Andy Gill

Andy Gill is The Independent's Music Critic.

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Sergeant pfeffer: Beatles in 1963

The Beatles' Lyrics By Hunter Davies - book review: The scribbles that changed the world

One of the main attractions of the book is Davies’ unrivalled access to the group

Lucinda Williams, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone, album review: This is a magnificent, career-defining piece of work

Compassion is the abiding emotion through most of the 20 songs

Aphex Twin, Syro, album review: Impressively timeless

This is a collection primarily concerned with the somatic rather than cerebral sides of Richard James’s music

Leonard Cohen performing in New York in 2012

Leonard Cohen, Popular Problems, album review: Simple songs with a sharp lyrical blade

Tracks to download: Slow; Almost Like The Blues;  Nevermind; Born In Chains

Mercury Music Prize 2014: Who should win from Ed Sheeran to Jake Bugg

The Independent’s chief rock critic makes his own nominations

The Beatles, The Beatles in Mono, album review: The repackaged Fab Four still sound great

this isn’t just four gifted individuals you hear here, it’s a band, and one heck of a great band, at that

The Kooks, Listen, album review: Band channel the spirit of gospel and Ian Dury

The band have managed to pull it off again, with an engaging collection that refuses to be hidebound by the strictures of indie-rock.

Ambitious and genuinely moving: Kate Bush at the Hammersmith Apollo

Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo, gig review: Just what everyone was hoping for

The most ambitious piece of theatrical pop ever seen on a British stage

Kate Bush has rarely performed live since her first single in 1978

Kate Bush tour: Will she still be running up that hill?

Kate Bush last toured in 1979, so her new shows, which begin this month, are hugely anticipated – and shrouded in mystery

It is thought any appearance by Morrissey in the rural radio soap opera would include his outspoken views on the livestock industry

Morrissey, World Peace Is None of Your Business, album review: 'Brutal, surprising, exploratory'

“The older generation have tried, sighed and died, which pushes me to their place in the queue,” notes Morrissey with customary wry mordancy in “Oboe Concerto”, the concluding track of World Peace Is None of Your Business.

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