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Kate Bush

She may have propelled us to the essence of our connection with her music: the miraculous, ungraspable nature of human consciousness”

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Aug

2014

So this is where epiphanies happen, and few people are better placed to tell you about that than Kate Bush. On July 3rd 1973, she came here, to the Hammersmith Odeon, with her brothers to see David Bowie declare on stage that Ziggy was about to die and he was taking The Spiders From Mars with him. In that moment, she cried (as she later recalled, “it looked like he was crying too”) and the…

Wizz Jones, Darren Hayman & Julie Murphy
Like so many stories about Wizz Jones, the triumphant pay-off never materialised

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Aug

2014

Two years ago, casting around for an appropriate song to begin his show at the Berlin Olympiastadion, Bruce Springsteen remembered a tune he had heard almost 40 years previously.“This is something we learned just for you,” he told the crowd. When I Leave Berlin had originally been written and performed by Wizz Jones – inspired by the Quadripartite Agreement of September 1971, which allowed…

Michael Jackson

In the early 80s, you didn’t just listen to Michael Jackson. You wanted to be like him.”

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Jun

2009

Five years ago, on a Thursday night at Glastonbury, I got a call from my editor at The Times, for whom I worked at the time. He informed me that he was in a taxi and the radio speaker had just imparted unconfirmed reports that Michael Jackson had suffered a fatal heart attack. It was 10.45pm and I'd had far too much "Spicey Cider". I didn't bother calling The Times. The first edition had…

Beyoncé

A gold leotard, adorned at the back with a huge ribbon tail conspired to make her look like a futuristic Cadbury’s Caramel bunny.”

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May

2014

Given the fortnight she has just had, it would have been understandable if Beyonce Knowles found it difficult to muster the necessary adrenalin for this British leg of her current tour. An arena in Liverpool – one that looks much like any other arena in any other town – must have been little match for the triumphant evening she enjoyed a few nights previously as the MTV Europe Music Awards…

Revisiting Baggy

In any era, it’s the more ersatz, guileless examples of any genre that sum up the times.”

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Jan

2014

In December 1989, after my first term at Lampeter University ended, I returned to the Midlands and caught up with a few old friends. Paul, who used to work at the Virgin Megastore in Birmingham, had just landed a job with The Cartel, a distribution network set up to ensure that indie labels could get their records in shops across the country. I visited him at his new flat near The Cartel’s…

R.E.M
The imperishable genius of Fables Of The Reconstruction

We were incapable of meaning anything, we were too busy trying to survive.”

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Nov

2013

Writing in the liner notes of 2010’s expanded, appended reissue of REM’s third album, Peter Buck alludes to “a certain misapprehension” that has built up around the record. “For some reason,” he ponders, “people have the impression that the members of REM don’t like [it].” If Buck wants to know how that impression came about, he could do a lot worse than scour some of his old press cuttings…

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