Stuart Maconie is a radio DJ, television presenter, writer and critic working in the field of pop music and culture. His best-selling books include Cider with Roadies and Adventures on the High Teas; he currently hosts the afternoon show on BBC 6Music with Mark Radcliffe.
In these days of identity politics, the ideology remains refreshingly bracing in its view of the world.
The city will survive even this bitter attack on the young and their freedom to have fun.
The metropolitan left needs to start acting as if it is even partly as much concerned about Rochdale as it is about Aleppo.
The late radio presenter and the Labour leader are both maverick figures whose greatest fame came later in life.
Despite its "zany" title, Thatcher Stole My Trousers is a provocative and original look back at Sayle's life.
Harold Pinter probably never thinks about the night we met – but I do, often.
What Owen Hatherley's The Ministry of Nostalgia ultimately misses is that our relationship to the past is about personal taste as much as politics.
Damon Albarn's wonder.land and Tree of Codes, with music by Jamie xx, open this year's festival.
With school music spending down and the benefits system crippled, the voices of pop have lost their bite.
Stuart Maconie wades through books by monsters of rock Carlos Santana, Neil Young, Joe Perry and Billy Idol.