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.
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Tuesday 30 June 2009
Sunday 28 June 2009
Another step away from the showbiz ledge, towards which an early signing to a jazz major once edged her.
Friday 19 June 2009
Wednesday 18 March 2009
Sunday 15 March 2009
Saturday 21 February 2009
Friday 09 January 2009
"While 'Picture Book' addresses all the highs and lows, it's perplexing to work out who this six-CD set is aimed at. For Kinks kompletists, the smattering of demos, BBC sessions, early rarities (by their Bo Weevils incarnation) or live versions seems thin, and for the novice surely a greatest hits and maybe a copy of 'Village Green' would suffice, avoiding the dodgy arena rock of their post-Pye/RCA years and the fascinating, if rudimentary, early Sixties rhythm and blues." - Chris Jones, www.bbc.co.uk/music
Saturday 13 December 2008
Travelling in South America comprises a grand tour through improbability. Uncertainty can beset the traveller immediately on arrival: forget the usual red channel/green channel arrangements, because in some countries it is usual at Customs to assess whether inbound passengers have something to declare on an entirely arbitrary basis.
Monday 21 July 2008
Amy Winehouse's version of "Valerie" bought The Zutons' songwriter Stan McCabe a new house – and threatened to topple the band's career. Their 2004 Mercury-winning debut Who Killed The Zutons? had seen them overtake their Liverpool peers and mentors The Coral, but the abrasive follow-up Tired of Hanging Around, its tone typified by the song "Hello Conscience", merely marked time in the charts. Then Mark Ronson picked "Valerie" for Winehouse's contribution to his album Version, and the song entered the national consciousness.
Thursday 17 July 2008
A musical based on a song by Ray Davies, frontman of the Kinks, and featuring 20 new tracks by the Sixties legend, will premiere later this year.
Monday 09 June 2008
The history of President Records, one of the first independent labels in the UK, is inextricably linked to that of music publisher Edward Kassner. Born in Austria to Jewish parents in 1920, Edward dreamed of becoming a composer but his orchestral aspirations were cut short when Hitler annexed Austria.
“He was tipped off by his friends that they were rounding up Jewish boys,” says David Kassner, Edward’s eldest son and now MD of President. “He fled through Belgium and got caught trying to cross the border at Aachen twice. On the third occasion a German soldier caught him but let him go saying that he hadn’t signed up to shoot young boys.”
Friday 09 May 2008
Saturday 12 April 2008
British Airways has delayed moving its long-haul flights to Heathrow's Terminal 5 by at least five weeks, admitting yesterday that it needs time to work out the kinks after the new hub's disastrous opening last month.
Tuesday 22 August 2006
Tuesday 22 August 2006
His rough language should be an asset at closing time. Even so, the world of haute cuisine may be surprised to learn that Britain's most acclaimed chef is planning to become a publican.
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