HARD WAX RECORDS: Finn Johannsen chats to Josh about his place of work, the state of the vinyl industry, and of course his excellent newly recorded Louche Podcast.

So Finn, this marks the first of a new mini series of Louche podcasts, focusing on dudes like yourself who work in record shops. Tell us, how long have you been working in Hard Wax and how did it come about? I’m working there since the end of 2010. It was basically coincidental. I realized […]

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LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations on […]

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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

Randall Roberts writes: Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate — guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham. “I’ve been sending Lindsey demos in their […]

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DAVID CROSBY: He might hate MP3s even more than Neil Young does

  From the archives ….. Mike Mettler writes: David Crosby has never been afraid to speak his mind and share his opinion of the state of the present, no matter what decade it is. For well over a half-century, the legendary singer/songwriter and lynchpin of Crosby, Stills & Nash (& sometimes Young) has been passionately […]

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JOHNNY SHINES: The Complete Living Blues Interview

  Long before becoming a force in Chicago blues, Johnny Shines hoboed with Robert Johnson through Depression-era America. They hopped freights, played on street corners, shared rooms and whiskey, and made it as far north as Canada. Johnson, the Mississippi Delta’s most celebrated blues performer, perished in 1938, and for the next half-century, his spirit […]

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Sam Cooke: a singer of sheer quality

Originally published 2014 Martin Chilton writes: It is 50 years since Sam Cooke died in squalid circumstances, shot at 33 in a cheap motel in Los Angeles after rowing with the owner over a prostitute he claimed had robbed him. “Lady, you shot me,” were his last words. Can you separate the man from the […]

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DOLLY PARTON: ‘I’ve seen my songs slaughtered pretty good’

Rebecca Nicholson (The Guardian) conducts the interview: Hello, Dolly! Hello, Rebecca! You know Rebecca is my middle name also? I do know that. It’s a good name. All right! At Glastonbury last month you played to what must have been 180,000 people. Is that the biggest show you have ever done? It probably is. I […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: Inside his floating studio on a 110-foot Dutch barge in London

By ProSoundNetwork Editorial Staff Built inside a 100-year-old Dutch barge, Grand Cru Studio is an unusual recording studio, to say the least. First built in the 1970s as Oceanic Studios, commissioned by The Who’s Pete Townshend as part of his Eel Pie Studios, the 110-foot vessel is now a fully commercial facility, complete with an […]

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How we made: Ivan Fischer and Tom Randle on ENO’s The Magic Flute

Interviews by Imogen Tilden. “When English National Opera asked me to conduct Mozart’s Magic Flute in 1988, I said I’d do it with [director] Nick Hytner but nobody else. I’d been involved in many productions of the opera before, and I told Nick and designer Bob Crowley at our first meeting that I always wished […]

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