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Jeff Slate

Jeff Slate

Jeff Slate is a New York City-based solo singer-songwriter and music journalist. He has interviewed and written intimate portraits of everyone from Led Zeppelin and The Clash to Monty Python and The Kinks. He is an avid collector of rock ‘n’ roll books and bootlegs and has an encyclopedic knowledge of all things Dylan and the Beatles.

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The Beatles, Elvis Costello: Geoff Emerick: Recording the Beatles

Interview by Jeff Slate, Tape Op, January 2007

I'D COME TO A midtown Manhattan law office to meet Geoff Emerick, the infamous engineer on most of the significant recordings by the Beatles, to ...

Big Audio Dynamite: The Return of Big Audio Dynamite

Report by Jeff Slate,, February 2009

IT'S HARD TO believe, but it's been 25 years since I found myself in a grimey club called The World in Alphabet City to see ...

Lindsey Buckingham: Town Hall, NYC

Live Review by Jeff Slate,, September 2011

SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 (New York, NY) – Most of the over-55 rocker set are phoning it in these days, playing it all too safe amidst ...

The Chris Robinson Brotherhood: Bad Moon Ritual

Review by Jeff Slate,, June 2012

I REALLY LIKE Big Moon Ritual, the new album from the Chris Robinson Brotherhood. It's not a great album, nor is it really a fun ...

The Clash: 30 Years Ago Today... Sandinista!

Retrospective by Jeff Slate,, December 2010

IN ALL THE hoopla over the 30th anniversary of John Lennon's murder another significant 30th anniversary seemed to slip by.  The Clash released Sandinista! 30 ...

Doobie Brothers: The Doobie Brothers: Let The Music Play

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jeff Slate,, February 2013

THERE'S NOTHING all that special about Let the Music Play: The Story of the Doobie Brothers, but it's a well-made, thorough documentary of one of ...

Bob Dylan: Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), The Bootleg Series Vol. 10

Review by Jeff Slate, Guitar World, September 2013

THE THING ABOUT being a fan of Bob Dylan is that the discovery of his greatness is never-ending. ...

Erland and the Carnival not just another opening band

Interview by Jeff Slate,, October 2010

FOR ANY BAND opening for the likes of Paul Weller would be a thrill as well as an opportunity to reach an avid group of ...

Alejandro Escovedo: City Winery, NYC

Live Review by Jeff Slate,, July 2010

FORGET ALL OF the little ones roaming the streets these days looking for open fire hydrants and such.  School was in session last night and ...

Peter Frampton: FCA! 35 Tour – An Evening With Peter Frampton

Film/DVD/TV Review by Jeff Slate,, November 2012

I WAS LUCKY to catch Peter Framptonat London's Shepherd's Bush Empire back in 2004. ...

Noel Gallagher On How He "Invented" Oasis and Why You Shouldn't Expect A Reunion Anytime Soon

Report and Interview by Jeff Slate, Daily Beast, February 2015

THE ROWDY UK rocker is back with a new solo album, Chasing Yesterday. He opens up about his new venture, the end of Oasis, and ...

Jimi Hendrix: Valleys of Neptune

Review by Jeff Slate,, February 2010

BACK ABOUT 15 years ago, when Pete Townshend was living in New York City putting together the Broadway production of Tommy, I was lucky enough ...

Ray Wylie Hubbard plays Joe's Pub tonight, talks new album (with a Beatle)

Report and Interview by Jeff Slate,, May 2012

RAY WYLIE HUBBARD will bring his raw, honest Texas rock'n'roll to Joe's Pub tonight. When I caught up with him the other day he was ...

Judas Priest's British Steel at 30

Comment by Jeff Slate,, October 2010

BEATLES FANS will maybe find it hard to stomach that British Steel, the breakout album by metal heroes Judas Priest that just celebrated its 30th ...

John Lennon: Another December 8th and John Lennon is still dead

Comment by Jeff Slate,, December 2010

I HAD PLANNED a personal remembrance of John Lennon today, the 30th anniversary of his untimely and tragically violent death.  But I don't have much ...

Jeff Lynne: A Conversation with Producer and ELO frontman Jeff Lynne

Interview by Jeff Slate,, February 2013

"HELLO?" ...

Willie Nile Hits New Career Peak with American Ride

Report and Interview by Jeff Slate, Guitar World, July 2013

ABOUT 10 YEARS AGO, BBC disc jockey Spencer Leigh reviewed a show by my old band, the Badge, and wondered how we were able to ...

Harry Nilsson: For the love of Harry: Nilsson documentary finally hits the big screen

Report and Interview by Jeff Slate,, September 2010

I'VE BEEN WAITING for this day for a long time.  Who is Harry Nilsson (And Why Is Everybody Talkin' About Him)? opens today at the ...

Ozzy Osbourne: Madison Square Garden, NYC

Live Review by Jeff Slate,, December 2010

I FIRST SAW OZZY in the early 1980s.  I wasn't much of a fan, but I got roped into driving an Oz-obsessed friend and scalped ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Madison Square Garden, New York

Live Review by Jeff Slate,, July 2010

July 29, 2010 (New York, NY) – LAST NIGHT Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers tore the roof off Madison Sqaure Garden.  For the band it ...

Keith Richards' Life or How To (Not) Review a Rock God

Comment by Jeff Slate,, November 2010

I WAS LOOKING forward to the review of Keith Richards' new book Life in last Sunday's New York Times. ...

Paul Weller mines his hot streak

Report by Jeff Slate,, March 2012

PAUL WELLER has been getting lots of good, but not great, reviews for his latest album, Sonik Kicks. At least Stateside. Ignore them. Sonik Kicks, ...

Wings: Wings Over America showcases Paul McCartney and Wings at 1970s peak

Review by Jeff Slate,, June 2013

IF YOU'RE A FIRST or second generation fan of Paul McCartney, then Wings Over America holds a special place in your record collection. The newly ...

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