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Sunday 13 March 2011
The late-life second career of the New York Dolls has been one of rock's most heartwarming stories.
Friday 11 March 2011
There was a certain louche dignity to the Dolls' 2004, but this sorry affair, knocked together in a Newcastle studio with David Johansen and Sylvain Sylvain joined by Blondie guitarist Frank Infante, a pick-up rhythm section and backing singers they apparently met in the pub, is another matter.
Thursday 28 October 2010
An exclusive photographic exhibition of David Bowie's formative years in London charts the rise of one of the most influential artists of our time.
Friday 17 September 2010
Station To Station was the fulcrum in Bowie's shift from the be-quiffed, plastic soul of Young Americans to the Krautrock/electronica of Low.
Friday 10 September 2010
Back in the mid-1970s the idea of an all-girl rock band was outlandish – not that lead guitarist Joan Jett (Kristen Stewart) could care.
Friday 24 July 2009
Major Tom, David Bowie's first musical alter ego, shot to fame in "Space Oddity".
Thursday 21 May 2009
As befits a gig that sold out in four minutes, featuring one of the most important rock'n'roll bands of all time at one of London's most historically important small music venues, tonight's crowd are suitably ostentatious in their devotion to the New York Dolls.
Sunday 17 May 2009
Uninitiated TV viewers moved to investigate who that scary wrinkly man is pimping car insurance in the ad breaks will be doubly baffled when they find out that his latest album is a collection of understated French jazz, retro ragtime and neo bossa nova.
Sunday 03 May 2009
The reunited proto-punk legends are now on their second album of new material since their Morrissey-inspired comeback. The first, 2006's One Day It Will Please Us..., was better than it had any right to be.
Friday 01 May 2009
Despite an attrition rate that has seen the band's founding members reduced to just singer David Johansen and guitarist Sylvain Sylvain, the New York Dolls are on pretty good form here, with both snarling guitars and snotty attitude in full effect on the opening title-track.
Sunday 29 March 2009
This is the baked bean-saturated work from 1967 that validated Townshend's vision of his group as an "art installation". Yep, it's psychedelic in parts and interleaves songs with advertising jingles.
Sunday 08 March 2009
A lot of cobblers has been talked on the subject of "honest craftmanship", but thankfully not recently by Nick Lowe, who remains the pop craftman's pop craftsman by virtue of the fact that he just gets on with it these days.
Thursday 08 January 2009
Along with their fellow Detroit-area residents Alice Cooper and MC5, the Stooges pioneered a style of garage rock which didn't find much of an audience outside Michigan in the late Sixties and early Seventies but fed into the psyche of the next generation of musicians and is still influential today. The New York Dolls and the Ramones, especially, picked up on the two albums the original Stooges line-up of Iggy Pop (vocals), Dave Alexander (bass), Ron Asheton (guitar) and his younger brother Scott (drums) made for Elektra Records in 1969 and 1970 and which also inspired the first wave of British punk-rock groups in 1976.
<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/10/mixtape-a-few-w.html">MixTape: A few words with Iggy Pop</a>
Monday 20 October 2008
Iggy Pop has been knocking the hell out of rock and roll with raw power for decades, but now, as he displays his more artful side with a documentary about his painting exploits, we had a quick chat with the great man.
Friday 25 July 2008
Ida Maria grew up in Norway with little to do but wish she was Iggy Pop and act mildly antisocial.
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