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Robin Eggar

Robin Eggar

In the music industry Robin Eggar has lived his life backwards. Back in the day he was a press officer at RCA records, where was allowed to meet David Bowie, do press for Iggy Pop and Dolly Parton and answer the phones the day Elvis died. In 1978 fired for moonlighting as the manager of the Members he went on to manage the band to Sound of the Suburbs success but bids for world domination foundered. He also represented Jane Kennaway, Johnny Warman and record producers Steve Lillywhite and Hugh Padgham.

After a stint as the Daily Mirror’s rock and pop writer, including covering the recording of Band Aid from inside the studio, he went freelance working for national and international newspapers and magazines including The Sunday Times, Esquire, You Magazine, Marie Claire, the Times, the Daily Mail, Us magazine, Cosmopolitan, the Face, Time Out, the NME, the Observer, the Word, the Sunday Mirror Magazine and Rolling Stone. Despite stints as Boy George’s bodyguard, taking acting lessons from Marlon Brando and adventures in the second Russian Revolution and internet poker he still can’t escape a regular rock and roll fix. Having grappled with them many times in interview Robin’s still very fond of Mick Jagger and Peter Gabriel and recently fell in love (again) with Joni Mitchell.

He has written ten books on everything from fitness, adventure sports and Chinook helicopters to sixties sex gods. His music books include the best selling Tom Jones: the Biography,(, Shania Twain: the Biography - which was made into a TV movie in her native Canada ( - and Midge Ure’s autobiography If I Was.

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Olivia Newton-John: Cream Of The Crop

Interview by Robin Eggar, Record Mirror, 28 November 1981

The front of the chocolate box has changed forever. Or has it? OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN has cut her hair, shed her old image and entered the ...

X: Guitars Against The Golden State

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Face, April 1984

They've been called The Last American Rock Band. It's a tag they hate. ...

U2: Prophet Incentive

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Observer, 5 April 1987

In Dublin they joke that Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2, has God's phone number. Not for U2 groupies, drugs or a limo ...

Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones: Quincy Jones

Interview by Robin Eggar, Time Out, June 1988

The Jackson and Jones alliance has seen the transformation of a bubble-gum singer into the greatest musical phenomenon of his era. ...

Garth Brooks

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 23 January 1994

"SHHH." THE admonition echoes around the room, stalling conversation in mid-drawl, beer in mid-swallow. The ensuing hush is equal parts reverence and show-me. ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger

Interview by Robin Eggar, Esquire, 1995

IN THE UPSTAIRS room in Henry's Wine Bar wine bar overlooking the River Thames a French TV crew are lathering themselves into over excitement. Mick ...

The Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts: Charlie Watts (1997)

Interview by Robin Eggar, Rock's Backpages audio, September 1997

The beloved Stones drummer talks about marrying — and being kept sane by — Shirley Watts; and about getting into jazz in his London youth; maintaining the separation between the Stones and his home life; keeping horses; his love of Stravinsky, Picasso and Duke Ellington; becoming a drummer; his passion for clothes; touring; his lost drug-and-drink years; grandfatherhood; and recording new Stones album Bridges to Babylon.

File format: mp3; file size: 81.8mb, interview length: 1h 25' 10" sound quality: ***

Charlie Watts, The Rolling Stones: Charlie Watts: The Esquire Interview

Interview by Robin Eggar, Esquire, June 1998

Emotional rescueI'VE MADE more of a mess of my Toronto hotel room in 30 minutes than Charlie Watts has after three weeks in his suite. ...

Johnny Hallyday: Vive Johnny

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Times, March 2003

THERE IS something reassuringly dissolute about Johnny Hallyday. He may be 59, but he inhabits one of those undernourished frames, all angles and sharp edges, ...

Phil Spector: Spector's Heirs

Overview by Robin Eggar, unpublished, April 2003

THE CASTLE PERCHES atop a hill in suburban Alhambra reached after a long and winding climb. The huge iron gates appear to have been shut ...

Sting: Back On The Beat

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, Radio Times, Summer 2003

A YEAR AGO, as Sting was preparing to perform at a charity party in Cannes, Bono introduced him. "He is one of the most talented ...

Sarah McLachlan: Her Own Woman

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 11 January 2004

IN LA, EVERYONE knows her name. Indeed, for many American women, Sarah McLachlan is an icon. In London, however, she is usually confused with Craig, ...

Norah Jones: Cover story: Norah Jones

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 1 February 2004

Norah Jones thinks her new album is much better than her debut. Will her 18m fans agree, asks Robin Eggar. ...

Katy Rose

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 21 March 2004

Don't expect "goofy love songs" from Katy Rose: this 17-year-old Californian is proud to show her dark side. ...

Jools Holland, Tom Jones: Tom Jones: Boyo's Got The Blues

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 19 September 2004

THE MUSIC WORLD is definitely out of kilter. Rod Stewart has become a crooner and Tom Jones is singing rock'n'roll. At an age when most ...

Peter Cincotti: Shooting the pianist

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Times, 28 November 2004

Jazz sensation Peter Cincotti plays to the camera ...

James Blunt: Marching To A New Beat

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 24 April 2005

GENETICALLY, JAMES Blunt is much too posh to rock. Public school (Harrow), a top university (Bristol), Sandhurst and a commission in the Household Cavalry is ...

Van Der Graaf Generator: In Prog They Trust

Retrospective and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 29 May 2005

Van Der Graaf Generator are back – albeit after an excessive pause. Never mind the length, feel the quality, says ROBIN EGGAR. ...

Chris Brown: The New Michael Jackson

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times Magazine, 12 February 2006

Meet the kid they're calling the new Michael Jackson — Chris Brown, 16, from smallsville, VA ...

Joni Mitchell: The Renaissance Woman

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 11 February 2007

At last the times have caught up with Joni Mitchell – musician, artist and now inspiration for a ballet ...

Joni Mitchell: How Joni Mitchell Got Her Groove Back

Interview by Robin Eggar, Rolling Stone (Germany), May 2007

JONI MITCHELL is lost in her own music, eyes closed, head still, an American Spirit burning between her fingers. A scarcely sipped glass of red ...


Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 27 May 2007

MIKA MAKES Marmite pop music. Back in January, when 'Grace Kelly' first leapt out of the radio, people rushed to instant judgment. Indifference was not ...

Editors in Control

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 24 June 2007

THE TITLE OF the new Editors single, 'Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors', sums up the band's view of life. "The irony of someone having treatment ...

Newton Faulkner: Finger-Pickin' Good

Report and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 22 July 2007

His astonishing virtuoso technique makes Newton Faulkner the cream of the guitar-pop crop. ...

Spreading The Word

Report by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 29 July 2007

Library gigs, recycled sleeves, free CDs – our correspondent finds novel ways to get your music to the masses ...

Harry Connick Jr: When Harry met Katrina

Profile and Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 30 September 2007

Harry Connick Jr wasn't one to write about personal grief – until the hurricane hit his beloved New Orleans ...

Mötley Crüe: Nikki Sixx

Interview by Robin Eggar, Live Magazine, 30 December 2007

NIKKI SIXX is the bassplayer and chief songwriter in Mötley Crüe, the LA hard rockers who became a byword for rock and roll excess, while ...

Tony Bennett: Swinging with the stars

Interview by Robin Eggar, The Sunday Times, 18 December 2016

From Basie, Bill Evans and all that jazz to duets with Amy and Gaga, Tony Bennett has lived a life in song. Take a bow, ...

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