Nik Cohn
British music critic
Nik Cohn
Nik Cohn is a British rock journalist, born in London in 1946. He was brought up in Derry, in the North of Ireland, the son of historian Norman Cohn and Russian writer Vera Broido. An incomer to the tight knit Irish town, he spent most of his time at the local record shop and the walk there, from his home on campus at Magee University, inspired one of his earliest stories, 'Delinquent in Derry'. He left the city to attend school in Newcastle in England.
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Robert Stigwood: Impresario Extraordinaire
Huffington Post - about 1 year
On January 4th, my colleague, business partner and mentor of over 45 years, Robert Stigwood, died. Robert was remarkable. Our backgrounds and outlooks were very different but we bonded over my willingness to disagree with him. His sycophants feared losing pay and perks and were intimidated into silence. Robert wanted truth... I told him the truth. Stigwood's lofty position emerged from what I'd characterize as a pathological belief in himself plus a willingness to take risks - whether at the roulette wheel, the race track - or similar risks in how he conducted business and his life. He failed at times. No matter! Going against the grain, losing a company, he always got back into the game with resilience, tenacity and fortitude which defied logic but defined his success. "Ballsiness and luck" were his recipe for entrepreneurial success. Robert was a true impresario who knew how to market/package/present with glamour, dazzle and insight. We bonded in 1971. Robert had a p ...
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Harcum College Welcomes New Women’s Soccer Coach
Bryn Mawr- Gladwyne Patch - over 4 years
Harcum College has recently named Niki Conn as the new head coach of the women’s soccer team. Conn, an accomplished soccer player at both the high school and collegiate level, will take over Harcum’s NJCAA Division I women’s soccer program that finished 10-6 during the 2011 season. “We are very excited to welcome Coach Conn to Harcum,” said Harcum’s Athletic Director Drew Kelly, who announced Conn’s hiring on Wednesday. “Her enthusiasm for the game is contagious, and she is a natural leader. Our student-athletes will really enjoy playing for her.” Conn starred at Temple University from 2008-2011. As senior in 2011, she was named Second-Team All-Atlantic 10 Conference after leading the Owls in scoring with 5 goals and 11 total points. Conn also led the team in goals as a sophomore and junior, earning all-conference honorable mention status in both seasons. She served as captain of the team during her final two seasons. Conn is also a graduate of nearby Cardinal O’Hara High School ...
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Die Stones sind immer noch heiß wie ein Brennstab - Landes-Zeitung.de
Google News - over 5 years
Was bin ich froh, dass die Rolling Stones nicht dem Ratschlag des Rockjournalisten Nik Cohn gefolgt sind, der 1970 schrieb: „Wenn sie Stilgefühl haben, sorgen sie dafür, dass sie vor ihrem 30. Geburtstag bei einem Flugzeugabsturz umkommen
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Journal de vacances 12 – Des clichés dans le microcosme littéraire - AgoraVox
Google News - over 5 years
Ce n'est pas que c'est critiquable de parler de ses marges et des oubliés de l'« American Dream », les auteurs (comme Nik Cohn ou Hunter Thompson et Lester Bangs)qui le font sont souvent les plus intéressants, mais là encore il s'agit surtout pour
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Hanni El Khatib (No 1085) - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Nik Cohn would surely appreciate this multi-instrumentalist in love with garage rock and blues, doo wop and original R&B. He's been compared to "De Stijl-era Jack White, if he'd claimed lineage from the Stax catalogue instead of Son House" but we
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Ex-Beatle in Österreich: Einer ist immer der Ringo - DiePresse.com
Google News - over 5 years
„Mehr als die anderen war es Ringo Starr, der die Beatles verkörperte“, schrieb Nik Cohn in seiner „Pop History“: „Großnasig und hundeäugig sah er unentwegt verwirrt aus und sprach kaum einen Ton: ,Ich habe keinen Lächelmund und kein Redegesicht
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Triple J listeners show their age as hottest 100 albums list skips a beat - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
IN his book Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, Nik Cohn, a latter-day columnist on London's Guardian newspaper, gave a nifty definition of rock and popular music: a finger in the face of parents. Six decades later, Triple J's Hottest 100 Australian Albums of
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Culture Clash - St Etienne - ClashMusic.com
Google News - over 5 years
Here they give us their current tips from the shops “I was thinking of a music book - Pop From The Beginning by Nik Cohn, which has been my biggest inspiration ever, really. Or something by PG Wodehouse who I love to read in the summer - one of the
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Partager Twitter Envoyer - Magic
Google News - over 5 years
Ces mots de Nik Cohn pourraient très bien s'appliquer à la musique de Cults, tant ce duo américain s'ingénie à ranimer l'esprit d'une certaine pop virginale, dépeinte par le journaliste et écrivain dans son livre A Wop Bop A Loo Bop A Lop Bam Boom
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Saturday Night Fever - The Guardian
Google News - over 5 years
Based on the 1975 story by Nik Cohn, Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night, the film follows the adventures of the definitely macho Tony (John Travolta). In one scene, where he sneers threateningly at two obviously gay men, the film's exclusive sexual
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Saturday Night Fever was inspired 35 years ago, with a lie - San Francisco Chronicle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
In it, writer Nik Cohn wrote about a group of young men and women who prowled the discos of New York City, and focused on one young man he called Vincent. Cohn began his story with this: Over the past few months, much of my time has been spent in
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Five Things You Need to Know Today: June 7 - Patch.com
Google News - over 5 years
The story, written by journalist Nik Cohn, would later be turned into the John Travolta film Saturday Night Fever. Interested in a follow-up to this article? Great, we'll send you an email as soon as a follow-up is published! A roundup of events taking
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De dinosaurios, mamuts y otras especies antiguas - Muro de Sonido (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
En 1970, Nik Cohn, un periodista británico de 22 años, publica Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, la que se considera primera historia escrita del rock. En el capítulo dedicado a los Rolling Stones, para más inri su banda favorita, escribe: “Si les quedara un
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The Instant Expert: Bob Dylan - The National
Google News - almost 6 years
THE DISSENTING OPINION The British rock journalist Nik Cohn, the Australian critic Jack Marx and the clearly envious singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell should all just shut up. Rick Arthur is M magazine's deputy editor. He saw Bob Dylan & The Band on
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Norman Cohn, Historian, Dies at 92
NYTimes - over 9 years
Norman Cohn, a historian who influenced a generation of historians and social scientists with his insight that totalitarian ideologies of the 20th century, chiefly Communism and Nazism, were propelled by mythologies associated with medieval apocalyptic movements, died on July 31 in Cambridge, England. He was 92. The cause was a degenerative heart
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Paperback Row
NYTimes - over 9 years
THE POSSIBILITY OF AN ISLAND, by Michel Houellebecq. Translated by Gavin Bowd. (Vintage International, $14.95.) In this ingenious novel by a French author and provocateur, Daniel, a middle-aged film producer and emotional failure, joins a cult of sexually promiscuous health fanatics who achieve immortality through cloning. The narrative alternates
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The Remix; Jagger's Edge
NYTimes - almost 11 years
Mick Jagger was the Swinging Sixties made flesh. Along with his ragtag court of haute-bohemian gypsies like Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, this son of a gym teacher and an Avon Lady was the embodiment of a high-low society that brought together models and photographers, plutocrats and aristocrats into one drugged-out, sexed-up jet-set
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The Rap Before the Rain
NYTimes - about 11 years
TRIKSTA Life and Death and New Orleans Rap. By Nik Cohn. 211 pp. Alfred A. Knopf. $22.95. Nik Cohn has great timing. In 1968, as a 22-year-old British-born, Ireland-raised music fanatic, he wrote ''Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom,'' generally considered the first book of rock criticism. In 1976, he wrote a prescient article for New York magazine about
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MUSIC; Meet New Orleans Rap's Most Surprising Savior
NYTimes - over 11 years
A FEW years ago in New Orleans, an odd man out started sloping around the hip-hop clubs and studios of the West Bank and the Seventh Ward: a pale, aging record producer with a fedora and an English accent. He was Nik Cohn, one of the first rock critics; a novelist of great power at an early age; the unintentional progenitor of ''Saturday Night
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Nik Cohn
    FIFTIES
  • 1996
    Age 50
    In 1996, Cohn revealed the article to have been a complete fabrication, based only on clubgoers he knew from his native England.
    More Details Hide Details In the early 1980s, he was indicted on drug trafficking charges for importing $4 million-worth of Indian heroin. In exchange for testimony he was given five years probation and was fined $5,000. Cohn was a columnist for The Guardian in the mid to late 1990s as he researched his book on the underbelly of England, Yes We Have No: Adventures in the Other England. He is also a regular contributor to Granta. Beat Instrumental 1972: My Book is Rubbish but it's The Best *http://www.crawdaddy.com/index.php/2008/10/29/nik-cohn-my-book-is-rubbish-but-it-s-the-best/
  • THIRTIES
  • 1976
    Age 30
    He wrote the 1976 New York Magazine article "Tribal Rites of the New Saturday Night", which was the source material for the movie Saturday Night Fever.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1969
    Age 23
    Cohn is considered by some critics to be a father of rock criticism, thanks to his time on The Observers early rock column entitled The Brief and his first major book Awopbopaloobop Alopbamboom, first published in 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Cohn has since published articles, novels and music books regularly. When reviewing a rough mix of the Who's rock opera Tommy, he told the group members that the album was less than spectacular. Knowing that Cohn was a fan of pinball, Pete Townshend suggested that the album's deaf, dumb, and blind title character could also be an exceptional pinball player. Cohn's opinion of the album immediately improved, and Townshend subsequently wrote "Pinball Wizard" to be added to the album. During one stay in America in the late 1980s, he shared a flat with wrestler Chris Candido. Certain aspects of Cohn's personality were taken on by Candido in his "No Gimmicks Required" personae in ECW.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1946
    Age 0
    Born in 1946.
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