Culture
30 August 1999
Since rap and hip hop became the immensely powerful forces they now are, what used to be thought of as the mainstream...
Culture
23 August 1999
When she died earlier this year, it was no great surprise to see Dusty Springfield being fondly remembered as Britain's...
Culture
16 August 1999
The small and melancholy cult of doomed singer-songwriters has been making an unlikely comeback of late. Sandy Denny (d...
Society
02 August 1999
Playing records for other people is something every music-lover does, often to proselytise on behalf of something we...
Music and Performance
02 August 1999
It's interesting to ponder on how Mercer Ellington, who died in 1996, would have viewed the enormous ballyhoo...
Culture
26 July 1999
So far we have largely been spared the lulling ministrations of the radio music called "smooth jazz". In America it's...
Culture
19 July 1999
The honour of being the first family of English folk music belongs to the redoubtable Copper clan, but the Watersons -...
Culture
12 July 1999
Charlie Hunter plays an eight-string guitar, which makes him a rare bird to start with. Big Joe Williams used a nine-...
Culture
05 July 1999
As cult figures go, Michael Nesmith must be as homely as a tea cosy. The bearded fellow who stares placidly out from...
Culture
28 June 1999
"Perhaps," says Randy Newman, "I'm a short-story writer who got stuck with being a musician." There's surely no more...
Culture
21 June 1999
Remember The Four Seasons? Virtuoso classical pop, music that could turn a generation on to the old stuff, and who...
Culture
14 June 1999
Sooner or later every jazz musician has a go at Thelonious Monk. After Ellington, he remains the most coveted of jazz...
Culture
07 June 1999
How much longer can they go on? Will Mick still run round like a yearling? Can Keith stand up for two hours? Could this...
Culture
31 May 1999
It didn't last long, but for a while British free jazz rubbed sleeves with the likes of Simon and Garfunkel in the...
Culture
24 May 1999
As a rule, bass players are not among rock's innovators and frontmen. John Entwistle, John Paul Jones, Bill Wyman:...

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