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Lillian Roxon

Lillian Roxon

Lillian Roxon wrote about pop for the Sydney Morning Herald and the New York Daily (and Sunday) News. Her legendary Rock & Pop Encyclopaedia was published in 1969. Roxon died in her adopted New York City in August 1973, following an asthma attack.

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Chet Atkins, John D. Loudermilk: Nashville: The Town With The "Fresh Sound"

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 19 June 1966

It started with Grand Ole Opry ...

The Beatles, The Byrds, The Velvet Underground: Psychedelics: That's The New Fad

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 17 July 1966

The Pop movement has become old-hat now. In its place a brand new gimmick has started to sweep American discotheques. ...

Black Sabbath: Festival Hall, Brisbane, Queensland

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 4 February 1973

The Spooky Black Sabbath in Brisbane ...

David Bowie: Clothes Make the Bowie

Profile by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 20 February 1972

WHEN I WAS in England recently, a lot of excitement seemed to be about David Bowie, a singer-songwriter, who, in the past, has managed to ...

David Bowie: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, New York Daily News, 30 September 1972

David Bowie Can Do It All ...

David Bowie: The Elvis Of the Seventies

Comment by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 18 June 1972

IT WAS just after the Elvis concert and David Bowie and I were sitting in his suite at the Park Lane Hotel (that's where record ...

David Bowie, The Rowan Brothers, Slade, T. Rex: Like Wow, What A Week That Was!

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 24 September 1972

DIARY OF A ROCK WRITER, instalment two, or why-does-it-all-have-to-happen-in-one-week? ...

James Brown: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 27 March 1966

He's the singer who puts Elvis to shame ...

James Brown, Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin: Soul: it's what Negroes have and white men are learning

Overview by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 30 June 1968

THE WORD is "soul" and if white Americans haven't been quite sure what it meant before, they are this week. ...

David Cassidy: Madison Square Garden, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 19 March 1972

David Cassidy was a roaring success ...

Chicago: The Weary Life Of a Wandering Minstrel

Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 24 June 1973

Chicago, a group that packed Madison Square Garden, may not look it, but they're a tired bunch of performers. ...

Alice Cooper: Town Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 16 May 1971

WITCH-CRAFT? ...

Creedence Clearwater Revival: The band that means business

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 23 January 1971

Lillian Roxon flew from New York across America to attend a party for an $82 million rock and roll group — a party which, she ...

John Denver: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, New York Daily News, 2 October 1972

Denver a Sweetie Pie ...

Bob Dylan: Poet or pop? — a new role for a folk-hero

Profile by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 9 January 1966

BOB DYLAN, folk-singer, folk-composer and folk-millionaire, has upset a lot of people in his time — TV networks, civil liberties committees, parents, teachers, recording technicians ...

Bob Dylan: They Won't Invite Bob

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 18 April 1971

BOB DYLAN is having a birthday party the day he turns 30 — May 23 — and everyone's invited except him. ...

"Mama" Cass Elliot, The Mamas and The Papas, Michelle Phillips: Recalling the '60s With Mama Michelle

Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 8 July 1973

I DON'T CARE how many superannuated Peter Noone groupies rushed the stage, Richard Nader's '60s nostalgia night was still a bomb, with a total lack ...

Emerson Lake & Palmer: The Top of Pop: A Rock Fan Writes

Column by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 23 April 1972

THAT FINE dividing line between fan and groupie is often razor thin and rather shaky. I used to admire groupies because they at least broke ...

Focus: Philharmonic Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 1 April 1973

The Focus is on a Group Called Focus ...

Grand Funk Railroad, John Sebastian: Is this the end of the festival?

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 17 July 1971

LAST WEEK was not a very nice week for rock music. ...

Al Green: The Soft-Sell World of Al Green

Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 15 July 1973

IT IS THE HOTTEST, most enervating Sunday in all creation. I am in Manhattan, and it is like a steambath. He is in far off ...

The GTOs, Helen Reddy: A Requiem For Miss Christine

Comment by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 26 November 1972

THE DEATH OF Christine Frka has depressed me deeply. Miss Christine (she never used that troublesome last name) had hershining face on this page a ...

Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin, The Lovin' Spoonful: Popocracy — The New Revolution

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 3 November 1968

The casual, oddly dressed stars of American pop music are making so much money they don't know how rich they are ...

Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin: Death joins the electric band

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 10 October 1970

JIMI HENDRIX died last week. Janis Joplin died this week. The needle is picking off the electric generation one by one with the precision of ...

The Jackson 5, Jermaine Jackson: Let's Hear a Scream For the Jackson Five

Profile by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 17 June 1973

"Hey, Jackson Five fan! Look at all this outasight J-5 groovy good stuff you can order! Hurry! Send away today! Fast delivery! Money-back guarantee" ...

Janis Joplin: Girl of the Electric Generation

Obituary by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 11 October 1970

To be all woman, yet equal with men; to be free and yet a slave to real love; to nose-thumb convention, yet get back to ...

Labelle: Nona Hendryx of Liberated Labelle

Profile and Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 2 July 1972

SOUL! NONA Hendryx of Labelle, a group of three young black women that has been together more than 10 years, gets this sweet look on ...

Led Zeppelin: The High-Flying Led Zeppelin Tour

Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 13 May 1973

THE WAY I've been hearing it, it's already the biggest tour in rock and roll history — 33 concerts in 30 cities, a gross that ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono: The Top of Pop: John & Yoko

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 20 June 1971

JOHN AND Yoko Lennon have come to town. ...

John Lennon, Yoko Ono, John Sinclair: John and Yoko "go protest"

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 19 December 1971

NO SOONER did Bob Dylan astonish everyone by going back to "protest" and coming out with a song protesting the death of convict George Jackson ...

Rod McKuen, Helen Reddy, Slade: A Rock Critic's Rough and Reddy Life

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 29 April 1973

THE LIFE of a rock and roll writer, as I have said all too often before, is not all sunshine and roses. The Friday night ...

Bette Midler: A new Piaf — the divine Miss M

Profile by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 19 October 1972

SHE HAS never appeared outside New York. Her album is still unreleased. Her appearances on national television have sent viewers into shock. And yet Bette ...

New York Dolls, The Osmonds: The Top of Pop: The Dolls Will Be Heard From

Column by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 3 September 1972

THREE HEROES. You pay your money and you take your choice. Which one is yours? ...

Peter, Paul & Mary, Mary Travers: Mary (of Peter, Paul and Mary) is doing a McCartney

Interview by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 3 April 1971

LILLIAN ROXON INTERVIEWS A SINGER WHO HELPED TO MOULD POPULAR MUSIC ...

Helen Reddy: Helen now a star in demand

Profile by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 27 June 1971

THEY invited 20 people for a quiet little get together back at their Hilltop home after her show closed — and 280 turned up. ...

The Rolling Stones: Rolling Stones Gather No Groupies

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 25 February 1973

GERI MILLER, where are you? They had a party for the Rolling Stones here in Sydney, Australia, this week, and it might as well havebeen ...

The Rolling Stones: A Case of the Mick Jaggers

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 11 March 1973

IT WAS one of the funniest cartoons I have ever seen. A mother is standing there, looking rather alarmed, holding on to her son whose ...

The Stalk-Forrest Group: Stalk Is Big Time

Profile by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 25 October 1970

A NEW Group has hit the American rock scene — Stalk-Forrest. It is said to sound like a cross between The Doors and The Jefferson ...

The Stooges: The Name is Iggy

Profile by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 1 November 1970

AMERICA'S NEWEST Rock idol is probably only about 5ft tall. His stage "costume" is a pair of badly ripped blue jeans — and elbow length ...

T. Rex: Carnegie Hall, New York NY

Live Review by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 5 March 1972

A DREAM PRINCE HAD A SLOW AWAKENING ...

Dionne Warwicke: elegance, simplicity and Maplewood, N.J.

Profile and Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 20 February 1972

THE COFFEE table is marble and kidney shaped with little gilt legs. The bar is a wooden cylinder with a vase of pink feather flowers ...

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Superstar as Rock Theater

Comment by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 24 October 1971

THE PROBLEM with Jesus Christ Superstar as a rock spectacle is not that it goes too far, but that it doesn't go far enough. ...

Hippies take over from the Beatniks

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 4 March 1967

A new youth grouping, the Hippies, has sprung up in San Francisco and promises to spread over America and to Europe. Hippies are still way-out, ...

Now it's all above ground — the Underground

Report by Lillian Roxon, Sydney Morning Herald, the, 12 February 1967

It's the new 'in' thing ...

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