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Depending on one’s interest, one is either amazed and entertained or bored to tears with Bill Kopp’s encyclopedic knowledge of the popular music of the last fifty years. A rock/pop music historian, he has amassed a collection of nearly way more than (aw, jeez…) 8,500 9,000 albums, nearly half of those on vinyl. Bill has written for the now-defunct Skope (where he ran things as Editor-in-Chief for two years), Billboard, Trouser Press, Ugly Things, WNC Magazine, Mountain Xpress, The Laurel of Asheville, Shindig! Magazine, 60sgaragebands.com and Jambase.org, among others.

Bill has interviewed and written features on artists including Chris Squire (Yes), The Psychedelic Furs, Bill Wyman, Todd Rundgren, The Flaming Lips, Ray Manzarek (Doors), R. Stevie Moore, Harry Shearer, Nick Lowe, Ozric Tentacles, Steve Hackett (Genesis), Tommy James, John Wetton (UK, Asia, King Crimson), Felix Cavaliere (Rascals), Akron/Family, Paul Revere & the Raiders, The Moody Blues, Gary Wright, Greg Lake (Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Martin Newell (Cleaners From Venus), Bootsy Collins, Ann Wilson (Heart), Kim Wilson (Fabulous Thunderbirds), Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull), Henry Rollins, Yoko Ono, Van Dyke Parks, Richard Barone, Jason Falkner, Tony Levin, Mitch Ryder, Steve Cropper (Booker T & the MGs), Crowded House, Camper Van Beethoven, Project/Object, The Church, Jack Casady, Trey Gunn, Porcupine Tree, The Turtles, Howard Jones, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, The Fleshtones, KT Tunstall, Andy Partridge, Terry Adams (NRBQ), Carmine Appice, The Black Angels, Robyn Hitchcock, Roky Erickson, Gentle Giant, Richard Barone, Adrian Belew, The Polyphonic Spree, Zoé, Thrice, Pat Mastelotto, Steve Wynn, Fall Out Boy, Dungen, Richie Havens, Sean Lennon, Bigelf, Pete Yorn, The Residents, Los Straitjackets, Radio Birdman, Veruca Salt, Richard X Heyman, Tommy Keene, Black Mountain, Marshall Crenshaw, Bob Moog, The Veronicas, The New York Dolls, Johnny Winter and many others. He’s reported on the Americana Music Conference, Yep Roc 15, Hopscotch, Bonnaroo, Moogfest and Echo Project festivals, and written about consumer products including the Microsoft Zune, Rock Band: The Game and many others.

He’s currently working on a book proposal (music-related, of course). He lives in a century-old house in Asheville, NC with his vintage motorcycle and way, way, way too many synthesizers.

You can read Bill's daily posts (essays, interviews, reviews) at his expansive (1000+ entries) Musoscribe site, follow him on Twitter, and/or "friend" him on Facebook.

Bill Kopp's Blog

Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)

Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original…

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Posted on July 18, 2014 at 6:30am

Jimbo Mathus - Dark Night of the Soul (Album Review)

I can make no legitimate claim to an ability to define Americana. Like the former chief justice said about another art form, I know it when I, um, hear it. And, for my money, Jimbo Mathus‘ Dark Night of the Soul fits that description in the best way.

For those who haven’t been paying close attention to his music, the album comes as quite a shock. There was little or nothing in his Squirrel Nut Zippers days to suggest he’d ever make this kind of music. That…

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Posted on May 20, 2014 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Richie Havens: On a Quest to Meet Everyone in the World

Richie Havens passed away in April 2013. In his honor I present my December 2008 interview with the man who may quite possibly be the nicest interview subject I’ve ever encountered. — bk

“Change” is the big buzzword this year. Singer/guitarist Richie…

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Posted on March 28, 2014 at 8:00am — 1 Comment

Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)

I’m not a folkie. When it comes to acoustic based music of the folk sort, my tastes are fairly limited: I own a decent-sized stack of Bob Dylan albums, that cat-chewed first Peter, Paul and Mary LP I got from my parents’ collection, and a few Phil Ochs albums. And that’s about it. I prefer the British Isles/European folk styles of Bert Jansch,…

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Posted on March 24, 2014 at 9:00am — 17 Comments

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A blog post by Bill Kopp was featured

Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)

Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original album.Filmed – as was standard procedure for the cable series MTV Unplugged – in front of a small audience and featuring…See More
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Eric Clapton - Unplugged, 2CD+DVD (Album Review)

Here’s a slightly unusual candidate for reissue: Eric Clapton‘s 1992 Unplugged album. To my knowledge, this massively commercially successful album has never gone out of print, which begs the question: why reissue it? To be fair, this 2014 reissue does include some bonus material. But first, let’s take a look at the original album.Filmed – as was standard procedure for the cable series MTV Unplugged – in front of a small audience and featuring…See More
Jul 18
Dennis Nyman commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Jimbo Mathus - Dark Night of the Soul (Album Review)'
"Great review Bill. I have the last two releases by this artist who I had never heard of until this No Depression website clued me in. But I discovered recently that he was once with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. I thought this so unlikely given the vast…"
May 23
A blog post by Bill Kopp was featured

Jimbo Mathus - Dark Night of the Soul (Album Review)

I can make no legitimate claim to an ability to define Americana. Like the former chief justice said about another art form, I know it when I, um, hear it. And, for my money, Jimbo Mathus‘ Dark Night of the Soul fits that description in the best way.For those who haven’t been paying close attention to his music, the album comes as quite a shock. There was little or nothing in his Squirrel Nut Zippers days to suggest he’d ever make this kind of music. That late-late-'90s sensation scored a hit…See More
May 23
Tommy Lagniappe commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Jimbo Mathus - Dark Night of the Soul (Album Review)'
"I saw Jimbo live in Clarksdale, MS and was blown away with his music in a traditional Blues vein.  This guy has truly wide versatile talent.  I now own this album, and while not traditional Blues it is awesome.  I have learned about…"
May 23
Bill Kopp posted a blog post

Jimbo Mathus - Dark Night of the Soul (Album Review)

I can make no legitimate claim to an ability to define Americana. Like the former chief justice said about another art form, I know it when I, um, hear it. And, for my money, Jimbo Mathus‘ Dark Night of the Soul fits that description in the best way.For those who haven’t been paying close attention to his music, the album comes as quite a shock. There was little or nothing in his Squirrel Nut Zippers days to suggest he’d ever make this kind of music. That late-late-'90s sensation scored a hit…See More
May 20
Dick Weissman commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Richie Havens: On a Quest to Meet Everyone in the World'
"  Richie's autobiography, They Can't Hide Us Anymore, is an excellent memoir of his days in Greenwich Village. I was amazed at how many people he remembered.  "
Apr 4
Jim Ragland commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"I had the pleasure of taking a few guitar lessons from Dave in the late 70's.  Instead of showing me how he wanted me to play something, he would play it, and when I tossed back my seat-of-the-pants half-assed version of the passage, he…"
Apr 3
A blog post by Bill Kopp was featured

Richie Havens: On a Quest to Meet Everyone in the World

Richie Havens passed away in April 2013. In his honor I present my December 2008 interview with the man who may quite possibly be the nicest interview subject I’ve ever encountered. — bk“Change” is the big buzzword this year. Singer/guitarist Richie Havens released his first major-label LP, Mixed Bag,…See More
Apr 1
Terri Thal commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"I don't know why I keep looking at this--I usually either don't bother saying anything or I comment once and move on. Maybe because you all sound like people who have given some thought to the movie . Anyway--yes, JeffK, you're right.…"
Mar 31
JeffK commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"Thanks for the post.  Although I had some familiarity with Van Ronk's music, "Inside Llewyn Davis" led me to go deeper and to read Van Ronk's wonderful memoir, "Mayor of MacDougal Street."  In the book, he…"
Mar 30
Ron Myhr commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"I thought the movie was great.  For me, it was great in the sense that it nicely evoked a time and place and ambience, perhaps not completely accurately.  Zillions of folk singers, many competent, not all of them great.  That's…"
Mar 28
Paul Wilner commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"I thought his performance was good and the club owner was  wrong. (Side note: I think the club guy's name in the film was Mel Novikoff, a respected film indie personage here in the Bay Area though it was based on Moe Asch at Folkways} But…"
Mar 28
Terri Thal commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
""Dave Van Ronk/Folksinger" was recorded and released in about 1962.  It was followed by "In The Tradition," which David recorded with the Red Onion Jazz Band in 1963.  "Inside Dave Van Ronk" came later.…"
Mar 28
john hinckley commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"If I may say, with total respect for both musicians, "Nick Drake was the American Dave Van Ronk"... ;)"
Mar 28
Dick Weissman commented on Bill Kopp's blog post 'Dave Van Ronk — Inside Dave Van Ronk (Album Review)'
"  Dave was one of a kind, and very funny.  take his comment, "i wanted to play jazz in he worst way, and I did."  I also love the fact that he insisted that many of the singer-songwriters ought to sing songs by other…"
Mar 28

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At 8:52pm on February 4, 2013, Western Youth said…

Hey Bill,

Really dig your reviews here on ND!! Just wondering if you might be interested in listening to our music and reviewing our EP if you like it? You can stream all 5 songs from our page. Really love your work and would love to hear back from you.

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