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Hugh Fielder

Hugh Fielder

In November 1964, Hugh Fielder was about to bunk off school in Cambridge to go and see the Rolling Stones at Ipswich Gaumont when he was advised to ask permission instead. To his surprise it was granted in return for an essay on the show. He spent most of it enthusing about American guest stars Inez & Charlie Foxx.

A career in rock journalism beckoned, but not before going to a polytechnic in London in 1966 where he spent three years following Cream, the Who and Jimi Hendrix around. He can remember it even though he was there, even the Doors and Jefferson Airplane at the Roundhouse.

He had traditional journalistic values knocked into him at magazines like Municipal Journal, Accountancy Age and Building Design before joining Sounds in 1975. He spent 15 years there, mostly as news editor, with a grandstand view of the emergence of punk, new wave, post punk, new romantics, indie rock, stadium rock and all points in between.

In the '90s he edited Top, the monthly in-store magazine at Tower Records (does anyone remember record stores?). Since the new millennium he has been freelance, working mainly for Classic Rock.

He has written books on the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, Queen, Genesis, the Police, punk and Lady Gaga.

His career highlights include sharing a spliff with Bob Marley, a cup of tea with Keith Richards, a glass of mineral water with the Edge, a pint of beer with Robert Plant, a Jack Daniels with Slash and a frosty stare with Axl Rose. He has watched Mike Oldfield strip naked in front of him and Bobby Womack fall asleep in mid-interview. His two daughters accept that he will never grow up… although his wife still has hopes.

The archive contains 30 articles by this writer.

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Altered Images: Pinky & Perky

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 29 May 1982

HUGH FIELDER ENJOYS A HAPPY HOUR WITH ALTERED IMAGES ...

Leonard Cohen, Jennifer Warnes: Jennifer Warnes: Famous Blue Raincoat (RCA PL90048/CD)****

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 18 July 1987

THE SUBTITLE on the bottom left hand corner says 'The songs of Leonard Cohen', which you might think would be more likely to repel than ...

Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Pier Pavilion, Hastings

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 15 March 1980

I can't stand up for long enough to finish the show ...

Crass: a Militant Tendency?

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Neil Perry, Sounds, 25 October 1986

Two years ago CRASS couldn't decide whether to blow up the country or grow cabbages — fortunately for the Tory Tyrants, they chose the latter. ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 1 August 1987

LIP UP, TERRY! ...

Chris De Burgh: The Dome, Brighton

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 25 February 1978

AFTER A couple of years supporting major acts around the country Chris De Burgh has stepped out on his own account for a countrywide tour. ...

Sandy Denny: Sound Circus, Royalty Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 10 December 1977

IT'S TAKEN Sandy Denny quite a while to take the plunge as a live solo performer but hopefully the reaction she received from the Sound ...

Doll By Doll: Marquee, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 23 February 1980

Shattered Dolls ...

Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Bruce Springsteen: Obituary: John Hammond

Obituary by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 25 July 1987

WHO'S GOING to find the next rock legend now that John Hammond's gone? Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman, Bessie Smith, ...

Fleetwood Mac: Fleetwood Mac (Reprise K 54043, 42.12)

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 16 August 1975

IT'S A BIT difficult to decide just what Fleetwood Mac are up to on this album. They've never been the easiest of groups to categorise. ...

Steve Forbert: So You Thought You'd Seen The Last...

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 21 April 1979

...of introspective singer/songwriters in blue jeans with acoustic guitars and pained expressions... Well think again as globe-trotting talent scout Hugh Fielder proclaims: "I have seen ...

Peter Gabriel, Genesis: Genesis and Peter Gabriel: Milton Keynes Bowl

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 9 October 1982

March Of The Giant Hogwash ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 5 April 1980

More tricks from the wardrobe ...

Gordon Giltrap: A (Slightly) Perilous Journey with Gordon Giltrap

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 29 October 1977

DIFFERENT FOLKS have different strokes for getting themselves in the right mood to watch a rock concert. Some get pissed, some get high, some dress ...

The Human League: Human League: Palladium, New York NY

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 22 May 1982

Haughty culture ...

Rickie Lee Jones: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 22 September 1979

THE LONG cool sleaze of Rickie Lee Jones wafted through the Dominion Theatre with a balmy breeze that fulfilled the expectations of those who'd come ...

The Judds: Palladium, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 14 February 1987

THREE DAYS after the show I discovered that the one in the flouncy skirt and petticoats who sashayed vivaciously round the stage, laughing with each ...

Fela Kuti: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 29 November 1986

NOT SO much a gig, more a continuous cultural circus presided over by ringmaster Fela, fresh out of a Nigerian prison after his latest brush ...

Cyndi Lauper: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 7 March 1987

SAFE SEX WITH CYNDI ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin — The Book by Chris Welch (Proteus £5.95) Hammer Of The Gods by Stephen Davis (Sidgwick And Jackson £7.95)

Book Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 April 1985

Whole lotta what? ...

John Martyn: Solid Heir

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 13 November 1982

"SO SOUNDS think I'm an old hippie, do they?" muses John Martyn as we stand in the hotel lobby waiting for the limo (the manager's ...

Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Kate and Anna McGarrigle: Victoria Palace, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 26 February 1977

Incomparigle McGarrigles ...

Pink Floyd: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 16 August 1980

The grandiose dream of a paranoid millionaire... ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 1 November 1975

THE IKE and Tina Turner roadshow breezed in and out of London in double-quick time last week, but they managed to stay at the Hammersmith ...

Ultravox: Number 1 With A Bullet Train

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 20 March 1982

HUGH FIELDER goes along for the ride with ULTRAVOX in Japan ...

Andrew Lloyd Webber: Don't Cry For Me, Paganini

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 11 March 1978

Hugh Fielder scores a chat with Andrew Lloyd Webber ...

Wham!: Johnny Rogan: Wham! Confidential – Death of a Supergroup (Omnibus)

Book Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 12 December 1987

NO, NOT another tardy teenybopper cash-in but an investigative peek at the rock business machinations that caused Wham!'s meteoric rise and fall. ...

Womack and Womack: It's A Family Affair

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 21 September 1985

The brotherhood lives on with Womack & Womack. Hugh Fielder finds it all very relative. ...

List of genre pieces

Label Mates? The Indie revival

Report by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 5 July 1986

Is there an indie revival in the air or just another battle of the bands? HUGH FIELDER tracks down the men at the top and ...

Stiff's Upper Lip

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 1 February 1986

Stiff supremo DAVE ROBINSON explains to HUGH FIELDER why he's back at first base and going for a home run. ...

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