Category Music

Mind On The Run | Basil Kirchin & Me

Mind On The Run: The Basil Kirchin Story was a three day crash course in all things Basil, celebrating the life and work an unsung musical genius.

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Catch The Devil | Rude Boys versus John Deakin REDUX

Two London exhibitions threw up some unexpected connections between the cult of the rude-boy and the work of an embittered fifties Soho visionary…

Thicky Disco | The Wheels of Steel & Me

Call it a mid-life crisis if you want; call it one last desperate spin of the bottle if it helps: but in my mid-30s, I suddenly decided it was time I became a DJ…

Once Upon A Time In Leeds West | Ennio Morricone & Me

What does it say about me that whenever I hear Ennio Morricone’s title score for The Good, The Bad & The Ugly, I am gripped with fear? Every person has his hang-ups, I suppose, but as phobias go, mine is pretty strange – although I did recently hear tell of a Hollywood actor who is […]

The Queen Is Dead | Queen’s Greatest Hits & Me

In the glorious summer between leaving school and going to university, I did a lot of driving around. Actually, this isn’t strictly true. It was Dave who did all the driving, and I that did all the being driven around. I had proved such an apparent danger to the public, behind the wheel of an […]

Time Has Told Me | Nick Drake & Me

Mr Woodman’s History lesson was last thing on a Wednesday afternoon. His room – which was entirely suited to its purpose being both grey and dusty – was midway along an oxblood floored corridor at a forgotten end of the school. Pupils entered the classroom through a battered door, sellotaped to which was a faded poster […]

Warehouse: Songs and Stories | Frankie Knuckles & Me

Being a miserable bastard, who just happens to be from the North of England, it was always more likely that I would gravitate towards Detroit Techno, than its happier cousin Chicago House. But the sad news yesterday of the passing of DJ, musician and record producer Frankie Knuckles, aged only 59, cuts across such primitive […]