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Nick Dent-Robinson

Nick Dent-Robinson - A Life in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to Nick Dent-Robinson.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Firestarter RIP

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw pays tribute to a friend who has recently passed away.


Kraftwerk

Kraftwerk - The Image That Made Me Weep

In our column 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which our writers write about the impact of a particular photo or image on them, Tommy Gunnarsson writes of a rare photo that finds Kraftwerk smiling.


It's Summertime, Let's Have Some Pop

It's Summertime, Let's Have Some Pop - Bandcamp Explorer

In ‘Bandcamp Explorer’ Mark Rowland looks at some of the best music on Bandcamp that puts you in a summer mood.


George Harrison

George Harrison - In the 1970's

George Harrison surpassed expectations as a songwriter after initially being regarded as "the quiet Beatle". In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem discovers that Eoghan Lyng's new book explores many facets of the British songwriter's career.


Felix Cavaliere

Felix Cavaliere - From Pelham, NY to Rock n Roll Hall of Fame

In 'Raging Pages' Lisa Torem finds that The Rascals' Felix Cavaliere shares insights regarding the American band's hits and challenges, as well as his spiritual growth in his new autobiography, 'Memoir of a Rascal'.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Get Some of This in Your Life

In his regular 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw writes of Pennyblackmusic's latest recruit, his new dog Norman.


Tommy Gunnarsson

Tommy Gunnarsson - A Life in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our Swedish writer Tommy Gunnarsson.


Deep Purple

Deep Purple - The Image That Made Me Weep

In our column 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which our writers write about the impact of a particular photo or image on them, Dastardly writes about how the sleeve of a Deep Purple 'Greatest Hits' album made him fall in love with the Fender Stratocaster guitar.


The Decline of the Rock Group

The Decline of the Rock Group - Comment

Nick Dent-Robinson examines why in the current musical landscape bands have become something of the past.


Ukraine

Ukraine - Bandcamp Explorer

In his 'Bandcamp Explorer' column Mark Rowland examines some of the best music that is currently available on Bandcamp from the Ukraine.


Radiohead

Radiohead - Willam Allen: Radiohead On Track: Every Album, Every Song

In her 'Raging Pages' book column series, Lisa Torem reflects on Willam Allen's 'Radiohead On Track: Every Album, Every Song', which, published at the end of last year, is one of the latest books from the excellent Sonicbond Publishing.


Ben Howarth

Ben Howarth - A Life in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our writer Ben Howarth.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - Resilience and A Life In Mono

In this special edition of ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities,’ Steve Miles continues his insightful exploration of the relationship between music and mental health by looking in depth at just one artist, the fascinating and fantastic unsigned Life In Mono, and meditating on the meaning of resilience.


Boomtown Rats

Boomtown Rats - Ten Songs That Made Me Love....

Eoghan Lyng selects ten favourites from Dublin pioneers The Boomtown Rats, moving from punk into New Wave, Eighties pop and the recent comeback album


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Contradiction

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw looks with his usual humour at contradiction.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - Metal

Mark Rowland in 'Bandcamp Explorer' examines the best releases on Bandcamp of recent metal recordings.


Robby Krieger

Robby Krieger - Set The Night on Fire, Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar with The Doors

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem assesses Doors' guitarist Robby Krieger's new autobiography, 'Set The Night on Fire, Living, Dying, And Playing Guitar with The Doors'


Vinyl Stories

Vinyl Stories - Penny Vinyl

In 'Vinyl Stories' Dave Goodwin talks to some of our writers about their vinyl purchases of the year.


Denzil Watson

Denzil Watson - A Life in Music

When chatting with a longstanding fellow writer for her 'A Life in Music' column, in which she talks to a different Pennyblack writer about the impact on music on their lives, Cila Warncke discovers that Denzil Watson doubled as a gigging musician in Sheffield and Lincolnshire.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Rain

Spencer Robertshaw writes of heartache and romantic break-up in the latest poem in his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column.


Dave Grohl

Dave Grohl - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Kimberly Bright writes of a video image taken of Dave Grohl at The Foo Fighters' television debut on 'The Late Show with David Letterman' in August 1995.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - The Best of ‘The Best of Bandcamp’

In 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland looks at some of the best releases on Bandcamp of the last year.


Tommy James

Tommy James - Me, The Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells

In her 'Raging Pages' book column, Lisa Torem reflects upon 'Me, The Mob and the Music: One Helluva Ride with Tommy James and the Shondells' which, co-written with Martin Fitzpatrick, tells of how the 60s's rock star's career was taken control over by gangsters.


Andrew Twambley

Andrew Twambley - A Life in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic staff about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our photographer and writer Andrew Twambley .


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #6 - ‘Sometimes when I wake up/ Feel like I never woke up at all...’ -  Peter Perrett and the Primacy of the Emotions : Music and Mental Health Part 3).

In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’ Steve Miles reflects on the themes of anxiety and depression in the lyrics of the Only Ones’ Peter Perrett.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Fucking Cancer

In his 'Evidently Spencertown' poetry column Spencer Robertshaw reflects on cancer, a 'time bomb' that affects that us all.


Ruskin Arms

Ruskin Arms - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep' Julie Cruickshank laments the demise of legendary rock pub The Ruskin Arms, which launched Iron Maiden and the Small Faces.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - World Tour

Mark Rowland in 'Bandcamp Explorer' goes on a continent-by-continent trip around the world.


Damned

Damned - Every Album, Every Song by Morgan Brown

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem finds that in a new book about British punk act, The Damned, by Morgan Brown, the author/musician chronicles the band’s studio history with solid research and humour.


Lisa Torem

Lisa Torem - A LIfe in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she speaks to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke talks to our long-term American writer Lisa Torem.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Trouble in a Teacup

Spencer Robertshaw writes of his now grown-up daughter in the latest poem in his 'Evidently Spencertown' column.


Beatles

Beatles - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made You Weep', in which our writers write of the personal impact of a photo or image on them, Eoghan Lyng writes of a photo taken at Ringo Starr and Barbara Bach's wedding in 1981.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - Fuzz  Fancies

Inspired by own search for a fuzz pedal for his own band The Volunteered, Mark Rowland in 'Bandcamp Explorer' looks for the best fuzz-influenced bands on Bandcamp.


Liberty DeVitto

Liberty DeVitto - Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem interviews rock drummer Liberty DeVitto and reviews his compelling musical memoir, 'Liberty: Life, Billy and the Pursuit of Happiness'.


Evidently Spencertown

Evidently Spencertown - Action Man

Spencer Robertshaw returns after a break with the latest poem in his poetry column 'Evidently Spencertown'.


Mark Rowland

Mark Rowland - A Life in Music

In her series 'A Life in Music', in which she talks to Pennyblackmusic writers about the personal impact and influence of music on them, Cila Warncke, discusses with Mark Rowland his changing musical tastes, the importance of solid music journalism and the hypocrisy of rock mythology.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #5 - ‘We all have good intentions/ But all with strings attached’:  Music and Mental Health Part 2

In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, Steve Miles continues to looks at the issue of mental health and reflects on the positive effect of music and songs by The Gang of Four, The Fall, The Television Personalities, Black Uhuru, The Au Pairs and The Slits on his adolescence.


Queen

Queen - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep', in which a different writer with each edition writes of the impact of a photo or an image on them, Fiona Hutchings reflects on a photo of Queen at Live Aid.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - :Digging into Obscure Electronic Genres

In 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland searches on Bandcamp for electronica and discovers some of its more unusual genres and subdivisions.


Lisa Robinson

Lisa Robinson - Nobody Ever Asked Me About The Girls: Women, Music and Fame

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem reflects on music journalist Lisa Robinson’s new book which looks at the changing role of women in the entertainment industry through a unique lens.


Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson - Close Encounters of the Famous Kind

In the first in a new series, in which our writers tell of encounters with the famous, Julie Cruickshank tells of a strange meeting with Michael Jackson in Foyle’s bookshop in London.


Eoghan Lyng

Eoghan Lyng - A Life in Music

In her series, 'A Life in Music', in which she chats to Pennyblackmusic writers about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to our Irish writer Eoghan Lyng.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #4: From Leonard Cohen to Long Covid: Music and Mental Health – Part 1

In his regular column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’, Steve Miles begins to looks at the topical issue of mental health and its effect on music and songs by Leonard Cohen, Suicidal Tendencies and The Smiths.


Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

In 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' Julie Cruickshank writes of her favourite songs by 70's rock giants Led Zeppelin.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - Envelope-Stretching Soul

In 'Bandcamp Explorer' Mark Rowland examines some of the best soul records available on Bandcamp.


Lita Ford

Lita Ford - Living Like a Runaway

In her ‘Raging Pages’ book column Lisa Torem reflects upon ex-Runaways’ guitarist Lita Ford’s 2016 autobiography, ‘Living Like a Runaway’.


Mary Wilson

Mary Wilson - Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme

In 'Raging Pages', her regular book column, Lisa Torem examines 'Dream Girl: My Life as a Supreme', the 1987 autobiography of Motown star and Supremes member Mary Wilson, who died in February.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - Golden Lo-Fi Nuggets

In his ‘Bandcamp Explorer’ column Mark Rowland examines some of the best lo-fi bands and albums that are available on Bandcamp.


John Lennon

John Lennon - The Image That Made Me Weep

In 'The Image That Made Me Weep, Lisa Torem writes of a life-sized statue of John Lennon that she discovered while visiting Havana.


Erasure

Erasure - Ten Songs That Made Me Love....

Fiona Hutchings picks ten personal milestones from the tracks of British pop pioneers Erasure.


In Dreams Begin Responsibilities

In Dreams Begin Responsibilities - #3

In his column ‘In Dreams Begin Responsibilities’ European Sun and The Short Stories’ Steve Miles reflects on the role of silence in music.


Fiona Hutchings

Fiona Hutchings - A Life in Music

In the second in her new series, 'A Life in Music', in which she will be talking to a Pennyblack writer about how music has affected and influenced them, Cila Warncke speaks to Fiona Hutchings,


U2

U2 - Every Album, Every Song

In her 'Raging Pages' book column Lisa Torem examines a comprehensive volume about the work of Irish rockers U2 recently penned by Pennyblackmusic writer Eoghan Lyng


Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode - Ten Songs That Made Me Love...

Fiona Hutchings in 'Ten Songs That Made Me Love...' writes of her favourite songs by Depeche Mode.


Bandcamp Explorer

Bandcamp Explorer - Bandcamp Explorer - Feb 2021

This month's Bandcamp Explorer column is an ode to the compilation album, with six great examples to be found on Bandcamp. Let Mark Rowland be your guide.







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