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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.

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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. ...

Paul Simon: Still Crazy After All These Years (CBS 86001) 35 mins

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 18 October 1975

THE WAIT has been worth it. If you exclude Live Rhymin' (and most people do) this is Simon's first record for more than two years, ...

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 ...

Martin Simpson, Steeleye Span: Steeleye Span, Martin Simpson: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 4 December 1976

Are Steeleye still happy? ...

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

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 26 February 1977

Incomparigle McGarrigles ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

Bob Seger: Live At The Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena!

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 May 1978

HUGH FIELDER VENTURES INTO DEEPEST AMERICA IN SEARCH OF THE ELUSIVE/EXCLUSIVE BOB SEGER INTERVIEW ...

Larry Coryell, Steve Khan: Larry Coryell and Steve Khan: Two For The Road (Arista SPART 1050)****

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 May 1978

LARRY CORYELL'S continuing musical adventures are leading him down a series of unexpected avenues — who he's playing with now is anybody's guess — but ...

10cc: Odeon, Birmingham

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 16 September 1978

IF 10cc HAVEN'T yet clambered back onto the pedestal they managed in their original incarnations, they have at least pulled together all the necessary elements ...

Motörhead

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 23 September 1978

HUGH FIELDER OBSERVES BONECRUNCHING ROCK IN SANITISED TV STUDIOS (AND ALSO TAKES A DRAW) ...

Village People: People Are Strange

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 10 February 1979

BUT CANCEL THAT BOOKING FOR THE YMCA, YOUNG MAN, 'COS VILLAGE PEOPLE AIN'T THAT STRANGE, CLAIMS HUGH 'MACHO MAN' FIELDER ...

After The Fire: Brunel Rooms, Swindon

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 14 April 1979

A YEAR AGO, After The Fire must have felt like rock and roll lepers. And even today they're probably not a name to be bandied ...

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 ...

Fischer-Z: Word Salad

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 12 May 1979

FISCHER-Z are among a host of bands gigging round the club circuit who are coming up to the debut album stage. Word Salad does them ...

Judie Tzuke: Welcome To The Cruise (Rocket)

Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 23 June 1979

'FOR YOU' WAS one of last year's better off-the-wall singles, a remarkable vignette of overdubbed and interlocking harmonies backed by a classical string quartet which ...

Judie Tzuke: Hard Times and Soft Furnishing

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 25 August 1979

THE LEERING, MANIC FACE OF MENSI fades into the television screen to be replaced by the hearthrug features of Dave Lee Travis. "And now for ...

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 ...

Judie Tzuke at The Venue

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 3 November 1979

IF YOU'RE expecting a low key, LA-id back show from Judie Tzuke in the same vein as her album then you're in for a surprise. ...

The Police: Police Balls

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 5 January 1980

THE ROTUND gentleman sitting at the next table in this Leeds coffee bar demolishing his quadruple eggs, sausage, beans, chips and grease, is regaling us ...

Doll By Doll: Marquee, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 23 February 1980

Shattered Dolls ...

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 ...

Genesis: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 5 April 1980

More tricks from the wardrobe ...

Pink Floyd: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 16 August 1980

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

Judie Tzuke: Tzuke Allures

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 June 1981

IF EVER a girl looked vulnerable in the rock and roll business, Judie Tzuke does. The set-up is almost perfect: shy young English rose sets ...

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 ...

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

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 22 May 1982

Haughty culture ...

Altered Images: Pinky & Perky

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 29 May 1982

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

Peter Gabriel: Don't Touch Me There

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 2 October 1982

Hugh Fielder gets an earbending from PETER GABRIEL ...

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

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 9 October 1982

March Of The Giant Hogwash ...

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 ...

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? ...

The Smiths: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 20 April 1985

CRACKED ACTORS ...

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. ...

Womack and Womack: Dominion Theatre, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 28 September 1985

COINCIDENCE? WHILE searching around for my gig notes (it's been that kind of week) I turned up some notes on Womack and Womack's previous London ...

Bobby Womack: One More River Crossed

Report and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 12 October 1985

Big 'Mack tells his survival story to HUGH FIELDER. ...

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. ...

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 ...

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. ...

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 ...

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 ...

Cyndi Lauper: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 7 March 1987

SAFE SEX WITH CYNDI ...

The Mamas and The Papas, John Phillips: John Phillips with Jim Jerome: Papa John (W.H. Allen/Virgin)

Book Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 6 June 1987

PAPA DON'T PREACH ...

Albert Collins: Town And Country Club, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 18 July 1987

LADIES AND gentlemen, it's showtime for the blues. Which means that everybody in the band gets a solo and the crowd get a chance to ...

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 ...

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, ...

Terence Trent D'Arby: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 1 August 1987

LIP UP, TERRY! ...

T'Pau: Yankee Doddle

Interview by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 22 August 1987

T'PAU have rocketed through the US charts with 'Heart And Soul'. HUGH FIELDER collects the low-down ...

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. ...

Ry Cooder: NEC, Birmingham

Live Review by Hugh Fielder, Sounds, 28 May 1988

SLOW BURNING PERFECTION ...

Ten Years After

Retrospective and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, August 2003

Woodstock made Ten Years After into world stars, but instead of capitalising on their new-found fame they lost the plot. ...

Graham Parker & The Rumour: "It's R&B from the future – you just haven't caught up with me yet"

Retrospective and Interview by Hugh Fielder, Record Collector, August 2005

AS GRAHAM PARKER & the Rumour trooped off stage after what turned out to be their last show together at the German Rock TV show ...

Badger: One Live Badger

Review by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, 6 July 2016

Early-70s Yes offshoot's too-hasty debut. ...

David Byron: Baby Faced Killer

Review by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, December 2017

After David Byron was fired from Uriah Heep in 1976 he formed Rough Diamond whose album the following year was as dire as it was ...

Cactus: Black Dawn

Review by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, 1 December 2017

There was nothing very complicated about Cactus, even in their early 70s heyday, but they did their thunderous heavy rock well enough to be touted ...

Cactus: Black Dawn

Review by Hugh Fielder, Classic Rock, 1 December 2017

Still prickly ...

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