In the latest issue of Perfect Sound Forever <http://www.furious.com/perfect/index0821.html
>, you'll find (among other things):
Karen & Richard's rock & roll past by Robin Cook
"Richard and Karen Carpenter stepped into the gulf between cool and square, mellow and edgy. At their best, they balanced these aspects superbly. During their commercial height, however, they seemed to be throwbacks to an earlier, mellower, squarer era. In the 1970s, when laid-back aesthetics and hipster cred could coexist (hello, James Taylor!), they just weren't considered acceptable to like."
Composer's early days & Floyd connection by Michael Freerix
"Ron Geesin is a composer and arranger of Dadaist surrealism, with an interest in very off-beat topics. Known significantly for writing the orchestral score for Pink Floyd's Atom Heart Mother, a project that is merely a footnote in an oeuvre of unmanageability. He released plenty of records under his own name that contain songs, song collages, and field recordings, additionally writing music for a wide array of cinematic works in film and advertisement."