John Clarkson talks to our own writer Lisa Torem about ghost writing music legend, Survivor star and 'Eye of the Tiger' co-writer Jim Peterik's new autobiography
A LIfe in Music (2021)
In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our long-term American writer Lisa Torem.
Austin, Texan singer-songwriter James McMurtry talks to Lisa Torem about his first album,in six years ‘The Horses and The Hounds’, and songcraft, politics, early influences and why he never could play like Johnny Cash.
New York guitarist Earl Slick has recently completed the eleven-track, all-instrumental 'Fist Full of Devils,' will be touring the UK in November and has a memoir project ready for publication. Lisa Torem catches up with him to find out the details.
Colin Blunstone, the frontman with The Zombies, talks to Lisa Torem about their plans for a worldwide stream on September 18th, an upcoming album and how their classic hit ‘Time of The Season’ is being used to promote the launch of the new Chelsea FC kit.
British guitarist/songwriter Robin Trower speaks to Lisa Torem about his collaboration with vocalist Maxi Priest and producer/bassist Livingstone Brown on ‘United State of Mind’.
Guitarist Joanna Connor speaks to Lisa Torem about her new Joe Bonamassa-produced album, ‘4801 South Indiana Avenue’, the Chicago club scene and her blueprint for balancing artistic work and family.
10cc and Godley and Crème's Kevin Godley talks to Lisa Torem about his new interactive album project, ‘Muscle Memory,’ which asks pertinent questions about these unsettling times.
Originally published in Examiner.com in 2016, Lisa Torem talks to multi-platinum selling Canadian singer Sarah McLachlan about her most recent LP ‘Shine On’ and her role in co-founding hugely successful all-female touring festival Lilith Fair.
Singer-songwriter, Alabama-born Allison Moorer talks to Lisa Torem about her new album ‘Blood’ and her memoir of the same title.
Lisa Torem catches up with Zombies co-founder Colin Blunstone about their upcoming UK tour and much more.
Lisa Torem speaks to award-winning British songwriter Graham Gouldman about his upcoming UK tour and new album, ‘Modesty Forbids’, his first full studio album in eight years.
Singer/songwriter/guitarist Pete Berwick’s triple-threat status is fully explored in his first Pennyblackmusic interview with Lisa Torem.
Frontman Dave Wakeling reminisces on the 40th anniversary of the Beat’s fiery debut ‘I Can’t Help It’ and updates Lisa Torem about the band’s ambitious 2020 tour.
Lisa Torem speaks with American music entrepreneur and venue owner Michael Dorf about operating the City Winery, and his new memoir, 'Indulge Your Senses'.
Former Thin Lizzy drummer Brian Downey talks to Lisa Torem about his years with the band, and touring again with his current band Alive and Dangerous.
One Man Bannister
New Zealand singer-songwriter One Man Bannister tells Lisa Torem about his new interpretation of a classic Beatles record.
New York guitarist Earl Slick talks to Lisa Torem about performing with former Sex Pistol Glen Matlock, and his experiences working with David Bowie and John Lennon.
Former Stooges guitarist James Williamson speaks to Lisa Torem about several new projects that he is presently involved in, including a remake of 1960s girl-group classic, ‘Leader of The Pack’.
Lisa Torem speaks to Bill German, who spent seventeen years as a journalist during the heyday of the Rolling Stones, during which time his ‘zine, 'Beggars Banquet', became a “must-have” bible for many of the group's fans.
Oregon drummer Adele Koltun's youthful enthusiasm for playing live is contagious, even though she learned the instrument later in life. 'Crash' Koltun talks to Lisa Torem about overcoming fear and finding passion, whatever one's age.
On the heels of new album, ‘Nobody Told Me’, and looking forward to an extensive UK tour in November with new guitarist Carolyn Wonderland plus Greg Rzab and Jay Davenport, Lisa Torem finds that British blues legend John Mayall has much to talk about.
Curved Air in the 1970s
Lisa Torem is impressed with Laura Shenton's well-researched and informative book about progressive rock band Curved Air's early history in the 1970s.
Lisa Torem, in the second of two articles on the Beatles' new epic documentary, that you’d be wise to watch Get Back,’ where the Beatles exhibit patience and utter genius.
Lisa Torem reminisces about one of her favourite rock ‘n’ roll heroes, Little Richard, who died in May.
Pennyblackmusic magazine editor John Clarkson talks to Lisa Torem on its twentieth anniversary about the formation and history of our website.
Mike Bloomfield was once known as a Chicago blues icon, playing with The Butterfield Blues Band, The Electric Flag, and as a soloist. Lisa Torem listens to two newly-released albums of his stunning work.
Lisa Torem examines British singer-songwriter Simon Townshend's albums, 2012's ‘Looking Out Looking in’ and 2014's ‘She Asked Me’, both of which he has re-released in remastered and expanded editions on his own Stir label
Lisa Torem finds that several new reissues and remasters by 60's act the Pretty Things speaks volumes about their versatility and progressive attitude towards rock
Lisa Torem reflects on the short but prolific career of 60's supergroup Cream, who have just ahd most of their work released in a new vinyl box set
A Personal Tribute
Lisa Torem pays a personal tribute to Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, who died in April
Lisa Torem speaks to Louise Harrison, the older sister of George Harrison, about the Beatles tribute band which she manages and her recent memoir
Lisa Torem reflects on the early solo career of Rod Stewart, whose five first albums have just been re-released in a vinyl box set
David Bowie Is, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Lisa Torem reflects upon the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago's new David Bowie exhibition, 'David Bowie Is'
Looking for Johnny - The Legend of Johnny Thunders (DVD)
Lisa Torem watches poignant new DVD documentary 'Looking for Johnny', which is about the life of late New York Dolls and Heartbreakers' guitarist Johnny Thunders
Lisa Torem talks to Michael Darling, the chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, about the 'David Bowie Is' exhibition, which after its run at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, is now about to open there
Lisa Torem speaks to pianist and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein about his seminal festival, which is now celebrating its sixtieth anniversary
Lisa Torem talks with John Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird about her reissued memoir, 'Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon'
Lisa Torem reflects on the history of Texas blues rockers the Fabulous Thunderbirds, who have recently had most of their back catalogue re-released on CD
Jill Hughes Kirtland
Lisa Torem talks to author Jill Hughes Kirtland about her new book on female heavy metal musicians, 'Not Just Tits in a Corset: Celebrating Women in Metal'
(Book) Neil Daniels - High Stakes and Dangerous Men, The UFO Story
Lisa Torem enjoys Neil Daniels' thoughtful and informative new book on underrated British rock act, UFO
Lisa Torem talks to film director Kevin Fitzgerld about his hip-hop documentary, 'Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme'
Madison Square Gardens, New York, 5/11/2021
Lisa Torem enjoys Billy Joel's return to his Madison Square Gardens monthly residency after a twenty month absence because of Covid.
Austin City Limits Livestream, 1/4/2021
For fans of guitarist and singer-songwriter Joe Bonamassa, Lisa Torem discovers that the Austin City Limits livestream is an exciting way to celebrate the old and the new in the comfort of one’s home.
Great British Venue and Beyond
For the third part of our four part series, in which our writers and photographers reflect upon great venues, Dastardly, Dave Goodwin and Lisa Torem examine Vinyl Deptford in London, Rock City and the Rescue Rooms in Nottingham and the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago.
Chicago Humanities Festival, Chicago, 6/5/2020
Although the popular Chicago Humanities Festival was cancelled due to Covid-19, featured guest/singer-songwriter Tori Amos agreed to a live-stream interview. Lisa Torem reviews the highlights.
Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, 10/9/2019
Lisa Torem finds The Who’s 'Moving On!' tour at the Blossom Music Center at Cuyahoga Falls in Ohio, off the heels of a new release. drawing from seven albums and embellished by live, local orchestral arrangements.
Pavilion, Ravinia Park, Highland Park, 8/6/2019
Lisa Torem watches septuagenarian singer-songwriter John Prine at the Pavilion in Ravinia Park in Illinois play a life-affirming set.
Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan
Ravinia Pavilion, Highland Park, Illlinois, 6/7/2019
Lisa Torem watches co-headliners Michael McDonald and Chaka Khan perform many of their greatest hits at the Ravinia Pavilion at Highland Park, Illinois.
Soldier Field, Chicago, 21/6/2019
Lisa Torem got her share of 'Satisfaction' as the World’s Greatest Rock N’ Roll Band resume their postponed tour at Soldier Field, Chicago.
Chick Corea With Bela Fleck
Old Town School of Folk Music, 3/5/2019
Lisa Torem watches East Coast musicians jazz/fusion pianist Chick Corea and banjo player extraordinaire Bela Fleck trade impressive licks at Chicago’s Old Town School before a packed house.
Herb Alpert and Lani Hall
City Winery, Chicago, 4/5/2019
Lisa Torem watches Herb Alpert, Lani Hall and their trio play a generous set of hits, sweeping their audience through several decades of magical material.
House of Blues, Chicago, 24/11/2018
Lisa Torem is mesmerised by charismatic and energetic British rockers The Struts when they head out to Chicago for a House of Blues gig.
Space, Evanston, 4/1/2019
Lisa Torem finds bringing in the aftermath of the new year to be a delight when Mud Morganfield aka Muddy Waters Jr. and his band unleashed fresh cuts from his latest album ‘They Call Me Mud’ as well as classics.
Bob Weir and Wolf Brothers
Chicago Theater, Chicago, 1/11/2018
Lisa Torem finds that former Grateful Dead guitarist Bob Weir’s terrific pairing with producer/bassist Don Was and drummer Jay Lane at the Chicago Theater makes for almost three hours of engaging music.
Symphony Center, Chicago, 12/10/2018
Lisa Torem enjoys watching jazz legend Ahmad Jamal and his trio play a sparkling set at Chicago’s Symphony Center
BMO Harris Pavilion, Milwaukee, 8/9/2018
Lisa Torem watches Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band entertain a multi-generational crowd at Milwaukee’s BMO Harris Pavilion for two exhilarating hours.
Pavilion, Highland Park, Illinois, 25/6/2018
Lisa Torem watches Roger Daltrey, with The Who band, perform a flawless version of Pete Townshend’s 'Tommy' plus more at the popular Pavilion near Chicago at a nearly sold-out gig on a Monday night.
City Winery, Chicago, 2/4/2018
Lisa Torem enjoys a sublime night of Beach Boys hits from Al Jardine at the City Winery in Chicago.
City Winery, Chicago, 20/3/2018
Lisa Torem watches the Zombies dedicate an enthralling set at City Winery in Chicago to their late bassist Jim Rodford on their 'Edge of the Rainbow' tour which includes classic and contemporary hits.
02 Apollo, Manchester, 11/11/2017
LIsa Torem watches groundbreaking NYC New Wave act Blondie combine recent and vintage material to dazzling effect at a sold-out show at the Apollo in Manchester.
Roundhouse, London, 16/11/2017
Lisa Torem enjoys an energetic set of greatest hits from the Happy Mondays at the Roundhouse in London.
Sweeping Up The Spotlight: Live at the Fillmore East 1969
Lisa Torem finds that this Jefferson Airplane live album, which was recorded at the Fillmore East in New York in 1969 and features hits and fillers, exemplifies the Summer of Love experience.
Lisa Torem finds that the Third Rail’s 1967 only album ‘ID Music’ is somewhat dated, yet a fine period piece for those with fond memories of an earlier time.
Vital Idol Revitalized
In our 'Re:view' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem examines ‘Vital Idol: Revitalized’, a new masterfully remixed edition of Billy Idol’s 1980’s classic ‘Vital Idol’.
Live at the Matrix
Lisa Torem reflects on the Great Society’s ‘Live at the Matrix 1966’, which released originally in 1989, honours the San Francisco hippie era/American roots music and the passionate vocals of future Jefferson Airplane vocalist Grace Slick.
In our 'Re: View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem finds that the 30th Anniversary Edition of Thomas Lang’s 1987 debut album ‘Scallywag Jaz’ is even swarthier and more meaningful the second time around.
In our 'Re:View' section, Lisa Torem examines lost San Francisco psychedelic band Marvin Gardens just released album, which consists of almost their full catalogue of both studio and live recordings
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Lisa Torem finds 'Mountain’, the remastered version of the 1969 debut by electric guitarist/singer Leslie West’s band, to be an album of contrasts
Alan Parsons Project
The Turn of a Friendly Card
Lisa Torem enjoys revisiting The Alan Parsons Project’s fifth studio album, ‘The Turn of The Friendly Hand’, in it’s thirty-fifth anniversary deluxe format, but advises the listener to take his/her time accessing its gratuitous bonus tracks
It is What It isn't
Lisa Torem examines the 2012 debut album of the Liverpool Legends, the Beatles tribute band managed by George Harrison's sister Louise, which consists of entirely self-written material
In our 'Re: View' section, in which we reflect upon albums from the past, Lisa Torem examines 'Chicago Anthology', a recently reissued live compilation album which was recorded at Big John's, a legendary blues club, in 1966
Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970
Lisa Torem reflects upon the Who's 'Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970' double album, which was originally released in 1996 and has just been reissued in a new CD/DVD edition
In our 'Re: View' section, in which our writers look back on albums from the past, Lisa Torem reflects upon Carly Smon's 1985 classic album, 'Spoiled Girl', which has recently been reissued
Never Kick a Sleeping Dog
Lisa Torem reflects upon Detroit-based garage rocker Mitch Ryder's 1983 album, 'Never Kick a Sleeping Dog', which has just been reissued
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look back on albums from the past, Lisa Torem reflects on Jethro Tull's 'Aqualung', which has just been re-released in a double CD 40th anniversary edition
Labour of Lust
Lisa Torem reflects upon English singer-songwriter Nick Lowe's 1979 second solo album, 'Labour of Lust', which has recently been re-released
Songs We Remember
Lisa Torem writes of 'Songs We Remember', the 2004 comeback album of the Quarrymen, which was the first band of John Lennon.
Sitting on the Top of Time
Lisa Torem examines Yardbirds' drummer Jim McCarty's 2009 album, 'Sitting on the Top of Time', his first solo album in six years
Van Cortlandt Park
Lisa Torem assesses Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Joe Kennedy's 2007 debut album, 'Van Cortlandt Park'
In our 'Re:View' column, in which we look back on albums from the past, Lisa Torem examines singer-songwriter Jessie Galante's second solo album, 'Spitfire', which came out last year
In our 'Re: View' column, in which our writers re-examine albums from the past, Lisa Torem looks at a 2005 compilation album, 'Round Midnight', from Jazz pianist and master, Thelonious Monk
Me, The Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects upon 'Me, The Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells' which, co-written with Martin Fitzpatrick, tells of how the 60s's rock star's career was taken control over by gangsters.
Every Album, Every Song by Morgan Brown
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that in a new book about British punk act, The Damned, by Morgan Brown, the author/musician chronicles the band’s studio history with solid research and humour.
Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem interviews rock drummer Liberty DeVitto and reviews his compelling musical memoir, 'Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness'.
Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls: Women, Music and Fame
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on music journalist Lisa Robinson’s new book which looks at the changing role of women in the entertainment industry through a unique lens.
Living Like a Runaway
In her ‘Raging Pages’ book column Lisa Torem reflects upon ex-Runaways’ guitarist Lita Ford’s 2016 autobiography, ‘Living Like a Runaway’.
Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme
In 'Raging Pages', her regular book column, Lisa Torem examines 'Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme', the 1987 autobiography of Motown star and Supremes member Mary Wilson, who died in February.
The Image That Made Me Weep
In 'The Image That Made Me Weep, Lisa Torem writes of a life-sized statue of John Lennon that she discovered while visiting Havana.
Every Album, Every Song
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a comprehensive volume about the work of Irish rockers U2 recently penned by Pennyblackmusic writer Eoghan Lyng
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines award-winning novelist and music journalist Silas House's debut novel, 'Clay's Quilt'.
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a new memoir by 'Tusk' producers/engineers Ken Caillat and Hernan Rojas
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem enjoys 'Sympathy for the Drummer: Why Charlie Watts Matters', a new book which pays tribute to the legendary Rolling Stones drummer.
In her second book Tori Amos casts a wide net across art and politics, and leaves reviewer Lisa Torem spellbound.
If You Love These Blues
In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem examines a new oral biography by Jan Mark Wolkin and Bill Keenom on 60's folk musician Michael Bloomfield.
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on 'Thanks a Lot Mr Kibblewhite', the autobiography of the Who's Roger Daltrey.
Lisa Torem in her 'Raging Pages' book column finds Joe Hagan’s biography of Rolling Stone founder Jann Wenner is rich with pop culture detail and keen insight, and includes candid observations from high-profile insiders.
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem finds that 'Indulge Your Senses: Scaling Intimacy in a Digital World', a new book by City Winery CEO Michael Dorf goes behind-the-scenes, revealing the highs and lows of being an entrepreneur in the music business arena as it relates to technology.
Just A Story From America
In her 'Raging pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects on 'Just A Story from America', singer-songwriter Elliott Murphy’s frank and humorous account of his illustrious career, abrupt challenges and imaginative resurgence.
All You Need is Ears
Lisa Torem in 'Raging Pages' finds that George Martin’s memoir 'All You Need is Ears' remains as timeless as ever and is essential reading for all musicians.
All That’s Left to Know About the King of Reggae
in her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines Brett Hagerman's fantastic new book, 'Bob Marley FAQ'.
Lani Hall Alpert
Emotional Memoirs And Short Stories
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds jazz singer and musician Lani Hall Alpert distilling hard-scrabble Chicago life, debilitating illness, crummy therapists, disoriented hitchhikers and more in her first book 'Emotional Memoirs and Short Stories'.