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Mick Jagger's new ‘anti-Brexit’ songs are a cut-and-paste job

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Two songs in which Sir Michael informs us that he is distressed by both Brexit and Donald Trump. Released with,…

Scabrous and sarcastic: singer-songwriter Randy Newman

‘Things are less liberal than they used to be’: Randy Newman interview

5 August 2017 9:00 am

Randy Newman tells Michael Hann that he wouldn’t get away with his more troubling songs nowadays

One of the most compelling pop singers right now is a gender-fluid observant Jew

22 July 2017 9:00 am

The most compelling pop singers in music right now — at least in the branch where pop singers still play…

Beth Ditto was once a riot grrrl – but her latest album is about as edgy as Wilson Phillips

8 July 2017 9:00 am

Boy is she fat, and getting fatter. I realise this is something we’re not meant to mention when talking about…

Cut to the chase: Ansel Elgort as Baby in Baby Driver

The blaring pop music does not make Baby Driver good

1 July 2017 9:00 am

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver is an action, heist, car-chase film that is said to reinvent the action, heist, car-chase film.…

Peter Perrett’s How The West Was Won is a beautiful work, lush with swirling melodies

24 June 2017 9:00 am

Much though I loved it at the time, not a great deal of lasting worth came out of that fervid…

Lou Reed takes a walk on the wild side in 1972

When real rock stars roamed the world

20 May 2017 9:00 am

David Hepworth is such a clever writer — not just clever in the things he writes, but in the way…

As good a record as this rapidly dying genre deserves: Blondie’s Pollinator reviewed

13 May 2017 9:00 am

Ah, Blondie. Those happy days of glorious power pop, chilly disco and rich, fruity vocals — Debbie Harry yearning away…

Pink Floyd’s Ummagumma, 1969, photography by Aubrey Powell and Storm Thorgerson

The album art that dazzled a generation

29 April 2017 9:00 am

James Walton talks to Aubrey Powell, the man behind the album art for virtually every 1970s rock band you can think of

I didn't think playing all Scriabin's piano sonatas in one afternoon was possible

29 April 2017 9:00 am

Just before Peter Donohoe played the last of Alexander Scriabin’s ten piano sonatas at the Guildhall’s Milton Court on Sunday,…

The best tunes Ray Davies has come up with since 1972: Americana reviewed

29 April 2017 9:00 am

There is some surprise that after all these years Ray Davies has turned his attention to America. He is the…

Dylan sounds like a pissed-up karaoke performer on Benylin: Triplicate reviewed

8 April 2017 9:00 am

Having seen Bob Dylan play live a few years ago, I’m pretty sure he is not the first person I…

How refreshing to find the BBC doing its job instead of handwringing about Islamophobia

4 March 2017 9:00 am

Here’s the bad news. One day you or someone like you will be shopping in a mall or enjoying a…

‘SS-GB’ takes the commitment to the crepuscular a lot further than most

A drama set in Nazi-occupied Britain really shouldn’t be this dull: BBC1’s SS-GB reviewed

25 February 2017 9:00 am

Rival law-enforcement agencies arguing about which of them should investigate a murder has, of course, been a staple of crime…

It’s not just Kate Bush. Big parts of rock ’n’ roll are quietly right-wing

10 December 2016 9:00 am

They will be sitting there right now, listening tearfully to the song for one last time on their dinky little…

The greatest laurels belong to the kids in ‘School of Rock’

I'm not sure I've seen a more powerful finale: School of Rock reviewed

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Who could resist School of Rock? For me it was a chance to see a heavy-metal musical written by the…

Natural high: John Sebastian’s acoustic set at Woodstock, 1969

A great retro shop with a dreary message: V&A’s You Say You Want a Revolution? reviewed

10 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in the high optimism of the 2008 presidential campaign, one of Barack Obama’s more extravagant hopes was that ‘the…

Mick Jagger at Knebworth, 1976

Stevie Wonder, Genesis, punk and the Stones – 1976 was the year that changed music

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Forty years ago, I spent 14 hours in a large field near the A1 in Hertfordshire. I had just taken…

We want them not to give us what we want: Radiohead at the Roundhouse reviewed

4 June 2016 9:00 am

Radiohead have been at the top of the musical tree for so long now that it’s easy to forget what…

Prince bored me rigid

30 April 2016 9:00 am

I saw Prince play once. I was bored rigid but couldn’t mention this to the girls I’d gone with: as…

Back in Time for the Weekend gives the 1950s its usual kicking

6 February 2016 9:00 am

When the time comes to make programmes looking back on the 2010s, I wonder which aspects of life today will…

Chrissie Hynde writes like an angel on angel dust

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘The day I found out that Suzi Quatro wasn’t a dyke was the worst day of my life!’ a teenage…

Letters: A feminist answers Emily Hill

29 October 2015 9:00 am

We should all be feminists Sir: Articles proclaiming the death of feminism are appearing like clockwork in the press at…

You won't believe this story about my friend, Jeremy Corbyn and the owl

26 September 2015 8:00 am

A friend of mine once watched Jeremy Corbyn try to rape an owl. This was the early to mid-1980s. The…

Compiling my greatest hits (and my Twitter trolls')

25 July 2015 9:00 am

Compilation schompilation. Having been in music for as long as I have you would think I had a good idea…