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Bernard Sumner talks to Northern Soul

October 13, 2014 Comments Off on Bernard Sumner talks to Northern Soul

It’s a sunny Autumn afternoon out on the terrace bar at The Lowry in Salford and Bernard Sumner is explaining how he came to write his autobiography.

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Connie Converse

How sad, how lovely: the mystery of Connie Converse

October 1, 2014 Comments Off on How sad, how lovely: the mystery of Connie Converse

Musicians can be strange, unpredictable, other-worldly creatures, completely wrapped up in the mysteries of their art. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that they have a habit of going missing.

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Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

September 27, 2014 Comments Off on Michael Palin talks about Travelling to Work

It’s one of those glorious instances of “of course!” casting: the makers of the forthcoming new version of The Clangers have announced that the narrator will be none other than Michael Palin.

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Jarvis Cocker

Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on Pulp: A Film about Life, Death and Supermarkets

Last week Keanu Reeves turned 50. Just let that sink in for a minute. Keanu Reeves. ‘Woah, dude! Excellent!’. Fifty. It’s enough to send you running to the nearest mirror gasping, ‘So, hang on… how old am I?’

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British Sea Power: true bearers of the flame of independent music

September 12, 2014 Comments Off on British Sea Power: true bearers of the flame of independent music

In these days when it’s hard to define exactly what constitutes ‘an independent band’ – is it the type of music they make, or the label they’re on, or their overall ethos, or what?

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Here’s One We Made Earlier: The Story of BBC Children’s Broadcasting

July 26, 2014 Comments Off on Here’s One We Made Earlier: The Story of BBC Children’s Broadcasting

Children’s TV: you watch it for about ten years, then you spend the rest of your life sitting in the pub reminiscing (in fact, if your passport lists your occupation as ‘bad stand-up comic’, you might even make a living making cracks about it).

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KEVIN ROWLAND

Nowhere is Home for Dexys

July 8, 2014 Comments Off on Nowhere is Home for Dexys

Let’s get this straight from the start. If you, reader, are sitting there thinking, “Dexys! Hahaha! Come on Eileen! One-hit wonders! Raggle-taggle gypsies! Hohoho!” – well, you’ve got it all wrong.

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Keeping Rosy: Christine Bottomley gives Northern Soul the low-down

June 10, 2014 Comments Off on Keeping Rosy: Christine Bottomley gives Northern Soul the low-down

On Portland Street in Manchester city centre, sandwiched between Chinatown and the coach station, there’s a large disused office block.

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The Rutles

The Rutles

June 2, 2014 Comments Off on The Rutles

There’s a rule of thumb with comedy songs: they don’t age well.

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Lucie-Mae Sumner as Kate Monster in Avenue Q. Photo Credit Darren Bell (2)

Avenue Q

May 29, 2014 Comments Off on Avenue Q

In America during the Great Depression there was a huge underground market for so-called ‘Tijuana bibles’, small bootleg comics which depicted the family-friendly cartoon stars of the day – Popeye, Dick Tracy – getting up all sorts of rude, adult and not at all family-friendly things.

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