Bob Stanley is a writer and a member of the pop group Saint Etienne. His book, Yeah Yeah Yeah: The Story of Modern Pop is published by Faber & Faber.
The musician's vulnerability and acute individualism made him hard to pigeonhole but ensured endless media fascination.
Less Britpop, more B&Q and the “Barratt class” – Earl Brutus provided a thrillingly chaotic chronicle of Britain in the Nineties.
Bob Stanley unpicks the recording industry’s tangled history of takeovers, piracy and changing technology.
Even for the most dedicated listeners, there is still fresh material out there to encounter.
Bob Stanley explores two six-disc sets: Bob Dyland’s the Basement Tapes, released at long last, and a super-deluxe issue of The Velvet Underground’s eponymous third album.
A new box set, Nippon Girls 2, brings us the best of a good decade for Japanese pop. From the artwork to the vocals to the super-sharp stereo productions, this is something quite special.
With a new album coming out in January, the indie band have reissued their back catalogue on vinyl.
With this re-release of the 1970 documentary, the question is really how many different versions of “Suspicious Minds” you want in your life.
Two generations after their record sank without a trace, Donnie and Joe Emerson’s music has finally found the teenagers it was written for.
Bob Stanley takes a look at long-overdue rereleases for Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
Twenty years ago, Labour won a landslide on a tide of optimism. Where did it all go wrong?
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