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Podcasts from Spectator writers
When Covid rampaged through the world like a Viking raid of death-cult realtors, the world was suddenly shorn of live music
By Luke Haines
Peter Jackson’s new movie shows fans everywhere would swoon, but maybe they should just let it be
I tend to associate Christmas music with the records I received as gifts when I was a kid
In the Eighties, Japan had prosperity, optimism, loads of bizarre porn and the solace of technological gadgetry
Where there’s pop, there’s hype — and there’s nothing wrong with that
It’s a real shame the Christmas flexis have not had a proper, all-on-one album release
Farewell to the father of reggae
Our rock critic has made an album with R.E.M.’s Peter Buck. Here he explains how…
By 1969, Churchill was dead and the Kinks, as an album group, were toast
Natalie Cole had an instant pocket pop career. Her family, she said, were like ‘the black Kennedys’; and look how the Kennedys turned out
‘Motörhead, remember me now’
Raising the goblet of rock
…apart from one song
Another Music In A Different Kitchen and Love Bites Deluxe LPs by Buzzcocks reviewed
The White Album is reissued at 50
The great lost Beatles album
Grandpa, who were the Rolling Stones, and why?
Land of hope and Victoria: The Kinks’ lost empire
I’m turning Japanese
Confessions of a hype artist
What if the Beatles never broke up?
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