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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 books include Naked at the Albert Hall, Bedsit Disco Queen and, most recently, My Rock ’n’ Roll Friend.
The disappointment – even after this year of disappointments – was sharp and piercing. We are all tired of putting on a brave face.
I was primed to dislike the Stones – but eventually I realised it wasn't them, it was me.
There are more bees in the garden than I have ever seen before, more butterflies, more moths, more everything.
For the last 30 years Ben’s life has had a lot of doctors in it, but still, general anaesthetics and surgery have the power to shake us both.
I’ve been banging the feminist drum for 40 years, but when I reflect on my early song lyrics I realise that I banged it far too subtly.
It’s why we keep books, isn’t it, for the little ghosts of our past selves contained within?
Last summer I didn’t take advantage of the loosening of rules and I regretted it; but this time I am allowing myself to join in.
Go-Betweens drummer Lindy Morrison endured the trials of being a woman in the music business in the 1980s, and her story should be told.
It all starts on a Friday night with some booze, as I sink into the relaxation that the end of the week brings.
As we battle with lockdown fatigue, I remember that those who live with disability or chronic illness always operate within such restrictions.