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The Motels' Martha Davis (2001)

Interview by Steve Roeser, Rock's Backpages audio, 1 February 2001

On the release of the Anthologyland compilation, Martha talks about how she maintains a musical career, then looks back: her influences, from folk through soul and the Beatles to Bowie; the first Motels moving from San Francisco to Los Angeles, and creating their own scene; her mother's death, and raising two kids; reforming the Motels with Jeff Jourard, and getting signed; her love of the process: playing, rehearsing, videos etc.; putting together the anthology, and the future of the Motels.

File format: mp3; file size: 39.8mb, interview length: 41' 29" sound quality: ** (phoner)

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The Motels: Martha Davis Feeds Her Family

Interview by Dave DiMartino, Creem, December 1980

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The Dual Life Of Martha Davis

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, 18 November 1993

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The Motels: Dual Life of Martha Davis

Interview by Dave Zimmer, BAM, 18 November 1983

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The Motels: Booked Solid

Profile and Interview by Don Snowden, Los Angeles Times, 29 April 1979

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Up From The Street: The Story Of The L.A. Rock Revival

Overview by Don Waller, L.A. Weekly, 4 June 1981

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Interview by Mark Leviton, Music Exchange, April 1982

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Review by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, 5 July 1980

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The Motels: Growing Up In Motels

Interview by Steven X Rea, Trouser Press, July 1980

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The Motels: Hell In A Handbag

Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Sounds, 28 August 1982

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Interview by Sylvie Simmons, Creem, February 1983

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