Interview: Roddy Doyle

Dublin-based writer Roddy Doyle is having none of this celebrity lark; he keeps himself to himself, his business is his and his alone, and if you’re asking him for the name of his favourite restaurant you’d swear you can hear him chuckling at the absurdity of the question.   Doyle seems the type of person … Read more Interview: Roddy Doyle

Interview: Peter Hook

Here is the conundrum: how does anyone write coherently about a band that has heretofore been mythologized and almost embalmed in prose that’s more parable than purple? If the band is Manchester’s Joy Division, and if you are that band’s chubby mid-50s, former bass player Peter Hook, then the answer is crystal-clear.   “The interesting … Read more Interview: Peter Hook

Book: When Ziggy Played Guitar – David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World

According to this book’s author Dylan Jones, for people of a certain age, gender and disposition, David Bowie’s appearance on Top of the Pops on July 6th, 1972, singing Starman, was “a tectonic shift in pop culture.”   Of course, if you’re of a different age, gender and disposition, a book such as this – … Read more Book: When Ziggy Played Guitar – David Bowie And Four Minutes That Shook The World

Book: A Light That Never Goes Out – The Enduring Saga of The Smiths

Thirty years following their formation, writes author Tony Fletcher, and twenty-five years since they split up, the legacy and the cultural significance of UK rock band, The Smiths, remains intact. It’s time, says the book cover blurb, their tale was told. So far, so self-referencing and myth making. And yet Fletcher isn’t too wide of … Read more Book: A Light That Never Goes Out – The Enduring Saga of The Smiths