11 Questions for Pete Townshend

Dave K writes …. You probably know Pete Townshend from his career in The Who, which spanned over fifty years, but the songwriter and banjo/accordion/harmonica/ukulele/mandolin/violin/synthesiser player has also put out a good deal of work on his own. His latest solo project, Classic Quadrophenia, is a classical reinterpretation of the Who’s 1973 Quadrophenia album. What made you want […]

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RICHARD THOMPSON: Interview: Cheerful man with an ‘inner Brontë’

As Richard Thompson prepares to tour the UK for new album Electric, the 63-year-old tells Martin Chilton why music still excites him. Richard Thompson splits his time between homes in Los Angeles and London but his mordant songs still spring from a very English imagination. “I’m not that affected by surroundings when I write music,” […]

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Terry Riley’s masterpiece – and minimalism, African style

Originally published November 2014 It can be over in 15 minutes. It can last several hours. It can be done with a Wurlitzer – or 20 guitars. Now In C, the defining work of minimalist music has been tackled by Damon Albarn and Africa Express. Its composer Terry Riley reveals how it all began Continues […]

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BETH HART: The Interview

Blues in Britain writes: Here’s the unexpurgated extended version of the interview with Beth Hart from this month’s magazine: Platinum-selling singer Beth Hart was in London to promote Don’t Explain, her album of soul covers with Joe Bonamassa. She spoke to Moray Stuart of Blues In Britain about that, her career so far and her […]

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CLAUDIO ABBADO: A celebration

This week on the Gramophone website we are celebrating the career and recordings of the great Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Among the highlights of Abbado Week are two different guides his finest recordings, a comprehensive overview of Abbado’s career and heartfelt tribute from Gramophone’s Editor-in-Chief James Jolly, and a classic interview with Abbado drawn from […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: Kanye West, flesh-eating bombs and how the abuse that led to his arrest ended up helping him

Criag McLean (The Independent) writes ….. Mere minutes into our interview, and Pete Townshend is tucking in with the gusto that has stood him well these 70 years: to anecdotes, to philosophies, to past (and future) plans, to the plate of biscuits and pastries that has been placed in front of us in this drowsy […]

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ROB BUCKLAND: Howard Popeck interviews this Musician | Composer | Arranger | Educator

ROB BUCKLAND is internationally acclaimed as one of the most distinctive and versatile Saxophonists of his generation. Appearing as concerto and recital soloist, with his Equivox Trio (with pianist Peter Lawson and percussionist Simone Rebello), and with the Apollo Saxophone Quartet, Rob performs throughout the UK, Europe and Japan. Recent highlights include the British Premiere […]

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ANDRAS SCIF: Why I won’t perform in Hungary – by Tim Franks

One of the world’s greatest pianists, Andras Schiff, played his 60th birthday concert on Saturday – a hugely demanding programme of the Goldberg Variations by Bach and Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations. Earlier he told the BBC’s Tim Franks why he gave the performance in London – and not in his homeland, Hungary. Andras Schiff takes me […]

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BLUES MUSIC: Richard Johnston Interview (2003) Beale Street’s One Man Blues Band

Reverend Keith A. Gordon writes:  Richard Johnston doesn’t need much room on a stage to perform. Tucked in behind a foot-operated drum kit, he’ll pick up a guitar, lean over towards the microphone and begin wailing the dirtiest, lowdown country blues you’ve ever heard. In a space barely the size of a postage stamp compared […]

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VLADIMIR HOROWITZ: An affectionate piece about the renowned pianist

Born in Russia, Horowitz emigrated in 1925 and in 1939 made his home in New York. His technical and flair won him a huge following and his concerts sold out within hours. He performed and recorded with Arturo Toscanini (who became his father-in-law). During his career he recorded for RCA, CBS and, late in life, […]

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LINDA HOYLE: We interview her – part #1 of 2

Howard Popeck writes …. Hello Linda and Mo and thank you both for agreeing to this interview. I’m going to dive right in here re your approach to recording technology, formats, domestic music reproduction and more. Our jazz columnist Tony Andrews in part #2 will be focusing more on the music, your influences and more. […]

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SANTANA: Interview with Mr. Carlos Santana, in London

“The interview took place in a subterranean recording studio on Great Titchfield Street in London, which probably once housed a thriving clothes warehouse back in the days when the area was a centre for the rag trade. A steep, narrow staircase, similar to those found in Amsterdam townhouses, led down to a small room in […]

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