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Lindisfarne Tell All

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, 11 March 1972

DEFINING Lindisfarne's success is rather like pulling the wings off a butterfly at present but there seems little doubt after having seen them on stage ...

Alan Hull 1945-1995

Obituary by Chris Ingham, MOJO, January 1996

WHEN I WAS 15 – AND FIVE YEARS AN EX-PAT GEORDIE – MY contemporaries idolised Strummer and Weller. I wanted to be like Alan Hull. ...

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Lindisfarne, Unicorn, Gillian McPherson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Andrew Means, Melody Maker, 15 May 1971

THE HARSH, throbbing music of Lindisfarne generates a degree of immediacy that's uncommon. They are professional and yet there is an inherent roughness that never ...

Bob Johnston: The most envied man in pop

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 19 June 1971

Roy Carr talks to the man who records Dylan, Cash and Cohen ...

Lindisfarne appear through the Fog

Interview by Dick Meadows, Sounds, 6 November 1971

SUCCESS HAS stunned Lindisfarne with the force of a sledgehammer. It has been so sudden that if there was a Stock Exchange strictly for bands ...

Lindisfarne: It's Tyne Time

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Melody Maker, 18 December 1971

"No, we'll never work as hard as this again. It's killing the magic. And it's not doing us much good either" - Si Cowe, guitarist, ...

Lindisfarne: Selling Newcastle

Interview by Keith Altham, Record Mirror, 22 January 1972

LONG AGO AND far away when Hyde park was just a flower pot and underground meant the Bakerloo line to me I was given to ...

We Can Swing Together: A Day In The Life Of Lindisfarne

Report by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 26 April 1972

SIMON COWE ordered a pint of cider and told me he hadn't eaten anything for two days. He'd had plenty of cider though. ...

Alan Hull

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 27 May 1972

LINDISFARNE'S MERCURIAL rise to fame in the past year has done little to alter the outlook of their chief songwriter, James Alan Hull. Hully remains ...

Lindisfarne: Fog on the Tyne

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 8 June 1972

FOG ON the Tyne has been just about the biggest album in Great Britain this year. The single off the album, 'Meet Me on the ...

Pub Fights, Gales, Oldies: The Gt. Western Festival Saga

Report by Andrew Bailey, Rolling Stone, 6 July 1972

LONDON — "Somebody leaped out at her from behind some bushes in our driveway," explained a seething Lieut-Col. Michael Underwood, "and gave her a black ...

Lindisfarne: Dingly Dell — A track by track review

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 29 July 1972

"WE'RE NOT WORRIED ABOUT A TITLE — the album doesn't need a title because the music says it all," Alan Hull declared as Lindisfarne put ...

Lindisfarne: Dingly Dell

Review by Ed Jones, Cracker, September 1972

WHEN I HEARD LINDISFARNE'S FIRST ALBUM, Nicely Out Of Tune, with its standout track, 'Lady Eleanor', a year and a half ago, I thought that ...

Lindisfarne: Suffering from a Surfeit of Kindness

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 2 September 1972

IF IT WERE ever possible to kill a group with kindness then Lindisfarne might be the first victims of their own success. Their new album ...

Lindisfarne: You Can't Carry On Being a Geordie Band Forever

Profile and Interview by Dave Laing, Let It Rock, October 1972

FINCHLEY CENTRAL, you'll recall, was a hit record for the New Vaudeville Band (I think it was the follow-up to the equally appalling 'Winchester Cathedral').It's ...

Lindisfarne, Genesis: Dublin Stadium, Dublin

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 7 October 1972

TO BE CASUAL is to be Lindisfarne, but even the most relaxed of bands have a hard time putting over a set of new numbers ...

Lindisfarne: A Special Report

Report and Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 7 October 1972

"FIVE CRATES OF Brown ale and a crate of Guinness please." Twelve quid across the bar to a landlord shaking his head in disbelief, and ...

Lindisfarne: The Boogie Merchants

Profile by Rosalind Russell, Disc, 4 November 1972

ROSALIND RUSSELL traces the history of the band, through their schooldays, previous groups in which they played, and their emergence first as Newcastle's top outfit ...

Lindisfarne: On and Off the Wagon

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc, 18 November 1972

THERE HAVE BEEN more dazzling, more debauched rock'n'roll roadshows. Some of the more spectacular have been known to cushion the strain of touring with sultry ...

The Kinks, Lindisfarne: Kennedy Centre, Washington DC

Live Review by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 18 November 1972

ON THEIR day the Kinks are one of the most compelling bands in Britain, and the most uncomplimentary appraisal is that Ray Davies has probably ...

British Folk Rock: Robin Hood Rides A Chopper

Review by Bud Scoppa, Rolling Stone, 18 January 1973

Plainsong: In Search of Amelia Earhart (Elektra)Richard Thompson: Henry, the Human Fly (Warner Bros.)Steeleye Span: Below the Salt (Chrysalis)Incredible String Band: Earthspan (Reprise)Pentangle: Solomon's Seal ...

Alan Hull: Playing In The Band

Interview by Jerry Gilbert, Sounds, 10 March 1973

ALAN HULL, who has led Lindisfarne a stormy path across the other side of the world, is back in Barnet – the Mecca of the ...

On Reflection: Alan Hull of Lindisfarne

Interview by Andrew Tyler, Disc, 14 April 1973

FOR SEVERAL weeks there had been rumbling and muttering noises suggesting that all was not well with Lindisfarne. It was Alan Hull in a careless, ...

Wet City: Sly and Company Live in London

Report by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 21 July 1973

LIKE THE WEATHER, the music at London’s White City on Sunday was a mixture of fair and foul. ...

Lindisfarne: How Wee Wee Music Went Down The Drain

Report and Interview by Keith Altham, New Musical Express, 13 October 1973

LAST WEEK I heard the new Lindisfarne album, provisionally titled Don't Rip It...I'll Take It By The Yard with sleeve complete and scheduled for release ...

Traffic, Lindisfarne: Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, 28 September 1974

Terrible Traffic ...

The Lindisfarne Saga

Retrospective by Jerry Gilbert, ZigZag, March 1975

THREE YEARS AGO it seemed like the end of an era. ...

Lindisfarne: Dance Your Life Away

Review by Len Brown, New Musical Express, 13 December 1986

IT'S PHENOMENAL. Soon a whole city will be swinging together. Every Christmas, like clockwork, a bunch of hairy, balding middle-aged men take the stage and ...

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