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Wednesday 18 January 2012
Wealthy guests at the Savoy Hotel will be allowed to take over Abbey Road and add amateur recordings to its heritage in a move that will horrify Beatles obsessives for whom the recording studios are sacred ground.
Sunday 18 December 2011
'To my shame, I was initially more interested in her chest than her portfolio'
Saturday 24 September 2011
You've already got the album on vinyl, cassette and CD.
Friday 05 August 2011
Those who experienced the musical annus mirabilis of 1967 will recall the brief flowering of the Incredible String Band, a group that influenced both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Paul McCartney chose their waxing 5,000 Spirits as his most treasured LP of 1967. Anyone too young or too old to turn on to the Summer of Love may be mystified by the appeal of this record. Though described by Young as "an infinitely more intimate and disorienting happening" than Sergeant Pepper, non-believers are liable to view it as self-indulgent caterwauling.
Friday 05 August 2011
Whimsical psychedelia must be like mother's milk to the Welsh.
Thursday 28 July 2011
When Digby Jones says that disruptive 14-year-olds should be allowed to quit school and "go out and earn a few bob", he ought to know that this is not really what they want.
Saturday 16 July 2011
For some music fans, one Bucks Fizz is more than enough. But now the original band members are locked in a legal battle to decide which of two rival acts are the real Eurovision winners.
Friday 15 July 2011
The son of Pink Floyd rock star David Gilmour gave a final defiant wave to the press gallery today as he was led away to start a lengthy prison sentence for a drink and drug fuelled rampage during last year's tuition fees protests.
Sunday 10 July 2011
This is the one. You may remember, in 2009, the clamour of critics lauding The Horrors for – shock, er, horror – actually making a good album with their second effort, Primary Colours. I was practically a lone sceptic, sulking and tutting on my own in the corner.
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Friday 13 May 2011
There's a weird, paradoxical moment right at the end of Roger Waters' epic staging of The Wall, when the musicians perform the final song on acoustic instruments in front of the tumbled bricks. It obviously represents a reaffirmation of simple, intimate human values in the face of massive information media onslaught – ie exactly the kind of spectacle to which we have just been subjected. This is surely the most indulgently self-defeating show ever staged.
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