Interview: Julian Cope

    So which Julian Cope do you remember? The pop star Cope of Teardrop Explodes, the Liverpool post-punk band that enlivened Top of the Pops with reassuringly left-of-centre gems such as Treason and Reward? The solo Cope wrapped around a gravity-defying mic stand-cum-lectern as he crooned his solo hits, World Shut your Mouth and … Read more Interview: Julian Cope

Interview: Paul Morley

 According to his online profile for The Guardian – the English broadsheet for which he writes on a regular basis – Paul Morley is a “rock’n’roll journalist who is from London.” As they said with some frequency in the days before Google – surely shome mishtake? “A rock’n’roll journalist from London?” ponders 56-year-old Morley, very much … Read more Interview: Paul Morley

Book: 101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl

101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl from The Beatles to the Sex Pistols By Jeff Gold (Gingko Press, 240pp, £34.50 (hbk)     The ongoing debate about the monetary value of music notwithstanding, there seems little doubt that its cultural currency is still held in high regard. No matter where or through … Read more Book: 101 Essential Rock Records – the Golden Age of Vinyl

Interview: Sebastian Barry

“I live quite an isolated life in some ways, and it can be interesting to come out and talk to people. I don’t read reviews until some months after the books are out and have been reviewed. You have to take them as they come, don’t you? Publishing books is a form of boxing but … Read more Interview: Sebastian Barry

Interview: Joe O’Connor

“I love writing, and I have since I was a teenager. I’m very lucky that I enjoy it,” says Joe O’Connor. You can tell he enjoys it, too. What makes O’Connor different from some other writers, however, is not so much the profligate nature of his output, but the fact that his quality control levels … Read more Interview: Joe O’Connor

Notes To Self: 35 Years Of Gigs

35 years? No, don’t be ridiculous! It couldn’t be.  It simply couldn’t. Er, actually, hold on a cotton-pickin’ minute, I do believe it is 35 years to the season that I first saw not only my first life-changing gig, but the event that kickstarted a cultural revolution in my head. It was Iggy Pop, in … Read more Notes To Self: 35 Years Of Gigs