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The Blasters: Non-Fiction (Slash)

Review by Cynthia Rose, New Musical Express, 16 July 1983

OVER THE past three years, white American music’s been getting a real recharge from several California couples: John Doe and Exene Cervenka of X, Chip ...

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The Blasters: Down Home with The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, New York Rocker, March 1981

FIRST THINGS first: I love roots music but I'm no great rockabilly fan. The part I like best – the beat – is pure black ...

The Blasters

Interview by Danny (Shredder) Weizmann, Flipside, 1982

YOU'RE PROBABLY thinking "Why the Blasters' guitarist Dave Alvin and bassist John Bazz in Flipside?" I, Shredder, am thinking "Why not?". They're just an aspiring ...

The Blasters

Profile and Interview by Michael Goldberg, Musician, April 1982

WITH THEIR hair greased back into pompadours, their shirtsleeves rolled up and cigarettes dangling from their lower lips, Phil Alvin and his younger brother Dave ...

The Blasters

Profile by Todd Everett, Trouser Press, April 1982

IT'S AN IRONIC fact of life that until quite recently very few of the so-called (and frequently maligned) "Los Angeles" bands had deep roots in ...

The Blasters: 'Beyond Revivalism' Revival

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, May 1982

We got Louisiana boogie and the Delta bluesWe got country swing and rockabilly tooWe got jazz country western and Chicago bluesIt's the greatest music that ...

The Blasters: The Blasters (F-Beat)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 1 May 1982


Blasters: The Blasters

Review by Ralph Traitor, Sounds, 8 May 1982

PLAY IT on mono and it could be 1956, just play it once and you could find yourself buying a gross of Brylcreem, a shipment ...

The Blasters Bring It Back Alive

Profile and Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, 21 May 1982

Records can be great, but hearing a great live performance is still, for me, the essence of music. Vinyl is only the documentation of a ...

Nick Lowe and his Noise to Go, the Blasters: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Chas de Whalley, Record Mirror, 29 May 1982

THE BLASTERS set a standard of gritty excitement which even Nick Lowe and the loosely professional Noise To Go might have found difficult to sustain. ...

The Blasters: Blast From The Present

Profile by Van Gosse, The Village Voice, 3 May 1983

I'VE BEEN reveling in the Blasters ever since their first Slash album in late '81, but for no good reason, or so it seemed to ...

The Blasters: Non Fiction (Slash/Warner Bros.)

Review by Mark Leviton, Music Connection, 9 June 1983

THIS RESILIENT band continues to deal with the major question of their career, namely how does a very good bar band win the hearts of ...

Language: Thick Malt, Weird Cream

Interview by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 13 November 1983

NOTED SONGWRITERS Tom Waits and Leonard Cohen contribute liner notes to the album, but they don't sing on it. The two records feature members of ...

The Blasters Ridin' On The Jubilee Train

Interview by Bill Holdship, Creem, December 1983

PERHAPS TAKING A cue from the Book Of Rock Lists, I once considered compiling a list of the best rock records to listen to when ...

Slash: L.A.'s Maverick Label Meets the Majors

Interview by Mark Leviton, BAM, 10 February 1984

LOS ANGELES —"Music is a vehicle for ideas, and if the ideas suck and the music's good, it's still pretty bad music." The man at ...

The Blasters: Hardline (Slash/Warner Bros)

Review by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 26 January 1985

THE BLASTERS FACE a perennial battle in balancing their allegiance to roots forms of American music with the ever present danger of becoming predictable purists ...

Blasters Blather: The Book of David

Interview by Don Waller, L.A. Weekly, 2 May 1985

"MUSIC LIKE this is not dependent on age or looks or a trend," says Blasters guitarist-songwriter Dave Alvin, taking a hard line on rock & ...

The Blasters: Electric Ballroom, London

Live Review by David Sinclair, The Times, 11 July 1985

WITH THE energy and precision that is now the recognizable hallmark of the bands engaged in the current American roots music invasion of Britain, the ...

The Blasters: Blaster Charge

Interview by Jack Barron, Sounds, 27 July 1985

All aboard The Blasters' American Express, en route to the heartland of rock 'n' roll '85 style. "That'll do nicely," exclaims an impressed Jack Barron ...

The Blasters: Just An American Band

Interview by Don Waller, Spin, October 1985

The Blasters could play any bar in the U.S.A.: these roots were made for rockin'. ...

A Headstone for Big Joe Turner Is Aim of Benefit Concert Sunday

Report by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 4 October 1991

BIG JOE Turner's powerful vocals on the original version of 'Shake, Rattle & Roll' propelled the late blues shouter into the Rock and Roll Hall ...

The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Sleeve notes by Don Snowden, Rhino Records, 2002

CRUNCH THE NUMBERS, run the marketing templates and when you get down to it, it just doesn't compute that the six-year life span of the ...

The Blasters: Testament: The Complete Slash Recordings

Review and Interview by Sylvie Simmons, MOJO, July 2002

2-CD set featuring The Blasters (1980), Non Fiction ('83), Hard Line ('85) a covers EP and seven unreleased extras. ...

The Blasters: Dingwalls, London

Live Review by Gavin Martin, Uncut, October 2003

TONIGHT, DAVE ALVIN looks like a man out to settle an old score. With his gunslinger necktie and low-slung guitar, he fires off endless streams ...

Dave Alvin: Romeo's Escape

Sleeve notes by Terry Staunton, Acadia Records, June 2006

THE TIME: Summer, 1987. The place: Downtown Manhattan hang-out The Kat Klub. It's the height of the annual industry beanfest, the New Music Seminar, and ...

The Other Side of '80s L.A. Rock

Retrospective by Mitchell Cohen, Music Aficionado, 2018

THE IMAGE OF Los Angeles rock in the '80s is imprinted like a tacky tattoo: bands with poofed-up hair and eyeliner, girls with poofed-up hair ...


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