Kate Mossman is the New Statesman's features editor.
His success with the Happy Mondays dissolved into debt, drug addiction and a 12-year battle with lawyers. Then all his hair fell out. But Salford’s great survivor got away with it.
Bell was an openly gay pop star “bubbling up from Boy George and Jimmy Somerville”, in an era when pop stars weren’t openly gay.
Donald Glover isn’t a fantastic dancer, or an amazing singer, or a genius songwriter – but a thousand creative concepts fizz in his music.
The makers of Crime Monthly admit the magazine came about to take advantage of the boom in box-set murder TV.
Bragg is one of our most industrious public intellectuals, but his inner life is replete with mystery and devotion
David Duchovny’s moves make his project feel personal – so unpolished, so lumbersome, so unedited and exposed.
“Halfway through, my record was a complete mess because the government was a complete mess.”
Plus: a new solo record from Ian Brown.
My friend and I went clubbing to see if we still “had it going on”.
In Van Etten’s new album, life’s mess is powerful and holding it all in your arms is a creative act.