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Graham Reid

Graham Reid

Graham Reid was the senior music writer for the New Zealand Herald for almost 20 years until late 2004 and has written for Billboard, numerous outlets in New Zealand, worked in radio and interviewed literally thousands of musicians. He now hosts his own highly regarded music and travel website where he posts new tracks every week and has an extensive back-catalogue of music interviews, essays and reviews (Absolute Elsewhere) as well as reminscences of famous encounters (My Back Pages) and Essential Elsewhere in which he writes about cornerstone albums essential in any music collection.

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Warren Zevon: Tales from the Dark Side

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, September 1992

THE VARIOUS ENCYCLOPAEDIAS of rock don't do justice to Warren Zevon. He got a snippy microscopic reference in the 1991 New Illustrated Rock Handbook ("well-established ...

The Beatles: Astrid Kirchherr

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 1994

AT 55, ASTRID Kirchherr still loves rock music and listens to it every day: The Beatles, the Doors, Bowie... "and Prince, he's such a genius ...


Interview by Graham Reid, Vox, April 1994

From earthquakes in LA to cyclones Down Under, wherever Björk walks, mesmerized crowds and natural disasters follow ...

The Beatles: Backbeat and The Beatles Industry

Report and Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, May 1994

HIS LETTERS back home don't tell the whole story. But such letters seldom do. He says there are plenty of girls "but none of us ...

John Lennon: Bob Gruen: Just Like Starting Over

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 26 August 1995

New Yorker Bob Gruen is famous in the field of rock'n'roll photography but his association with John Lennon overshadows everything. GRAHAM REID hears the stories. ...

Steve Earle: Rebel With A Cause

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 27 February 1999

Country rock rebel Steve Earle has turned his back on cocaine and booze and talks to Graham Reid about politics and music ...

Steven Van Zandt

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 21 March 2003

SILVIO DANTE, Tony Soprano's loyal soldier and owner of the famous Bada Bing strip club, is in the lobby bar of a Sydney hotel and, ...

Steve Earle: Proud to be an American

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 16 April 2004

STEVE EARLE'S career has been one of the most extraordinary in American music. He crashed into country music with his 1986 classic rockin' country album ...

Gillian Welch finds new audience with old-time Americana music

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 31 October 2004

FOR SOMEONE WHOSE stark songs sound like they have come from the impoverished rural underbelly of Depression-era America, Gillian Welch seems as lively as a ...

Robert Johnson: Travelling Riverside Blues (Clarksdale, Mississippi)

Book Excerpt by Graham Reid, Random House, 2005

Travelling Riverside Blues is a chapter in Graham Reid's Postcards From Elsewhere collection of travel stories (Random House) and is available through his website: ...

Jimmy Webb: Interview: Jimmy Webb

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 27 August 2005

BEFORE HE WAS 21 Jimmy Webb had already written some of pop's most enduring songs, including 'By The Time I Get To Phoenix' (which Frank ...

Joe Cocker: Soul Survivor

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 18 October 2005

EVEN JOE COCKER finds it amusing he should be staying in his hotel in Denmark under an alias. After all, he's hardly fan-bait as a ...

Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks: Stevie Nicks

Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 25 February 2006

STEVIE NICKS – the fairy queen singer in Fleetwood Mac – is in a Melbourne hotel room ready to go off to another rehearsal. In ...

Scott Walker: An Interview

Interview by Graham Reid, Rock's Backpages, May 2006

NO ONE COULD accuse reclusive songwriter and singer Scott Walker of haste. In the time between Walker's last album Tilt and his latest The Drift, ...

James Hunter

Interview by Graham Reid,, June 2008

AT 46, JAMES Hunter from Colchester in Essex is an overnight soul-singing sensation who took a couple of decades to get to where he is. ...

The Chills: The Dream is Over: Martin Phillipps of the disbanded Chills, interviewed in 1992

Profile and Interview by Graham Reid,, 24 May 2009

MARTIN PHILLIPPS looks bad. His skin is pasty, he's unshaven and his eyes look like an owl's in an arc light. He's been up for ...

Judee Sill: The Disappearing Crayon Angel

Retrospective by Graham Reid,, 18 October 2009

THERE SEEMS to be an alarming number of women musicians written out of popular culture: Doris Troy, Minnie Ripperton, Laura Nyro, Judy Henske, Mireille Mathieu, ...

Leon Russell: Powerstation, Auckland

Live Review by Graham Reid,, April 2011

BECAUSE WE KNOW keyboard players do their work sitting down, few would have been worried when Leon Russell – 69, walking with a cane – ...

Leon Russell: Ever the Journeyman: Leon Russell Interviewed

Retrospective and Interview by Graham Reid,, 13 April 2011

WHEN LEON RUSSELL left his home in Tulsa for Los Angeles after having played in teenage rock bands, a career in music wasn't what he ...

Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, Skip Spence: We need to talk about... Skip Spence: Oar in dark water

Retrospective by Graham Reid,, 5 March 2012

SYD BARRETT of Pink Floyd and Roky Erickson of Thirteenth Floor Elevators don't own the category of "mad '60s acid casualty" exclusively. ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards ready to roll back the years

Report and Interview by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 5 December 2013

As the Rolling Stones prepare to bring their 50th anniversary celebrations to Auckland, guitarist Keith Richards talks to Graham Reid. ...

Rosanne Cash: The River and the Thread

Review by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 23 January 2014

ONE OF THE LAST songs Johnny Cash recorded was the moving 'September When It Comes' with his daughter Rosanne for her 2003 album Rules of ...

Darondo: We Need To Talk About... Darondo: The soul man who went AWOL

Retrospective by Graham Reid,, 10 November 2014

TO HEAR William Daron Pulliam tell how he got his nom-de-disque at the dawn of the '70s gives an insight into both his smarts, and ...

Elvis Costello, Wendy James: Elvis Costello and Wendy James: That Year's Model

Retrospective by Graham Reid, The New Zealand Herald, 26 January 2015

TRANSVISION VAMP were one of those British bands who got through the door in the post-punk/New Wave era, but didn't quite know what to do ...

Marc Ribot Considered: Cosmopolitan guitarist without portfolio

Profile by Graham Reid,, 25 February 2015

IF THERE IS a distinguishing feature of American guitarist Marc Ribot's style, it is that you'd be unwise to attempt to attribute a distinguishing feature ...

Son Volt, Uncle Tupelo: The Compass and the Course: Jay Farrar/Son Volt Considered

Retrospective by Graham Reid,, 1 October 2017

BACK AT THE DAWN of the '90s, critical consensus and discerning listeners were drawn towards the emerging sound coming out of the US. It ...

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