Nick Hasted

Nick Hasted has been a film journalist since 1986. He writes about film, music, books and comics for The Independent, Sight & Sound, Uncut and Little White Lies. He has published two books: The Dark Story of Eminem (2002), and You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (2011), both from Omnibus Press.

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Changing man: Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan interview: Hanging on in 'this dirty pop business'

'I had this interview in Paste magazine in 2005, when the journalist said: ‘I don’t understand what it is about people like you that had your success, and why you keep hanging on,’ and I thought, ‘Jesus Christ, I’m 37!’'

2005 Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear

Polar Bear, The Lexington, gig review: Music that doesn't leave one cold

The Mercury Prize mostly acts as the slightly hip wing of the music industry's hype machine. It can, though, give a legitimate leg-up to a band such as Polar Bear, whose new album In Each And Every One has earned their second nomination, and whose questing post-jazz is a long-shot for mainstream acclaim.

Times were changing: Bob Dylan in 1966, the year he scandalised folk purists by playing with an electric band

Bob Dylan, The Basement Tapes Complete, album review: Get ready for no less than 138 tracks Dylan recorded with The Band

Though so little of Dylan’s carefree 1967 music was officially released, its impact has been huge

Robert Young, pictured to the far left, with the rest of Primal Scream

Robert Young: Primal Scream guitarist who summed up their potent and hedonistic fusion of punk, psychedelia and the rave culture

‘He can get a tune out of anything,’ said Bobby Gillespie

Pianist James Rhodes performs on stage in 2011

James Rhodes, Ambassadors Theatre, review: Visceral and dramatic

From his T-shirt to his funny, raw confessions, he ignores classical rituals

Festival goers enjoy Portmeirion village at Festival Number Six

Festival No 6, review: Beautiful and diverse

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

End of the Road festival
Daniel Rossen performs on stage

Daniel Rossen, Union Chapel, review

Stripped of Grizzly Bear’s layers, Rossen has singer-songwriting strength

King Creosote interview: Why there’s no place like home

The Mercury winner has written a paean to his home town – musicians love to do it

Laura Mvula at Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2014

Prom 45: Laura Mvula, review

Royal Albert Hall, London

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