The Dead (twitching junkie on the couch in the "apartment" scene).  During the punk rock days my band Razors Edge opened three nights for Blondie at CBGB (Valentines weekend February 1976) and we also opened shows for the Dictators, among others. 

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Average White Band: Show Your Hand (MCA)

Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, November 1973

A LOT OF British heavies on the order of Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, and even Elton John came out of the soul club tradition, learning ...

Bert Berns, Lorraine Ellison, Garnet Mimms, Jerry Ragovoy, Howard Tate: Roll with the Punches: An Interview with Jerry Ragovoy

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, May 2017

The late Jerry Ragovoy wrote and arranged some of the greatest records of the last century. This unpublished interview by Dan Nooger found him recalling ...

Bobby Bland: Talking Blues: Bobby Bland in 1973

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, December 2017

Bobby Bland was one of the most beloved blues (and soul) singers of the '60s and '70s, an influence on rock vocalists from Rod Stewart ...

Manu Dibango: Soul Makossa (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, September 1973

THIS IS the best soul dance record in years. It cuts directly against the grain of most black music today, which strives for that sophisticated, ...

Aretha Franklin: Apollo Theatre, New York, NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, April 1974

MUSIC HAS taken its place with dope and women as a reason for coming to Harlem. Especially these bleak days, it's an emotionally regenerative experience ...

Wilson Pickett: The 600 Dollar Man

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, April 2017

Wilson Pickett often cut a controversial figure; he was tough, brash and volatile. But he was also one of the great soul singers, and could ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Launch Onslaught '75 With Made In The Shade

Report and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, August 1975

Roaring through the sun circuit, the Kings of Cool have set America buzzing with the might of a million locusts. ...

Biff Rose, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen, Biff Rose: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, Village Voice, The, 8 February 1973

EVERYBODY GRUMBLES about Max's for some reason, but most of us keep climbing through the dark to the top of the stairs once or twice ...

Sweet But Not Saccharine

Profile and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, 23 March 1976

THE SWEET are a hit band in the U.S. today. They might have been in 1973. Their single, 'Little Willy', had been a smash and ...

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