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Let It Rock MAGAZINE - April 1973 - Chuck Berry cover



Laing, Dave (October 2010). ""The World’s Best Rock Read": Let It Rock 1972-1975". Popular Music and Society.






Let It Rock was a monthly British music magazine which featured lengthy critical articles, record reviews and features covering a wide spectrum of popular music, including soul, reggae, and blues. Between October 1972 and December 1975, 35 issues of the magazine were published in London. Dave Laing was the founding editor of the magazine, and John Pidgeon took over as editor in October 1973. The reviews editor was Simon Frith, and Charlie Gillett was consultant editor. Music writers David Hepworth and Barney Hoskyns have called Let It Rock influential, and suggested that it was the precursor of such music publications as Q magazine and Mojo.


influential British music publication of the 1970s. …the origins of the magazine in the nascent rock criticism of the era and … its ethos in terms of historical perspective, transatlantic links and the dichotomy between pop and rock. The content of Let It Rock was broad, including soul, jazz, country, and folk. Many of its writers were new to music journalism and several went on to careers in rock writing or the music industry. As reflected in the letters pages, the readership also included some future music writers. Finally, the article discusses the legacy of Let It Rock as an inspiration for music publications of the 1980s and 1990s.


Contributing writers included John Peel, Lester Bangs, Michael Gray, Mick Gold, David Downing, Phil Hardy, and the soul music column was written by Pete Wingfield. The magazine struggled to achieve consistent sales of 20,000 and closed down due to market forces.


Thirty-five issues of the magazine were published between October 1972 and December 1975


Some articles in this ish:



Doug Sahm: Doug Sahm And Band (Atlantic K40466)

Review by Greil Marcus, Let It Rock, April 1973

HI, WELCOME to 1973! (You’re probably used to it by now, but this was written in January) It’s gonna be a banner year for rock’n’roll (heavy ...


Chuck Berry and those who influenced him

Essay by Charlie Gillett, Let It Rock, April 1973

ONE THING everybody agrees about: the 'forties was a bad time for music. The big bands of the thirties got sweeter and sweeter before falling apart, ...


Flash: Flash; Badger: One Live Badger

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, April 1973

"DIFFERENCES in musical policy" is the standard euphemism whenever a member quits a band, or, as is more often the case, gets the boot. Yes and ...


Bloodstone: Natural High

Review by Pete Wingfield, Let It Rock, April 1973

May I shout in your ear? The word is Bloodstone: no, not Bloodrock, Terry Knight's horror, nor my kind employer, the British Mr. Blunstone, but a ...


Fairport Convention: Rosie

Review by Mark Leviton, Let It Rock, April 1973

THE NEW Fairport Convention LP is going to alienate some fans – a radical change in musical approach by a popular band will always do so. ...


Poco: A Good Feeling To Know

Review by Mick Gold, Let It Rock, April 1973

IT ALL DEPENDS what you expect an LP to do. If you'd like 40 minutes of rhythmic pap to plug a hole in your air space, ...


Rory Gallagher: Blueprint

Review by Chris Salewicz, Let It Rock, April 1973

MY PAST EXPERIENCES of Rory Gallagher have not all been pleasant – a damp day at Crystal Palace; seemingly countless Grey Whistle Tests (I may be ...


Buck Ram and The Platters

Profile and Interview by Bill Millar, Let It Rock, April 1973

BUCK RAM is remembered for The Platters and a number of hit records: 'Only You' and 'The Great Pretender' (1955); 'The Magic Touch', 'My Prayer' and ...


Chuck Berry's Influence on the UK R & B Scene

Essay by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, April 1973

'DING-A-LING' gave Chuck Berry his only British No 1 seventeen years after his first record release, 'Maybellene'. He had five Top Ten hits in the States ...


Elton John: Don't Shoot Me I'm Only The Piano Player

Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, April 1973

THE ONLY SUPERFICIAL sign of the album's French origin is its title, a contrary translation of Truffaut's film Tirez Sur Le Pianiste. Truffaut's pianist was Charles ...


The Strawbs: Bursting At The Seams

Review by John Pidgeon, Let It Rock, April 1973

THOSE WHOSE acquaintance with the Strawbs is older than a few months must have been surprised by the band's recent form: neither 'Lay Down' nor 'Part ...

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