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  1. May 30, 2014

    Mary Gauthier’s late-flowering music career

    The advantage of coming to music at a comparatively late age is that the songwriter will have led a life that she can draw...

  2. May 27, 2014

    Emmylou Harris, Barbican, London – review

    In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Daniel Lanois produced a solid run of albums that made singers of an older vintage – Bob...

  1. April 4, 2014

    Lads’ mags are dead – long live the geek and digital pervert

    The nipple count is falling to zero. Of all the clever metrics used by UK magazine publishers and advertising buyers – from...

  2. February 20, 2014

    The tax credit that costs NY its cool

    Events in New York this week reminded me of an old saying of Solomon Burke, the late great soul singer. “Sometimes you get...

  3. January 31, 2014

    From Seeger to self, self, self

    I was pleasantly surprised to hear that the death of Pete Seeger, the mythic American folk singer, had made the top of the...

  4. January 31, 2014

    Pete Seeger, singer-songwriter and activist, 1919-2014

    There was a time when Pete Seeger was vilified by placard-waving US patriots as “Moscow’s canary” and aggressively...

  5. January 26, 2014

    JACK Quartet, Wigmore Hall, London – review

    Perhaps we are approaching a changing of the guard. The two leading string quartets specialising in contemporary music – the...

  6. January 24, 2014

    ‘Inside Llewyn Davis’ on location in New York

    The film The early-1960s folk music scene of New York is the setting for Inside Llewyn Davis , the latest film from the Coen...

  7. January 23, 2014

    Inside Llewyn Davis – film review

    Inside Llewyn Davis is a Coen brothers charmer about . . .  almost absolutely nothing you could pin down as a substantive...

  8. December 12, 2013

    Kurt Vile, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London – review

    He plucked and picked his acoustic and electric guitars nimbly, his band, the Violators, were a trio of multitasking...

  9. December 6, 2013

    Martin Sharp, artist and designer, 1942-2013

    The swirling, psychedelic posters of Martin Sharp became cultural icons for an era that frequently threatened, in the eyes...

  10. November 29, 2013

    Bob Dylan, Royal Albert Hall, London – review

    Bob Dylan’s three-night residency at the Royal Albert Hall was his first visit to the venue since the 1966 tour when he was...

  11. August 30, 2013

    Bob Dylan: Another Self-Portrait (1969-1971)

    Self-Portrait was slated for its strange cover versions and faux-cowboy sentimentality when it came out in 1970. Bob Dylan...

  12. July 26, 2013

    Decades of reinvention

    Time out of Mind: The Lives of Bob Dylan, by Ian Bell, Mainstream, RRP£20, 576 pages Forget F Scott Fitzgerald’s dictum...

  13. July 9, 2013

    Love Supreme Festival, Glynde Place, East Sussex, UK – review

    Mid-afternoon on the first full day of this new jazz festival, a rat-a-tat drum introduced late-in-life soul vocal discovery...

  14. June 16, 2013

    Hypermarkets suffer midlife crisis

    Miniskirts and the beehive were all the rage, The Beatles topped the charts, push-button telephones were launched – and the...

  15. March 22, 2013

    The top 10 most influential music videos

    The Art of the Pop Video , an exhibition at Fact (the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) in Liverpool, considers...

  16. March 6, 2013

    You need to take risks to learn a language

    Miguel Bloombito has some travel advice for his 75,000-plus Twitter followers: “Los subwayo fare hikeros esta too mucho...

  17. March 1, 2013

    The Lucy Kellaway Interview: Richard Gere

    Richard Gere is hovering in the corridor at Claridge’s outside the room where I’ve been waiting. I get up to say hello, but...

  18. December 7, 2012

    Yeasayer, Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London

    You know how Bob Dylan creatively mangles his songs in concert so that it takes a few bars to recognise which track he’s...

  19. September 21, 2012

    Music Festivals fails to secure funding

    The company behind the popular Benicassim music festival, dubbed Glastonbury-on-sea by festival goers, had its shares...

  20. September 7, 2012

    Bob Dylan: Tempest

    Dylan’s 35th studio album – 50 years after his first – has sent Bobcats into a maelstrom of speculation. Is this his...

  21. September 7, 2012

    Ch-ch-ch-changes: reinvention tips from David Bowie

    The world’s image consultants have a date for their 2013 calfskin diaries. The Victoria and Albert Museum in London has...

  22. August 31, 2012

    Calexico: Algiers

    For their seventh studio album Calexico have transplanted their US/Mexico border-rock to New Orleans. Named after the...

  23. August 30, 2012

    Goldman rethinks Dylan royalties bond

    Investors have thought twice and decided it’s not alright to take up an unusual bond offering backed by royalties from songs...

  24. August 10, 2012

    Where the weird things are

    Time travel was simple in 1952: you bought, borrowed or stole a copy of the Anthology of American Folk Music and put the...

  25. August 9, 2012

    The Load-down: American Folk

    It’s a good time to be a fan of “the old, weird America”. That is rock writer Greil Marcus’s unforgettable coinage for the...

  26. August 4, 2012

    Music Festivals issues profit warning

    The combined allure of Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel and Sir Bruce Forsyth was unable to save Music Festivals from posting a...

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    July 26, 2012

    Hungary-IMF: still no deal

    “If you cannot bring good news, then don’t bring any,” so sings Bob Dylan in his song “Wicked Messenger”: it seems the...

  28. July 25, 2012

    Brian Blade Fellowship, Ronnie Scott’s, London

    Brian Blade’s chatter of rhythm, loose pulse and beefed-up rimshots reference a tradition of US drumming excellence that...

  29. June 15, 2012

    Brim with confidence

    Johnny Depp does it. So do Brad Pitt, Adrien Brody, Matthew McCon­aughey, Justin Timberlake and David Beckham. David Bowie,...

  30. June 14, 2012

    Cameron on display at Leveson inquiry

    As Bob Dylan once pointed out “even the president of the United States sometimes must have to stand naked”. However, this...

  31. May 4, 2012

    First prize for eclecticism

    Awards ceremonies for the arts can be vainglorious affairs. Performing artists make their living by the manifold projection...

  32. April 27, 2012

    George Harrison: Early Takes Volume I

    The Beatles are so encrusted with myth it’s hard to picture them as actual flesh-and-blood musicians. So this collection of...

  33. April 13, 2012

    Waiting for the muse

    Imagine: How Creativity Works by Jonah Lehrer, Canongate RRP£18.99, 279 pages Here is a little puzzle: a man in an ordinary...

  34. March 30, 2012

    Trayvon Martin reaction sparks US race debate

    Barack Obama’s intervention in the event that has overwhelmed coverage of the presidential election in the US, the tragic...

  35. January 30, 2012

    Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, Jazz Café, London

    In the late 1960s and ’70s, from his tiny four-track Black Ark recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica, Lee “Scratch” Perry...

  36. January 27, 2012

    Play, lady, play

    If you like Bob Dylan a lot, you ought to love Karen Dalton a little. A legend of the 1960s Greenwich Village folk scene,...

  37. January 16, 2012

    Tom Russell, Cecil Sharp House, London

    The US-Mexican border is an 800-mile musical frontier unlike any other, a land of cowboy troubadours, mariachi bands, desert...

  38. January 11, 2012

    What they don’t teach you at Lady Gaga U.

    Perhaps it is nostalgia for their own student years that drives academics’ fascination with popular music. To mark Bob...

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