Dressing Up Was Great, But My Codpiece Was Notably Unfragrant: Jethro Tull’s Ian Anderson

Ian Anderson, the multimillion-selling prog rockers Jethro Tull's frontman, told me in 1993 that 2000 would be a good moment to put up his flute. He says now, "I think I was confusing myself with British Airways pilots who are out when they turn 65." "If you're a fully vaccinated professional tennis player, you might […]

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Big Big Train Frontman David Longdon Dies at 56

David Longdon, the leader and multi-instrumentalist for Big Big Train, a British prog rock band, has died at the age of 56. Longdon died at a Nottingham hospital on November 20th as a result of an accident, according to the group. There were no more details provided. "It is unspeakably cruel that a quirk of […]

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William Orbit's Bright Life: Madonna, Narcotics, and Helicopter-Trained Dogs

William Orbit was on the verge of becoming interstellar in the early 2000s. He was the Mark Ronson or Jack Antonoff of his day, one of the great pop builders of the Y2K period. In 1998, he produced Madonna's Grammy-winning Ray of Light, with its captivating techno-lite; a year later, he produced Blur's 13; and […]

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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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How Susana Baca Revived Afro-Peruvian Music

Susana Baca has lived several lives throughout the course of her 77 years. She is a well-known singer in Peru and an advocate for Afro-Peruvian music, thanks to a collaboration with David Byrne's Luaka Bop record label. She is an ethnomusicologist who runs a cultural center in Peru, and she was just the second Afro-Peruvian […]

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Composer Alan Hawkshaw Dies at 84

Alan Hawkshaw, a musician and composer who wrote some of the most well-known TV themes in the UK and was copied widely in hip-hop, has died at the age of 84. He was taken to the hospital last week with pneumonia and died early on Saturday. Hawkshaw composed the loping, almost reggae-like tune to Grange […]

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