As Years Go By

As Years Go By - Time Catching Up with Ageing Rock Stars

With the news that Marianne Faithfull has moved into a retirement home, Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the growing amount of ageing rock stars.

Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard - Not Fade Away

With the realisation that his favourite artist Cliff Richard may never tour again,Bob Nicholson looks back on some of the highlights in his lengthy career.

Bill Wyman

Bill Wyman - The Quiet One

Nick Dent-Robinson assesses Oliver Murray's nostalgic documentary, which now available on DVD, is a film biography of Rolling Stones founding member and bass player Bill Wyman

Gary Brooker

Gary Brooker - 1945-2022

Nick Dent-Robinson pays personal tribute to Gary Brooker, the frontman with Procol Harum, who died in February.

Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters and Mark Crohan

Andrew Môn Hughes, Grant Walters and Mark Crohan - The Bee Gees in the 1960s

Lisa Torem examines a new book 'The Bee Gees in the 1960s’ which examines their early career.

Laura Shenton

Laura Shenton - Curved Air in the 1970s

Lisa Torem is impressed with Laura Shenton's well-researched and informative book about progressive rock band Curved Air's early history in the 1970s.


Pennyblackmusic - Writers and Photographers' Albums of the Year 2021

Our writers and photographers reveal their albums of the year.

How Music Journalism Can Fight Misogyny

How Music Journalism Can Fight Misogyny - Comment

In light of Marilyn Manson's downfall, Cila Warncke asks what music journalism can do to fight misogyny.

Mike Hipple

Mike Hipple - Lived Through That: 90s Musicians Today

Anthony Dhanendran finds fascinating Mike Hipple's new book 'Lived Through That: 90s Musicians Today' in which he talks to and photographs an assortment of 90's indie musicians.


Beatles - Get Back

In the first of two articles on the new Beatles documentary 'Get Back', Nick Dent-Robinson finds astonishing its previously unseen footage and enjoys its evocation of a Britain and the world that has now disappeared.


Beatles - Get Back

Lisa Torem, in the second of two articles on the Beatles' new epic documentary, that you’d be wise to watch Get Back,’ where the Beatles exhibit patience and utter genius.

Richard H. Kirk

Richard H. Kirk - 1956-2021

Denzil Watson pays personal tribute to Cabaret Voltaire frontman Richard H. Kirk, who died unexpectedly in September.

Alan Lancaster

Alan Lancaster - 1949-2021

Julie Cruickshank pays tribute to Status Quo's original bassist and co-founder Alan Lancaster who died in September.

Baxter Dury

Baxter Dury - Chaise Longue

Fiona Hutchings finds that Baxter Dury's new memoir about his childhood and father Ian Dury promises but does not fully deliver

Tanya Pearson

Tanya Pearson - Why Marianne Faithfull Matters

Nicky Crewe finds that Tanya Pearson's new book is a fascinating insight into Marianne Faithfull’s life and career by a writer who isn’t afraid to bring her own experience to the exploration of the myth and reality of Faithfull’s story and legacy.

Lee "Scratch" Perry

Lee "Scratch" Perry - 1936-2021

Maarten Schiethart looks back on the life and career of Jamaican producer and musician Lee "Scratch" Perry who died in August.

Charlie Watts

Charlie Watts - 1941-2021

Nick Dent-Robinson pays tribute to Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts who died on August 24th.

Idiot Son

Idiot Son - (With Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide), Water Rats, London, 29/1/2022

We preview the next Pennyblackmusic Bands Night which will take place with Idiot Son, Morton Valence, The Volunteered and Simon Bromide at The Water Rats in London on the 29th January 2022.

Aztec Camera

Aztec Camera - Profile

Aztec Camera’s five albums for the WEA label are being compiled in a massive nine disc box set 'Backwards and Forwards', with four discs of extras! But even though he enjoys it, Tommy Gunnarsson misses their amazing debut album, 'High Land, Hard Rain'.

Lucy in the Sky....

Lucy in the Sky.... - Pop StorIes

Nick Dent-Robinson gives a thumbs-up to Annie Nightingale’s ‘Hey Hi Hello’ – a 'rewarding read' which includes 'fascinating back-stories spanning her five decades of interaction with the biggest names in music and culture.'