Tag Archives: L.A. Times

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hell on Wheels…



Cameron chats with Lynyrd Skynyrd for this 1976 piece for the L.A. Times. Happy Monday all.

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hell on Wheels Puts On the Brakes

When Lynyrd Skynyrd finally broke into the top 10 last month with its fifth album, “One More From the Road,” singer-founder Ronnie Van Zant could hardly wait to celebrate by canceling all future interviews. “The band doesn’t owe anything to anybody,” he declared happily. “Most of the media people, especially the press, have consistently portrayed us as either children or a bunch of rowdy drunks. That may or may not be true, but I know I’d much rather deal with the audiences that really put us here.”

After 10 grueling years of almost constant touring, Dixie’s Lynryd Skynyrd are anything but children. Their notoriously long record of pillage and arrest, however, does provide one thing. To the absolute delight of its hell-raising following, the band has boozed and brawled its way to top. But now, bolstered by the confidence that only long-sought success can bring, 27-year-old Van Zant is talking about changing that too.

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Nov 16, 2015

Marriott on Humble Pie & Small Faces



It’s hump day and we’ve got a new addition to the Journalism section. Here’s an interview Cameron did with Humble Pie’s Steve Marriott back in 1973 for the L.A. Times. We hope you like it.

No Upper-Crust Pretensions for Humble Pie’s Steve Marriott

With Humble Pie’s eight album “Eat It” riding high on international charts and its current worldwide tour doing SRO business every stop, Steve Marriott, the spirited English rock ‘n’ roll band’s lead-signer, song writer, guitarist and mastermind, is a man content.

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Jan 29, 2014

Jackson Browne: Happy Birthday

Jackson Browne

(Photo by RB/Redferns)

Jackson Browne turns 65 today and we thought we’d look back at some of his collaborations with Cameron. First up is the LA. Times interview from early 1974, followed by the more in-depth Rolling Stone cover story from May, 1974.  Lastly, there’s the Running on Empty liner notes from the remastered version that was released in November, 2005. Enjoy!



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Oct 9, 2013

Happy Birthday Robert Plant


Robert Plant by Neal Preston (1975)

To celebrate and honor Robert Plant’s birthday today, we’d like to remind you about all the various Zeppelin related Journalism that’s available for your viewing pleasure. Dive in and reacquaint yourself with all things Led Zep.


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Aug 20, 2012

Rediscover America


From L to R (Gerry Beckley, Dewey Bunnell & Dan Peek)

In this May, 1975 L.A. Times piece, Cameron profiles the break out success of America, the folk-pop trio known for the huge early 70’s radio hits such as “A Horse With No Name”, “Venture Highway”, “Tin Man” and “Sister Golden Hair”. They address their instant success, label and managerial woes and much more.

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Mar 7, 2012

Ritchie Blackmore – A Deeper Shade of Purple


At the California Jam, April 6th 1974. Photograph by Robert Ellis.

Cameron’s debut piece of journalism for the L.A. Times was this interview with Deep Purple guitar god Ritchie Blackmore for the June 23, 1974 edition. Among the topics covered: his honesty with interviews, Black Sabbath and classical music. For more Blackmore/Purple magic check out the following:


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Feb 6, 2012

The Doobie Brothers


1975 Stampede LP

Cameron profiles and sits down for a chat with The Doobie Brothers in this August, 1975 interview for the L.A. Times. The interview focuses on guitarist Jeff “Skunk” Baxter and guitarist/vocalist Patrick Simmons, along with quotes from Pete Townshend and producer Ted Templeman. This is the incarnation of the band before singer Michael McDonald joined in 1976. While the band’s lineup has continued to change over the years, they still perform live and released an album in 2010 entitled World Gone Crazy.

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Nov 30, 2011

Lynyrd Skynyrd: Hell on Wheels…


We are pleased to share the 200th Cameron penned piece for the Journalism section of the site with you today. It’s a story and band near and dear to his heart….Lynyrd Skynyrd. This October 1976 L.A. Times interview with singer Ronnie Van Zandt discusses the band’s much deserved partying reputation, the success of their fifth album, One More From the Road and their very bright future.

As you know, tragedy would strike just one year later with the heart breaking plane crash that would cost Ronnie, guitarist Steve Gaines, vocalist Cassie Gaines, assistant road manager Dean Kilpatrick, pilot Walter McCreary and co-pilot William Gray their lives. But let’s focus on the good times, the music and this interview. We hope you like it.

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Oct 3, 2011

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