Elsewhere by Graham Reid

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ROSANNE CASH INTERVIEWED (2014): The river that runs through her

ROSANNE CASH INTERVIEWED (2014): The river that runs through her

As the daughter of the late Johnny, Rosanne Cash could have had big boots to fill. But she wisely took out on her own path and, with both her first husband Rodney Crowell and her second John Leventhal, crafted country rock albums which staked out their own territory. Her career has been intermittently interrupt by illness and taking time out to raise children, but she has become... more >>

The Sunken Lands

27 Jan 2014    1

OKKERVIL RIVER. AN UPDATE (2014): Watching the river flow

OKKERVIL RIVER. AN UPDATE (2014): Watching the river flow

One of the most interesting and unexpected albums recently came from the emotionally damaged Roky Erickson – formerly of 60s psychedelic Texas rockers Thirteenth Floor Elevators – who had his brain fried by electroshock treatment and prescription drugs back in the late 60s/70s and spent many years in institutions. The album True Love Cast Out All Evil (2010, see... more >>

Pink Slips

27 Jan 2014    1

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO, AGAIN (2014): Still at all tomorrow's parties

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND AND NICO, AGAIN (2014): Still at all tomorrow's parties

Every now and again when music magazine editors get bored, or some significant anniversary rolls around, they gather the staff and usually some guests to vote on The Greatest Albums of the Rock Era. Or something like that. In the two decades after its release in 1967, the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's frequently took out the top spot – often juggling it with Marvin Gaye's... more >>

Run Run Run (live)

24 Jan 2014    1

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN (2013): Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

WE NEED TO TALK ABOUT . . . LIBBY HOLMAN (2013): Sex, scandal, shooting and suicide

When they found singer Libby Holman dead in her Rolls Royce of carbon monoxide poisoning in 1971, her suicide brought an end to a life marked by scandal, sexual promiscuity, one dead husband and a murder trial, overt bisexuality, the death of a son, depression . . . and some pretty steamy blues songs, although among her repertoire was the uncharacteristically domestic Cooking Breakfast for the... more >>

Why Was I Born?

23 Jan 2014    1

THE BEATLES' US ALBUMS REISSUED: How America misheard the Beatles

THE BEATLES' US ALBUMS REISSUED: How America misheard the Beatles

Thanks to record company exec Dave Dexter Jnr, Americans got to hear the Beatles . . . although if Dexter had had his way they might not have. Dexter – the Capitol Records man charged with releasing non-American acts in the States – turned down the first Beatles singles on offer from the UK (Love Me Do, Please Please Me, Ask Me Why and She Loves You, plus their... more >>

Help! (US version)

20 Jan 2014    3

MATMOS CONSIDERED (2014): The art of understatement and the unusual

MATMOS CONSIDERED (2014): The art of understatement and the unusual

In the secretive world of code-breakers and cypher-deciphering the Enigma machine is legendary. It is one of that family of highly complex machines designed by mathematicians and boffins used to crack the codes of Nazi comunications during the Second World War. But for the Baltimore electronica duo Matmos -- Martin Schmidt and Drew Daniel -- it became another tool for creating and... more >>

For the Trees

20 Jan 2014

NICK DRAKE, AGAIN (2014): Songs from a troubled soul

NICK DRAKE, AGAIN (2014): Songs from a troubled soul

Anyone hearing Nick Drake's hushed final album Pink Moon from '72 or looking at photos of that young man -- eyes averted, the frail figure hunched, the mouth rarely smiling – might have guessed here was a soul too sensitive for this wicked world. And sure enough he was dead in late November 1974, at just 26. But there's another view of this doomed and depressive romantic... more >>

13 Jan 2014    1

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, REDUX (2014): The Return Again of White Light/White Heat

THE VELVET UNDERGROUND, REDUX (2014): The Return Again of White Light/White Heat

Elsewhere has previously quoted Brian Eno from 1976 about Velvet Underground, but it bears repeating. He said, "I knew that they were going to be one of the most interesting groups and that there would be a time when it wouldn’t be the Beatles up there and then all these other groups down there. “It would be a question of attempting to assess the relative values of the... more >>

The Gift (instrumental only)

10 Jan 2014    2

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BILL HALEY (2013): Don't knock the rocker

THE LIFE AND DEATH OF BILL HALEY (2013): Don't knock the rocker

One of the first victims of rock'n'roll was a founding father of the style: Bill Haley. A country singer with a love of Western Swing, Haley was 30 when his signature song Rock Around the Clock became a massive hit in '55 when it appeared on the soundtrack to the juvenile delinquent film Blackboard Jungle. He would also appear in the first real rock'n'roll film Don't Knock the Rock the... more >>

Skinny Minnie

27 Dec 2013

ROBERT GORDON INTERVIEWED (2013): The soul of Memphis revealed

ROBERT GORDON INTERVIEWED (2013): The soul of Memphis revealed

Memphis-born and based writer Robert Gordon knows the musical pulse of his city. He documented it in his book It Came From Memphis and has written essays about Elvis Presley after being given access to private material in the Presley estate. He has made documentary films, wrote the definitive biography of Muddy Waters (Can't Be Satisfied) and, among other things, produced an Al Green... more >>

24 Dec 2013    1

STEVE EARLE INTERVIEWED (2013): Observations from the low road

STEVE EARLE INTERVIEWED (2013): Observations from the low road

No subject – be it family, money, his job or politics – is off-limits in a conversation with Steve Earle, if you can get a word in. A talker whose conversation takes off into interesting tangents, Earle is like Bruce Springsteen, a well-off musician who can relate to the working class and those suffering economic privation. His most recent album with his band The... more >>

21st Century Blues

16 Dec 2013

KEITH RICHARDS INTERVIEWED (2013): Coming down again

KEITH RICHARDS INTERVIEWED (2013): Coming down again

A few minutes before the appointed time the phone rings and a scratchy voice wheezes, “Hello man, s'Keith”. And it is. No intermediary, no international call connection through a third party, just Keith Richards laughing down the line. Which is unexpected in a world where stars have minions to connect calls (and sometimes listening, in case things get “awkward”... more >>

Gimme Shelter (2014)

9 Dec 2013

THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK (2103): Three days of love, peace and . . .

THE DUTCH WOODSTOCK (2103): Three days of love, peace and . . .

If the golden age of hippiedom was supposed to have gone nose down in the mud and the blood and the beer at Altamont in early December 1969, someone forgot to tell the Dutch. Because in June 1970 -- a full three years on from the Summer of Love -- they held the "Holland Pop 70" festival with an impressive line-up. It rained of course, but well over 100,000 turned up at a site... more >>

Wasted Union Blues

7 Dec 2013

SKEPTICS REMEMBERED (2013): All Sum Null

SKEPTICS REMEMBERED (2013): All Sum Null

On the 25th anniversary of the Flying Nun label back in 2006, Real Groove published a special edition as a salute to the label. Among the many fine articles -- some archival, others reminiscences -- was an emotional and descriptive piece by Chris Matthews (Children's Hour, Headless Chickens) about Skeptics, and particularly about their singer David D'Ath who died of leukemia in September... more >>

Threads (1990)

4 Dec 2013    1

WHEN ROCK STARTED ROLLING (2013): Black rhythm and blues goes white

WHEN ROCK STARTED ROLLING (2013): Black rhythm and blues goes white

In the early Sixties the sound of black rhythm and blues -- played by young white musicians -- could be heard pounding out of the fleshpots of Hamburg, a pub in Richmond, bars in Belfast, clubs in central London, the dancehalls of Liverpool and Newcastle, and makeshift rehearsal spaces all over Britain. This was music made by the post-rock'n'roll generation, those who had been 15 or 16 in... more >>

I'm a King Bee (1957)

2 Dec 2013

SHONA LAING PROFILED (2013): The legacy of a Legacy Artist

SHONA LAING PROFILED (2013): The legacy of a Legacy Artist

Popular music – and pop music in particular – usually comes from, and speaks to, young people. This year with the success of Lorde, not 17 when her debut album Pure Heroine was released, we seem very focused on the age of performers. However we need only look back to the success of Gin Wigmore who won the International Songwriting Competition in 2004 when she was still... more >>

Mercy of Love

21 Nov 2013    1

BOB THIELE PROFILED (2013): At the helm of the Flying Dutchman

BOB THIELE PROFILED (2013): At the helm of the Flying Dutchman

On paper certain things don't seem to match up in Bob Thiele's professional life, especially in the late Sixties. As a producer at Impulse he had steered the careers of many notable jazz artists (Mingus, Ayler, Shepp, Rollins etc), chief among them John Coltrane whom he had encouraged to follow a singular path which lead to the spiritually imbued A Love Supreme and beyond. After... more >>

Lanoola Goes Limp

18 Nov 2013

TOMMY by THE WHO (2013): Tommy can you hear me, again?

TOMMY by THE WHO (2013): Tommy can you hear me, again?

Back in the early Eighties – years before the Beatles' Anthology and Bob Dylan's Bootleg Series offered us alternative histories through previously unheard versions of songs alongside revelatory interpretations – Pete Townshend of the Who began releasing a series of double albums under the generic title Scoop. On these he offered up his home demos of famous and... more >>

Dream One (unused Townshend demo)

15 Nov 2013

THE BEATLES AT THE BBC (2013): A tendency to play music

THE BEATLES AT THE BBC (2013): A tendency to play music

While often jokingly referred to as "the Greatest Story Ever Sold" (a reference to the 1956 Biblical epic film The Greatest Story Ever Told about the life of Christ), there is a part of the Beatles narrative of truth, myth and legend which has gone largely under-explored. In their much analysed and discussed career, those many sessions they spent recording for the BBC haven't... more >>

Do You Want to Know a Secret?

11 Nov 2013    1

ELVIS AT STAX STUDIO (2013): Robert Gordon on the inside

ELVIS AT STAX STUDIO (2013): Robert Gordon on the inside

Memphis-born and based writer Robert Gordon knows the musical pulse of his city. He has documented it in books like It Came From Memphis and has written essays about Elvis Presley after being given access to private material in the Presley estate. He has made documentary films, wrote the definitive biography of Muddy Waters (Can't Be Satisfied) and, among other things, produced an Al... more >>

Mr Songman (outtake)

7 Nov 2013