Why ABBA won’t be getting back together

Ahead of the release of ABBA: Live at Wembley Area, Benny Andersson tells Craig McLean why he isn’t interested in an ABBA reunion At the ABBA Museum in Stockholm, all your dreams come true. Via the wonder of digital avatars, you can become the fifth member of the band, singing alongside Agnetha, Björn, Benny and […]

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Tom Petty’s debt to Bob Dylan

“Tom Petty & Heartbreakers, who toured as Bob Dylan’s backing band from 1986 to ’87, learned ‘a kind of courage we never had’ through playing with Dylan. “I learned so much from Bob Dylan,” says Tom Petty. The Heartbreakers toured as Dylan’s backing band from 1986 to 87. “He gave us a kind of courage […]

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Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster

A free album on iTunes: what could possibly go wrong? Quite a lot, as U2 and Apple have discovered Adam Sherwin writes: “Wasn’t that the most incredible single you ever heard?,” enthused Tim Cook, Apple’s chief executive, after U2 made a surprise appearance at the California unveiling of the iPhone 6. “We would love a […]

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What can maths teach us about music?

A brilliant lecture by Marcus de Sautoy on music and maths gets Ivan Hewett thinking. “The mind counting without being conscious that it is counting.” That’s how the the philosopher Leibniz described listening to music. By the time he came along, the idea that music and maths had a deep connection had been around for […]

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The decline and fall of rock and roll

Andrew Wood (The Telegraph) writes: Rock and roll died at some indeterminate point during the Noughties. No one saw the body or heard a shot, but it had been in bad health for quite some time. Once the talk centred around the medium and not the material, and the moneymaking suits moved in on the […]

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