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Dan Nooger

Dan Nooger

I wrote the Detroit and Philadelphia chapters of Blackwell's Guide To Soul Recordings and have written about music for many years; my Village Voice review of one of Bruce Springsteen's earliest New York shows at Max's Kansas City in 1973 was quoted in Will Hermes' book Love Goes to Buildings On Fire.  My name was also quoted as the "reviewer" of the Nasty Bits' show in the final episode of HBO's Vinyl.  I have also produced and/or annotated many blues, soul and jazz reissue projects going back to the 1970's, for such labels as Chess, Savoy Jazz, Ace and Night Train. I was a staff writer with Atlantic Records' publicity department from 1978 to 1980. In the early '80s I was a staff reporter for music trade publication Cashbox. I also used to do some film-extra work in the mid '90s and was directed for one day by Martin Scorsese in Bringing Out The Dead (twitching junkie on the couch in the "apartment" scene).  During the punk rock days my band Razors Edge opened three nights for Blondie at CBGB (Valentines weekend February 1976) and we also opened shows for the Dictators, among others. 

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Mose Allison, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters: Muddy Waters, Mose Allison, John Lee Hooker: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 11 January 1973

UNMASKED FLAVORS ...

Average White Band: Show Your Hand (MCA)

Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, November 1973

A LOT OF British heavies on the order of Led Zeppelin, Humble Pie, and even Elton John came out of the soul club tradition, learning ...

Average White Band: 'Cut The Cake' — AWB Slices Out Chocolate Sounds With White Frosting

Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, August 1975

The Scots cook like Yosemite and lay down a groove like the Grand Canyon. ...

Beck, Bogert and Appice, Andy Bown, The Brats, Little Feat, Bonnie Raitt, Wet Willie: Beck, Bogert & Appice: Felt Forum; Bonnie Raitt, Little Feat: Max's Kansas City; Andy Bown: Max's Kansas City; the Brats: 54 Bleecker Street, NYC NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 19 April 1973

SPARKLING PLENTY ...

Bedlam, Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd: Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Bedlam: Nassau Coliseum, Uniondale NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 7 March 1974

FANNED FIRES ...

Maggie Bell, Foghat, Peter Frampton: Foghat, Peter Frampton, Maggie Bell: The Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 21 March 1974

NO ROCK, NO ROLL ...

Bert Berns, Lorraine Ellison, Garnet Mimms, Jerry Ragovoy, Howard Tate: Roll with the Punches: An Interview with Jerry Ragovoy

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, May 2017

The late Jerry Ragovoy wrote and arranged some of the greatest records of the last century. This unpublished interview by Dan Nooger found him recalling ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland

Profile and Interview by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, 11 April 1974

BOBBY BLUE Bland is a big, genial man, born 1931 in Rosemark, Tenn., former vocalist of the legendary Memphis "Beale Street Blues Boys," (along with ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland: Talking Blues: Bobby Bland in 1973

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, December 2017

Bobby Bland was one of the most beloved blues (and soul) singers of the '60s and '70s, an influence on rock vocalists from Rod Stewart ...

Bobby "Blue" Bland, Mott The Hoople, Roomful of Blues: Mott the Hoople: Radio City Music Hall; Bobby Blue Bland, Roomful of Blues: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 1 November 1973

I RAN INTO Eric Emerson (Formerly of the Magic Tramps and now playing guitar and singing with his new band Angel) on the way into ...

David Bowie: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 25 July 1974

Dancing at disaster's edge ...

James Brown, Mandrill, George McCrae: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 11 July 1974

GODFATHER'S GROOVE ...

Chick Corea, Return to Forever: Chick Corea & Return to Forever: Carnegie Recital Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 14 December 1972

AS THE FIRST in a four-concert series, the Rutgers Institute of Jazz Studies presented Chick Corea and Return to Forever last Friday at the Carnegie ...

Manu Dibango: Soul Makossa (Atlantic)

Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, September 1973

THIS IS the best soul dance record in years. It cuts directly against the grain of most black music today, which strives for that sophisticated, ...

The Dictators: Coventry Club, Queens NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 2 May 1974

PUNKOID PLEASURE ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: Emerson, Lake and Palmer's Grandest Design

Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, 28 April 1977

Works, Vol.1 Is the First Instalment of a Spectacular Orchestrated Rock Showcase ...

Aretha Franklin: Apollo Theatre, New York, NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, Phonograph Record, April 1974

MUSIC HAS taken its place with dope and women as a reason for coming to Harlem. Especially these bleak days, it's an emotionally regenerative experience ...

Al Green, Laura Lee: Apollo Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 15 November 1973

I WONDER WHAT the regular Apollo Theatre audience thought when they saw a contingent of 20 or so white writers (limoed all the way from ...

The Guess Who Battle Obscurity With Flavours

Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, March 1975

They're probably Canada's most influential group aside from The Band. Now, after nearly a decade of hit-making, the Guess Who are fighting to prove their ...

Jimi Hendrix, Arthur Lee, Love: On The Horizon: Love Springs Eternal For Arthur Lee

Profile and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, March 1975

ARTHUR LEE sits by the picture window of his mid-Manhattan hotel room, staring at the hotel across the bustling street below. "I just couldn't see," ...

The Incredible String Band: The Big Huge (Elektra 74037); Wee Tam (Elektra 74036)

Review by Dan Nooger, Rolling Stone, 3 May 1969

AFTER THE crystal excellence of The 5000 Spirits, the Incredible String Band lost direction on their next album, dabbling in diffuse, overlush ballads. Now, the ...

John Paul Jones (not Led Zeppelin), NRBQ: NRBQ, John Paul Jones: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 8 March 1973

ASSORTED GOODS ...

Kiss: "Big Bands Hate Us 'Cause We Steal Their Audiences"

Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, March 1975

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Charles Mingus: Charlie Mingus: Let My Children Hear Music (Columbia); The Candid Recordings (Barnaby/Candid)

Review by Dan Nooger, Rock, June 1972

One of the finest bassists and composers of the 20th century ...

Mott The Hoople, New York Dolls: Felt Forum, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 9 August 1973

MOTT THE Hoople is a British all-rock band, 'All the Young Dudes' of course. But they're about to break really big, with 'Honaloochie Boogie' already ...

Esther Phillips: Pee Wee Ellis' work with Esther Phillips: A tale of the tape

Memoir by Dan Nooger, Soul Source, 29 September 2021

PEE WEE ELLIS, best known for his groundbreaking work with James Brown, had worked as Esther Phillips' bandleader back in the 1970s. In an interview ...

Wilson Pickett: The 600 Dollar Man

Interview by Dan Nooger, Record Collector, April 2017

Wilson Pickett often cut a controversial figure; he was tough, brash and volatile. But he was also one of the great soul singers, and could ...

The Pink Fairies: Kings of Oblivion (Polydor)

Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 13 December 1973

JUST RELEASED: The Pink Fairies' third album (first in America) Kings of Oblivion (Polydor). The Pink Fairies are the successors to the Deviants, a politico-raunch ...

Pink Floyd: Obscured by Clouds (Harvest 11078)

Review by Dan Nooger, Fusion, October 1972

WITH THE arrival of Meddle last year, even Pink Floyd's most ardent followers must have found themselves wondering if the group hadn't outlived themselves. The ...

Pink Floyd: Radio City Music Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 22 March 1973

A PINK FLOYD appearance here has always been worth coming out in the rain for and has often been a full-fledged event, like the American ...

The Rolling Stones: Stones Launch Onslaught '75 With Made In The Shade

Report and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, August 1975

Roaring through the sun circuit, the Kings of Cool have set America buzzing with the might of a million locusts. ...

Biff Rose, Bruce Springsteen: Bruce Springsteen, Biff Rose: Max's Kansas City, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 8 February 1973

EVERYBODY GRUMBLES about Max's for some reason, but most of us keep climbing through the dark to the top of the stairs once or twice ...

Roxy Music, Sharks: Academy of Music, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 13 June 1974

Energy: Patchy and pure ...

John Simon, Weather Report: John Simon: Max's Kansas City; Weather Report: Bitter End, New York NY

Live Review by Dan Nooger, The Village Voice, 28 December 1972

AIN'T BLUE NO MORE ...

Sweet But Not Saccharine

Profile and Interview by Dan Nooger, Circus, 23 March 1976

THE SWEET are a hit band in the U.S. today. They might have been in 1973. Their single, 'Little Willy', had been a smash and ...

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