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Lisa Torem - Profiles

Jann Klose

Jann Klose - Sugar My

Lisa Torem profiles the extraordinary new single and video 'Sugar My' from singer-songwriter Jann Klose.

Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters and Mark Crohan

Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters and Mark Crohan - The Bee Gees in the 1960s

Lisa Torem examines a new book 'The Bee Gees in the 1960s’ which examines their early career.

Laura Shenton

Laura Shenton - 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.


Beatles - Get Back

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.


Common - Let Love Have The Last Word

Chicago-raised rap artist, Common, lays bare his spiritual growth in his sophomore book, ‘Let Love Have the Last Word’ in 'Raging Pages'.

Little Richard

Little Richard - 1932-2020

Lisa Torem reminisces about one of her favourite rock ‘n’ roll heroes, Little Richard, who died in May.


Miscellaneous - Interview

Pennyblackmusic magazine editor John Clarkson talks to Lisa Torem on its twentieth anniversary about the formation and history of our website.

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper - 50th  Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 2

Brigs Jones is a musician, mastering engineer, a composer and arranger for eclectic, artistic clients – occasionally a bespoke guitarist and sound recording teacher, and looking forward to returning t

Alice Cooper

Alice Cooper - 50th  Anniversary of the Alice Cooper Group Original Line-Up Celebration Part 1

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Alice Cooper Group, Pennyblackmusic has assembled greetings from essential friends and players.

Leon Wildes

Leon Wildes - Interview

Leon Wildes, author of 'John Lennon vs the USA', immigration attorney and winner of this groundbreaking case, talks about working with Lennon and Yoko Ono, legal challenges and the effects on posterity.

Michael Bloomfield

Michael Bloomfield - Profile

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.

Simon Townshend

Simon Townshend - Profile

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

Pretty Things

Pretty Things - Profile

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


Cream - Profile

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

Simon Davies

Simon Davies - Interview

Simon Davies, former director of UK-based Teenage Cancer Trust and now executive director of America-based Teen Cancer America, discusses the organisation's goals, current focus and the involvement of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend from The Who in it


Beatles - A Personal Tribute

Lisa Torem pays a personal tribute to Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of John Lennon, who died in April


Beatles - Interview

Lisa Torem speaks to Louise Harrison, the older sister of George Harrison, about the Beatles tribute band which she manages and her recent memoir

Rod Stewart

Rod Stewart - Profile

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

David Bowie - 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'

Johnny Thunders

Johnny Thunders - 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


Miscellaneous - Interview

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

George Wein

George Wein - Interview

Lisa Torem speaks to pianist and Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein about his seminal festival, which is now celebrating its sixtieth anniversary

Julia Baird

Julia Baird - Interview

Lisa Torem talks with John Lennon's half-sister Julia Baird about her reissued memoir, 'Imagine This: Growing Up with My Brother John Lennon'

Fabulous Thunderbirds

Fabulous Thunderbirds - Profile

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

Jill Hughes Kirtland - Interview

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'


Ufo - (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


Heirs - Interview

Lisa Torem talks to film director Kevin Fitzgerld about his hip-hop documentary, 'Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme'


Miscellaneous - Medora

Lisa Torem is impressed by new documentary 'Medora', which tells of the mixed fortunes of an Indiana basketball team and which comes with a remarkable soundtrack

Joe Edwards

Joe Edwards - Interview

Lisa Torem talks to St Louis club owner Joe Edwards who has now put on at his club Blueberry Hill nearly two hundred shows with the legendary Chuck Berry

Buddy Guy

Buddy Guy - When I Left Home

Lisa Torem enjoys Buddy Guy's autobiography, which tells of his remarkable rise to fame from his early poor background on a farm in rural Louisiana

Perry Bax

Perry Bax - Interview

Chicago-based sound engineer Perry Bax speaks about his experiences working for the Rolling Stones on their 2003 fortieth anniversary tour

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren 1

Todd Rundgren recently spent a week at Columbia College in Chicago working with its music students both at a recording session and also on preparing for a show. In the first part of a two part profile Lisa Torem sits in on the recording session...

Todd Rundgren

Todd Rundgren - Todd Rundgren 2

.,.while in the second part she attends the gig

Nina Simone

Nina Simone - Nina Simone

Lisa Torem reflects on the career of soul/jazz icon Nina Simone, who is about to have a new double CD retrospective of her work, 'The Nina Simone Anthology' released


Coasters - The Coasters

Lisa Torem examines the career and legacy of 50's and 60's rock and roll group the Coasters, who have two new compilations out, 'The Definitive Coasters: A Sides and B Sides' and 'B Sides and Bonus Tracks'


Who - Teen Cancer America

Lisa Torem assesses and reflects upon the work of Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend's charity Teen Cancer America, which has recently opened centres in the United States

Blues Band

Blues Band - Blues Band

Lisa Torem examines recent reissues from the Blues Band of their 1982 fourth studio album, 'Brand Loyalty', and 1983 live record, ‘Bye Bye Blues’


Who - Who I Am

Lisa Torem finds Pete Townshend’s new thoughtful autobiography self-aware and compelling

Dave Brubeck

Dave Brubeck - 1920-2012

Lisa Torem reflects on the career of jazz musician and pianist Dave Brubeck, who died in December


Miscellaneous - ECR Music Group

Lisa Torem attends a launch party in New York for ECR Music Group, which run by musician/producer Blake Morgan, also includes on its roster Janita, David Cloyd, James McCartney and 60's star Lesley Gore

Steve Miller Band

Steve Miller Band - Steve Miller Band

Lisa Torem assesses the late 60's and early 70's early career of the Steve Miller Band, who have just had their first five albums remastered

Blues Band

Blues Band - Blues Band

Lisa Torem looks back on the early career of the Blues Band, whose first three albums, 'The Official Blues Band Bootleg Album', 'Ready' and 'Itchy Feet'have just been re-released


EARLY MORNING BLUES AND GREENS - Starr Dust; A Bird's Eye View of Ringo

After winning an online competition, Lisa Torem recently met Ringo Starr. She reflects back on her long history with the Beatles drummer before then


ME - Interview

Michael Andrews put himself on the map after composing the soundtrack for the film, 'Donnie Darko', but his film scores have also included sci-fi, bio pics and romantic comedies. He talks to Lisa Torem about his film career, new releases and fatherhood

Bear in Heaven

Bear in Heaven - Suzi Quatro

Lisa Torem examines Detroit-born glam rock icon Suzi Quatro's four albums, 'Your Mama Won’t Like Me’,‘Aggro-Phobia’, 'Rock Hard' and 'Unreleased Emotion', all of which have been recently reissued

Joni Mitchell

Joni Mitchell - Will You Take Me As I Am: Joni Mitchell’s Blue Period

Lisa Torem is impressed by Michelle Mercer's extensively researched new book on Joni Mitchell, which examines her career between 1971 and 1976

M Gira

M Gira - Stalking the Red Headed Stranger

Lisa Torem finds entertaining record producer and music publisher Randy Poe's autobiographical account of his attempts to pitch a ballad, penned by Leiber and Stoller, into the hands of country star Willie Nelson

Ronnie Montrose

Ronnie Montrose - 1947-2012

Lisa Torem pays personal tribute to Montrose and Gamma guitarist Ronnie Montrose who died on March 3rd

Etta James

Etta James - Etta James

Lisa Torem looks back and reflects on the career and life of jazz artist Etta James, who died earlier this year


Miscellaneous - Pennyblackmusic Goes to Cuba

Lisa Torem visits Cuba and examines its music and some of its often surprising influences.


Beatles - If You Like the Beatles...Here are Over 200 Bands, Films, Records and Oth

Lisa Torem is impressed by Bruce Pollock's encyclopedic new book on the Beatles and the bands and other artists that they in turn influenced

Robin Trower

Robin Trower - Robin Trower

With three of former Procul Harum guitarist Robin Trower's albums, ‘What Lies Beneath’, ‘Another Day’s Blues’ and ‘20th Century Blues’, being re-released, Lisa Torem assesses each of them

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield - Dusty Springfield

With a new box set just out, Lisa Torem reflects back on the career and highlights of British queen of soul and 60's icon, Dusty Springfield

Baron Wolman

Baron Wolman - The Rolling Stone Years

Lisa Torem examines Baron Wolman's new book which compiles together and meditates upon his photography for 'Rolling Stone' magazine between 1967 and 1970

Jerry Leiber

Jerry Leiber - 1933-2011

Lisa Torem reflects on the career of Jerry Leiber, who, with his partner Mike Stoller, wrote some of the best known songs and hits of the 1950s and 1960s

Trey Gunn

Trey Gunn - Trey Gunn

Lisa Torem examines King Crimson guitarist Trey Gunn's latest solo album, ‘Modulator’, and also a new retrospective of his other work, ‘I’ll Tell What I Saw’

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