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Ronnie Hawkins

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Ronnie Hawkins (1991)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages audio, 9 July 1991

The Hawk recalls rockin' out of Canada with his teenage Hawks - road stories, show business sharks and wild times, taking in Roulette's Morris Levy, Bob Dylan, John Lennon and, of course, ex-Hawks The Band.

File format: mp3; file size: 84.9mb, interview length: 1h 28' 23" sound quality: ***

Ronnie Hawkins (2014)

Interview by Holger Petersen, Rock's Backpages audio, 28 June 2014

The veteran rocker talks about his Arkansas childhood; putting together his first Hawks; racism in the south; his friendship with Bo Diddley; recording with Henry Glover, and 'Who Do You Love'; on Hawks Robbie Robertson and Rick Danko; Morris Levy and Roulette Records; The Last Waltz; pulling a gun in defense of Jerry Lee Lewis, and a selection of tales from the road.

File format: mp3; file size: 46.8mb, interview length: 48' 44" sound quality: *****

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Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Charlie Rich and Ronnie Hawkins: Arkansas Rock Pile

Overview by Charlie Gillett, Record Mirror, 28 June 1969

ROCK AND roll was the victory of regional locality over the world, of precise beliefs over general theory, of particular feelings over universal philosophies. ...

Ronnie Hawkins

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, Rolling Stone, 9 August 1969

IT'S A TYPICAL Toronto Friday night. Hoods with greasy ducktail haircuts are dragging up and down Yonge Street, the city's main thoroughfare and girl-watching area. ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins and Mr. Dynamo

Review by Greil Marcus, Rolling Stone, 9 August 1969

RONNIE HAWKINS came down out of the Ozarks, and after gigging with Carl Perkins and Harold Jenkins (later Conway Twitty), he decided he wanted to ...

From Stud to Star: Ronnie Hawkins

Interview by Ritchie Yorke, Rolling Stone, 20 September 1969

TORONTO — Ronnie Hawkins, the Arkansas rock and roller now living on a farm near Toronto, has signed a long-term contract with Atlantic Records. Hawkins, ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Preaching Rock-A-Billy

Interview by Larry LeBlanc, Hit Parader, December 1969

LIFE ON Yonge St. in Toronto, is a crackerjack maze of flickering neon lights, honking car horns and fast people. ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Ronnie Hawkins (Cotillion Records)

Review by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 16 January 1970

IT'S A CRAZY album. If anybody remembers the '50s, they are thinking of a man who came out with some of the best hard rock ...

Rompin' Ronnie Hawkins Is Suddenly a Star

Interview by Mike Gormley, Detroit Free Press, 23 January 1970

SUDDENLY THE world is hearing about Ronnie Hawkins. And all because John Lennon made him an international figure by staying at Ronnie's Canadian home for ...

John, Yoko & Year One

Report by Ritchie Yorke, Rolling Stone, 7 February 1970

TORONTO — The scene couldn't have been more appropriately peaceful if it had been staged by a film director. A color TV set flickered soundlessly ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Arkansas Rock Pile (Roulette mono RCP 1003, 19s. 11d.)

Review by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 21 February 1970

Rockin' Ronnie ...

Mid-Rock Man Hawkins Found John & Yoko Silent Guests

Interview by Richard Green, New Musical Express, 28 February 1970

JOHN LENNON spent several days as a guest at Ronnie Hawkins' secluded country house in Canada prior to, during and following the peace concert. Yoko ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Fillmore East, New York NY

Live Review by Mike Jahn, The New York Times, 30 March 1970

Ronnie Hawkins on Fillmore Bill – Arkansan Shares Program With Stone the Crows ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Plugging Along The Publicity Route, But...?

Interview by Mike Jahn, New York Times Special Features Syndication, 2 September 1972

THE HAWK blew into town recently, spewing one-liners and hoping that his big mouth would bring him fame instead of trouble this time. ...

The Band's "Last Waltz": Winterland, San Francisco CA

Live Review by Stephen M H Braitman, Phonograph Record, December 1976

WHEN THE announcement came, 5,000 tickets at $25 each were sold out almost immediately. This was the final show, "The Last Waltz." The Band — ...

The Second Coming of Robbie Robertson

Special Feature by Michael Goldberg, Rolling Stone, 19 November 1987

Eleven, years ago, the enigmatic leader of the Band walked away from the rock world. Now, after some years of wild living, he's joined with ...

The Best of Ronnie Hawkins and the Hawks (Rhino)

Review by Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc, September 1990

I’M CONVINCED that Ronnie Hawkins’ name has been kept alive in rock literature for over 30 years, not because of anything he actually did ...

Youngblood: The Wild Youth of Robbie Robertson

Interview by Tony Scherman, Musician, December 1991

Before Storyville, before the Band, a Toronto street punk headed down the Crazy River. ...

Ronnie Hawkins: Rock of Ages

Profile and Interview by Nicholas Jennings, Maclean's, 15 May 1995

THE BEER WAS flowing freely as waitresses served platters of breaded shrimp, gourmet pizza and chicken wings. But it was not the regular hockey crowd ...

Rocker Ronnie Hawkins was also a mentor to iconic Canadian musical acts

Obituary by Nicholas Jennings, The Globe and Mail, 30 May 2022

HE WAS SUCH a good ol' boy, a teller of such tall tales and the master of so many self-deprecating one-liners it was often easy ...

see also Band, The


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