ESSENTIAL READING: Donnie Fritts interviewed by Eric Gebhardt

There is a unique blend of southern R&B, soul, and blues that is known the world over… Closely related to the sounds of Stax Records and folks like Rufus Thomas, but with a slightly different blend of spices and it’s own distinct flavor… Studios, sessionmen and songwriters from the northwest corner of Alabama put their […]

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Robert Plant: ‘There’s only me, Mick Jagger and Rod Stewart left’

Originally published in 2014 Robert Plant stands in the bright sunshine, eyes scanning a sunlit pedestrian square in Birmingham, while people pass on by, oblivious to the presence of one of rock and roll’s great frontmen. “I’ve been around so long I can be easily ignored,” he notes, with twinkly amusement. “Even people who know […]

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Dave Grohl: ‘You don’t need a needle hanging out of your arm to be a rock star’

Originally published November 2014 Alex Patridis writes: As the Smithsonian Institution’s undersecretary for history, art and culture points out, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington DC seldom plays host to rock music. Nor, one suspects, does it regularly get guest speakers who swear to quite the degree that the gentleman seated beside him […]

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Early Blues Interview John Anderson, singer/arranger/multi-instrumentalist

I had the pleasure of talking with John Anderson, latterly joined by Alan Draisey, over a jar during their virtuoso performance as The Ragtime Jug Orchestra at the Upton Blues Festival. Alan:   Thank for agreeing to do the interview John.  What are your first musical memories growing up in deepest Gloucestershire? John:   I’m a Londoner […]

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Video of the day: Kyung Wha Chung – the complete Gramophone interview

Kyung Wha Chung recently joined Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly for a live-streamed conversation. We now present the full, fascinating discussion On Monday evening we broadcast a live-streamed conversation with one of the great violinists of our time, Kyung Wha Chung, on Facebook. It proved to be exceptionally popular, and now you can enjoy the entire […]

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Joan Armatrading interview: I ignored advice to change my name

Martin Chilton 28 April 2016 • 7:49am Joan Armatrading has written some of the most memorable songs of the postwar era, including Love and Affection, Willow, Me Myself I and Drop the Pilot. The musician, who was born on December 9 1950 on the Caribbean island of Saint Kitts and grew up in Birmingham, embarked in 2015 […]

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Reconstructing Bach’s Magnificat, with John Butt and the Dunedin Consort

Bach’s initial Christmas Day Vespers as Thomaskantor was an overt display of music-making, with his Magnificat taking pride of place. For the Dunedin Consort’s new recording, John Butt has reconstructed the whole service as Bach might have celebrated it in 1723, writes David Vickers Continues HERE

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How we made the pop song 19 by Paul Hardcastle and Ken Grunbaum

Interviews by Dave Simpson ‘Paul played me a rough version. When I heard that ‘N-n-n-nineteen’ hook I thought: What the heck? All my life I wanted to be a motorbike racer, until I had a bad crash and ended up in hospital for four months. While I was bedridden I listened to the radio all the time, […]

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How Beethoven’s symphonies changed the world

Riccardo Chailly talks to Philip Clark about how Beethoven’s symphonies have influenced generations of composers https://www.gramophone.co.uk/feature/how-beethoven%E2%80%99s-symphonies-changed-the-world?utm_content=How%20Beethoven%27s%20symphonies%20changed%20the%20world&utm_campaign=Gramophone%20Newsletter%20-%2014MAR17%20%28Subs%29&utm_source=Gramophone&utm_medium=adestra_email&utm_term=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.gramophone.co.uk%2Ffeature%2Fhow-beethoven%25E2%2580%2599s-symphonies-changed-the-world  

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Interview with Dave Arcari, blues singer/guitarist/songwriter

“SLIDE guitarist & songwriter Dave Arcari’s alt.blues sounds owe as much to trash country, punk and rockabilly as they do pre-war Delta blues and have been showcased via six internationally-acclaimed solo CD releases.  With more than 100 UK dates a year plus regular shows in Finland, Estonia, France, Germany, Belgium, Poland and Canada, Arcari is […]

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JIMMY PAGE: ‘We knew that no band had ever sounded like Led Zeppelin’

As new remasters of Led Zeppelin’s albums go on sale, Neil McCormick meets guitarist Jimmy Page and finds the band sounding more thrilling than ever http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/music/rockandpopmusic/10862455/Jimmy-Page-We-knew-that-no-band-had-ever-sounded-like-Led-Zeppelin.html

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Video of the day: Yo-Yo Ma and The Knights record ‘Ascending Bird’

A first look at Yo-Yo Ma’s new recording with The Knights for Warner Classics. Yo-Yo Ma’s latest recording for Warner Classics is a collaboration with The Knights featuring repertoire ranging from Golijov’s Azul and Stockhausen’s Tierkreis to Dvořák’s ‘Song to the Moon’ from Rusalka. In the exclusive video below you can witness the ….. Continues […]

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Unmoved by Bach’s St John Passion? Try listening to it in English…

David Temple introduces the first commercial recording in English since Britten’s in 1971 My first St John Passion was in the Barbican in 2011 with Crouch End Festival Chorus. It was in German, and with modern instruments at A=440. Though I was pleased with the performance, I was struck by the lukewarm response from the […]

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