The frippery of Cole Porter or Noël Coward might be delicious, but I’ve learned from writing pop lyr
The Stone Roses reunion shows how much we love revisiting our musical past.
Lyrics get you young and accompany you through life, offering wisdom, humour and solace. Quietly, they reassure you that what seems like a private pain is often a universal experience.
In tribute to hard-working bands, I revisit songs I didn't like on first listen.
Former Smiths frontman attempts to sue ex-NME editor for libel.
He's my favourite guitarist and I want posters for my bedroom wall.
On 20 September, Roy Harper appeared on the BBC's Later . . . With Jools Holland.
Taking a stand against sexism isn't the same as taking a stand against sex.
“I wouldn’t like anything with the word ‘empire’ in after my name”
Alexandra Coghlan is unsure about Oliver Knussen’s musical mix.
New tunes by Fruit Bats and Rollo Jean.
Ergo Phizmiz's operatic adaptation of Flann O'Brien will leave you speechless.
Tom Ravenscroft on the dilemma of choosing songs for a dinner party
Tom Ravenscroft's music blog.
Winehouse was never interested in the normal rules of female celebrity.
All that prurient poking into the singer's private life might have been part of the problem.
Tom Ravenscroft opts for comfort over clever where indie's concerned and discovers he's an underwate
Alexandra Coghlan talks to Roger Wright, director of the Proms
With around 90 concerts on offer over the eight-week season, the 2011 Proms aren't short on highlights. Outdoing last year's Symphony of
Tom Waits's 1985 album is re-imagined at the Barbican.
Massenet's Cendrillon brings some welcome novelty to the opera season.
Why the singer is the icon of our age.
A new computer is a chance for Tom Ravenscroft to refresh his podcasts list.
“Keeping a pig is great but Monster Munch are nice as well”
Retromania: Pop Culture's Addiction to Its Own Past
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Bono should find time in his busy schedule of high-profile philanthropy to pay the hefty tax bill he owes.