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Graham Reid

Graham Reid

Graham Reid was the senior music writer for the New Zealand Herald for almost 20 years until late 2004 and has written for Billboard, numerous outlets in New Zealand, worked in radio and interviewed literally thousands of musicians. He now hosts his own highly regarded music and travel website where he posts new tracks every week and has an extensive back-catalogue of music interviews, essays and reviews (Absolute Elsewhere) as well as reminscences of famous encounters (My Back Pages) and Essential Elsewhere in which he writes about cornerstone albums essential in any music collection.

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The Beatles: Backbeat and The Beatles Industry

Report and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, May 1994

HIS LETTERS back home don't tell the whole story. But such letters seldom do. He says there are plenty of girls "but none of us ...

The Beatles: Astrid Kirchherr

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 1994

AT 55, ASTRID Kirchherr still loves rock music and listens to it every day: The Beatles, the Doors, Bowie... "and Prince, he's such a genius ...


Interview by Graham Reid, Vox, April 1994

From earthquakes in LA to cyclones Down Under, wherever Björk walks, mesmerized crowds and natural disasters follow ...

The Chills: The Dream is Over: Martin Phillipps of the disbanded Chills, interviewed in 1992

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid,, May 2009

MARTIN PHILLIPPS looks bad. His skin is pasty, he's unshaven and his eyes look like an owl's in an arc light. He's been up for ...

Joe Cocker: Soul Survivor

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, October 2005

EVEN JOE COCKER finds it amusing he should be staying in his hotel in Denmark under an alias. After all, he's hardly fan-bait as a ...

Steve Earle: Rebel With A Cause

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, February 1999

Country rock rebel Steve Earle has turned his back on cocaine and booze and talks to Graham Reid about politics and music ...

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks: Stevie Nicks

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, February 2006

STEVIE NICKS – the fairy queen singer in Fleetwood Mac – is in a Melbourne hotel room ready to go off to another rehearsal. In ...

James Hunter

Interview by Graham Reid,, June 2008

AT 46, JAMES Hunter from Colchester in Essex is an overnight soul-singing sensation who took a couple of decades to get to where he is. ...

Robert Johnson: Travelling Riverside Blues (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Book Excerpt by Graham Reid, Random House, 2005

Travelling Riverside Blues is a chapter in Graham Reid's Postcards From Elsewhere collection of travel stories (Random House) and is available through his website: ...

John Lennon: Bob Gruen: Just Like Starting Over

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, 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. ...

Leon Russell: Ever the Journeyman: Leon Russell Interviewed

Retrospective and Interview by Graham Reid,, April 2011

WHEN LEON RUSSELL left his home in Tulsa for Los Angeles after having played in teenage rock bands, a career in music wasn't what he ...

Leon Russell: Powerstation, Auckland

Live Review by Graham Reid,, April 2011

BECAUSE WE KNOW keyboard players do their work sitting down, few would have been worried when Leon Russell – 69, walking with a cane – ...

Judee Sill: The Disappearing Crayon Angel

Retrospective by Graham Reid,, October 2009

THERE SEEMS to be an alarming number of women musicians written out of popular culture: Doris Troy, Minnie Ripperton, Laura Nyro, Judy Henske, Mireille Mathieu, ...

Steven Van Zandt

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, March 2003

SILVIO DANTE, Tony Soprano's loyal soldier and owner of the famous Bada Bing strip club, is in the lobby bar of a Sydney hotel and, ...

Scott Walker: An Interview

Interview by Graham Reid, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

NO ONE COULD accuse reclusive songwriter and singer Scott Walker of haste. In the time between Walker's last album Tilt and his latest The Drift, ...

Jimmy Webb: Interview: Jimmy Webb

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, August 2005

BEFORE HE WAS 21 Jimmy Webb had already written some of pop's most enduring songs, including 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' (which Frank ...

Gillian Welch finds new audience with old-time Americana music

Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, October 2004

FOR SOMEONE WHOSE stark songs sound like they have come from the impoverished rural underbelly of Depression-era America, Gillian Welch seems as lively as a ...

Warren Zevon: Tales from the Dark Side

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, New Zealand Herald, The, September 1992

THE VARIOUS ENCYCLOPAEDIAS of rock don't do justice to Warren Zevon. He got a snippy microscopic reference in the 1991 New Illustrated Rock Handbook ("well-established ...

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