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Daryl Easlea

Daryl Easlea

Born between Rubber Soul and Revolver, Daryl Easlea was in music retail between 1979 and 1997, and left to belatedly take his degree in American History and International History at Keele, where he also ran the student radio station.

He began writing professionally in 1999. After graduating in 2000, he became the deputy editor at Record Collector, where he remains a regular contributor. His work has also appeared in Mojo, Mojo Collections, various Q and Mojo specials, Prog Magazine, The Guardian, Uncut, Dazed & Confused, The Independent, Socialism, The Glasgow Herald, The Encyclopaedia of Popular Music, 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die and

He also compiles and annotates CDs (his favourite being 50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong: 39 Fall Greats), DJs, broadcasts and was born to dance.

His books explore his favourite loves; great pop eccentrics, populist African-American music and prog rock. His first, Everybody Dance: Chic & The Politics Of Disco was published by Helter Skelter in December 2004 and was voted NME's third best book of 2005. His second, an extended essay to accompany the Supremes exhibition at the V&A was published by V&A Publishing in May 2008. Talent Is an Asset: the Story of Sparks was published by Omnibus Press in April 2010, while Without Frontiers: The Life And Music Of Peter Gabriel was published in October 2013.

He lives with his darling wife and daughter by the seaside rather near where he was born.

List of articles in the library by artist

ABC: "It Was Like Disco, But In A Bob Dylan Way": The Lexicon Of Love

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Neutron/Mercury Records, November 2004

FEW ALBUMS DEFINE the resonance and the beauty of a particular era as does The Lexicon Of Love by ABC. It could be said that ...

ABC, Heaven 17, The Human League: The Steel City Tour: Human League, ABC and Heaven 17 at the Hammersmith Apollo

Live Review by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, February 2009

THE STEEL CITY TOUR is a thrilling glimpse of the once- future through the lens of the past. What these groups attempted in Sheffield at ...

The Beta Band, Steve Mason: An Interview with Steve Mason

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, November 2010

DE: Tell us about your latest projects. ...

David Bowie: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust And the Spiders From Mars: 30th Anniversary Edition

Review and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2002

"I'm really just a Photostat machine. I pour out what has already been fed in. I merely reflect what is going on around me" – ...

Chic: Raymond Jones, 1958-2011

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2011

ALTHOUGH A NAME that doesn't readily trip off the tongue, most of RC's readers have danced at some point or another to the understated beauty ...

Chic: These Are The Good Times

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Mojo Collections, Fall 2001

THINK CHIC, think chic – a passport back to Studio 54, 70s hedonism; good times, guaranteed to bring gravity to the flapping flares and mirrorball-twirling ...

Chic, Tony Thompson: Tony Thompson

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Guardian, The, November 2003

TONY THOMPSON, WHO has died of cancer aged 48, was among the finest of all pop/rock drummers. Although his name is frequently absent from the ...

Chic, Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean Wright: Norma Jean

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Demon Records, July 2011

NORMA JEAN WRIGHT'S sole album on Bearsville, released in 1978, is something of a curio, and is notable for the fact it was the first ...

Dexys Midnight Runners: Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood: Dexys Midnight Runners and Don’t Stand Me Down

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2002

In 1985 an album was released that sold little and contributed to the demise of one of the most venerated groups of the 80s. With ...

Ian Dury: Buried Treasure: Ian Dury and the Blockheads' Do It Yourself

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, unpublished, March 2003

HOW CAN A platinum-selling album that reached No. 2 in the UK charts be classed as "buried treasure"? Easily. Do It Yourself remains a well-kept ...

The Fall: 50,000 Fall Fans Can’t Be Wrong: The Very Best of The Fall 1978-2003

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Sanctuary Records, Spring 2004

IN THE EARLY months of 2004, The Fall’s first album, Live At The Witch Trials, celebrated its 25th anniversary. When The Fall started, rock wasn’t ...

Franz Ferdinand: Whatever You Want Us To Be

Report and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Dazed & Confused, November 2005

With their second album, Franz Ferdinand, the post-millennial fab four, look certain to become one of the biggest bands on the planet. Where better to ...

Genesis, Mike + the Mechanics: Mike Rutherford: The Trick Of The Tale

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, February 2014

Genesis and Mike + The Mechanics' founder Mike Rutherford has written an autobiography with a difference. Daryl Easlea met him to discuss The Living Years. ...

David Gilmour, Pink Floyd: David Gilmour: The Record Collector Interview

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, May 2003

ROCK HISTORIANS have a problem with David Gilmour because he is, well, so very balanced. Displaying little of the madness or angst of Pink Floyd's ...

Nick Heyward: Great Albums That Have Fallen Of The Critical Radar: Nick Heyward's North Of A Miracle

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Uncut, December 2005

IN LATE 1983, an elegant and understated LP slipped quietly onto the racks. Produced by Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick, it began with a lush arrangement of ...

Whitney Houston

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, April 2012

WHITNEY HOUSTON, singer, actor, diva extraordinaire, died Los Angeles 12 February, aged 48. ...

Michael Jackson: Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough: Bruce Swedien Remembers the Times with Michael Jackson

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2009

HERE'S IRONY for you: there were several things timed for the release of Michael Jackson's London shows that were to provide testimony to the man's ...

John Martyn: The Gentlest Circus: One World

Sleevenotes by Daryl Easlea, Universal/Island Records, Fall 2004

YOU WOULD THINK one of the last characters to survive the supposed punk rock cull of 1976/77 would be John Martyn. To outsiders, he was ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: The RC INTERVIEW: Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, 2004

LET NO ONE tell you otherwise. An hour with reggae maverick Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry is a wondrous thing. His ‘madness’, however stage-managed, is there, almost ...

Pink Floyd: The Final Cut – A Requiem For The Post War Dream/ A Momentary Lapse Of Reason

Retrospective by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, March 2017

THOUGH THEY represent the opposing extremes of Pink Floyd's often tortured psyche, there, in fact, are many similarities between 1983's The Final Cut and 1987's A Momentary Lapse ...

Prefab Sprout: Absolutely Prefabulous: Steve McQueen Reissued

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, May 2007

PREFAB SPROUT'S shimmering masterpiece, Steve McQueen, began life in 1984 with the working title of June Parade. Led by writer, vocalist and guitarist Paddy McAloon, ...

Elvis Presley: Elvis in Hollywood

Retrospective by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2001

"I've had intellectuals tell me that I've got to progress as an actor, explore new horizons, take on new challenges, all that routine. I'd like ...

Gil Scott-Heron: Poet, Writer, Singer, Rapper, Pianist, Visionary

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2011

(born April 1, 1949 in Chicago; Died New York City 27th May 2011) ...

Sparks: What A Difference The Days Made: Sparks Look Back

Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, Summer 2003

FOR OVER 30 YEARS, Sparks have always been a glorious musical anachronism. To think that their genesis is on the American West Coast at the ...

Steely Dan: Aja

Review by Daryl Easlea,, 2011

IF EVER A record knew its worth, it was Aja, the sixth album by Steely Dan. Released in late 1977 when half the world seemed ...

Donna Summer, 1948-2012

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, June 2012

WHEN DONNA SUMMER relocated from the US to Germany to star in the Munich production of Hair, she unwittingly set a course that would result ...

Thievery Corporation: Gentlemen Robbers: Thievery Corporation

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, July 2005

FOUNDED IN 1995, Washington-based dance duo Thievery Corporation is in that select band of acts, that even though they remain elusive to the great majority, ...

Underworld: Celebrating the Underbelly: Underworld

Retrospective and Interview by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2008

UNDERWORLD HAVE been at the forefront of electronic music for the past 15 years. The partnership at the group's core, Karl Hyde and Rick Smith, ...

Luther Vandross

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, September 2005

THERE WAS SOMETHING special about Luther Vandross (who died 1st July). Free of the brashness of the other male soul performers of the 80s; here ...

Barry White 1944-2003

Obituary by Daryl Easlea, Record Collector, August 2003

FEW ARTISTS CAPTURED the aspirational glamour of the 70s better than Barry White. ...

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