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  1. 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...

  2. November 1, 2013

    Lou Reed: rock ‘n’ roll animal

    In 1979 when I was 22 years old and writing for the New Musical Express I went to Berlin to interview Lou Reed. He was 37,...

  1. October 31, 2013

    My silent night with Lou Reed

    I saw Lou Reed perform in person just once, and things didn’t go quite the way I expected. I fell asleep and he turned into...

  2. October 29, 2013

    ‘Why do I have to go through this?’

    If for some masochistic reason you wish to experience the full force of Lou Reed’s contempt, then try mentioning his concept...

  3. October 27, 2013

    Lou Reed, a pioneer who kept his edge

    Lou Reed’s influence on rock music can be measured in the opprobrium he attracted. His 1973 solo album Berlin was described...

  4. November 23, 2012

    The louche and the lovely

    Where would you start a history of the Café Royal? Perhaps on the night that Oscar Wilde got so high on absinthe that he...

  5. July 13, 2012

    The list: Five reasons to love rock operas

    The film version of Pink Floyd’s The Wall came out 30 years ago, cementing Roger Waters’ vision of rock stardom, madness and...

  6. October 29, 2011

    Lou Reed and Metallica: Lulu

    Lou Reed and Metallica are an odd coupling, though not as odd as, say, Lou Reed and Maroon 5. Both share an interest in...

  7. August 9, 2011

    Morrissey, London Palladium

    Morrissey is without a record contract and last year he parted company from his management. When someone at the Palladium...

  8. July 9, 2011

    Lou Reed, Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Light entertainment isn’t Lou Reed’s game. Don’t caricature him, though, as a mere curmudgeon. While the London stop of his...

  9. July 2, 2011

    Various Artists: Rave On Buddy Holly

    Various Artists Rave On Buddy Holly (Fantasy Records/Concord Music) The high regard with which Buddy Holly is held is...

  10. March 4, 2011

    Noah and the Whale: Last Night on Earth

    Noah and the Whale Last Night on Earth (Mercury) In their salad days Noah and the Whale were perky folk-poppers who hung out...

  11. February 11, 2011

    Punky 1970s-style rock star dressing

    From left: Gucci, Burberry Prorsum, Balmain, Marc Jacobs Here’s a prediction, as the Grammys and the Brit awards loom: the...

  12. November 2, 2010

    Antony and the Johnsons, Lincoln Center, New York

    Antony Hegarty “Oh I’m scared of the middle place, between light and nowhere,” Antony Hegarty sang in “Hope There’s...

  13. June 26, 2010

    Laurie Anderson: Homeland

    Laurie Anderson Homeland (Nonesuch) Laurie Anderson’s politics in Homeland are what you’d expect from a veteran New York...

  14. June 7, 2010

    Come, been and gone

    Choreographer Michael Clark, now closer to the pension than the pram, remains nevertheless the enfant terrible of British...

  15. June 6, 2010

    come, been and gone, Barbican, London

    Michael Clark Company’s ‘come, been and gone’ Choreographer Michael Clark, now closer to the pension than the pram, remains...

  16. April 21, 2010

    The deafening art of noise

    Lou Reed loves having the last laugh: rarely used synapses in the Reed neural system crackle with joy at the thought of it....

  17. February 1, 2010

    Hal Willner’s I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues?, Lincoln Center, New York

    Sincerity: Rufus Wainwright Producer Hal Willner, musical supervisor of Saturday Night Live, has what he calls an “expanding...

  18. December 23, 2009

    The Feelies: Crazy Rhythms

    The Feelies Crazy Rhythms Domino REM were among those inspired by New Jersey’s The Feelies, whose remastered 1980 debut...

  19. October 10, 2009

    Small Talk: Eoin Colfer

    Eoin Colfer was a primary school teacher when Artemis Fowl, his extremely successful first novel for children, was...

  20. June 1, 2009

    Manic Street Preachers

    Journal for Plague Lovers , Manic Street Preachers' new album, entered the UK chart at No 3 but it's 99.9 per cent certain...

  21. May 31, 2009

    Manic Street Preachers, Roundhouse, London

    Journal for Plague Lovers, Manic Street Preachers’ new album, entered the UK chart at No 3 but it’s 99.9 per cent certain...

  22. April 13, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be "doing it for the kids" but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  23. April 12, 2009

    Dan Zanes and Friends, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

    It is common for rock musicians to claim to be “doing it for the kids” but few mean it as literally as Dan Zanes. The...

  24. January 31, 2009

    My Top 10 American Moments

    For millions of people around the world, Barack Obama's inauguration as US president this month was one of those moments...

  25. January 20, 2009

    A personal American top 10

    Brussels Blog (Tony Barber): For millions around the world, Barack Obama's inauguration as US president on Tuesday is...

  26. Brussels Blog

    January 19, 2009

    The Top Ten American Moments of Your Life

    For millions around the world, Barack Obama’s inauguration as US president on Tuesday is surely going to be one of those...

  27. November 4, 2008

    Stifled by an angel's presence

    An exasperating air of reverence surrounds Antony Hegarty and his remarkable voice. "When I first heard him, I knew I was...

  28. November 3, 2008

    Stifled by an angel’s presence

    Antony and the Johnsons/LSO, Barbican, London An exasperating air of reverence surrounds Antony Hegarty (pictured) and his...

  29. September 12, 2008

    Golden boy Hirst proves the big draw

    “Thick and strong card, 10 by 7.5 inches, in perfect condition. No corner bumps or creases. Crying out to be framed on the...

  30. September 12, 2008

    Golden boy Hirst proves the big draw

    "Thick and strong card, 10 by 7.5 inches, in perfect condition. No corner bumps or creases. Crying out to be framed on the...

  31. July 30, 2008

    Rogue's Gallery

    While making Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest , the film's star Johnny Depp and its director Gore Verbinski hit...

  32. July 29, 2008

    Rogue’s Gallery, Barbican, London

    While making Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, the film’s star Johnny Depp and its director Gore Verbinski hit on...

  33. July 5, 2008

    US music lovers can be proud

    From Mr Chip Marshall. Sir, As someone who lived through the haze of the sixties, I enjoyed Ludovic Hunter-Tilney’s...

  34. June 21, 2008

    'Why do I have to go through this?'

    If for some masochistic reason you wish to experience the full force of Lou Reed's contempt, then try mentioning his...

  35. June 8, 2008

    Love, Lyric Hammersmith, London

    Three years ago, when a chorus of septua- and octogenarians on the Lyric stage gave rock songs new meaning by singing them...

  36. April 26, 2008

    Kitchen-sink diplomacy

    “Vicious,” said Lou Reed laconically in his cherished 1970s hit of that name. “You hit me with a flower.” Something of that...

  37. January 5, 2008

    A heady dose of desolation

    "No flash! NO FLASH! Which of those words don't you understand? NO FLASH!" The drawl was unmistakable, as was the sheer...

  38. January 5, 2008

    A heady dose of desolation

    “No flash! NO FLASH! Which of those words don’t you understand? NO FLASH!” The drawl was unmistakable, as was the sheer...

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