Lisa Torem recollects meeting, interviewing and enjoying Chicago-based saxophonist Mars Williams’s music and endearing personality over the years.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon the Beatles' much anticipated new single, 'Now and Then'.
Bob Nicholson examines a new memoir from Cliff Richard in which he reflects upon thirty of the songs that have had the most influence on him.
Eoghan Lyng assesses Kenneth Womack's latest book about Beatles road manager Mal Evans.
Some of Pennyblackmusic's favourite artists and labels help us celebrate our 25th Anniversary by sending us their birthday greetings.
Eoghan Lyng reflects on Dan Callahan’s ambitious new book about Bing Crosby and some of the other major artists of the 1940 and 1950s.
Our writers list some of their favourite interviews of the last 25 years.
Some of our writers and photographers reflect on their Pennyblackmusic highlights.
Steve Kinrade pays personal tribute to Geoff Davies, the manager of the legendary Liiverpudlian-based record shop and label Probe Records. who died in September.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Band frontman, film composer and solo artist Robbie Robertson who died aged 80 on the 9th August.
We preview our 25th Anniversary gig which will take place with Swansea Sound. Keiron Phelan & Peace Signs and The Volunteered at The Water Rats in London on the 28th October 2023.
Sinead O' Connor
Zena Greig reflects on the career of Sinead O: Connor, who died aged 56 in July.
Squaring the Circle: The Story of Hipgnosis
Nick Debt-Robinson watches a new documentary about pioneering design company Hipgnosis, which was responsible for many iconic album covers from the late 1960s until the early 1980s.
Nick Dent=Robinson attends a new exhibition of photographs taken by Paul McCartney during The Beatles' rise to fame over for months between 1963 and 1964.
Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham
Nick Dent-Robinson previews Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham's forthcoming new album, 'Pigs Might Fly', which will be released in September.
The Times They-Are-A-Changing
Bob Nicholson reflects upon the themes and lyrics of several pop songs of the late 1950s and early 1960s, which, while innocent then, seem much more debatable now\
A true legend, Tina Turner who has died at the age of 83 emerged in the 1960s rhythm and blues era and following her mid-1980s re-emergence was hailed the Queen of Rock N’ Roll. Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute.
William E. Spevack
[subhead] Noting and commenting on a band’s every album and song involves a lot of facts but how much fun can you squeeze in too? Fiona Hutchings checks out the new addition to the Sonicbond Publishing libraryon Green Day.
Fiona Hutchings has no idea if David Paton’s life story will be magic or not but she gives it a go anyway,
Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to pioneering music and show business reporter Don Short, who has died aged 90.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of singer, actor and civil rights campaigner Harry Belafonte, who died in April at the age of 96.
Eoghan Lyng is impressed by 'Pleased', a new anthology of short stories, each of which have been inspired by The Beatles' 'Please Please Me'.
Stories on Songs
'Baby boomer' Bob Nicholson, enjoyed popular music of the late 50’s and early 60’s; he didn’t learn life lessons from their messages, but considers the songs 'all good'.
Eoghan Lyng profiles Italian author Luca Perasi's impeccably researched book on the stories behind Paul McCartney's songs.
Fairport's Cropredy Convention
Nick Dent-Robinson previews this year’s Faiport’s Cropredy Convention, which, as well as Fairport Convention, will also include sets from Chic, 10CC, Toyah, Kiki Dee and the final ever UK performance by The Strawbs.
We preview our gig with The Bathers and The Cowboy Mouth at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh on the 14th April.
Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to composer, songwriter, record producer and pianist Burt Bacharach who died this month.
Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to guitar legend Jeff Beck, who died in January at the age of 78.
Fiona Hutchings checks out Precious records’ four latest 10 inch classic BBC radio sessions. This time it’s The Soup Dragons on the turntable
Nick Dent-Robinson previews Blur star Alex James’ annual family festival The Big Feastival, which will include sets from Sigrid, Tom Grennan, Blossoms, Mel C and The Vaccines.
'Hungry Beat' co-author and 'Big Gold Dream' director Grant McPhee reflects on working with and interviewing Associates' keyboardist and guitarist Alan Rankine, who died on the 3rd January.
Nick Dent-Robinson looks at some of the highlights of this year's summer festivals
We preview our next London gig which will take place at The Water Rats on the 31st March with Heist, the black watch and Moon Under Water.
Denzil Watson pays tribute to Stranglers' drummer Jet Black who died in December.
Julie Cruickshank reflects on the career of Fleetwood Mac keyboardist Christine McVie who died in November.
We preview our first gig of 2023 which will take place at The Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh on the 25th March with The Bathers, the black watch (acoustic solo) and Stephen McLaren.
Professor Elemental always likes to keep it eclectic but even mega fan Fiona Hutchings is surprised by the number of plans he has bubbling away at the moment, which include collaborationss to a boardgame to working with a neuroscientist via a dark techno fetish night,
Longtime Beefheart enthusiast Opher Goodwin has researched and written an essential reference work for fans old and new. Nicky Crewe takes us through the pages
Jerry Lee Lewis
Lisa Torem recalls the positive effects that Jerry Lee Lewis had on her musical career and why he should be forever remembered.
Julie Cruickshank reflects on a mystery surrounding The Beatles playing her home town of Romford in Essex twice in 1963 and Ringo Starr's stepfather Harry Graves who came from there
Malcolm Carter finds that Managing Editor of the Irish Daily Mirror and author of music books Kevan Furbank has issued a fact-filled and entertaining paperback of that most crucial year in music 1967.
Ain't That Always The Way
In the first part of a two-part feature on Alan Horne's career after the implosion of his influential record label Postcard Records, 'Big Gold Dream' director and 'Hungry Beat' co-author Grant McPhee looks at his short-lived follow-up label Swamplands.
Ain't That Always The Way
In the second part of his feature on the latter career of indie record label owner Alan Horne, Grant McPhee looks at his resurrection of Postcard Records twice, firstly in the early 1990s and again in 2021
When is a reissue worth buying? Fiona Hutchings isn’t entirely sure. as she reflects upon the new vinyl version of Prolapse's 1994 debut album 'Pointless Walks To Dismal Places'.
Ash Gray and the Burners
Nicky Crewe experiences all the excitement of Ash Gray and the Burners’ latest album, 'LIVE 55', which, out in December, was recorded live at The Dorothy Pax in Sheffield.
Bob Gruen and Leee Black Childers
Dastardly travels to the D'Stassi gallery in Shoreditch to hear legendary rock photographer Bob Gruen talk about some of the iconic images on display in a new exhibiton.
Nick Dent-Robinson pays personal tribute to Olivia Newton-John who he knew in the 1970s, and who died in August after a long battle with cancer.
Nick Dent-Robinson leaves no stone unturned when commemorating Paul McCartney’s 18th June birthday, by chronicling the octogenarian’s unprecedented number of accomplishments.
The 'On Track...'series is a great resource for any fan. Nicky Crewe find that the latest book from Georg Purvis takes us through the 50 year career of Little Feat with all its twists and turns
Spencer Robertshaw finds a new Sonicbond book on Blur v,ery much woth reading
Lisa Torem profiles the extraordinary new single and video 'Sugar My' from singer-songwriter Jann Klose.
Steev Burgess visits an exhibition of Jarvis Cocker's memorabilia at The Gallery of Everything in London to celebrate the publication of his new book 'Good Pop, Bad Pop' and has a chance meeting with the man himself.
Peter Adams and Matt Pooler
Despite there already being a mass of books on Britpop, Fiona Hutchings finds the latest book in Sonicbond Publishing's 'Decades' series to be compulsory reading.
We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Heist, Idiot Son, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 10th September 2022.
Nick Dent-Robinson highlights some of the best music festivals of 2022.
Pennyblack’s own Tommy Gunnarsson takes on The Smiths and Morrissey’s entire back catalogue. in his first book Fiona Hutchings rolls up her sleeves and dives in.