Irreversible Brain Taint from Segregation: Leo Nocentelli

Leo Nocentelli is impossible to pin down. When I ask how the renowned funk guitarist's astonishing solo record Another Side came to be published after 50 years in obscurity, he gives me the whole tale in a seven-minute monologue, but I can't confirm his age. "It's not important," he adds, his Louisiana accent thick as […]

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Pop Is Simply Too Regulated for a Rebel Like Mick Rock to Thrive

Mick Rock, a music photographer who died last week at the age of 72, famously remarked that he was "in the business of evoking the aura" of the people he photographed. It was his great fortune to be working at a period when the androgynous otherness radiating from rock stars like David Bowie, Lou Reed, […]

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Homecoming Euphoria Has People Shouting in the Streets

Sam Fender's rise from his debut song in 2017 to the top of the album chart with Seventeen Going Under this year is the stuff of legends, but his first arena gig in the area that formed him is something else entirely. The 27-year-old from North Shields enters the stage amid a sea of flags […]

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‘I Felt Broken and Needed to Be Mended,' Says KeiyaA

KeiyaA didn't have internet connectivity on her phone when she released her first album Forever, Ya Girl on Bandcamp in March 2020, so she had to walk downstairs to connect to the local video store's wifi to post about the release on her Instagram. " All I remember is letting hours pass and then returning […]

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What We Learnt from Adele's One Night Only Special

In an honest, wide-ranging conversation with Oprah Winfrey, Adele discussed the sorrow of her divorce, abandoning the goal of a nuclear family, her weight, and her poor connection with her late father. The singer admitted she felt "embarrassed" that she couldn't make her marriage to Simon Konecki "work" during a sit-down in Winfrey's rose garden, […]

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‘How Can I Perceive Death in a Bad Light When Someone I love Has Died?'

After their Guardian photoshoot, Let's Eat Grandma appear at a café, dressed as a couple of pop stars. They are both tall – around 5ft 9in – and dressed in luxurious jewel tones with impeccable eyeliner, but the similarity stops there. Jenny Hollingworth has the thick red curls of a young Kate Bush, while Rosa […]

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