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Mark Rowland

Mark Rowland

Mark Rowland spent a decade as executive editor of Musician magazine and wrote narrations for the best-selling multi-media books We Interrupt this Broadcast and And the Crowd Goes Wild. He was co-executive producer of TV One's award winning music documentary series Unsung, and served as chief writer and supervising producer of BET's award-winning documentary crime series American Gangster. He has produced and written over 100 one hour episodes of documentary programs for television, for such acclaimed series as Fox Sports' Beyond the Glory, History Channel's Modern Marvels, ESPN's Sports Century and VH1's Behind the Music. His extensive background in print journalism includes hundreds of articles for publications as diverse as Esquire, American Film, and the Los Angeles Times.

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Walter Becker, China Crisis, Steely Dan: Walter Becker: Dr. Wu Goes Hawaiian

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1985

STEELY DAN'S MYSTERY MAN REAPPEARS ...

Tony Bennett: "The Best Singer In The Business" — Frank Sinatra

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1986

TONY BENNETT has recorded eighty-nine albums in a career spanning more than three decades, all on Columbia records. But his latest effort, The Art Of ...

Tony Bennett: Forty Years — The Artistry of Tony Bennett (Columbia/legacy)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1991

THERE'S NO ONE so cold as a cold Italian, the saying goes. And as this lovingly crafted, four-CD boxed set demonstrates, there's none so warm ...

Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt: Life Lessons: Bonnie Raitt and Jackson Browne

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1989

Jackson Browne and Bonnie Raitt find hope in a hard world. ...

David Byrne's Knee Plays

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1985

MORE CURIOUS CONNECTIONS: NEW ORLEANS BRASS MEETS SPOKEN WORD ...

Cherrelle, The Human League, Janet Jackson, Alexander O'Neal, The SOS Band, The Time: Jimmy "Jam" Harris & Terry Lewis

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1986

FROM 'TENDER LOVE' TO 'NASTY', THEY'RE ALWAYS IN CONTROL ...

Leonard Cohen's Nervous Breakthrough

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

"I THINK IF I HAD ONE OF THOSE GOOD VOICES, I WOULD HAVE DONE IT COMPLETELY DIFFERENTLY," Leonard Cohen ruminates. "I PROBABLY WOULD HAVE SUNG ...

Elvis Costello, Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia and Elvis Costello: Strange Bedfellows

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, March 1991

AS EVERYONE knows, Grateful Dead fans come in all sorts and sizes — including one Elvis Costello. And so, when Musician got the idea of ...

Miles Davis, Easy Mo Bee: Miles Davis with Easy Mo Bee: Doo-Bop (Warner Bros.)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1992

THE RAP ON MILES ...

The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy: Michael Franti: Hero of Hiphoprisy

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

"ONE THING I try to do when I perform a song is go back to where I was in my mind when I wrote it," ...

Bob Dylan

Interview by Mark Rowland, unpublished, 23 September 1978

Marc Rowland interviews Dylan in Rochester prior to his concert at the Rochester Auditorium. The interview was broadcast on US radio. The transcript is from ...

Bob Dylan: Pantages Theatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1992

THE UNITED States may be too vast a place for any one person to hold the title of greatest living songwriter. So let's be fair ...

Steve Earle Does It the Hard Way

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1990

DRIVING WEST out of Nashville on a summer afternoon the hills look green and lazy, a deceptively pastoral view. "This is a poor county," Steve ...

Marvin Gaye: Dream Of A Lifetime (Columbia)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1985

JUST WHEN you thought it was safe to go back into the bedroom, here comes Dream Of A Lifetime, an appropriately kinky coda to the ...

Guns N' Roses: If Guns N' Roses are Outlawed, only Outlaws will have Guns N' Roses

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1988

"IF I'D GONE on through school," Axl Rose says, "I'd probably be a lawyer. Then I could take half the people who screw with me ...

Merle Haggard: Frontman: Merle Haggard

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1995

YOU'VE BEEN the subject of two recent tribute records, Mama's Hungry Eyes and Tulare Dust. What was your reaction to hearing them? ...

Ice-T: Crap Killer

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

LET'S BEGIN with Ice-T'S Top Seven reasons for pulling 'Cop Killer' off the shelves: ...

Ice-T: The Code of Many Colors

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1991

ON THE cover of Ice-T's new record, O.G. Original Gangster are two photos. In the first he's wearing a tuxedo, standing against a backdrop of ...

Billy Idol: Front Man: Billy Idol

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1990

I KNOW you're still in rehab [note: Idol's left leg was severely injured in a motorcycle accident several months ago]. But with Charmed Life flying ...

Janet Jackson: Janet (Virgin)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1993

IF PEOPLE get the governments they deserve, as the saying goes, they probably get the pop stars they deserve as well. It's a humbling angle ...

Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, February 1983

IT SEEMS only a matter of time now before Michael Jackson becomes a candy bar or a video game. His music, after all, that remarkably ...

Al Jarreau: Has The Adult Contemporary Songwriter Eclipsed The Jazz Singer?

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1985

FOUR JARREAU brothers grew up in Milwaukee. They all sang. Three still live there. "My older brother had a fine tenor voice," Al recalls. "The ...

Kool and the Gang: Kool & the Gang: Twenty Years of Funk Foundation and Pop Permutation

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, April 1984

ROBERT "KOOL" Bell's father was a boxing man. He worked his trade on the upper west side, part of a neighborhood now long gone, Lincoln ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: Yoko Ono's Sweet Vindication

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, December 1984

ONCE YOKO Ono was the most unjustly maligned figure in I popular music; now that some measure of public sympathy has swung to her side, ...

Joni Mitchell at Troubadours of Folk Festival: Drake Stadium, UCLA

Live Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, August 1993

FOR HER FIRST public performance in several years, Joni Mitchell found a way to affirm her spiritual ties to the folk music community whence she ...

Joni Mitchell: Dog Eat Dog (Geffen)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, November 1985

Joni looks at dogs from both sides now: coyotes to curs to sheepskin wolves ...

The Motels

Profile and Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1982

BENEATH THE ENDLESS SUMMER CINEMATIC SCENES OF JEALOUSY & TRAGEDY OF SWEETNESS & DREAD ...

NRBQ: Organic Eclecticism in Orbit

Profile and Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1983

SEEING NRBQ play in a club for the first time is a little like sauntering into an amusement park with all-new rides — you're happy ...

Pearl Jam's Ticket Wars

Report by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1995

IN 1994 PEARL Jam showed they weren't just the biggest band in America, they were the most revolutionary. Now that's a combination we haven't seen ...

Prince: Lovesexy (Warner Bros./Paisley Park); The Black Album (unreleased)

Review by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1988

Taking It Back to the Streets ...

Bonnie Raitt's Ace of Hearts

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, July 1991

THE 'NICK OF Time' baby has arrived. "Everyone thought I was singing that song about me," Bonnie Raitt is saying. "But it was happening to ...

R.E.M., Neil Young: The Men on the Harvest Moon: Young-Buck!

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, April 1993

OUTSIDE THE sky was dark and the rain was falling hard. But the pre-concert scene congealing toward the rear of Universal Studios stage 12 was ...

The Rolling Stones: Ian Stewart: Like A Rolling Stone

Obituary by Mark Rowland, Musician, March 1986

IAN STEWART helped found the Rolling Stones, and he remained an integral member of that group until December 12, 1985, the day he died of ...

Soul II Soul: Jazzie B Keeps On Movin'

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, June 1990

JAZZIE B SAT near one corner of the crowded North Hollywood sound studio, watching the musicians casually file into the room and take their places ...

Tina Turner: Mega Woman Conquers the World

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, October 1986

QUEEN TINA DOES NOT WANT ANY MORE POP, FUNK, REGGAE OR SOUL. QUEEN TINA WANTS TO ROCK 'N' ROLL ...

Tina Turner: The Soulful Queen of Rock'n'roll Struts Back Into the Spotlight

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, September 1984

PRIVATE DANCER is Tina Turner's new album; 'I Might Have Been Queen' the first song; and it's hard to decide which title, album's or single's, ...

Tom Waits' Wild Year

Interview by Mark Rowland, Musician, January 1993

NOT LONG ago, Tom Waits and his family uprooted from Los Angeles, his home for many years, and moved up the coast to the quieter, ...

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