LINDI ORTEGA: Country’s woman in black A tough childhood and a passion for outlaw singers give Lindi Ortega’s songs a darker edge.

Ben Walsh writes as follows: She was bullied at high school, dumped by her boyfriend before the prom and ditched again just before moving from Toronto, her hometown, to Nashville last year. It’s no small wonder, then, that Lindi Ortega favours heartbreak material, although the eloquent country singer doesn’t appreciate being pigeon-holed. MORE

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LINDA THOMPSON: A special voice that keeps disappearing

Like great rivers, some voices go further, deeper, wider than others. Wrap them around a great song and they’ll take you places you don’t ever quite return from. Once heard, the voice of British folk-rock icon Linda Thompson is not forgotten. And like a river half-underground, half in spate, Thompson’s voice is all the more […]

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BACH: Mahan Esfahani records CPE Bach

Nalen Anthoni joins the harpsichordist as he records the ‘Württemberg’ Sonatas. Things ain’t what they used to be. Borough High Street as ‘a continued ale house with not a shop to be seen between’ – recounted by 17th-century playwright Thomas Dekker – is no more. But turn into Trinity Street for architectural changes that achieve […]

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PETE TOWNSHEND: The TVD Interview

Jennifer Carney writes: The way I see it, there was rock music before Pete Townshend got hold of it, and rock music after he got hold of it, smashed it to pieces, rebuilt it, and smashed it again. Townshend spent his musical life wresting respectability from critics, pushing the boundaries of convention, and simultaneously giving […]

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GINGER BAKER: He has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem”

  “Ginger Baker has described his former Cream bandmate Jack Bruce as “a problem” Baker and Bruce take us through their two-year whirlwind, from forming the ‘supergroup’, to creating enduring classics such as “White Room” and “Sunshine Of Your Love” and touring the US, all while seemingly loathing each other from the start. Asked whether […]

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CATRIN FINCH: The harpist who is adding new strings to her bow – by Adam Sweeting

For all its delightful and ethereal tinkliness, the harp suffers from something of an identity crisis. It lacks the versatility of the piano or the piercing qualities of the violin, let alone the brute force of the brass, so if it isn’t careful it can find itself relegated to a soothing, background role. Catrin Finch […]

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GUNS N’ ROSES: Duff McKagan – The man who went from Guns N’ Roses to accountancy

“You can ask Duff about sex, substance abuse, Axl Rose and his near-death experience after his pancreas burst. But he can’t talk about his fund-management company right now.” If that sounds an unusual instruction before an audience with one of rock’s foremost hell-raisers, then Duff McKagan, bassist with Guns N’ Roses when the band carved […]

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MOTT THE HOOPLE: Ian Hunter interview – ‘We’re in the Premiership, at last!’

Mott The Hoople frontman Ian Hunter tells Andrew Perry about Bowie, band breakups, and playing bigger gigs than in their Seventies heydey Mott the Hoople, one of the great bands of the glam-rock era, are about to play the biggest gig of their career. The band, whose landmark hit All the Young Dudes was written […]

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Dave Davies: ‘I was just a crazy kid with a guitar, a cheap amp and a razor blade’

“Like many other epiphanies, Dave Davies’ occurred on the road. He was relaxing in his suite at the Sheraton Hotel, Richmond, Virginia, in 1982, when five mystical “intelligences” began to communicate with him through smell. “Each separate intelligence had its own aroma,” he recalls. “One was similar to jasmine, but very deep.”  The intelligences explained […]

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