One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?
Reggae And Dub
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Saturday 28 July 2012
There's a burgeoning Scottish tradition of roots remixing thanks to the pioneering work of the late Martyn Bennett, but it's rarely done as smoothly as Folksploitation, on which Broadcaster recontextualises old folk performances by Peggy Seeger, with a strong reggae flavour reminiscent of Little Axe's remixes of blues material.
Saturday 28 July 2012
The imminent 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence has prompted a rash of exhaustive reggae retrospectives, the best being this 4 x 2CD series.
Wednesday 25 July 2012
Rastamouse, the cheese-loving, children’s TV star, has defied the sceptics by announcing he’s signed a deal for a second album with EMI, to be released in 2013.
Wednesday 11 July 2012
Robert Plant is back to his bluesy roots – and happy to put his rock god days behind him. By Tim Cumming
Monday 09 July 2012
What we love, we're not sure about, we're buying and can't wait for...
Thursday 21 June 2012
We’re excited to announce more of this year’s amazing late night line-up with DJs booked on the i Arena, In The Woods and The Lake Stage.
Saturday 16 June 2012
Sunday 03 June 2012
Back in 2007 the public could find it in their hearts to make room for only one singer-songwriter of British-Italian descent and Savoretti's loss was Nutini's gain.
Saturday 02 June 2012
Alexandra Burke claims that, as executive producer of her follow-up to Overcome, she's ensured that Heartbreak on Hold is a much more personal album.
Wednesday 23 May 2012
As the sun makes a rare and somewhat bashful appearance, so too will bra straps across the land as clothes inevitably become flimsier and gauzier. The flagrant flashing of one's unmentionables may send the more traditionally mannered into a tizzy, but as long as the bits of your foundation garment that are on show aren't the colour of discarded chewing gum, an exposed strap here or there is no longer seen as a fashion faux pas.
Sunday 20 May 2012
So, that emo fringe could be effecting your eyesight, but it's hardly the first style fad to leave behind a trail of harm
Elisa Bray: Where's soul, reggae, rap, jazz, R'n'B, hip-hop and trip-hop on the Music is GREAT compilation?
Wednesday 16 May 2012
If the team behind the Music is GREAT compilation were looking for live moments that captured the pop zeitgeist, there could be no better moment than Dizzee Rascal performing Bonkers at Glastonbury 2010.
Monday 07 May 2012
Accused of appropriating rap music, Yauch likened it to the Rolling Stones playing the Blues
Saturday 05 May 2012
The Jamaican double bassist and ska pioneer Lloyd Brevett has died at the age of 80.
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