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Arthur Alexander, Clarence Carter, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Candi Staton: Deep Soul: How Muscle Shoals became music's most unlikely hit factory

Retrospective and Interview by Mick Brown, Daily Telegraph, October 2013

IN JANUARY 1967, a young singer named Aretha Franklin arrived in the small Alabama town of Muscle Shoals, her career hanging in the balance. ...

Curt Boettcher, Alex Chilton, Gene Clark, Elvis Costello, Dexys Midnight Runners, Dion, Fred Neil, Jack Nitzsche, Shuggie Otis, Gram Parsons, The Stooges, Hal Willner: The Rock Snob's Dictionary: An Introduction

Book Excerpt by David Kamp, Broadway Books, February 2006

2021 AUTHOR'S NOTE: This was written in 2005 and does not entirely hold up today. (But most of it does.) ...

Johnny Cash, Rick Rubin: Johnny Cash and Rick Rubin: American Communion

Retrospective and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, October 2004

Johnny Cash thought his recording career was over. Then he met legendary producer Rick Rubin. Together, Nashville's Man in Black and the co-founder of Def ...

Marvin Gaye: A Study of Marvin Gaye's Liberation

Interview by Phil Symes, Disc and Music Echo, 12 June 1971

MARVIN GAYE is a mystery man. Most people know him as the singer who made the biggest-selling Motown record ever – 'I Heard It Through ...

Hot House: Headin' South: Muscle Shoals '87

Memoir by Martin Colyer, Rock's Backpages, July 2001

Martin Colyer was a member of Hot House, the Brit deep-soul trio who ventured down to Muscle Shoals in 1987 to cut their first album ...

Joni Mitchell, Graham Nash: Joni Mitchell: Blue (Warner Bros.)

Review by Geoffrey Cannon, The Guardian, 29 June 1971

JONI MITCHELL'S new album, Blue, is about to be released here by Warner Brothers (K 44128). A large proportion of Joni's most notable songs, to date, ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Not Only Sly, But Sometimes Just Plain Damn Evasive

Interview by Roy Carr, New Musical Express, 29 July 1972

ROY CARR talks to Sly Stone — why he missed Bardney and other tales ...

Sly & The Family Stone: Sly Stone's Higher Power

Profile and Interview by David Kamp, Vanity Fair, August 2007

Sly Stone vanished into rumor in the 1980s, remembered only by the great songs ('I Want to Take You Higher', 'Dance to the Music') he ...

T. Rex: Electric Warrior (De Luxe Edition)

Review by David Hepworth, The Word, May 2012

Marc Bolan's magical flair for a pop hook was giddy and touching — and owed as much to Chuck Berry as Roy Harper. ...

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