Vintage News, Reviews and Photo Essays by Stephen K. Peeples

My first pieces published online were on in 1996. 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 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, there’s a motherlode of Rhino news items, press releases and bios I wrote or edited (as Editorial Director as well, I edited everything the Media Relations department sent out and posted). Check out the “Hot Press Releases & Pix Archives” and the “Warm Press Releases & Pix Archives.”

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.

I wrote and edited prodigious local news and feature stories for from May 2006 through late October 2007, though all that content has been removed. still includes the hundreds of stories and features I wrote from October 2007 through May 2011.

Here are a few highlights (check out others at right):

04-02-99 Roger McGuinn Interview about Folk Den and Byrds remasters (first published by
09-20-96 Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, Jimmie Vaughan & Dick Dale, Guitar Walk Induction (SKP pic first on
1992 Firefall History (SKP’s liner notes for Rhino’s Firefall: Greatest Hits CD, updated since by band)
09-01-77 “L.A. GETAWAY,” SKP’s exclusive column for Rock Around the World, with news, views and interviews about Heart, John Klemmer, VSOP, Nils Lofgren, Bo Diddlley, 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 days. That was just a month’s-worth of covering the pop music scene in L.A. for a Boston-based rock monthly. I wrote this column for a little more than a year, and edited several of the issues.

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