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T’pau’s Virgin Years Anthologised

British pop stalwarts and platinum-selling band of the late 1980s T'pau will have <b>The Virgin Anthology</b> released by UMC on 24 March, in 4-CD and …

Music

Mick Taylor In 20 Songs

We're celebrating a man born in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, on 17 January, 1949, who became one of Britain’s finest guitarists. It's …

Music

Sandy Denny’s Fairport Farewell

One of the great bastions of British folk music were in the midst of their pop chart phase in the first month of the 1970s. <b>Fairport Convention</b> had …

Music

Now Appearing As T. Rex

It was an admirable exercise in abbreviation. The group in question previously had a name that contained six syllables, and they cut it down to two. …

Music

Raise Your Voice For MLK Day

To mark Martin Luther King Day, may we recommend an excellent playlist to help celebrate the memory of the great civil rights campaigner? The …

Music

Memoir By Hitmaker Tommy Roe, Who Played Beatles’ First US Show

<i>From Cabbagetown to Tinseltown</i> is the title of the autobiography by 1960s hitmaker Tommy Roe. The Atlanta-born artist, now 74 and still occasionally …

Music

Elton Connects With ‘Tumbleweed’

It was a quite a day for new entries on the UK album chart on 16 January, 1971. <b>John Lennon</b>’s first “solo” album; <b>T. Rex</b>’s first under that shortened …

Elton John

Death Of Beatles Alumnus ‘Magic Alex’

Yanni 'John' Alexis Mardas, the one-time Apple Records employee known as “Magic Alex,” died on Friday (13) in Athens at the age of 74. The news …

Music

José James Expanding In All Directions

Cutting-edge Blue Note jazz stylist José James is recast as a powerful contemporary R&B figurehead on his new album <i>Love in a Time of Madness,</i> to be …

Music

Seven Degrees of Dave Grohl

With the unrivalled energy and ambitious hunger of someone who’s just starting out in the game, Dave Grohl has the air of someone who can’t quite …

Music

The ARS Alternative

Here’s a story about perseverance, featuring a band who slowly but surely built an audience through much of the 1970s, and got their rewards. <b>The</b> …

Music

How Ed Sullivan Saved America’s Delicate Sensibilities

For <b>The Rolling Stones</b> it was a busy, and controversial start to 1967. On 13 January, Decca Records in the UK released ‘Let’s Spend the Night …

Music

Little Richard Makes The Scene

The book opened on a crucial chapter in the rock ‘n’ story on 14 January, 1956. That was the date on which <b>Little Richard</b> made his official debut on …

Music

The Secret Songwriters Behind The Biggest Hits

Before songs were concocted by committee, with an algorithmic hive mind to produce the perfect beat, melody and lyrics, they were written by …

Music

Buddy Holly Guitarist Tommy Allsup Dead At 85

Tommy Allsup, the revered guitarist who played with <b>Buddy Holly</b> after the '50s rock 'n' roll hero split with the original Crickets, died on Wednesday …

Rock & Roll

All Minds Set On New George Harrison Vinyl Box

Though it’s generally accepted that <b>George Harrison</b> bloomed late as a <b>Beatles</b> songwriter, there’s no denying it was worth the wait. The release of <b>All</b> …

Music

Weller In Producer’s Chair For Stone Foundation

<b>Paul Weller</b> has produced, played and sung on the forthcoming new album by Stone Foundation, the British group comprising Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones.</i> …

Music

Clapton Comes Back To Life

As his countless devotees remember, the early 1970s were a difficult time in the life of <b>Eric Clapton</b>. Brought low by heroin addiction, he entered a …

Guitar

The Who Were Full Of Beans

By early 1968, <b>The Who</b> had been a prominent part of British pop culture for three years. Their reputation as a live force, and <b>Pete Townshend</b>’s growing …

The Who

Hear Iggy Pop & Danger Mouse Golden Globe Nominated Song

While <i>La La Land</i> swept the Golden Globes this year (including Best Original Song) there was another nominated song that flew under the radar and was …

Music

The Carpenters sue Universal Music over unpaid royalties

<b>Richard Carpenter has said he is owed at least $2m (£1.6m) in royalties for the hits he recorded in The Carpenters, including Yesterday Once More.</b><p>He claims Universal Music have only paid the band a "miniscule fraction" of the money they were owed from downloads on sites like iTunes and Amazon.<p>The …

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#3936: With Anna Thorvaldsdottir

The Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir joins John Schaefer for this New Sounds. Listen to her music, represented by four very different works - one involving metallic percussion called klakabond, another with clouds of quarter tones, one that employs acoustic music with textures that might …

Music

Top execs reveal their tips for 2017

With 2016 proving to be something of a damp squib as far as breakthrough artists were concerned, the industry will no doubt be hoping for better …

United Kingdom

Arcade Fire Shine Bright On ‘The Reflektor Tapes’

Recorded over a two-year period, <b>Arcade Fire</b>’s fourth album, <i>Reflektor</i>, found the group firing on all cylinders. Enlisting LCD Soundsystem’s James …

Grande And Legend: A New Beauty And The Beast

It’s been revealed that one of the most anticipated cinematic events of the year will boast two of the most talented singers in the world. The …

Walt Disney Company

Steve Miller’s Mighty Legacy

Recent talk about <b>Steve Miller</b> has tended to focus on his frank exchanges, shall we say, with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, following his 2016 …

Rock & Roll

Bowie Sax Man Recalls ‘Blackstar’ Sessions

The man who played tenor sax on David Bowie's final album <i>Blackstar</i> has been talking about their work together, in the wake of his own new release …

David Bowie

Barry Jenkins & Melina Matsoukas to Judge Elton John’s ‘The Cut’ Music Video Competition

After the announcement of <b>‘Elton John: The Cut’ –</b> a global competition to create the official music videos for his iconic songs, Youtube has now …

Filmmaking

Supreme Temptations On New Motown 7” Box Set

<b>1965 was a banner year for Motown</b>. Building on the success of the label’s first UK No.1, <b>The Supremes</b>’ ‘Baby Love’, Berry Gordy’s Detroit-based …

Music

Shania For Hall Of Fame, New Album In Works

<b>Shania Twain</b>'s life and career is to be the subject of a new exhibit at the Country Music Hall of Fame from this summer — in the year when she has …

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