Maureen Paton began her journalistic career in 1974 as an editorial assistant on The Story Of Pop, a Phoebus Publishing partwork whose assistant editor was former Record Mirror/NME writer Richard "The Beast" Green. There she wrote features on King Crimson, the Doors and Don McLean (as Maureen Harney) and the Bay City Rollers (as George V. Scott – at the suggestion of The Beast).
In 1976 she became the first female staff journalist on Melody Maker, hired as a sub-editor but also contributing album and gig reviews and interviewing John Surman, John Stevens, Nico, Marianne Faithfull, Mickey Baker, Mike Heron and The Flying Lizards among others.
She joined the Daily Express in 1979 where she became a full-time showbusiness writer and theatre and TV critic before going freelance in 1998 to write for every national broadsheet (except, so far, the FT) and the middle-market papers. Her music interviews have ranged from Tony Bennett, Joan Baez, Rhianna, Boy George, Mick Hucknall, Dizzee Rascal, Alison Moyet, Alanis Morissette, Girls Aloud, John Legend, Paloma Faith and Michael Bublé to the Bay City Rollers' notorious manager Tom Paton (no relation) among others. She is also the author of Alan Rickman: The Unauthorised Biography and The Best Of Women: The History Of Women Of The Year.
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Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 6 March 1999
The Rollers' Svengali talks about how hurt he is by his ex-charges' indifference to him; about how the band broke up and didn't even play on their own records; about their shoddy financial affairs and personal problems, and about his incarceration in the '80s.
File format: mp3; file size: 39.4mb, total interview length: 41' sound quality: **½
Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 30 November 2007
The Grime pioneer takes a cab drive around his youthful stamping ground of Bow: remembering his childhood; times in and out of school; his scrapes with the law; starting to make music, pirate radio and the nascent Grime scene; his stabbing in Ayia Napa... and addressing the Oxford Union!
File format: mp3; file size: 75.6mb, interview length: 1h 18' 42" sound quality: ***
Interview by Maureen Paton, Rock's Backpages Audio, 22 August 2007
The "Bajan Beyoncé" talks about her big hit 'Umbrella'; her upbringing in the West Indies; her mother and brothers; her discovery by Evan Rogers and signing to Def Jam; her dad's cocaine problem; her collaboration with Justin Timberlake... and her hair and make-up tips!
File format: mp3; file size: 42.4mb, interview length: 44' 12" sound quality: ***
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