Music

SPOKEN WORD IS ALIVE AND WELL AND LIVING IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND

On my trip back to Britain in December, I called up my new Hull friend Russ Litten. I know him as an author, and poet, and raconteur, and for his...
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DUSTY WRIGHT: CATERWAULING TOWARDS THE LIGHT

Writing about a friend’s artistic endeavor is always a little awkward. Inevitably anything more than a simple plug comes across as backscratching – unless you don’t actually like the art,...
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On the promise of Wham! and the death of George Michael

Pleased to say that 2017 started with a front page story for Salon on the promise of Wham! and the death of George Michael. You can read it here.  ...
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Why I Sing The Blues: B. B. King and America’s Racist Revisionism

We all have to go some time. And hopefully, B. B. King was able to reflect in his twilight years that he had lived a longer, greater and more illustrious...
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Ben E. King: The Sweet Soul Man

  It’s hard to imagine a sweeter person in all of soul music than Ben E. King, who passed away on April 30 at the age of 76. Our family...
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The Mediums of Music

When interviewing older musicians, the tables are frequently turned, and I find myself asked for my opinion on contemporary music – its merits, musical and otherwise, and to what extent...
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Don Covay 1938-2015

Researching this Wilson Pickett book can at times feel like I’m shadowing the Reaper. Pickett would have turned 74 this year, so it’s understandable that many of his peers have...
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Ian McLagan: An Appreciation

I can’t profess to have known Ian ‘Mac’ McLagan in any great sense. But when I was researching my Keith Moon biography, I was (finally) able to secure an interview...
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