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Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)*****

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 31 July 1976

THE RECORD deck grunts and clicks, the turntable sidles to a halt and polysyllabic analysis should be flowing from the critic's pen but I'd just ...

Joan Armatrading: Front Door Woman

Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 9 April 1983

DO YOU believe in romance? ...

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Joan Armatrading (1990)

Interview by John Tobler, Rock's Backpages audio, Spring 1990

The singer songwriter charts her recording career from her debut (with Pam Nestor), Whatever's for Us, up to her current release Hearts and Flowers: producers like Gus Dudgeon, Glyn Johns and Steve Lillywhite; musicians like Dave Mattacks, Jerry Donahue and Sly & Robbie and songs such as 'Love and Affection' and 'Me Myself I'. She also talks about real musicians v high tech instruments, being photographed by Robert Mapplethorpe and Lord Snowden, and her love of comics.

File format: mp3; file size: 48.6mb, interview length: 50' 40" sound quality: *****

Joan Armatrading (2000)

Interview by Paul Zollo, Rock's Backpages audio, March 2000

Ms. Armatrading gives the low-down on her life as a songwriter: where songs come from; what she writes about; how she started writing and playing; the songs she'll talk about and those she won't, plus individual songs like the great 'Love and Affection'.

File format: mp3; file size: 38.4mb, interview length: 41' 56" sound quality: ***

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Joan Armatrading: Whatever's For Us (Cube)

Review by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 30 August 1973

FROM HER opening piano passage on 'My Family', the most endearing keyboard introduction since the first notes of 'Your Song' led off Elton John, one ...

Joan Armatrading: Reluctant Singer Returns

Interview by Barbara Charone, Sounds, 31 May 1975

"I'M THE most boring person in the whole world," Joan Armatrading announces, sticking her head out the window of A&M's Oxford Street offices, breathing in ...

A Question of Survival: Rock'n'Roll Women

Overview by Penny Valentine, Street Life, 6 March 1976

THE NUMBER of women working in British music is pitifully small. You can count them on one hand. Why? ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)

Review by David Hepworth, New Musical Express, 7 August 1976

Joan puts on her sailin' shoes ...

I Second that Emotion: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 14 August 1976

LOVER JOAN? Old pal Joan? Sister Joan? Who are you, intimate and mysterious lady? Why do your songs flow in my bloodstream? I got you ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan Armatrading (A&M)

Review by Richard Williams, Melody Maker, 14 August 1976

REPUTABLE SOURCES assure me that this new record album is, in fact, by the same Joan Armatrading who almost died of fright during her London ...

Joan Armatrading: Burning Like Fire

Interview by Caroline Coon, Melody Maker, 14 August 1976

THE SOUTH LONDON side-street is unimposing and still. Neat houses face each other, their windows opaque, like rows of black eyes shielded by the reflecting ...

Joan Armatrading: Bottom Line, New York

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 18 September 1976

PERHAPS IF Joan Armatrading had opened for an artist less popular than Richie Havens, her U.S. debut would have been more fruitful. At the Bottom ...

What Are We To Do with Joan Armatrading?

Profile by Susin Shapiro, The Village Voice, 20 September 1976

INTO THE non-genre of thinking women's music steps Joan Armatrading, more British than black, more good folks than badass lady of the Midlands. Joan does ...

Joan Armatrading: Just Joan

Interview by Robin Katz, Black Echoes, 25 September 1976

Suddenly England has a lady singer songwriter to vie with America's greatest. Robin Katz talks to Joan Armatrading ...

Joan Armatrading, Moon: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by David Hepworth, New Musical Express, 2 October 1976

MOON GET better weekly. Disciplined, tight, colourful but most important eager to please. They got an encore. Between their leaving the stage and Joan Armatrading ...

Joan Armatrading: If Only They Knew She Had The Power...

Interview by Nick Kent, New Musical Express, 29 January 1977

If you've got a taste for terror, take NICK KENT to interview JOAN ARMATRADING... ...

Joan Armatrading: Show Some Emotion

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 17 September 1977

AAAAAH, JOAN, Shall I compare thee to a summer rose? Not just now, but how about 'The Summertime Blues'? At least Eddie Cochran is something ...

Joan Armatrading: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Cliff White, New Musical Express, 12 November 1977

AS ANY regular user of London's Underground rail network can testify, not all of the strolling troubadours who jostled for recognition in the balmy '60s ...

Joan Armatrading shows some motion

Interview by Mick Brown, Rolling Stone, 29 December 1977

GIVEN THE option of two leather sofas and a comfortable armchair, Joan Armatrading chooses instead to sit on the window ledge, bathed in the pale ...

Blackbushe Festival - Nice To See Ya, Bob

Live Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 22 July 1978

...OR RATHER, IT would have been, but at least we heard him and that made the hassles worthwhile, reports our survivor of the million dollar ...

Joan Armatrading: Girl On A Wild Goose Chase

Interview by Barry Cain, Record Mirror, 29 July 1978

Barry Cain finds out about Joan Armatrading's dark past. ...

Joan Armatrading: To The Limit

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 30 September 1978

I'M UNDER strict instructions to make this Joan Armatrading review a little less like a love letter than its predecessors. Well it's hard you know ...

Joan Armatrading: Fragile Surfaces And Fast Getaways

Interview by Penny Valentine, Melody Maker, 30 September 1978

IN HER KITCHEN Joan Armatrading washes up the plates from a vegetarian meal we have just eaten. "You wouldn't think," she had said earlier with ...

Perrier Water and Privacy: Joan Armatrading

Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 14 October 1978

"LOOOK this way pet, wooood you dear," said the photographer in a voice fusing Andy Stewart and Larry Grayson. "Please pet". Fussing, fussing. ...

Joan Armatrading: Apollo Theatre, Manchester

Live Review by Idris Walters, Melody Maker, 10 March 1979

HER PEOPLE should market a badge that says, "JA From JA Is For Everyone". The hack was expecting the worst – high feminism on parade, ...

Joan Armatrading: Steppin' Out (A&M)

Review by Ian Penman, New Musical Express, 22 September 1979

THE AUTHOR of the song is individualised out of all proportion in rock culture. The singer/songwriter subject is built up in such a way that ...

Joan Armatrading: Me Myself I (A&M)

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 17 May 1980

JUST TO put new readers of my ongoing review of Joan Armatrading's work in the picture I should mention that I rather like this lady. ...

Joan Armatrading On The Spot

Report and Interview by Phil Sutcliffe, Sounds, 26 July 1980

IN THE STRANGE WAY it has at certain phases of your life, time is running backwards for Joan Armatrading. She's growing younger. To prove it ...

Joan Armatrading: Angel of Intrigue

Interview by Carol Cooper, Musician, April 1982

Joan Armatradlng has bartered her acoustic folk roots into a gutsy, punk maelstrom; her new album, Walk Under Ladders, crackles with aggressive electricity and sensual ...

Joan Armatrading: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Mick Brown, The Guardian, 9 April 1983

THERE IS about Joan Armatrading a quality of self-containment, resolution and a complete absence of any suggestion of faddishness, artifice or compromise which is enormously ...

Joan Armatrading, Cook Da Books: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Jeff Tamarkin, Billboard, 11 May 1985

IF JOAN Armatrading is still an artist with a cult following, as she has been here for so long, then let's just say her cult ...

Surprising Secrets: Forget Folk, Forget Feminism, Forget All The Myths About Joan Armatrading

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, June 1985

"SINCE I'M A songwriter," Joan Armatrading explains, "I'd like to think I can write lots of different things. I suppose that can confuse people." ...

Pino Palladino Doesn't Fret

Interview by Rob Tannenbaum, Musician, October 1985

Paul Young's Bassist Shines Through The Screaming Hordes ...

Joan Armatrading: Hearts And Flowers

Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, July 1990

NOW HERE'S A surprise. The words go, "Touch me baby/I don't wanna get up after we've made love/Don't wanna leave your bed" and the singer ...

Sean Mayes: Joan Armatrading

Book Review by Phil Sutcliffe, Q, October 1990

WEATHERED AS HE was by turbulent years on the road with The Equals and Vinegar Joe, when it came to Joan Armatrading producer Pete Gage ...

Joan Armatrading: Square the Circle (A&M)

Review by Deborah Frost, Newsday, 12 July 1992

WHEN BONO interrupted a recent arena performance to sing a few bars of Joan Armatrading's minor '70s hit, ‘Love & Affection’, he struck the one ...

Joan Armatrading: Into The Blues (429 Records)

Review by Jeff Tamarkin,, 2007

RECORDING Into The Blues, writes Joan Armatrading on the back sleeve of her first-ever blues album, "has given me so much pleasure," and that pleasure ...

Joan Armatrading: Joan As Blueswoman

Interview by David Burke, R2/Rock'n'Reel, January 2008

EARLIER THIS YEAR a new album by one of Britain's most enduring singer-songwriters debuted at the top of Billboard magazine's blues chart in the United ...

School of Rock Study Guide: Singer-Songwriters

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, iTunes, October 2008

"WHERE DO YOU have left to go but in?" It was a question posed by Joni Mitchell, the brilliant Canadian blonde who specialized in intensely ...

Joan Armatrading

Interview by Carl Wiser, Songfacts, 16 September 2015

The revered singer-songwriter talks inspiration and explains why she put a mahout in 'Drop the Pilot' ...


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