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Michael McDonald (1986)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, November 1986

The ex-Doobies/Dan man looks back at his career, discusses his art and ruminates on the meaning of "white soul".

File format: mp3; file size: 52.2mb, total interview length: 54' 24" sound quality: ****

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Michael McDonald

Interview by Sam Sutherland, Musician, January 1981

Songwriter, keyboardist, arranger, member of the Doobies and owner of The Voice reveals himself as a somewhat reluctant superstar. Thrust into pop music's center stage ...

Michael McDonald: Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by Richard Cromelin, Los Angeles Times, 28 October 1983

McDonald dodges the spotlight ...

Michael McDonald: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Guardian, 1985

THIS SHOW proved one thing and proved it triumphantly: you can be a paunchy, greying white Californian with a supremely uncool-looking band and still have ...

The Voice Squad

Overview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 12 January 1985

From the raw to the pure, from the sublime to the meticulous — BARNEY HOSKYNS sings the praises of 24 of music's most glorious voices. ...

Michael McDonald (1986) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages transcripts, November 1986

This is a transcript of Barney's audio interview with Michael. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Michael McDonald: I Survived The Doobies

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 6 December 1986

ON THE FACE of it, Michael McDonald is the kind of West Coast AOR "artist" who has been reviled in NME circles since time – ...

LA's hi-tech soul singer: Michael McDonald

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, The Times, 1987

THE PREVIEW in Thursday's Independent said it all: "Placid white soul-funker, conservative stuff even by Los Angeles standards." You could not hope to find a ...

Michael McDonald: Behind the Mike

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, 8 April 1987

Though he's forsaken Doobies for duets, Michael McDonald's still basking in sunshine and success. Nick Coleman gets him on a bad line. ...

The Heart and Soul of Michael McDonald

Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, 14 April 1987

'Sweet Freedom' re-established Michael's R&B profile and here he explains to David Nathan why it has always been there. ...

Michael McDonald: Jazz Cafe, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, The Times, 29 September 1993

McDonald's nuggets ...

Cher, Michael McDonald: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Paul Sexton, The Times, 18 October 1999

EVEN THE wags who bang on about Cher's supposed season ticket to the body parts workshop must have a grudging respect for her extraordinary staying ...

Wide Open: An Interview with Michael McDonald

Interview by Gavin Martin, Rock's Backpages, November 2017

GM: I attended three Dylan shows in your hometown St. Louis in the noughties. Visiting the arch sculpture one day felt weirdly sad, a hopeful ...

The Godfather of Pop — Michael McDonald

Interview by David Burke, Classic Pop, January 2018

In a career spanning more than 40 years, Michael McDonald has been a member of Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, sang with Ray Charles, ...

see also Doobie Brothers


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