RANDY WILSON: interview: ‘African music is for the world’

The great jazz pianist talks about racism, discovering Africa and the power of music to change lives Please click HERE to continue Epilogue Hi. I’m Tony Andrews and I am Contributing Editor / Jazz here. I hope you found the above interesting. If you want anything jazz-related published here (free of charge) then please email […]

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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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Buddy Guy – ‘I Worry About The Future Of Blues Music’

Buddy Guy is the blues, and he’s our connection to a genre that’s embedded in the history of America. But it’s a sound the guitarist fears is fading. Born and raised in Louisiana without running water or electricity, Guy tells NPR’s David Greene, “They got some mosquitoes in Louisiana that can almost lift you out […]

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MICHAEL MESSER: Slide guitarist, singer and songwriter interview

From our archives ….. “Michael Messer recently toured the UK with Louisiana Red  – “A collaboration of two great musicians from totally different backgrounds, brought together through a passion for playing blues slide guitar and many years of mutual admiration for each others’ work”. I had the privilege of interviewing Michael on tour at Bury […]

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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

  From our extensive music archive on this, our first ever HiFi Answers music day. No equipment post today – just MUSIC all day. I hope you’ll enjoy this. Thank you. Neil / editor =========== From the archives ….. Mike Mettler writes: David Crosby has never been afraid to speak his mind and share his […]

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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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Cat Stevens

In the early 70s I was serving my time in the Army as a disc jockey in Munich Germany. It sounds like an idyllic situation and it would have been if voluntary. But there were perks. One of the best parts of my job was interviewing rock stars like Elton John, Frank Zappa, Mick Fleetwood, […]

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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 […]

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