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Roy Carr

Roy Carr

The late Roy Carr began his career as a member of Blackpool-based band the Executives. The band supported many leading acts in the mid-1960s, including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who, and had several unsuccessful singles issued on the Columbia and CBS labels. Carr became friendly with many leading musicians, including John Lennon; in 1969, when working with a local promoter in Toronto, Carr reported on Lennon's appearance at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival.

After first starting to write reviews for Jazz News and the NME in the early 1960s, he joined the NME staff in 1970. He contributed as reviewer, interviewer and columnist to the magazine's relaunch later in the decade under editors Alan Smith and Nick Logan. During the 1980s and 1990s Carr compiled the majority of free tape and CD compilations that were given away with music magazines such as NME, Vox and Melody Maker, including the influential C86 cassette compilation. Carr also worked as a broadcaster, record producer, and writer of album liner notes.His career as a music journalist and magazine editor continued until his official retirement in 2006, in later years contributing as a freelance writer to jazz magazines. Roy's health deteriorated after the sudden death of his son in 2013.Carr died of a heart attack in hospital on 1 July 2018, aged 73.

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Ace in the Hole

Report and Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 10 November 1973

ROY CARR in Wandsworth with another of those up'n coming pub bands. ...

America, Crosby Stills Nash & Young, Joni Mitchell, Stephen Stills, Neil Young: This is David Geffen, by Gentlemen's Agreement Manager to the Superstars

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 22 July 1972

Will CSN&Y ever re-unite and find true happiness? ...

The Band, Todd Rundgren: Raving Over The Runt, Alias Todd Rundgren: Rock Whiz-Kid

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

THE NAME Todd Rundgren may sound more like a catarrhal growl than the monicker of an aspiring 23-year-old young musical whiz-kid. ...

James Brown the Cassius Clay of Music

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

JAMES BROWN — broad and stocky — America's Soul Brother Supreme, with a warm smile etched deep into his granite face — perhaps the very ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 20 March 1971

"I WANNA know... do I you feel alllllrrriiiigggght?" "Yeaaaaahhhh," roared the audience in reply. "Did yaa bring your sex machine with you?" The affirmative cry ...

The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, International Submarine Band, Gram Parsons: Parsons the Country Preacher

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 May 1973

This is the man Presley's musicians turn to when they're sick of those Las Vegas riffs. ...

The Chi-Lites: Roy Carr in Harlem sees the Chi-Lites

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

IT HAS TAKEN the Chi-Lites ten years to become an overnight success. A decade of dues playing on the Chitlin' circuit which helped justify their ...

Cockney Rebel: The Human Menagerie (EMI)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 January 1974

JUDGING FROM the mass of press coverage that Cockney Rebel are currently grabbing for themselves, it would appear that their verbose frontman Steve Harley is ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: John Fogerty: I've always wanted to be a rock 'n' roll star

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

IF THERE has been one solitary factor which has completely dominated John Fogerty's lifestyle, it has been his insatiable desire to be a successful rock ...

Miles Davis: A Tribute to Jack Johnson (CBS 70089; £2.19)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 11 September 1971

FOR WELL over two decades of music, trumpeter Miles Davis has remained as one of the few unchallenged innovators and to this day he still ...

The Doors: L.A. Woman (Elektra EKS.75011; £2.15)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 24 July 1971

CONTROVERSIAL DOORS ...

The Doors, Jim Morrison: Jim Morrison, Dec. 1943-July 1971

Obituary by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

AMERICA DIDN'T have a Jagger. It did have Jim Morrison... the first major American male sex symbol since James Dean. ...

Lamont Dozier: Holland-Dozier-Holland

Interview by Roy Carr, Gavin Martin, Uncut, September 2004

They were pop's most prolific hit factory, producing 70 US Top Ten singles and 20 No. 1s. On the 45th anniversary of Motown, we meet ...

Ian Dury: New Boots And Panties!! (Stiff)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 1 October 1977

WHAT WE have in New Boots And Panties!! is a long overdue solo album from one of Britain's most unique and uncompromising talents. ...

Ellie Greenwich: Leaders of the Pack

Interview by Roy Carr, Andrew Tyler, New Musical Express, 3 November 1973

Ten years ago the American pop scene was dominated by two opposing song factories — KIRSHNER'S Krazy Kids and the Behemoths of the BRILL BUILDING. ...

Free: Live (Island ILPS 9160. £2.15)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971

Free's last album — their finest ever? ...

Grateful Dead: Jerry Garcia: A Rare Interview

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 5 February 1972

Roy Carr in New York: the problems of making the Dead NOT happen ...

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Empire Pool, Wembley, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

SINGIN' AND BOPPIN' WITH THE DEAD ...

Al Green: Let's Stay Together (London)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

WHILE SUPER Spade and Mighty Whitey have been down in the alley battling it out to see who has the most soul n' funk, Al ...

Jo Mama, Carole King, James Taylor: James Taylor, Carole King, Jo Mama: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 17 July 1971

FROM THE outset you just can't but help having a warm affinity for James Taylor. Seemingly all arms, legs and baggy trousers, Taylor shyly lopes ...

Carole King: Subtle, Intense: Carole King: Fantasy (Ode Import)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 23 June 1973

AFTER THE DISAPPOINTMENT of Rhymes & Reasons, I found myself approaching this album with a certain degree of trepidation. For, having failed to ignite any ...

Led Zeppelin: Thirty Years Gone: Remembering John Bonham

Book Excerpt by Roy Carr, 'Talk on the Wild Side' (EarBooks), 2009

WELL, THIS IS L.A., so I assume we're being hit by an earthquake. What else could cause the walls of my hotel room to vibrate ...

Led Zeppelin: Gassin' With Zeppelin

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

HOW ROBERT PLANT STAYS FRESH ...

Led Zeppelin: Houses Of The Holy (Atlantic)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 31 March 1973

Zep make masochism worthwhile ...

Linda Lewis, Jimmy Webb: Jimmy Webb, Linda Lewis: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

THERE MAY BE something extremely valid in a composer performing his own highly successful material in concert, and though Jimmy Webb accomplished this to a ...

Tami Lynn Hit Cost £5 A Copy

Report and Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 12 June 1971

In true Mickey Spillane style, Roy Carr investigates the case of the six-year-old hit. ...

The Rolling Stones: Eight Stone Exiles

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 April 1972

IT COULD TAKE the Rolling Stones' new double-album Exile On Main Street, says NME's ROY CARR, to awaken those members of the rock nation so ...

Todd Rundgren: Something/Anything? (Bearsville Records)

Review by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 15 April 1972

ENTER, ONE lanky fair-haired youth called Todd Rundgren weighed down with an armful of instruments, a clear head filled with sun-blessed songs 'n' sounds, a ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Not Only Sly, But Sometimes Just Plain Damn Evasive

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

ROY CARR talks to Sly Stone — why he missed Bardney and other tales ...

Ike & Tina Turner: Tina Turner: Get Your Eyes Off... and Listen

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 26 May 1973

THE MAKING of Tina Turner — was it the singer or the song? Well, we all know the answer to that one don't we? The ...

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