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Incredibly Strange and Highly Exotic

Essay by David Toop, The Wire, October 1994

The Incredibly Strange Music books are mondo archaeology for vinyl fetishists. They exhume a hidden world of plastic where exotic Easy Listening, modern primitives, suburban ...

Maggoty Lamb interviews visionary music critic David Toop

Interview by Ben Thompson, The Guardian, 23 March 2012

So influential is the author of Ocean of Sound that some are now saying "we are all David Toops". How does that feel? ...

Harold Battiste: All for One – A Study in Frustration and Black Organisation

Interview by Charlie Gillett, Cream, September 1971

HAROLD BATTISTE has worked on a lot of very big hits, but although you probably have some of them, it's unlikely you'll be able to ...

Björk: Alone in the Dark: Björk on Vespertine

Interview by David Toop, The Wire, September 2001

Björk's eerie night songs are infused with the mythological landscapes of her native Iceland and the concrete fjords of Manhattan. She tells David Toop about ...

Willie Colon, Gilberto Gil, Dizzy Gillespie, Milton Nascimento: ¿Te Gusta La Musica Latina?

Overview by David Toop, The Face, August 1986

FROM PANAMA DOWN THROUGH VENEZUELA TO BRAZIL, THIS MUSIC IS THE PULSE OF A CONTINENT. IN SOUTH AMERICA, SAMBAS CARRY SOCIAL STATEMENTS. THE DANCING IS ...

Dr. John In Babylon

Essay by Dave Marsh, Creem, August 1970

I. THE GEOMETRY OF ROCK ...

Dr. John: Shadowy Singer Rises From Bayou

Profile and Interview by Pete Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 24 June 1968

AN UNEARTHLY sax pattern sets it off, yielding to bell-like guitar sounds, gently knotted rhythms of congas, bongos and drums and a mystically soothing female ...

Dr. John, Steve Mann: Mystic vapour: 'Jump Sturdy'

Book Excerpt by David Toop, Strange Attractor Press, August 2024

An excerpt from David Toop's Two-Headed Doctor: Listening For Ghosts in Dr. John's Gris-Gris, published by Strange Attractor Press in the UK and MIT in ...

Eminem: America's Most Wanted

Special Feature by Stephen Dalton, New Musical Express, 12 August 2000

Y2K has been something of an annus horribilis for Eminem (discounting the ten million album sales, that is). Faced with a lawsuit from his mum, ...

The Oak Ridge Boys: The Business of Making Music

Report and Interview by John Morthland, Country Music, March 1986

There's more than eighty people in the Oak Ridge Boys Organization who help them plan, promote, set up new and original stage shows and choose ...

Stealers Wheel: Down to Two And Enjoying It

Interview by Paul Gambaccini, Rolling Stone, 14 February 1974

LONDON — Ferguslie Park is a housing development in Scotland where Gerry Rafferty and Joe Egan once lived. The long-time friends are now the sole ...

Stealers Wheel: Wheel Of Fortune

Profile and Interview by Rob Partridge, Melody Maker, 5 January 1974

JOE EGAN used to be in a band called the Mavericks. Nothing much, just a young band from Paisley, a tough industrial town on the ...

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