Iggy Pop’s John Peel Lecture review

Iggy Pop tackled the thorny question of free music in a capitalist society, says Pete Naughton Four years ago, the BBC began a yearly lecture series in commemoration of John Peel, their late – and sorely missed – musical discoverer-in-chief. Its remit, according to the official blurb, was to “shape a debate and create insight […]

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Genesis interview: ‘We were hated’

Craig McLean (Daily Telegraph) writes: In the mid-Seventies, when Genesis were ­reaching the heights of their theatrical pomp, singer Peter Gabriel’s outfits often threatened to steal the show. “I was always afraid that these guys would start arguing about any of the visual costumes bits that I was trying to do,” says the man famous […]

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The Search for Roy DuNann

Thomas Conrad (Stereophile) writes ….. I don’t remember the year, but I remember the moment when I first became intensely curious about Roy DuNann. It must have been about 1975, right after I moved to Seattle. I bought a Sonny Rollins LP called Way Out West, took it home, cued it up on my Thorens […]

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LOU REED: A Family in Peril – Lou Reed’s Sister Sets the Record Straight About His Childhood

  Merrill Reed Weiner writes: In the coming weeks, my brother, Lou Reed, will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo performer, an honor celebrating his incredible impact upon the world of music. Since his passing from liver disease in 2013, there have been many accolades, articles, and ruminations […]

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DONNA LEWIS: Brand New Day – a Ben Scholz interview

Ben Scholz writes ….. Pop culture’s love-hate relationship with its artists presents an interesting conundrum. Music created for mass-consumption must be easily digestible, yet the public is quick to retaliate against content that lacks substance. Gifted musicians are often pigeonholed into a certain style or sound that may not reflect their true range. This myopic […]

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Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham talk about making their first duet album

Randall Roberts writes: Longtime devotees of the rock band Fleetwood Mac might be forgiven for letting out a gleeful yelp when registering the news that singer-keyboardist Christine McVie shared with The Times in December while sitting next to her band mate — guitarist, singer and producer Lindsey Buckingham. “I’ve been sending Lindsey demos in their […]

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BARB JUNGR: ‘I’m an obsessive kind of person’ – interview by Robert Chalmers

How singer-songwriter coped with the death of her ex-husband and two sisters in the space of two years to became ‘our greatest living interpreter of Bob Dylan’ Barb Jungr’s home town does not enjoy the most enviable of reputations. When it features in the national news, Stockport is almost invariably the subject of ridicule or […]

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HARD WAX RECORDS: Finn Johannsen chats to Josh about his place of work, the state of the vinyl industry, and of course his excellent newly recorded Louche Podcast.

So Finn, this marks the first of a new mini series of Louche podcasts, focusing on dudes like yourself who work in record shops. Tell us, how long have you been working in Hard Wax and how did it come about? I’m working there since the end of 2010. It was basically coincidental. I realized […]

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