Interview Roundup: Matthew Sweet
While I tend to some pressing matters (good stuff), I’m taking an opportunity to cast an eye back over the nearly 4500 blog entries here on Musoscribe. For the next several days, I’ll post brief entries that provide links to previously-published works – essays, reviews but mostly interviews – that are related to one another in some way.
First up: Matthew Sweet.
I spoke with Matthew Sweet twice in 2017. The first was something of a career overview, and the second focused on his then-current release, Tomorrow Forever.
I was fortunate to see Sweet live onstage in 2018; here’s a review.
In 2021 I interviewed Sweet for Goldmine Magazine, asking him to talk about ten albums that influenced him to a great degree. Some of the entries you could’ve guessed; others are delightfully left-field. Hopefully they’ll provide opportunities for you to explore further.
In 2016 Sweet and I had a quick chat that formed the basis of this feature.
Way back in 2009 I reviewed the second in Sweet’s “Sid and Susie” collaborations with Susanna Hoffs.
About the Author
With a background in marketing and advertising, Bill Kopp got his professional start writing for Trouser Press. After a stint as Editor-in-chief for a national music magazine, Bill launched Musoscribe in 2009, and has published new content every business day since then (and every single day since 2018). The 4000-plus interviews, essays, and reviews on Musoscribe reflect Bill's keen interest in American musical forms, most notably rock, jazz, and soul. His work features a special emphasis on reissues and vinyl. Bill's work also appears in many other outlets both online and in print. He regularly hosts lecture/discussions on artists and albums of historical importance (including monthly events Music to Your Ears and Music Movie Mondays), and is a frequent guest on music-focused radio programs and podcasts. In Spring 2023 he is co-teaching a history of Rock 'n' Roll at UNC Asheville's College for Seniors. He also researches and authors liner notes for album reissues -- more than 30 to date -- and co-produced a reissue of jazz legend Julian "Cannonball" Adderley's final album. His first book, Reinventing Pink Floyd: From Syd Barrett to The Dark Side of the Moon was published by Rowman & Littlefield in 2018, and in paperback in 2019. His second book, Disturbing the Peace: 415 Records and the Rise of New Wave, was published in 2021 by HoZac Books. His third book, What's the Big Idea: 40 Great Concept Albums will be published in 2024. Read even more about him here.