Something is always killing music. This Christmas it was the collapse into administration of HMV, the last major high street retailer of CDs and vinyl, following “extremely weak” holiday trading. Hearteningly, people reacted less with indifference towards a fallen corporate giant and more in sadness at the loss of a venue for musical exploration and life-changing epiphanies.
With widdly-woo guitars and albums about mythic priests, Rush became the biggest cult band in North America. Frontman Geddy Lee picks out his favourite songs from their back catalogue
I take issue with “widdly-woo” but a good article/read.
About to turn 84 and still going strong, Hans-Joachim Roedelius has led a long and extraordinary life, which has taken in Nazi Germany, postwar turmoil, the birth of Krautrock and working with Michael Rother and Brian Eno among others. His mind, however, is fixed on the present and the future, he tells David Stubbs
Sean Kitching talks to Tim Smith about the conferring of an honorary PhD on the much loved cult musician, and gauges reaction to the news from some of his fellow musicians and advocates.
All accolades thoroughly deserved.
2000 AD is profoundly saddened to confirm that artist Carlos Ezquerra has passed away at the age of 70. One of the all-time greatest comic book artists, the Spanish illustrator was one of the titans of 2000 AD.
Very sad news.
Currently reading: Art Matters by Neil Gaiman, ISBN: 9781472260086
Currently reading: Mars by 1980: The Story of Electronic Music by David Stubbs, ISBN: 9780571323975
WITHIN minutes of asking Herald readers to vote for their favourite Scottish album, a passionate and articulate debate began in homes, workplaces…