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Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg

Michael Goldberg is a novelist, rock critic, blogger and animal rights activist with Direct Action Everywhere. He is the author of the rock 'n' roll, coming-of-age Freak Scene Dream trilogy, which includes the novels True Love Scars, The Flowers Lied and Untitled. He blogs at Days of the Crazy-Wild (www.daysofthecrazy-wild.com), a pop culture blog. He also writes a monthly column for the Australian version of Addicted To Noise (http://addictedtonoise.com.au/).

Goldberg is a pioneer in the online music space. In 1994 Goldberg founded the original ADDICTED TO NOISE (ATN), a highly influential music website. At ATN, Goldberg created the Addicted To Noise Music News of the World. This well-respected round-the-clock music news service, which provided info to music fans via radio, television, wireless and internet distribution, developed a global reach into over 40 million homes.

Goldberg was a senior vice-president and editor in chief at SonicNet from March 1997 through May 2000. Goldberg both initiated and oversaw the yearlong investigation that resulted in SonicNet's series "Playing With Fire: The Untold Story of Woodstock 99" which was awarded a Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award for Web reporting in 2001. Prior to starting ATN, Goldberg was an associate editor and senior writer at ROLLING STONE for 10 years. His writing has also appeared in WIRED, ESQUIRE, VIBE, DETAILS, DOWNBEAT, NME and numerous other publications.

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The Flamin' Groovies: Flamin' Groovies' Cyril Jordan Isn't Angry

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Trouser Press, July 1978

LIKE THE CITRÖEN, the Groovies have always been interesting, but never popular. Born amid the psychedelic rush of Haight Ashbury in 1965, the Groovies from ...

Crime: Prime Time for Crime

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, New York Rocker, November 1978

SAN FRANCISCO – The girl in the black leather jacket with the safety pin through the collar, the tight black jeans, silver pumps, crewcut, and ...

Patti Smith: The Boarding House, San Francisco

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, New Musical Express, 18 August 1979

THERE WAS more 'poetry' scrawled across the bathroom walls of the Boarding House than Patti Smith delivered during a two hour show there. Still, the ...

Asleep at the Wheel: The Wheel Gallops Through Western Swing

Interview by Michael Goldberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 January 1980

THERE IS a thin line that divides musicians who attempt to give new life to a dying musical form and those who traffic in nostalgia. ...

The Clash: London Calling (Epic Records)

Review by Michael Goldberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 January 1980

SINCE THIS English foursome first emerged in London in 1976, they have been at the very forefront of rock and roll. Their debut album, The ...

Muddy Waters: The Tide's Turning for Muddy Waters

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 January 1980

ON THEIR first visit to America, back in 1964, the Beatles were asked by reporters what they wanted to see most. "Muddy Waters," they replied ...

Santana: Carlos Santana’s Journey Toward Perfection

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 February 1980

"I’VE WANTED SOME Roy Rogers boots ever since I was a kid." Seated in his manager’s office, Devadip Carlos Santana pulls on a glistening red ...

Grateful Dead: Oakland Auditorium Arena, Oakland CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 February 1980

The New Year's Dead ...

Styx: Cow Palace, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 6 March 1980

WHEN HOLLYWOOD wanted to inject some real contemporary action into Mannix or one of those made-for-TV movies back in the Sixties, they'd throw in a ...

James Brown: Prisoner Of Love Meets The Prisoners Of Hate

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, New Musical Express, 11 April 1981

"Those black kids ain't ever seen a black president – and they won't ever see one. This country is no better off than it was ...

Grateful Dead: Reckoning (Arista)

Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, August 1981

GOOD NEWS... you don't have to be a diehard Deadhead to enjoy the latest live LP issued from the Dead's headquarters in mellow Marin County ...

Suicide: Punk Rockers Who Don't Self-Destruct

Interview by Michael Goldberg, San Francisco Chronicle, 15 November 1981

A group "dripping blood and spit" ...

Devo: Sixties Idealists or Nazis and Clowns?

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 December 1981

LOS ANGELES — "Someone wanted to know where your home is," the waitress said to Mark Mothersbaugh. "I don't have a home," Mothersbaugh replied softly, peering at ...

New Order: The Cinema, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, February 1982

ON MAY 18, 1980 Ian Curtis, lead singer for a relatively obscure English rock band called Joy Division, hanged himself. This immediately made Joy Division, ...

The Knack: Sharona Gets A Round Trip Ticket: The Knack Attack Is (Almost) Back

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, February 1982

WHEN THE Rolling Stones are on the road, they listen to '50s rock 'n' roll and the blues. The Clash, predictably, listen to reggae. Rick ...

Van Morrison: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, February 1982

IF THIS was the National Enquirer, the headline on this piece, printed in tacky 48-point bold type, would read: VAN MORRISON FINDS GOD! POP STAR ...

Van Morrison breaks his silence (sort of)

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 18 February 1982

The mystery man says he's no longer interested in the 'rock & rocll circus' ...

Laurie Anderson: Market Street Cinema, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Musician, March 1982

LAURIE ANDERSON looked like some kind of punk mystic as she stood on the stage of the Market Street Cinema in San Francisco. Her brown ...

The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, April 1982

WITH THEIR hair greased back into pompadours, their shirtsleeves rolled up and cigarettes dangling from their lower lips, Phil Alvin and his younger brother Dave ...

The Fleshtones: Primal Rock

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, May 1982

SPLAT! A plastic bag filled with red chili sauce arcs up and out of the crowd and catches Fleshtones' lead singer Peter Zaremba right on ...

Bobby Womack: The Poet (Beverly Glen Music) ***½

Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 May 1982

ORIGINALLY A protégé of Sam Cooke, Bobby Womack is a gritty-voiced soul singer who has written a wealth of terrific songs, including 'It's All Over ...

Huey Lewis and the News: Huey Lewis Makes The News

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, June 1982

SO THIS IS MANN: there's not even a sign to mark the short, dead-end street where Huey Lewis lives. Things like street signs and pavement ...

Rick James: Sex, Street Smarts and Success

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 24 June 1982

SAUSALITO, CA — Rick James Lies sleeping on the plush burgundy velvet seat in the back of the long black limousine. It has been forty-eight ...

Loverboy: Rock's Five Nice Guys

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 5 August 1982

DENVER — NICE. That's the perfect word to describe Loverboy, a rock band so wholesome the Boy Scouts should consider offering it an honorary membership. ...

Richard and Linda Thompson: No Bright Ones Tonight: Richard Thompson Shoots Out The Lights

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, September 1982

THERE IS A story circulating about Richard Thompson. The way I heard it, the Eagles approached him, prior to hiring Joe Walsh: they wanted Thompson ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty: Will Creedence Clearwater ever be revived?

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 2 September 1982

JOHN FOGERTY, once the driving force behind Creedence Clearwater Revival, is a strange one, and his older brother, former Creedence rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty, is ...

The Gap Band: Gap Band IV (Total Experience) ***

Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 30 September 1982

WITH ITS synthesized percussion explosions, syncopated handclaps and ominous melody, 'Early in the Morning', the Gap Band's recent hit single, is the sonic equivalent of ...

X: The Maturing of a Punk Band

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 30 September 1982

SAN FRANCISCO — a few minutes before doing a live interview at the University of San Francisco radio station, John Doe of X picked up a ...

Frank Zappa: Only In It For The Money

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, November 1982

FRANK & MOON ZAPPA GO AM ...

The Clash: Revolution Rock

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Downbeat, December 1982

IT'S AN UGLY voice. Gruff, guttural, uncouth, barbaric at times. Joe Strummer can't sing, not like an Al Jarreau or a Joni Mitchell, anyway. Lyrics ...

Ric Ocasek: Worms On A String Revisted

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Creem, March 1983

THE OFFICE IS dark and silent. Here, in one of the rooms where Elliot Roberts, creme de la creme of rock star managers, and his ...

Where are the Blacks on MTV?

Report by Michael Goldberg, The San Francisco Examiner, 8 March 1983

WHEN BLACK superstar Rick James, who has sold more than 10 million albums during the past four years, first heard about MTV, he was enthusiastic. ...

Albert Lee

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, May 1983

IT HAPPENS all the time. Some well-meaning rock fan comes up to guitarist Albert Lee and starts telling him he's a great player. "And man, ...

George Clinton: the return of Dr. Funkenstein

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 June 1983

HEADS TURN when George Clinton enters a room. Any room. At the moment, the people in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel are staring ...

Eric Clapton, The Charlie Daniels Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, Billy Joel, Journey, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Rolling Stones, The Who: Take the Money and Run

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 July 1983

Rock & roll gets in bed with corporate America ...

Bonnie Hayes, Journey, The Mutants, Romeo Void, Sylvester, Translator, Wire Train: San Francisco Rocks Again

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 October 1983

Sixteen years after the Summer of Love, the bands that made the Fillmore famous are as mainstream as Tony Bennett. Meanwhile, a new generation of ...

Rick James' Perfection

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, 1 November 1983

THE FOUR women stood in the semi-dark recording studio. "Okay, let's go," said the producer. ...

Was (Not Was) Just Can't Play it Straight

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 8 December 1983

LOS ANGELES — They would meet on the highest bleacher seat at the high-school field. Shivering in the cold Michigan night, they would talk about ...

The Clash: A Fired-up Joe Strummer Brings his New Clash to America

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 March 1984

Group gets back to its punk roots ...

The Gap Band: Sex, Drugs and the Devil: The Gap Band Fights for Success

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 March 1984

HOLLYWOOD — The bodyguard was not smiling. "Could you wait out here until Mr. Simmons has completed his call?" he asked, gesturing to the hallway ...

Huey Lewis and the News: Huey Lewis: The Boy Next Door Becomes a Rock & Roll Star

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 15 March 1984

His new LP, Sports, spawns two hits ...

Rock & Roll Fanzines: A New Underground Press Flourishes

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 29 March 1984

Inside news for the hard core ...

DeBarge's Family Affair: Motown Spawns Another Jackson 5

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 26 April 1984

AT MOTOWN Records these days, they're talking about the "new Jacksons." That's the word on DeBarge, a group of siblings whose latest LP, In a ...

Marvin Gaye: Trouble Man: Marvin Gaye 1939-1984

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 May 1984

Long before the shooting, Marvin Gaye's life had become a nightmare of drugs, debts and family discord ...

Rockwell: Berry Gordy's son scores with a little help from Michael Jackson

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 24 May 1984

THE GIRL with the video camera is following Rockwell around Motown Records' Sunset Boulevard offices. Everywhere he goes, she follows, camera trained on the young ...

Spinal Tap: the Comics Behind the Funniest Rock Movie Ever

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 24 May 1984

Celebrating seventeen years of heavy metal's most painful career ...

Dennis Wilson: The Beach Boy Who Went Overboard

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 June 1984

He was the wild one. He could never get enough of anything: drugs, women or booze. But in the end, he had nothing. ...

The Jacksons' Summer Tour In Chaos As Businessmen Scramble For Power

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 June 1984

LITTLE MORE than a month and a half before the Jacksons were due to hit the stage, preparations for their summer tour were a shambles. ...

Bobby Womack: A New Hit Proves It's Not Over Yet For The Man Who Wrote 'It's All Over Now'

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 June 1984

LOS ANGELES — Bobby Womack is happy. The forty-year-old singer currently finds himself with a hit album (The Poet II) and single ('Love Has Finally ...

The Spinners: Ex-Spinner collapses onstage, dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 30 August 1984

PHILIPPE E. WYNNE, the former Spinner whose sweet, soulful tenor was heard on such million-selling hits as 'One of a Kind (Love Affair)', 'Could It ...

Morris Day, Prince, The Time: Purple Rain Star Morris Day Goes It Alone

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 September 1984

Real-life rivalry with Prince leads to split ...

The Bangles: a Female Fab Four?

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 September 1984

LOS ANGELES — Are the Bangles the new Go-Go's? One can't help but wonder. After all, like the Go-Go's, the Bangles are an all-female rock ...

Ray Parker Jr.: from sideman to lady's man

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 27 September 1984

'Ghostbusters' is his latest chartbuster ...

Lindsey Buckingham, Fleetwood Mac: Lindsey Buckingham, Lonely Guy

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 25 October 1984

Handsome millionaire rock star, 34, seeks soul mate for long-term relationship. Must be willing to relocate to LA. No drugs. ...

The Special AKA, The Specials: Special AKA: New Band, Old Cause

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 8 November 1984

SAN FRANCISCO: Jerry Dammers, leader of the Special AKA, is a very idealistic man. He believes, for instance, that popular songs can change the way ...

New Edition Scores With Bubble-Gum Funk

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 17 January 1985

CHARLESTON — SINCE teenyboppers first screamed for Ricky Nelson and Frankie Avalon more than twenty-five years ago, pop music's teen idols have tended to be ...

John Fogerty: Fogerty Returns To The Stage

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 14 March 1985

Oldies highlight show for cable TV ...

Harry Belafonte, Bob Dylan, Bob Geldof, Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Prince, Lionel Richie, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder: USA for Africa: Record could raise millions for hungry

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 14 March 1985

"CHECK YOUR ego at the door." That was the message producer Quincy Jones sent to Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Willie Nelson, Diana Ross ...

John Fogerty alters album: 'Zanz' becomes 'Vanz'

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 28 March 1985

Fantasy Records and Saul Zaentz still threaten to sue former Creedence leader ...

Los Lobos

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 April 1985

East L.A.'s favorite sons can play everything from blues to Tex-Mex ...

Prince Unveils New Studio Album

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 April 1985

Around the World in a Day should be out in April ...

Madonna seduces Seattle: Madonna, Paramount Theatre, Seattle

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 May 1985

Her first show featured all the hits and more... ...

Amy Grant wants to put God on the charts

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 6 June 1985

AMY GRANT, the Christian singing star, is talking about the Prince concert she attended a few months ago. She didn't like it "When he started ...

Marvin Gaye: Furor over X-rated Marvin Gaye LP

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 20 June 1985

Co-producer says he changed lyrics to one song; associates blast quality of other tracks ...

Black Flag, Flipper, Husker Du, Meat Puppets, The Minutemen, The Replacements: Punk Lives: The Minutemen, Meat Puppets and SST Records

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 18 July 1985

They don't sound like the Ramones, and they don't look like the Sex Pistols, but bands like Hüsker Dü, the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets ...

Bob Geldof: Live Aid take may hit $60 million

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 29 August 1985

As many as 2 billion people watched the event ...

The Seeds: Where Are They Now: Sky Saxon

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 12 September 1985

The leader of the Seeds was 'Pushin' Too Hard' in the Sixties; now he'd into 'flower heaven power'. ...

The Rolling Stone Interview: Bill Graham

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 19 December 1985

The P.T. Barnum of rock & roll celebrates his twentieth anniversary ...

Bob Dylan, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty: Back On The Road

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 16 January 1986

Tom Petty teams up with new pal Bob Dylan ...

Joan Baez, The Band, Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Peter, Paul & Mary: Albert Grossman: 1926-1986

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

Managed Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and others ...

The Jesus & Mary Chain: The Jesus and Mary Chain: Have they got a prayer?

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 March 1986

THE GAUNT, black-leather-clad members of the Jesus and Mary Chain are perched about the dressing room of the I Beam in San Francisco like four ...

Stevie Wonder: The Timeless World of Wonder

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 April 1986

When you've sold 70 million records and persuaded Congress to make your hero's birthday a national holiday, you can afford to keep people waiting, and ...

Independent Promotion: The Inside Story

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 24 April 1986

IT WAS GOING to be easy money. The cash would be sent, each week, in an unmarked brown paper envelope to the home of the ...

Grand Juries Investigate Mob Ties to Record Biz

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 8 May 1986

MCA linked to criminal activities ...

Joan Baez, Jackson Browne, Peter Gabriel, The Neville Brothers, Lou Reed, Sting, U2: U2, Sting et al: Amnesty International, Conspiracy of Hope Benefit, Cow Palace, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 17 July 1986

Amnesty's rock & roll roadshow All-star lineup gives America the message ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Boy George's Nightmare

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 28 August 1986

A SPECIAL REPORT ON THE FALLEN POP IDOL'S BOUT WITH HIS DRUG ADDICTION ...

Clarence Carter: Where Are They Now? Clarence Carter

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 September 1986

Hits: 'Slip Away', 'Too Weak to Fight', 'Patches' ...

The Righteous Brothers: Where Are They Now? The Righteous Brothers

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 September 1986

Hits: 'You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'', 'Ebb Tide', 'Unchained Melody', '(You're My) Soul and Inspiration', 'Rock and Roll Heaven' ...

John Fogerty: On The Road Again

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 October 1986

John Fogerty returns to the stage after a fourteen-year layoff ...

Seymour Stein: The Sultan Of Sire

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 October 1986

Seymour Stein may be the most eccentric record executive in America. But his taste, foresight and business smarts have taken his label to the top ...

Cameo's Black-Rock Breakthrough

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 15 January 1987

Veteran band goes Top Ten with 'Word Up' ...

Wire Train's Hippie Conductor

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 26 March 1987

Kevin Hunter and his San Francisco-based band remain musical free spirits ...

Cherrelle, The Human League, Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Alexander O'Neal, The Time: Jam And Lewis Take Control

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 April 1987

The Grammy Award-winning producers who made Janet Jackson a 'Nasty' superstar have been turning out lots of hits lately ...

Bob Dylan, Aretha Franklin, Billie Holiday, Bruce Springsteen: John Hammond 1910-1987

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 27 August 1987

LEGENDARY RECORD producer and talent scout John Hammond — who played a key role in the careers of Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Aretha ...

Boy George, Culture Club: Boy George: Mr. Clean

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 8 October 1987

Boy George Straightens Up His Act ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers, Peter Tosh: Reggae great Peter Tosh murdered

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 22 October 1987

THE REGGAE star Peter Tosh, a founding member of the Wailers, was gunned down during an apparent robbery when three men invaded his home near ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson: "Fireworks were going off in the '60s. Music was happening quicker than people could deal with."

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 5 November 1987

TWENTY YEARS ago, you and the Band seemed to set yourselves apart from the whole psychedelic scene that was so popular at the time. ...

Smokey Robinson, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: Smokey Robinson

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 5 November 1987

Motown's slogan was "The Sound of Young America" not "The Sound of Black America." ...

Stevie Wonder: "Even with the technology today, you have to have a feel for the groove. And that comes from within"

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 5 November 1987

TWENTY YEARS ago, when you were only seventeen, you had already had a Number One hit and were well on your way to becoming one ...

Inside the Payola Scandal

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 14 January 1988

ROLLING STONE has uncovered details of alleged cash payoffs — payola — to radio-station personnel by the operation of the California-based independent promotion man Joe Isgro. ...

Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe: Doc McGhee: Top rock manager pleads guilty to drug charges

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 March 1988

Bon Jovi and Mötley Crüe boss tied to international smuggling ring ...

Payola: The Record-Label Connection

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 April 1988

How much do record-industry executives know? ...

MCA and the Mob: Risky Business

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 2 June 1988

How did a reputed mobster become a deal maker for MCA Records? ...

Boz Scaggs Returns

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 16 June 1988

Other Roads ends eight-year layoff ...

Experience Unlimited (EU): E.U.: America gets behind a new dance

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 30 June 1988

Spike Lee's film School Daze launches "da butt" ...

Brian Wilson: God Only Knows

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 August 1988

The troubled pop genius who made the Beach Boys great has finally released his first solo album. Is Wilson really back? ...

Randy Newman: Still Grouchy After All These Years

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 22 September 1988

Randy Newman has overcome Epstein-Barr and has made another brilliant album. But that doesn't mean he's happy. ...

Def Leppard: Rock's New Gift of Garb

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 3 November 1988

Once maligned, concert merchandising is now rock's hottest business ...

James Brown Addicted To PCP

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 17 November 1988

Friends of the soul singer say drug has 'whipped him' ...

Scalped: Why you can't get good concert seats

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 17 November 1988

WHEN RHONDA Stofko and June Iacovello entered the New Rochelle Mall, in the suburbs of New York, at 7:30 one morning in August to purchase ...

Crosby Stills Nash & Young: CSNY release American Dream

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 December 1988

First studio album since Déjà Vu ...

Crosby and Nash, David Crosby, Crosby Stills and Nash, Crosby Stills Nash & Young: David Crosby with Carl Gottlieb: Long Time Gone (Doubleday)

Book Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 December 1988

DAVID CROSBY'S autobiography, Long Time Gone, provides a gripping, sometimes terrifying portrait of a rock stars personal and professional decline through drug addiction. As an ...

Judas Priest: Heavy metal on trial

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 December 1988

Judas Priest suicide suit takes 'subliminal message' tack ...

David Byrne: Byrne Compiles Brazil LP

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 12 January 1989

Album spotlights 'tropicalismo' ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Fogerty: Fogerty Wins Unusual Self-Plagiarism Suit

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 12 January 1989

Case is latest round in long fight with Fantasy Records ...

Jane's Addiction: Hardly a Plain Jane

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 February 1989

Viewing life with open eyes is the sensibility that fuels Los Angeles art rocker Perry Farrell and his group, Jane's Addiction ...

James Brown: Concurrent Terms

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 March 1989

SOUL SINGER James Brown has received a second six-year prison sentence. The sentence will run concurrently with the six-year term Brown is already serving at ...

James Brown: Wrestling With The Devil

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 6 April 1989

The struggle for the soul of the Godfather of Soul ...

Living Colour Turns to Gold

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 6 April 1989

A trailblazing black rock band scores ...

Brian Wilson: Landy Loses License

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 18 May 1989

Brian Wilson's therapist agrees to ethics-charge settlement ...

Radio's Rock of Ages

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 June 1989

Is the classic-rock format dictating which acts record companies sign? ...

The Cult: Cult Following

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 13 July 1989

Once postpunk's bad boys, the members of the Cult have found fame with Sonic Temple ...

Cleveland Affirms Rock Hall of Fame Deal

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 10 August 1989

City must raise funds by mid-November ...

Studio 54 Co-Owner Steve Rubell Dead at 45

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 September 1989

STEVE RUBELL, whose celebrity-studded New York discotheque Studio 54 was at the epicenter of the disco craze during the late Seventies, died July 25th in ...

Daniel Lanois: Chairman of the Boards

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 30 November 1989

Daniel Lanois, rock's premier producer, steps out with his own album ...

Del Shannon, 1934-1990

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 22 March 1990

The pioneering rocker takes his own life after waging a losing battle with chronic depression ...

Guns N' Roses, N.W.A: At a Loss for Words

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 31 May 1990

Record-industry acceptance of stickering is already having a chilling effect ...

Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder: Berry Gordy: The Tracks of My Years

Interview by Michael Goldberg, New Musical Express, 18 August 1990

BERRY GORDY, the man who invented the "Sound of Young America", has seen the story of his monumentally influential Motown label told in a succession ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Charlatans, The (US), Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, Country Joe McDonald, Quicksilver Messenger Service: The San Francisco Sound

Retrospective and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 23 August 1990

"My eyes were opened. There's a new world and a new society and a new spirit." ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival, Tom Fogerty: Tom Fogerty Dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 November 1990

Co-founded Creedence Clearwater Revival ...

ZZ Top: Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 24 January 1991

WHO BUT ZZ Top would use laser lights to project a crude line drawing of a woman, naked save for cowboy hat and boots, onto ...

Paul Simon: Oakland Coliseum Arena, California

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 7 March 1991

THE ENTIRE AUDIENCE at the Oakland Coliseum was dancing to Paul Simon's Graceland hit 'You Can Call Me Al'. ...

Chris Isaak

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 18 April 1991

Hot Ticket Chris Isaak: The last time he played Los Angeles, he couldn't get a sound check. ...

Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson: The Jacksons Score Big

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 2 May 1991

Michael and Janet set new standards for artist deals ...

Janet Jackson, Sting, Suzanne Vega: Changing Times at A&M

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 16 May 1991

The classy, formerly independent label tries for a comeback ...

David Ruffin, The Temptations: Former Temptation David Ruffin Dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 11 July 1991

DAVID RUFFIN, a former lead singer for the Temptations, died of a drug overdose in the early-morning hours of June 1st at the Hospital of ...

Grateful Dead: Poster Artist Rick Griffin Dies

Obituary by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 3 October 1991

RICK GRIFFIN, one of the creators of the psychedelic poster art that originated in San Francisco during the mid-Sixties, died on August 17th of severe ...

Digital-Tape War Heats Up

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 31 October 1991

NOW THAT the compact disc has supplanted the vinyl phonograph record, consumers can brace for another technology war. Next year, Philips Electronics N.V. and Sony ...

Grateful Dead, John Fogerty, Neil Young: Bill Graham: Tribute Concert, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 12 December 1991

ON SUNDAY, November 3rd, more than 300,000 people showed up at the Polo Field in Golden Gate Park for the biggest rock concert ever held ...

Michael Jackson: The Making Of The King Of Pop

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 January 1992

THE SEVEN DWARFS are singing. Their voices are floating out of speakers hidden among the trees and lush flora surrounding Michael Jackson's mansion in Neverland ...

Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia Ill; Dead Cancel Tour

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 1 October 1992

THE GRATEFUL Dead have canceled a four-city fall tour of the East Coast and have put other plans on hold until Jerry Garcia recovers from ...

Jerry Garcia, Grateful Dead: Garcia: Trucking Again

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 21 January 1993

The Grateful Dead bounce back with new releases and a tour in '93 ...

Meat Puppets, Negativland: SST Records: Lawyers, Punks and Money

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 15 April 1993

SST Records' battle of writs and wills against former acts ...

Michael Jackson: An Abuse of Trust: Michael Jackson Defends His Honor

Report by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 14 October 1993

FOR MICHAEL Jackson, a man who has spent an enormous amount or time and millions of dollars helping underprivileged, sick and disabled children, it was ...

American Music Club: Q&A with American Music Club

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, November 1993

"EIGHT MONTHS AGO nobody would pee on us," says Mark Eitzel, singer, songwriter and acoustic guitarist for San Francisco's American Music Club. "And now people ...

Tony! Toni! Tone!: Hitting the Wonder button with Soul's Hottest Retro Pioneers

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, November 1993

"WE GOT one little trick we use when we're making records," says Tim Christian Riley. Tim and his cousins Dwayne and Raphael Wiggins comprise the ...

Pearl Jam: Warfield Theatre, San Francisco

Live Review by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 9 December 1993

THERE WAS NOTHING pedestrian about the first show of the Pearl Jam tour. ...

Rick James: The Untold Story

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Vibe, April 1994

While Rick James was ruling the charts with hits like 'Super Freak' and 'Give It To Me Baby', he was descending into the drug addiction ...

Totally Wired

Report by Michael Goldberg, Details, July 1994

In the future, when you can dial up any album through your TV set, you won't need record stores — and musicians may not need record ...

American Music Club: Wishing the World Away

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, December 1994

THE FIRST TIME I met American Music Club singer, songwriter, and leader Mark Eitzel, he arrived at San Francisco's boho South-of-Market Soma Cafe on a ...

Weezer's Uncomfortable Success, part 2: The Rivers Cuomo Interview

Interview by Clare Kleinedler, Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, December 1996

WEEZER FRONTMAN Rivers Cuomo doesn't give many interviews. Usually he lets guitarist Brian Bell, drummer Patrick Wilson or bassist Matt Sharp handle the press. The ...

Prince: An Audience With The Artist

Interview by Michael Goldberg, Addicted To Noise, August 1998

THE SECURITY GUARD in suit and tie who is watching the closed door to The Artist's upstairs dressing room on The Tonight Show set in ...

Radiohead: In The Forest As The Fire Burns

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 23 June 2001

Esoteric? Non-Commercial? Then how come it's #1? ...

Tricky: The Drama You’ve Been Craving

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 30 June 2001

Michael Goldberg blows back with Tricky... and discovers the new Sly. ...

A Champion Of Punk Rides Off Into The Sunset: Saluting Howie Klein

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 7 July 2001

HE WAS THE CHAMPION OF PUNK ROCK, BACK IN '76 when no one quite knew what to make of it. ...

Rufus Wainwright Makes One Like They Used To Make 'Em

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 14 July 2001

A young man following in the footsteps of Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks records a masterpiece ...

Buddy Guy Reinvents Hill-Country Blues

Report by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 21 July 2001

A trip to an Oxford, Miss., studio results in a stunning album by one of the last living bluesmen ...

The Dark Visions Of Raymond Pettibon

Profile by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 4 August 2001

Raymond Pettibon first got our attention with startling flyers for Black Flag shows. These days he's seen in the galleries and museums. ...

Gillian Welch: The Cost of Music

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 11 August 2001

"EVERYTHING IS free now," sings Gillian Welch. "That's what they say/Everything I ever done/ Gotta give it away." There is resignation in her voice. Though ...

Maria Muldaur's Perfect Moment

Retrospective by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 18 August 2001

Maria Muldaur's solo debut: among the best albums of any era Long, long ago, a collaboration of producers, musicians and a singer ...

The New Rolling Stone is... The New Yorker?!

Report by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 25 August 2001

Who would expect to find this year's best offline writing about music in The New Yorker? ...

Nirvana Still

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 1 September 2001

Ten years on, we search interviews and books for clues to the mystery of music that once shook the world. ...

Bob Dylan: Dylan Hits The Road In An Old Cadillac

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 8 September 2001

On his first album of new songs in four years, Dylan's still got plenty to say ...

Apocalypse Now: Reeling from the terrorist attack on America

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 15 September 2001

"THIS WICKED TONGUE says, 'God is a million miles away'," sings P.J. Harvey on her latest album. ...

Heavenly: Escaping Into Le Jardin de Heavenly

Retrospective by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 22 September 2001

Finding comfort in obscure pop sounds from the past ...

The Strokes: Beyond The Hype

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 29 September 2001

A media blitz has created a backlash this exceptional New York combo might not survive ...

X: The List

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 6 October 2001

Two decades on, 'The Unheard Music' is still the music you need to hear ...

Erase Errata, Le Tigre: Le Tigre, Erase Errata: The Noise Of Revolution

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 13 October 2001

New albums from two post-riot grrrl bands demand your attention ...

Charley Patton, Skip James: The Spooky Blues Of Skip James

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 20 October 2001

Mystical, otherworldly sounds from the '30s ...

Grateful Dead: The Golden Road

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 10 November 2001

Reconsidering the Grateful Dead ...

Thoughts of a Rock Critic

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 17 November 2001

Four decades on, rock criticism is still (though barely) alive ...

The Big Sellout

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 1 December 2001

Art and ads still go together like a fish and a bicycle. ...

The Strokes, The White Stripes: Revenge Of The Underground: The Strokes and the White Stripes

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 8 December 2001

Is a new day at hand for 'alternative' rockers? ...

2001: The Music That Mattered

Overview by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 22 December 2001

Thirty albums that challenged my perceptions, kept things fresh or, at the least, chilled me out. ...

Sleater Kinney: Sleater-Kinney Search For “Hope, Goodness And Faith”

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 2002

The punk trio answer their own questions on their new album, One Beat ...

The Sound Of Amélie

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 5 January 2002

film soundtrack gets it right ...

The Ramones: Why The Ramones Really Belong In The Hall Of Fame

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 12 January 2002

One of the world's great bands gets its due ...

Sparklehorse: Saving Good Morning Spider From The Black Hole

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 19 January 2002

Taking another listen to a '90s masterpiece. ...

My Problem With CDs & Records

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 28 January 2002

Learning how not to hoard music. ...

John Hiatt, Starsailor: John Hiatt & Starsailor: Making Classic Rock Sound Good

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 16 February 2002

A couple of years ago the singer/songwriter/guitarist John Hiatt recorded Crossing Muddy Waters, an acoustic album for the revived Vanguard label. ...

And You Will Know Us By The..., Boards Of Canada: Deciphering The Code

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 23 February 2002

Boards of Canada and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead offer a musical yin/yang that will blow your mind ...

Ranting About The Record Business

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2002

It's no surprise major-label music sales are down – the music sucks!. ...

Sleater Kinney: What Makes Great Rock 'N' Roll Great?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 9 March 2002

A question about Sleater-Kinney opens a Pandora's Box of confusion ...

Big Star: What Makes Great Rock 'N' Roll Great, Part Two

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 16 March 2002

Sometimes great rock 'n' roll is simply pure pleasure. Like sex, only without the complications ...

Is The Record Industry Killing Itself?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 23 March 2002

Chasing the elusive million-seller could be the kiss of death for the corporate music business ...

N.E.R.D.: Inventing The New Funk

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 29 March 2002

Pair the Neptunes and Kelis and what you get is state-of-the-art groove music ...

What is Rock Criticism?

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 12 April 2002

Why do writers pursue this often-thankless "profession"? ...

Hey, It's OK To Think About Rock Too!

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 19 April 2002

When journalists and academics met in Seattle for a pop music conference, they learned that you can think about the music and and feel it ...

Big Brother & The Holding Company, Janis Joplin: In Defence of Big Brother!

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 17 May 2002

A recent documentary reminds us that Janis' bandmates mattered too ...

Moby's Schtick

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 24 May 2002

Is Herman Melville's great-great-great-great-great-grandson a new kind of artist, or just a technician assembling easy-listening hits? ...

Bert Jansch Takes The High Road

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 31 May 2002

Discovering the idiosyncratic yet influential Scottish folk singer. ...

Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu: Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 1: Captain Beefheart and Pere Ubu

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 21 June 2002

From Trout Mask to Dub Housing: how did music that once seemed so harsh and incomprehensible come to sound so good? ...

Captain Beefheart, Pere Ubu: Another Music In A Different Kitchen, Pt. 2: Captain Beefheart's Trout Mask Replica

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 21 June 2002

WHEN THE noble savage theory of punk rock was first laid out in the early-to-mid-'70s, I bought in. According to one version of the mantra, ...

Guided By Voices: GBV's Abstract Expressionism

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 5 July 2002

Putting the mystery back in rock ...

The Flatlanders Deliver A Classic

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 19 July 2002

Can a new country recording be "authentic"? ...

Bruce Springsteen's Non-Event

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, August 2002

He may be on the cover of Time again, but The Rising sure ain't Born to Run ...

Beck, Sue Garner: Low Down and Low Key: Taking the Road Less Travelled

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2002

BECK SOUNDS like he's channelling the long-dead British folk-rock poet Nick Drake on his latest album, Sea Change (Geffen). For ‘Round the Bend’ the pace ...

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Tom Petty Takes A Stand

Essay by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

FACED WITH the constant change and uncertainty that is life these days, it's a relief, on occasion, to be able to count on a band ...

Wilco's "Basement Tapes"

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, October 2002

THE INK THAT says Wilco YHF Demos is slightly smeared on the home-printed white cover of the CD that arrived the other day. The 21 ...

Beth Gibbons, Portishead: Beth Gibbons: Out of Season

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2002

Portishead's singer delivers a solo album of extraordinary beauty. ...

Sigur Ros

Report and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, November 2002

A trip to Iceland unlocks the secrets of the ages to Michael Goldberg ...

Bob Dylan: Bob Dylan Live 1975: The Rolling Thunder Revue

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, December 2002

At long last we get to hear the 24-track recordings from the 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue. ...

We're Not On The Same Trip

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, March 2003

Michael Goldberg finds comfort in music as the war rages. ...

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Fever To Tell

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, April 2003

KAREN O OF the New York trash-rock trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs leaves lots of room in her lyrics. Those lyrics are like idea fragments jotted ...

Jefferson Airplane: The Rise & Crash Of Jefferson Airplane

Book Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2003

PERHAPS THE MOST endearing thing about Jefferson Airplane that emerges from Jeff Tamarkin's in-depth biography of the group, Got a Revolution! The Turbulent Flight of ...

The Minutemen: Minutemen Live On!

Memoir by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, June 2003

Bassist Mike Watt remembers his days in one of THE best rock bands – punk or otherwise – of the '80s. ...

Warren Zevon: Parting Shot: The L.A. Purveyor of rock noir Makes His Last Stand

Comment by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, September 2003

I FELT LIKE crying as I watched VH1's special on Warren Zevon. How sad. Zevon, as you likely know, died on Sunday, Sept. 8; he's ...

Death Cab For Cutie: 'Soul Meets Body' (Atlantic)

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, 2005

IN 1987, WHEN R.E.M., one of the premier indie-rock bands of the '80s, scored a Top 10 hit with 'The One I Love', it gave ...

The Magnolia Electric Co.: Magnolia Electric Company: Trials And Errors (Secretly Canadian)

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, January 2005

I’VE NEVER been a big fan of live albums. Maybe it's because I'm usually just not that interested in live versions of a bunch of ...

Teenage Fanclub: Man-Made

Review by Michael Goldberg, Neumu, May 2005

I SEE kaleidoscopic images, swirls of psychedelic color, a sunny day in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, with hippies everywhere, long-haired teenagers and twentysomethings blowing ...

Bob Dylan: In The Dylan Zone: An excerpt from True Love Scars

Book Excerpt by Michael Goldberg, 'True Love Scars' (Neumu Press), July 2014

True Love Scars is a rock 'n' roll/ coming of age novel set in the late '60s and early '70s. If you liked On The ...

The Pad: An excerpt from Michael Goldberg's The Flowers Lied

Book Excerpt by Michael Goldberg, 'The Flowers Lied', March 2016

Michael Goldberg's rock 'n' roll coming-of-age novel, The Flowers Lied, has just been published. Richard Meltzer wrote that Goldberg's first novel, True Love Scars, was ...

Working at the Artists' Garage: Excerpts from Michael Goldberg's Untitled

Book Excerpt by Michael Goldberg, Neumu Press, March 2017

Michael Goldberg's rock 'n' roll coming-of-age novel, Untitled, has just been published. "Oral prose," writes Larry Beckett, the brilliant poet and songwriter who penned the ...

Bob Dylan: "A hundred-mile-an-hour clip": Bob Dylan and the Beats

Book Excerpt by Michael Goldberg, 'Kerouac on Record' (Bloomsbury), March 2018

Editor's note: The just-published Kerouac On Record includes many essays about the influence of Jack Kerouac on musicians, including the Grateful Dead, Patti Smith, Tom ...

The Avengers: Watching the Avengers Absolutely Crush the Pistols

Book Excerpt by Michael Goldberg, 'Wicked Game' (HoZac Books), June 2022

NOTE: What follows is an excerpt from Michael Goldberg's new book Wicked Game: The True Story of Guitarist James Calvin Wilsey (HoZac Books). Goldberg is ...

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