Year of the woman
By Jude Rogers - 11 December 12:00

At the beginning of 2006, the prospects looked bleak for strong, idiosyncratic female pop acts. Jude

A mythic creature
By Peter Conrad - 11 December 12:00

Carmen's feminine power entices audiences from Covent Garden to Cape Town

Striking the wrong note
By David Arnold - 27 November 12:00

Observations on copyright

Topsy-turvy world
By Peter Conrad - 20 November 12:00

Gilbert and Sullivan blew a raspberry at Victorian society's prized institutions

New jazz generation
By Sholto Byrnes - 13 November 12:00

A new wave of young musicians is pushing the boundaries of the genre

The price of success
By David Smyth - 13 November 12:00


Damien Rice

Heffa/14th Floor

Rock on the dance floor
By Daniel Trilling - 13 November 12:00


Erase Errata

Kill Rock Stars

African haze
By Mark Espiner - 13 November 12:00

<strong>Electric Griot Land</strong>

Ba Cissoko

Totolo 001

How jazz disappeared from the airwaves
By Rachel Cooke - 06 November 12:00

The music schedules are a swamp of cheesy easy listening

In a blaze of glory
By Mark Ellen - 06 November 12:00

<strong>Number One in Heaven: the heroes who died for rock 'n' roll</strong>

Jeremy Simmonds <em>P

Torture by music
By Clive Stafford Smith - 06 November 12:00

What do the tunes of Eminem, Aerosmith, Tupac Shakur and Meat Loaf have in common?

Answer: they h

The shock of the new
By Roger Wright - 06 November 12:00

We love contemporary art and literature. So why does music have such an image problem?

Stealing beauty
By James Clasper - 06 November 12:00

America's harsh copyright laws are ridiculed by an exhibition of illegal art

Revolution in the head
By Hunter Davies - 06 November 12:00

John Lennon was never a political animal - so a new film claiming that he brought down governments a

Daydream believers
By Lynsey Hanley - 30 October 12:00

The Pet Shop Boys have proved that intelligence can go hand in hand with mass appeal. Lynsey Hanley

Heart of darkness
By Sophie Heawood - 16 October 13:00

<strong>Back to Black</strong>

Amy Winehouse <em>Island</em>

Hitting high notes
By Peter Conrad - 16 October 13:00

<strong>Matilde di Shabran; La Fille du régiment</strong>

Juan Diego Flórez <em>Universal/Decca</e

The world in your ear
By Mark Espiner - 16 October 13:00

<strong>World Circuit Presents . . .</strong>

Various artists <em>World Circuit</em>

Sooner or later, you pay for it
By Peter Wilby - 02 October 13:00

The trick the music industry has pulled off is to make teenagers crave the smell and feel of vinyl.

Forever punk
By Iain Aitch - 02 October 13:00

Unlike the Sex Pistols, Crass never sold out - and their influence is still visible today

The beat goes on
By Mike Barnes - 02 October 13:00

Steve Reich is the musical visionary whose repetitive, morphing sound gave birth to techno. But his

Coup the music
By Sam Alexandroni - 02 October 13:00

Observations on tunes

Goodbye and good riddance
By Becky Hogge - 25 September 13:00

Scrounging music industry executives will soon be a thing of the past

Singing our own tune
By Emma John - 25 September 13:00

The West End is full of American musicals . . . but where is all the British talent?

Maybe I could be Gordon's cleaner?
By Nicky Wire - 25 September 13:00

I start dreaming of a cabinet to serve Gordon Brown: Diane Abbott, Martin Amis, Damon Albarn, Harold

Loud, lewd and nasty
By Peter Conrad - 18 September 13:00

Forget the liberal blather: the makers of <em>Gaddafi</em> are as cynical as Simon Cowell

That back-to-school feeling
By Rachel Cooke - 18 September 13:00

As summer draws to a close, the airwaves are just hotting up

Mistress of disguise
By Peter Conrad - 18 September 13:00

<strong>I Let the Music Speak</strong>

Anne Sofie von Otter <em>Deutsche Grammophon</em>

Hip-hopping theatrics
By Sophie Heawood - 18 September 13:00


OutKast <em>LaFace Records/Sony BMG</em>

Copyright reform: In the digital age
By Staff blogger - 18 September 13:00

A round table discussion on music industry rights, organised by the Smith Institute.