Friday, 30 December 2016

The wrong New Year resolutions

It’s the end of the year, and blog posts are infecting the internet with words like “mindset”: the answer, apparently, to being healthier, richer and more successful next year. I gave up New Year’s resolutions years ago so I’m shrugging off the advice as nothing more than an excuse for a bit of buzzword bingo.
But there are some things I can’t shrug off.

Tuesday, 27 December 2016

2016. So much to answer for.

Poster: "Lost. All hope. Last seen some time before 2016."

A Facebook meme just turned up on a friend’s post: “Guess who’s still alive in 2016? Keith f****ing Richards.” I fought the temptation to comment: “There are still four days left.”

Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Book review: The Rise The Fall and The Rise

Book cover.
I like reading memoirs by musicians – especially by women musicians, because those stories are only just starting to be told. But Brix Smith Start’s book, The Rise The Fall and The Rise, isn’t really a rock’n’roll memoir: it’s a very long autobiography with a bit of rock’n’roll in it.

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

In praise of “WTF” records

Record sleeve for "Warm Leatherette" by The Normal.

I like having friends younger than me, particularly when it comes to the music round in the pub quiz. And because it gives me a different perspective.

But sometimes it makes me feel old, like when they turn out to have heard of Mott the Hoople because their parents had the albums.

Wednesday, 12 October 2016

People’s history of pop

Like many people my age, I often watch the music documentaries on BBC4 on a Friday night. Sometimes I enjoy these programmes. Sometimes I hate myself a bit for succumbing to cheap nostalgia. More often, I hate the presenters or the talking heads who half the time Weren’t There and most of the time are men. One of my friends even calls it “middleagedwhiteblokenight”.

The People’s History of Pop is a bit different. Not enough different, but a bit is a start. Because it’s not about presenters (although there always is a celebrity presenter) or about talking heads, but about fans.