Tracey Thorn is a musician and writer, best known as one half of Everything but the Girl. She writes the fortnightly “Off the Record” column for the New Statesman. Her latest book is Naked at the Albert Hall.
I grew up knowing that Dad never fought in the war: it ended just in time.
There's little rage or doubt in the music of Liam and Noel Gallagher.
Where Red Wedge sailed on optimism, pop and politics today make odd partners.
It felt rude and fun to reject the Beatles – like laughing at businessmen in bowler hats. But after seeing Eight Days a Week, I might just feel differently.
The Björk Digital “exhibition” turns out to be more mundane, but at least she doesn't need a large brandy to appear as a hologram.
“Dear life coach, I’m not being facetious but, now you mention it, there is one small area of my life I want to change. . ."
"As a mother", I know Calpol dosages and revision guidelines. That doesn't mean I have a bigger stake in our society's future.
“Political songwriter” was a monikor reserved for Billy Bragg, or Paul Weller, or the Redskins. But not all political music is in-your-face.
I like my holidays chatty, boozy, and booky – the only problem is what to pack.
Everyone’s an expert, everyone’s on edge . . . and we’ve all gone slightly mad.
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