To enjoy all the benefits of our website
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, Another Planet: A Teenager in Suburbia
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.
Glastonbury’s cancellation comes as another blow upon the painful bruise being felt by the whole music industry. Yet the magnitude of the crisis is under-recorded.
One of the great consolations is gardening’s predictability. Plants want to grow, and so long as you give them soil, water and light, they will do their thing. It’s reassuring.
As fireworks lit up London's skyline, I thought of us all in the city below watching from our separate spaces.
This year more than ever we'll all be doing a lot of muddling through, and hanging on stoically for better times ahead.
As I read her instructions for an "Easy Boxing Day Buffet", I wonder how different Christmas will feel this year.
As I watch the documentary Ronnie's, I am reminded of the complicated man who brought the New York jazz scene to Soho.
Feeling a bit unproductive, I put on my boots and head outside to push broad beans into the earth.