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The Bees Gees: From Down Under To Disco

Profile by Steve Turner, The History of Rock, 1984

SINCE ENTERING POP MUSIC in the Fifties, the Bees Gees have had three careers on three continents, each more successful than its predecessor. The first ...

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The Bee Gees' Barry Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 February 2001

Barry takes us through the '60s, starting in Australia before hitting Swinging London, hanging out with Stones and Beatles, the drugs and booze, and his close relationship with Robert Stigwood

File format: mp3; file size: 62.9meg, interview length: 1h 05' 31" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees' Maurice Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 February 2001

The late Bee Gee Maurice takes us back to the early days in Manchester, Australia and Swinging London, meeting Lulu, his battle with the bottle, and talks about songwriting and that run-in with Clive Anderson.

File format: mp3; file size: 63.2meg, interview length: 1h 5' 50" sound quality: ****

The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb (2001)

Interview by Johnny Black, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 February 2001

Surviving the Hither Green railway crash; his role within the Bee Gees; Robert Stigwood, NEMS and Brian Epstein's death; the Odessa album, and much more.

File format: mp3 File size: 60.8mb Interview length: 1h 06' 25"; Sound quality: *****

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Simon Spence: Staying Alive — The Disco Inferno of the Bee Gees

Book Review by Bob Ruggiero, Houston Press, 10 November 2017

The Bee Gees and Their Decades-Long "Fever" ...

Bob Stanley: The Bee Gees – Children Of The World

Book Review by Chris Charlesworth, Just Backdated, January 2024

"THE BEE GEES didn't fit in," observes Bob Stanley at the start of Children Of The World, his new biography of the Gibb brothers. He's quite ...

"You Can't Escape Your Influences" Mark Lanegan's Favourite Albums

Interview by Julian Marszalek, The Quietus, 26 January 2012

In one of our best Baker's Dozens yet, Mark Lanegan talks Julian Marszalek through the most-played discs in his collection. ...

Albums from Jimi Hendrix, the Bee Gees et al

Review by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 27 October 1968

Sun Hasn't Set on British Sound ...

How the Bee Gees captured America

Report and Interview by Harvey Kubernik, Melody Maker, 21 January 1978

"ONE OF the reasons for the Bee Gees' success," explains Robin Gibb at their rented Benedict Canyon home, "is that we've never used music as ...

Face To Face With Barry Gibb On The Day His Rolls Broke Down, The Colour TV Fused And The Central Heating Was 3° Under

Interview by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 4 January 1969

Chris Welch ventures into deepest Bee Geeland ...

Keith Richard on Mick, Beatles, Led, Faith, Tull, Gees

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, New Musical Express, 6 December 1969

THE NEWS that the Rolling Stones have resumed personal appearances must have gladdened the hearts of pop fans everywhere. The Stones always were the most ...

The Bee Gees History Lesson

Retrospective by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, April 1976

THE BEE Gees endure. Through changing musical fashions and their own self-induced periods of inspiration and stagnation, they've muddled through. They were an original "next-Beatles" ...

What Comes After Main Course: Barry Gibb & The Bee Gees on Top Again

Interview by Ian Dove, Phonograph Record, April 1976

BARRY GIBB considers Arif Mardin the main ingredient for Main Course's success. He adds: "Quite simply he's the best producer in the world for us. ...

Robin Gibb remembers Saturday Night Fever

Retrospective and Interview by Alan Light,, September 2007

FOR BABY BOOMERS, this year marked the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love. For hipsters worldwide, 2007 means that it's been three decades since ...

Disco: They said the same things about the Tango

Comment by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 7 April 1978

"These new dances never lost their original reason for being — passion!" "If couples dancing these new steps could see themselves, especially from the rear, they ...

The Bee Gees: Spirits Having Flown (RSO)

Review by Richard C. Walls, Creem, May 1979

Good For Everything But Listening ...

Barry Gibb: Three-Minute Genius

Book Excerpt by Clinton Walker, 'Rock Country', ed. Christian Ryan (Hardie Grant), 2013

IN 1961 THE Gibb family – parents Hugh and Barbara and kids Lesley, Barry, twins Robin and Maurice, baby Andy – were living on Queensland's ...

Bee Gees Long Climb to the Summit

Profile and Interview by Mike Gormley, The Ottawa Journal, 22 September 1967

Group From Down Under on Top ...

In the Bee Gees' Time – A New Documentary on THAT Band

Film/DVD/TV Review by Gary Pig Gold, Rock's Backpages, 7 January 2011

2010 MARKED the 50th (!!) anniversary of the Bee Gees' career as fully professional all-singing, all-playing musicians, songwriters, and performers. ...

The Bee Gees: Cucumber Castle (Atco SD 33-327)

Review by Harold Bronson, UCLA Daily Bruin, 11 May 1970

THE NEW Bee Gees' album, Cucumber Castle (Atco SD 33-327), offers an interesting collection of the familiar string embellished ballads we've come to expect from ...

Fats Domino, the Bee Gees, Gerry and the Pacemakers: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Norman Jopling, Record Mirror, 1 April 1967


Singles, including the Who, Neil Diamond and the Bee Gees

Review by uncredited writer, Melody Maker, 22 April 1967


The Bee Gees: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Derek Boltwood, Record Mirror, 6 April 1968

The BIG Bee Gees sound! ...

The Bee Gees in Detroit: "We're Planning a U.S. Tour"

Interview by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 21 July 1967


Loraine Alterman on Records: New Albums from Vanilla Fudge, Big Brother et al

Review by Loraine Alterman, Detroit Free Press, 3 September 1967

Vanilla Fudge: Exciting Album ...

The Bee Gees: The Odessa Files

Book Excerpt by Jeff Apter, 'Tragedy: The Ballad of the Bee Gees' (Jawbone), Spring 2016

In 1968, the Bee Gees set out to make their very own Sgt Pepper, an album they hoped would prove they were much more than ...

Extra! The English Scene

Report by Miranda Ward, Hit Parader, November 1967

...from Our Gal In London... Miranda Ward ...

Maurice Gibb: Bee Gees Vocalist/Musician (1949-2003)

Obituary by Chris Roberts, Uncut, March 2003

Key works: Main Course, Saturday Night Fever, Greatest, ESP ...

The Bee Gees, Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, The Flowerpot Men: Saville Theatre, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 25 November 1967

THE MOST remarkable show ever held at London's Saville Theatre on Sunday — the Bee Gees with awe inspiring 30-piece orchestra, combining advanced pop with ...

New Singles including The Beatles, Pink Floyd and Buffalo Springfield

Review by Nick Jones, Melody Maker, 18 November 1967


Big Night For The Bee Gees: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Keith Altham, Richard Green, New Musical Express, 6 April 1968

Concert review by Keith Altham ...

My Adventures With The Bee Gees!

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, Flip, September 1968

THE FIRST TIME I met the Bee Gees they were surrounded by huge clouds of smoke, manufactured by an "ice-machine" in an enormous TV studio ...

The Bee Gees: Anaheim Convention Centre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Ann Moses, New Musical Express, 10 February 1968


Who, Prince Buster, Bee Gees et al: New Singles Reviewed

Review by Peter Jones, Record Mirror, 22 April 1967

Top class, dramatic newie from Bee Gees, and a not so commercial Tremeloes — slow soul from Sam & Dave, & delicate new P. P. ...

The Bee Gees: Forgive and Forget

Interview by Adrian Deevoy, Q, June 1989

They made the parquet-pounding record that launched the jacket-shedding dance that gave birth to the thing they call Disco. And for this appalling misdemeanor The ...

The Bee Gees: The Tide Has Turned

Interview by Stephen Demorest, Circus, 31 January 1977

From Their Home on the Isle of Man, the Bee Gees Return ...

The Bee Gees: Fifty Years Of The Brothers Gibb

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Music Week, January 2010

ON DECEMBER 28, 1957, Manchester skiffle combo The Rattlesnakes first earned money from their ability to sing in harmony with a ten-minute slot at the ...

Saturday Night Fever (X)

Film/DVD/TV Review by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 25 March 1978

Directed by John Badham. Starring John Travolta (CIC) ...

Bee Gees: Children of the World

Review by Joe McEwen, Rolling Stone, 4 November 1976

FROM MUSHY pop ballads through late-Sixties psychedelia and low-key rock, the Bee Gees have demonstrated a chameleonlike ability to adapt to disparate pop trends. These ...

The Bee Gees: 1st Vinyl Icon

Retrospective by Johnny Black, Hi-Fi News & Record Review, June 2011

ON JANUARY 3, 1967, failed Australian pop trio The Bee Gees set sail for England, aboard the SS Fairsky. By the middle of that summer, ...

How the Bee Gees got into Disco: An Oral History of Main Course

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, Q, April 2000

NOTE: This is a considerably extended version of the piece published in Q. ...

The Bee Gees; Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Welch, Melody Maker, 6 April 1968

WE HAVE seen group wars and feuds before, but nothing like the battle for fans between the Bee Gees and Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick ...

The Bee Gees, Larry Pryce (Panther)

Book Review by Mary Harron, Melody Maker, 7 April 1979

Oh what a boring book we see When Larry practises to Bee Gee ...

Confessions of A Bee Gees Fan

Essay by Simon Frith, Creem, June 1978

THE OTHER day I read this shocking story in the Sun: it seems that when Andy Gibb set off from Australia to find fame, fortune ...

The Bee Gees: Spirits Having Flown

Review by Simon Frith, Melody Maker, 3 February 1979

MOST OF the tracks on Spirits Having Flown would fit snugly enough onto Saturday Night Fever. The Bee Gees have stuck to their disco formula: ...

The Bee Gees: Nights on Broadway

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 4 December 1976

BEE GEES: "The Beatles influenced us in the early days and before that Neil Sedaka. Now we let Stevie Wonder influence us." ...

Bee Gees' Generations

Report by Charles Bermant, Rock's Backpages, January 2007

PORTLAND, OREGON USA – Last year, self-proclaimed pop music geek Ellen Osborn was tooling around town when she got an idea: "There should be an ...

Was Robin The Key Figure In The Bee Gees' Success?

Interview by Keith Altham, Top Pops, August 1969

WITH ROBIN GIBB hurtling up the charts with his first solo single, 'Saved by the Bell', it would appear that the answer to the question, ...

Back on course with the Bee Gees

Interview by Charles Bermant, Sounds, 9 August 1975

BARRY GIBB IS pleased. It is a good season for ‘the Bee Gees (Barry and his brothers, Maurice and Robin) whose new Main Course album ...

The Bee Gees: You Lookin' At Me?

Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, May 2001

"WHAT IMAGE?" ASKS BARRY Gibb. "I haven't got an image." What he does have, though, is a guitar. It's a second-hand customised hollow-bodied Epiphone, bought ...

The Bee Gees: The Rogue Gene

Retrospective and Interview by Johnny Black, MOJO, June 2001

IT WAS EASTER 1965. THE STONES were at Number 1 in the UK with 'The Last Time', The Beatles and The Supremes were battling it ...

Bee Gees: Main Course

Review by Ken Barnes, Phonograph Record, July 1975

FOR THE BEE GEES, "change is now," as the Byrds expressed it on the backside of their 1967 mid-charter 'Goin' Back' (Columbia 44362). ...

Pronounced "Morris", By The Way: The Rare, The Precious, The Death of a Bee Gee

Obituary by Gary Pig Gold,, February 2003

JOHN ENTWISTLE. George Harrison. So how come it's the utterly coolest-by-far members of some of our all-time favorite bands who seem to be departing far, ...

The Grim Reporter February 2003

Obituary by Phast Phreddie Patterson, Rock's Backpages, February 2003

Phast Phreddie Patterson on those gone but not forgotten ...

The Bee Gees: Main Course

Review by Jaan Uhelszki, Creem, October 1975

THE BEE GEES are back. If you said it's like they never left you'd be absolutely right, and would win the $5.98 question, redeemable in ...

The Bee Gees: Back to Blighty, 1967

Book Excerpt by Andrew Môn Hughes, Melinda Bilyeu, Hector Cook, Omnibus Books, 2000

An extract from The Bee Gees: Tales Of The Brothers Gibb by Melinda Bilyeu, Hector Cook and Andrew Môn Hughes, first published by Omnibus Press ...

see also Andy Gibb

see also Robin Gibb


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