A sideways look at the world of music
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Sunday 29 September 2013
Poet John Hegley turns 60 this week. He talks about life, work and spuds
Friday 26 July 2013
The controversial hip-hop pioneer has been axed as part of a scheduling shake-up on Radio 1
The Rolling Stones weren't the only over-50s: My middle-aged Glastonbury was even better than the last time
Tuesday 02 July 2013
Thirty years after his first festival, Chris Blackhurst rocks and rolls away the years with his grown-up daughter Daisy
Wednesday 23 January 2013
There are sites full of undiscovered gems emerging online all the time
Wednesday 09 January 2013
"In another life I would have been out on the road DJing and dragging a record box around in the middle of the night in some shady club," remarked Mary Anne Hobbs at the start of her new weekend breakfast show on BBC6 Music.
Wednesday 05 December 2012
A celebrity entertainment presenter with no radio experience has been chosen to co-present a new show in Radio 1’s late night "specialist music" slot made famous by John Peel.
Thursday 22 November 2012
Stella Creasy tells of the anguish of unrequited love that an indie rock album was able to heal
Tuesday 06 November 2012
When Jo Dunne and her sister Maggie made their live debut with Vickie Perks and Tina O'Neill in their home town of Birmingham in 1985, they could barely play their instruments. They had three songs and a band name that was both memorable and a statement of intent: We've Got A Fuzzbox and We're Gonna Use It!! Yet, after only their second gig, Robert Lloyd, frontman of the post-punk group the Nightingales, was impressed enough by their irreverent attitude and short, sharp, strident tunes like "X X Sex" and "Do I Want To?" to sign them to his label Vindaloo, already the home of the stand-up comedian Ted Chippington.
Wednesday 20 June 2012
Arts bodies will have to broadcast performances and exhibitions live on a new digital arts “channel” in return for receiving government money, under a radical funding shake-up proposed by Jeremy Hunt.
Thursday 03 May 2012
Sunday 29 April 2012
It is a record collection that any vinyl enthusiast would covet. From obscure German techno to Appalachian folk music, to the latest sounds in the rock and pop world; the thousands of carefully catalogued albums owned by the late DJ John Peel literally have something for everyone.
Monday 19 March 2012
Steve Lamacq wiped tears from his eyes before he walked on-stage and recalled the “emotional three months” when it seemed the radio station he works for would never reach its tenth birthday, which was celebrated tonight, as the BBC planned 6 Music’s death.
Monday 02 January 2012
Darren Hayman, who bears more than a passing resemblance to “McLovin” in Superbad, welcomed the New Year in with an intimate (approximately 70 people, some of whom even pointed out tiny discrepancies in Hayman's anecdotes), stripped-down, free and upsettingly stunted set, in which the singer-songwriter didn’t even perform on stage, but to the side of it.
Sam Simmons, Gilded Balloon<br/>Sarah Millican, Assembly Hall<br/>Diane Spencer, Gilded Balloon<br/>Hot Tub with Kurt and Kristen, Assembly, George Square<br/>John Peel's Shed, Underbelly
Sunday 21 August 2011
Tuesday 16 August 2011
In 2002, John Osborne won a competition on John Peel's Radio 1 show. The prize was a box of records from the DJ's shed, including such gems as Oizone – a punk Boyzone covers band – and Atom and his Package's "Pumping Iron for Enya".
In defence of liberal democracy
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
General election live: SNP suspends two members for disrupting Labour rally
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
Andy McSmith's Sketch: Feisty audience is the real star of an enlightening show
- 2 Top Gear: Jodie Kidd, Philip Glenister and Guy Martin 'in advanced talks' to join show
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
- 4 University student in court for allegedly covering housemates' food in window cleaner and spit