The Fields by Kevin Maher (Abacus £7.99)
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Sunday 13 October 2013
It’s the nightmare haunting every talent scout since Decca rejected the Beatles in 1962 because “guitar groups are on the way out” – letting a global mega-hit slip through your fingers.
Grace Dent: I foolishly thought I could just watch ten minutes of Big Brother – now I’m back in the habit
Saturday 01 September 2012
Like most recovering addicts I’m pious but easily swayed. I quit watching Big Brother some years ago, cold turkey, just after the C4 Big Brother “Funeral”.
Friday 06 April 2012
The pop music of the Eighties was bright, bouncy and shiny – and the biweekly magazine Smash Hits displayed the same qualities while providing the perfect handbook for teenagers throughout the British Isles and beyond to follow the latest bands and trends. A mainstay of the much-loved publication throughout the first half of the Eighties, the photographer Eric Watson shot many of its iconic covers, including those featuring Madonna, Madness and Morrissey, and helped define the "heroic" look of many of the acts from the period.
Friday 09 December 2011
Martin Kemp is Emeritus Professor in the history of art at Trinity College Oxford. He so is: he has written extensively about Leonardo da Vinci. He is conceivably the world's top go-to guy for Leonardo studies. Certainly, his blog contains a warning to any passers-by who might want to waste his time by knocking at his North Oxford door to ask him about the dodgy Leonardos they've bought in Romford market recently.
Wednesday 27 April 2011
Poly Styrene, the female punk musician whose band X-Ray Spex changed the direction of popular culture, has died from cancer at the age of 53.
Saturday 08 January 2011
Synthesizers and drum machines might have dominated the music of the early Eighties, but the bass guitar also became prominent at the start of the decade that taste forgot.
Sunday 03 October 2010
Saturday 26 June 2010
My parents were ... loving, warm, sincere and passionate. My mum used to be a clothes designer and entrepreneur and my dad worked in the steel and engineering industry as a marketing director.
Tuesday 15 June 2010
Pink's crazy acrobatics, Florence's fantastic performance and phenomenal appearances by Paul McCartney, Jay-Z and Spandau Ballet made this year's Isle of Wight festival one to remember...
Last Night's Television: Sleep With Me, ITV1<br/>Alan Carr: Chatty Man, New Year's Special, Channel 4
Friday 01 January 2010
Dylan Jones: 'Spandau Ballet have often been ignored, but the music was not only timely, it was groundbreaking'
Saturday 26 December 2009
In some small way, 2009 will belong to Spandau Ballet, in a similar way that 2006 belonged to Take That. No, the north London gadabouts haven't been catapulted back into the nation's collective heart, and they haven't come armed with a manbag full of festive number ones. But they came back. Successfully. Achieved some sort of redemption. And their comeback hit, "Once More", even sounded like The That!
Sunday 01 November 2009
Monday 26 October 2009
Alternative rock band Muse was named the best act in the world at the Q awards in London on Monday, beating off competition from Kings of Leon, Arctic Monkeys, Coldplay and Oasis.
Sunday 25 October 2009
Wednesday 21 October 2009
Should Gordon Brown find himself feeling a little short of friends, he could do worse that call up Sloane Square's uber-socialite, Henry Conway.
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
- 1 Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire