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.
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.
Krautrock is a term that is bandied about alarmingly freely by bloggers, hipsters and, most of all, bands, desperate for its reflected cool – but what does it actually mean? By Stuart Maconie.
Leil Leibovitz’s elegant fan letter casts its net far wider than the usual rock biog. You will find as much here on the Talmud as on the NME and more about the Yom Kippur war than Glastonbury.
Stuart Maconie recalls the “real” Frank Sidebottom.
Across the political spectrum, the New Statesman introduces you to the personalities who shape our world. Where else would you find Jeremy Corbyn, Tony Blair and Theresa May in the same place?