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 Radio Pete

Radio Pete (at Denver club Ebbets Field, on left, in June 1977) was an alias for the rock writer/manager/performer Mark Bliesener.

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Devo: The real search for your roots

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, June 1978

GIVEN THE premise that environment determines character, Devo's home town of Akron, Ohio must have indeed been a strange place to first glimpse the light ...

The Mamas and The Papas, Michelle Phillips: Michelle Phillips

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, March 1978

A '60s songbird branches out: "But it's difficult to get people to take me seriously as an actress." ...

Etta James, Jerry Wexler: Etta James: The Queen Bee of R&B

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, July 1978

IT IS almost impossible to write about Etta James and avoid clichés oft used in studies of jazz and soul artists. She's been exploited. She's ...

Blondie: Call, but not before noon

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, July 1978

ALL NEW wave bands have a hook — a gimmick — besides the music. At least that's the perception of Chris Stein, lead guitarist for ...

Kim Fowley, Helen Reddy, The Runaways: Kim Fowley: The Solid Gold Whipping Boy of Sunset Strip

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, June 1977

COUNTLESS PEOPLE in the music business have called Kim Fowley everything from a "rancid little pimp" to a "cheesey hustler who pushes shit groups out ...

Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille: Willy DeVille (1977) [transcript]


Audio transcript of interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 25 May 1977

This is a transcript of Radio Pete's phone conversation with the Mink DeVille frontman. Listen to the audio interview. ...

The Ramones: Duh!.... Ramones

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, April 1977

AT THE conclusion of a wildly successful Western tour which took them from L.A. to Seattle, San Jose to Aberdine, the Ramones descended upon Denver ...

Willy DeVille, Mink DeVille: Willy DeVille (1977)

Interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages audio, 25 May 1977

The Mink DeVille frontman recalls his time in Colorado; his friendship with producer Jack Nitzsche and the making of debut album Cabretta; his East Coast youth; the meaning of the word "punk"; creepy New York scenesters; his adaptation of the Crystals' 'Little Girl'... and his dislike of the CBGB's scene.

File format: mp3; file size: 57.5mb, interview length: 59' 52" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Ian Dury (1978) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 21 March 1978

This is a transcript of Mark "Radio Pete" Bliesener's audio interview with Ian. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

Ian Dury (1978)

Interview by Radio Pete, Rock's Backpages audio, 21 March 1978

Dury confesses he enjoys interviews; being on his first American visit and eating "cham clouder"; his fondness for Tom Waits; on being English; on first hearing Gene Vincent; on punk rock and the spirit of rebellion; buying second-hand clothes; finally making it in England; his previous life as a painter and art teacher, and art schools' influence on English rock; and the alleged perversity of his music.

File format: mp3; file size: 30.2mb, interview length: 31' 30" sound quality: ** (phoner)

Dwight Twilley: Twilley Don't Mind

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, October 1977

THE DWIGHT Twilley Band is a pretty band. Aside from Dwight on piano and guitar and longtime partner Phil Seymour on drums, the pubes can ...

Mink DeVille: Willie Deville's Organic Street Rock (the James Brown knee drops are killers)

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, August 1977

MINK DEVILLE is a five man band whose guitarist, main writer, vocalist, and overriding consciousness is one Mr. Willy DeVille. Willy possesses that rare combination ...

Talking Heads

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, January 1978

TALKING HEADS are a quartet; David Byrne guitar and vocals, Martina Weymouth bass, Chris Frantz drums, and Jerry Harrison on keyboards and guitar. They play ...

Robert Palmer: Some People Can Do What They Like (Island)

Review by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, December 1976

ROBERT PALMER'S latest release, like his first two solo L.P.'s Sneakin' Sally Through The Alley and Pressure Drop is based on rhythm. And that's good. ...

The Band, Rick Danko, Bob Dylan: Danko On The Loose! Rick Danko emerges as a solo artist after years with The Band

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocket, July 1978

Danko's on his own now with his own backup band, but he used to be an integral part of The Band since their beginning. Danko's ...

Al Jarreau

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, September 1977

AL JARREAU leaps on stage wearing a Schlitz T-shirt (a nod to his Milwaukee roots) and with the graceful assistance of his hot Jazz quartet, ...

Dyan Diamond, Kim Fowley, Helen Reddy: Kim Fowley: Prince Of Dog Food

Profile and Interview by Radio Pete, New York Rocker, July 1979

KIM FOWLEY has been called everything from "a rancid pimp" to "an egomaniac hustler who pushes shit groups out of the toilets of pop music." ...

The Ramones: DUH!.... Ramones

Interview by Radio Pete, Rocky Mountain Musical Express, April 1977

At the conclusion of a wildly successful Western tour which took them from L.A. to Seattle, San Jose to Aberdine, The Ramones descended upon Denver ...

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