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OZ was an underground alternative magazine. First published in Sydney, Australia, in 1963, a second version appeared in London, England from 1967 and is better known. It was published in the UK until 1973. The magazine was well known for its confrontations with authority, and trials of its publishers for obscenity.

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Bob Dylan: An Attempt at Analysis: What's So Good About Dylan?

Essay by Michael Gray, Oz, October 1967

DYLAN'S LYRICS are not poems, they are parts of songs. This is not to assert that Dylan is not a poet but simply to remember that ...

Why Isn't London Jumping?

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Oz, December 1968

Update, 2019. My Oz episodes — 1. IN DECEMBER 1968, age 28, I was interviewed for the post of editor of Radio Times, the BBC's ...

MC5: The MC5 Kick Out The Jams!

Essay by Geoffrey Cannon, Oz, 1 February 1969

2019 note: My Oz episodes — 2. My first piece for Oz, "Why isn't London jumping?", a tirade against the BBC's programming of pop music, ...

Led Zeppelin: Led Zeppelin (Atlantic)

Review by Felix Dennis, Oz, March 1969

VERY OCCASIONALLY a long-playing record is released that defies immediate classification or description, simply because it's so obviously a turning point in rock music that ...

Bob Dylan: Nashville Skyline (CBS)

Review by Mick Farren, Oz, May 1969

SOMEBODY ONCE said that when Bob Dylan first started his career he wanted to be Elvis Presley much more than he wanted to be Woody ...

The Beatles: Abbey Road: The Beatles Come Together

Report and Interview by Miles, Oz, November 1969

ON INITIAL hearing I thought that the isolated life led by The Beatles had at last begun to show in their work: that they lacked ...

Frank Zappa: Chunga’s Revenge

Review by Felix Dennis, Oz, 1970

A review by A.J. Weberman Jnr. ‘The world’s only living Zappaologist’. MY OLD man’s become something of a celebrity these days. Seems like every time ...

Bob Dylan: Local Jew Boy Makes Good: Bob Dylan’s New Morning

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, 1970

NEW MORNING is a breath of clean air in a darkly polluted musical environment. With the prevailing sound being the grinding urban paranoia of the ...

Neil Young: After The Gold Rush

Review by Mark Williams, Oz, 1970

To start with Nell Young ain't tryin' anything flashy – he does what he knows and he does it with the perfection of a trained ...

Brown Shoes Don't Make It

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1970

IT WAS, AT least for me and most of the people I know, the music that first aroused interest in things Underground, and the music ...

Jimi Hendrix: Live Experience 67-68 (Bootleg)

Review by Felix Dennis, Oz, January 1971

JAMES MARSHALL Hendrix was a mindfucker. ...

Muddy Waters

Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, January 1971

MUDDY WATERS has been my favourite singer since I was twelve years old, and since that time one of my primary objectives has been to ...

The Velvet Underground: Velvet Underground: Loaded (Cotillion Import)

Review by Jonathon Green, Oz, January 1971

BACK IN ILLUSORY flower power 1967, when most people wanted to go to San Francisco, and those who didn't made up for it by pickling ...

Jimi Hendrix: The Cry Of Love

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, March 1971

"Well I'm sitting here in this womb/lookin' all around, I'm looking out my belly button window/and I see a whole world frowns, And I wonder ...

David Crosby: Dave Crosby: If I Could Only Remember My Name (Atlantic)

Review by Jonathon Green, Oz, April 1971

THE CURRENTLY fashionable craze for the muzak freaks down at J. Walter Thompson (Know the West Coast — all you need's a cursory glance at ...

Curtis Mayfield, Isaac Hayes, Jimi Hendrix: Isaac Hayes' Black Moses and other albums

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, 1972

TO CLAIM to have found a representative selection of black music on four records is patently absurd, but as a random cross-section of what’s approximately ...

Allman Brothers Band, Fanny: Fanny: Fanny Hill (Reprise)/The Allman Brothers Band: Eat A Peach (Capricorn)

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1972

FANNY'S previous album. Charity Ball, may not have been the best album of the last eight months, but it was probably the one I played ...

Universal Exhibition: The Bickershaw Festival

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, May 1972

"FESTIVALS," SAID Tommy Chong, leaning up against the RCA caravan at Bickershaw, "are just camping out with a light show." ...

David Bowie: The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars (RCA)

Review by Nick Kent, Oz, July 1972

DAVID BOWIE, easily the most brilliant young songwriter in this country, seems to have been going through quite a few rapid changes over the last ...

Jeff Beck: Jeff Beck Group

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, Oz, July 1972

SINCE HIS LAST album, Beck has brought in an outside producer, Steve Cropper, no less. Unlike Rough and Ready, this one features some real songs, ...

Loudon Wainwright III: Album III (CBS)

Review by Felix Dennis, Oz, November 1973


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