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Forty years ago this week, my dad and grandpa went on the 1980 National Steel Strike, the first of the Thatcher era. That strike is overshadowed by what later happened to the miners, but it set the template for the decade to come.
Tim Mohr’s history of East German punk is full of vivid characters and raging teenagers.
Today, Patrick Cowley is barely known outside record-collecting circles: but his ecstatic electronic disco left an indelible mark on the music scene.
How mythmakers shaped the music scene.
When we think of the land, the hills and the sea, we often don’t think of their natural sounds, but the great music inspired by them.
“It’s a programme designed to knock current affairs broadcasting off its axis,” the Radio Times wrote in 1994, “then blow a hole in its spluttering head”. It did nothing of the sort.
From Pet Shop Boys to Kate Bush, pop stars are publishing their songs as books. What do their words reveal about them?
Allen details countless horrors, including a stalker entering her bedroom at night, waking up as a record industry executive attempted to rape her, and the unimaginable trauma of giving birth to her dead son.
30 years on from 1988’s Second Summer of Love, a flurry of eye-witness accounts of the rise of electronic dance music are hitting shelves.
Inspired by the leaked “Protect and Survive” films, in 1984 a BBC team set out to create a relentlessly accurate vision of an atomic bomb landing on Sheffield. Here’s how they did it.