Music history

Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett performing in 1967

Where is Pink Floyd in David Weigel’s history of Prog Rock?

5 August 2017 9:00 am

There is many a book that has been cooked up over a liquid lunch, but rarely has one been so…

Out of time and harsh: the historical treatment of the female composer

7 May 2016 9:00 am

Just a few weeks ago, Germany’s VAN magazine published an interview with the composer Olga Neuwirth. In it she describes…

Béla Bartók recording folk songs with villagers in Hungary, 1907

Bartók would have made history even if he’d never composed a note

6 June 2015 9:00 am

‘All my life, always and in every way, I shall have one objective: the good of Hungary and the Hungarian…

Signifying Rappers, by David Foster Wallace - review

14 September 2013 9:00 am

Since his suicide, David Foster Wallace has made the transition from major writer to major industry. Hence this UK issue…

Living the music

7 April 2012 11:00 am

I used to read NME when I was young. Of course I did. I was obsessed by pop music in…

A chorus of disapproval

19 March 2011 6:00 am

At more than 700 pages including appendices, Guardian writer Dorian Lynskey’s 33 Revolutions Per Minute: A History of Protest Songs…

A golden age

18 December 2010 12:00 am

Was there a golden age of English music a hundred years ago? From today’s vantage-point there probably was.