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Janis Ian : Interview - Interviews
American singer-songwriter Janis Ian talks to Lisa Torem about 'The Essential 2.0', her new double CD of remasters which spans her entire career.

Dweezil Zappa : Interview - Interviews
American guitarist/composer/actor Dweezil Zappa chats to Lisa Torem about his forthcoming UK tour and his father Frank's legacy

Leon Wildes : Interview - Profiles
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.

Billy Bragg : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages'book review column Lisa Torem finds musician Billy Bragg's new book about the skiffle genre to be as educational as it is entertaining.

Dweezil Zappa : City Winery, Chicago, 7/7/2017 - Live Reviews
American guitarist and educator Dweezil Zappa entertains fans at City Winery Chicago with delightful stories about his father, formative career and more, using his red SG for effect.

Pamela Des Barres : Raging Pages - Features
While in Pamela Des Barres' debut memoir, 'I’m with The Band', she disclosed her groupie secrets, Lisa Torem finds in 'Raging Pages' in her new book 'Let It Bleed: How to Write a Rockin’ Memoir' her sharing her fresh approach to writing the 'femoir'.

Cindy Smith Dunaway : Interview - Interviews
Designer Cindy Smith Dunaway talks about creating costumes for the Alice Cooper Group, her upcoming book and more with Lisa Torem

Albert Hammond : Interview - Interviews
Multi-award winning performer and songwriter Albert Hammond rose to the challenge of releasing 'In Symphony', in which he reimagines some of his best known songs with the help of an orchestra. He speaks with Lisa Torem about fulfilling a lifelong dream and more

Alice Cooper : Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Renaisssance Hotel, Nashville, 14/5/2017 and 15/5/2017 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches the original Alice Cooper band play two very rare reunion gigs together at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center and Renaisssance Hotel in Nashville

Wanda Jackson : City Winery, Chicago, 17/5/2017 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Wanda Jackson uphold her rockabilly roots when performing a high spirited concert at Chicago’s City Winery.

Garland Jeffreys : City Winery, Chicago, 15/6/2017 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Garland Jeffreys and his band perform a fiery set of classics and brand new material to a receptive crowd at City Winery in Chicago

John Lennon : Raging Pages - Features
In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem discovers that by writing a novel, 'Beatlebone', about one of the most famous musicians in the world, John Lennon, Kevin Barry has taken a huge risk, yet finds it all coming together magically

Philip Glass : The Perfect American, Opera Theater, Chicago, 30/4/2017 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem enjoys the hypnotic harmonies, strong performances and contemporary perspectives of 'The Perfect American' by composer Philip Glass

Robin Trower : Copernicus Center, Chicago, 29/4/2017 - Live Reviews
Time stands still for Lisa Torem when Robin Trower and his trio perform at Chicago’s Copernicus Center.

Yes : Raging Pages - Features
In 'Raging Pages', her book column, Lisa Torem finds that Will Romano's new book about the 1972 Yes album, 'Close to the Edge' successfully addresses the album's legacy.

Frank Zappa : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that John Corcelli's new book 'Frank Zappa FAQ: All That’s Left to Know About the Father of Invention' highlights the American composer's complex compositions and legacy

Mark Farner : Interview - Interviews
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Mark Farner, former front man of Grand Funk Railroad and solo artist, discusses his musical legacy and desire to connect with veterans and Native Americans

Garland Jeffreys : Interview - Interviews
The legendary Garland Jeffreys and his band will soon release his third album in six years. He chats to Lisa Torem about the songs, the guests and his early influences.

Stewart Copeland : The Invention of Morel, Chicago, Illinois, 24/2/2017 - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches Chicago Opera Theater's exciting telling of 'The Invention of Morel' which features the collaboration of former Police drummer Stewart Copeland with British playwright/director Jonathan Moore

The Train Kept A-Rollin’ : Raging Pages - Features
In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines prolific Welsh author Spencer Vignes new book 'The Train Kept A-Rollin’, How The Train Song Changed The Face of Popular Music', which brings to life the way train travel has influenced songwriters and performers through multiple eras

Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling : Symphony Center, Chicago - Live Reviews
Lisa Torem watches from the balcony as the Branford Marsalis Quartet and Kurt Elling join forces for an exciting night at the Chicago Symphony Center

10cc : Interview - Interviews
In his second Pennyblackmusic interview, award-winning British songwriter Graham Gouldman discusses with Lisa Torem 10cc’s upcoming UK tour and songs that fired up his youthful imagination

Paul Nelson : Interview - Interviews
American producer, arranger and guitarist and foremer Johnny Winter manager Paul Nelson talks with Lisa Torem about 'Badass Generation, his band’s debut album

Brian Wilson : Raging Pages - Features
Lisa Torem enjoys Brian Wilson's new biography which highlights his gifts as an arranger but also chronicles his struggles with mental illness

Marvin Gardens : 1968 - Favourite Album Reviews
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

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