Archive links to More Vintage News, Reviews
and Photo Essays by Stephen K. Peeples
My first pieces published online were on Rhino.com in 1996 and comprise a large chunk of the archive. I helped develop the site as project co-manager and upon launch was Senior Director of Online Media, responsible for all online content. After I left Rhino at the end of 1997 for a post with Warner Music Group’s New Media crew, the Rhino site went through a series of redesigns and most if not all that early content was eventually lost.
However, thanks to the Wayback Machine at archive.org, there’s a motherlode of Rhino news items, press releases and bios I wrote or edited (as Rhino’s Editorial Director as well, I edited everything the Media Relations department sent out to the press and posted online).
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Fast-forwarding to this century, I reviewed 14 albums for the AudioVideo Revolution website’s music disc section before the publisher unceremoniously dismissed my editor. Not all of them are still posted.
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I wrote and edited prodigious local news and feature stories for MySantaClarita.com from May 2006 through late October 2007. Click the link for a Wayback snapshot from early October 2007.
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The-Signal.com (search Stephen K Peeples) still includes the hundreds of stories and features I wrote from October 2007 through May 2011, when I was Online Editor for The Signal’s website (won two CNPA awards) and contributor to the weekly entertainment tab, Escape.
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Flashing back again, here are a few more highlights:
1976-1977 “L.A. GETAWAY,” SKP’s exclusive rock news and interviews column for Rock Around the World, a monthly print mag tied in with the nationally syndicated radio show of the same name. In L.A., it aired on KWST-FM (K-West). I named the column after an album by drummer Johnny Barbata. I wrote it for a little more than a year and edited several of the issues before starting my record label career at Capitol in October 1977.
Here are links to a few sample columns (the RATW scans are sometimes slightly mangled):
10-01-76 John Mayall interview; Bob Dylan’s Malibu house; Bruce Springsteen at the Santa Monica Civic; Jeff Beck, Aerosmith and Rick Derringer; Spirit, Firefall and Neil Young; and J.J. Cale at the Roxy, more.
11-01-76 Heart, Jefferson Airplane-Starship at The Forum; Flo & Eddie at The Roxy; The Who-Grateful Dead at Oakland Coliseum; Sea Level studio scoop; Poco at the Santa Monica Civic; Steeleye Span and Maddy Prior Chateau Marmont interview; Led Zeppelin.
05-01-77 Martin Mull; Alice Cooper; Styx; Bryan Ferry; Phil Manzanera; Little Feat; Little River Band; Gregg Allman; Dickey Betts; Elvin Bishop; Atari and Malibu Grand Prix; Steely Dan; Dennis Wilson; Tangerine Dream; Lynyrd Skynyrd; Fleetwood Mac, Chick Corea/Return to Forever and Kenny Loggins at Miami Stadium; Peter Frampton album release party at Chasen’s with Don Snowden and Dusti Rhodes.
09-01-77 Heart; John Klemmer; VSOP; Nils Lofgren; Bo Diddley; Jerry Lee Lewis; Ron Wood; Bryan Ferry; John Lee Hooker; Frankie Miller; Outlaws;, Booker T.; Willie Nelson (exclusive interview); Jan-Michael Vincent and Gary Busey (“Big Wednesday”); Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”); Al Stewart; Emmylou Harris; Sons of Champlin; Randy Newman; Rod Stewart; Chuck Leavell and Sea Level; Bruce Gary before The Knack; Del Shannon; Iggy Pop; Crusaders; Average White Band…
Holy ^%$#&^, those were the (analog) days.
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09-20-96 Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan & Dick Dale, Guitar Walk Induction (SKP pic first on rhino.com)
1992 Firefall History (SKP’s liner notes for Rhino’s Firefall: Greatest Hits CD, updated since by band)