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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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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Review of Self-Esteem – A Woman Reborn

Even though it’s just the first song of the night, half of the audience is howling like dogs. Of course, delirious excitement is the proper reaction to Self Esteem’s maximalist pop. A few hundred people are jammed into what may be the last of Sheffield-bred singer-songwriter Rebecca Lucy Taylor’s numerous jaunts throughout Britain’s small venues, […]

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Questions for Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan?

Dave Gahan, frontman of Depeche Mode, continues our new series in which Guardian readers ask stars of cinema and music questions. His newest album with the duet Soulsavers is released next month. Depeche Mode has carved out its own darkly lighted corner of British music for over 40 years, managing to be campy, gothic, joyful, […]

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