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SSU’s Popular Music Journalism team announces the second Word Up! conference

Originally posted on Popular Music Journalism:
Southampton Solent University is to host its second annual music journalism conference, Word Up!, on Monday 3rd November, at the Solent Lecture Theatre in the SM building at 12-4pm. After last year’s hugely successful…

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Patrick Wolf, St George’s Church, Brighton – 2007

Patrick Wolf, St George’s Church, Brighton Monday 26 November 2007, The Independent The irony can’t have gone unnoticed as Patrick Wolf walked through the audience to the stage wearing an embellished approximation of a Roman soldier’s helmet. The venue is, … Continue reading

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Roots Manuva, The Sage, Gateshead (The Independent – 2005)

Roots Manuva, The Sage, Gateshead Wednesday 02 March 2005 Roots Manuva’s raps are delivered with the kind of gravel-distressed, ganja-soaked growl that takes years of larynx-burning inhalation to achieve. Strange, then, that he should open his latest tour in a … Continue reading

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Vinyl Memories #2 – James White and the Blacks – Off White (1978) & James Chance and the Contortions – Buy Contortions (1979)

    Punk’s year zero clarion call seemed increasingly empty as the UK lurched towards 1979’s winter of discontent. The music that had once seemed so brave had become reduced to a standardized three-chord stereotype by a generation of young … Continue reading

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Vinyl Memories #1 – Sex Pistols ‘Never Mind the Bollocks… Here’s the Sex Pistols’

The first band I ever saw was Pink Floyd. I was bored. A few days later I first heard the Sex Pistols’ ‘Anarchy in the UK’. I was enthralled. In those few moments my life was changed forever. I went home, took … Continue reading

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MOUNT KIMBIE – Cold Spring Fault Less Youth (Warp)

Here’s a review I wrote for Electronic Sound… I’ve been thinking a lot about how always-on streaming consumption impacts on perceptions of music in terms of historical and socio-cultural significance. How do we understand music when text is stripped from … Continue reading

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In memory of MCR and their ‘over-emotional pomp’. This is how they disappear.

The recent announcement that one-time spokespeople for the Emo generation My Chemical Romance were calling it a day brought many shades of eyeliner smudged tears to a lot of people I know. Quite why I’ll probably never understand… but in … Continue reading

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BOWIE’S BACK… AFTER REALITY THERE’S SILENCE

  First of all I’d like to make something clear, I am a David Bowie addict. Not in recovery, not in denial, but an addict through and through. I can’t ignore him. I have to buy everything he does, in … Continue reading

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Siouxsie Sioux – a teenage obsession

Just found this unpublished piece about following Siouxsie and the Banshees as a youth. Thought I’d share it…  SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES From a scream to a whisper – an everyday story of teenage obsession The date is May 5 … Continue reading

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Understanding the Music Industries book – out now

  After what seems like an age the book I co-authored with Chris Anderton and Andrew Dubber is out now on Sage. What it’s about is pretty self explanatory really, but just in case  it’s not… here’s a bit from … Continue reading

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