Lisa Torem - Profiles

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