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Nick Dent-Robinson


Interviews



Sarah Cracknell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her thirty plus years of fronting synth-pop outfit St. Etienne, family life and their forthcoming appearance at Glastonbury.




Dwina Gibb
Feeder
'Legs' Larry Smith

Dwina Gibb talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her memories of her late husband, The Bee Gees' Robin Gibb,, and a new exhibition of photographs and family memorabilia to commemorate the tenth anniverrsary of his death.
Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Grant Nicholas from bestselling rock act Feeder at a gig in Oxford about their new album ‘Torpedo’.
In this 2010 archival interview Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band tuba player, tap dancer and occasional percussionist ‘Legs’ Larry Smith speaks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his long career, working with the Beatles and his band’s reformation for a series of 40th Anniversary shows.




Sam Brown
Chris Jagger
Robbie Robertson
Alice Cooper

In this 2008 archival interview, which she believes to be definitive,, renowned singer-songwriter Sam Brown chats to Nick Dent-Robinson about some of the highlights of her thirty year career, including working with George Harrison, Jools Holland and Pink Floyd, the massive success of her 80's single 'Stop' and her then recently released fourth album 'Of The Moment'.
Nick Dent-Robinson speaks tp Chris Jagger, the younger brother of the Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger, about his forthcoming memoir 'Talking to Myself' and his own musical career.
Reissued to celebrate its fiftieth anniversary, 'Stage Fright' was the third studio album by legendary Americana outfit The Band. Presented in a new mix with revised running order and accompanying Royal Albert Hall show, Nick Dent-Robinson chats to guitarist/vocalist Robbie Robertson about the disc
Alice Cooper talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new album ‘Detroit Stories,’ which, in homage to the infamous blue-collar city and his home town, includes new and classic covers, and features original band members.


Bob Harris
Bon Jovi
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

BBC legend Bob Harris talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his new all-star charity project to help musicians affected by the coronavirus.
When you're a rock superstar, who do you turn to for musical advice? Jon Bon Jovi tells Nick Dent-Robinson about this and more.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson where her Kitchen Disco inspiration came from and where it's going next.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson why she started doing her superb lockdown kitchen discos, and how she plans to bow out.


Ed O'Brien
Doris Brendel
Bob Geldof
Melanie Blake

Radiohead guitarist and vocalist Ed O’Brien chats to Nick Dent-Robinson about his warmly praised solo debut LP 'Earth' under the guise EOB,
With 'Mass Hysteria', her fourth album with Lee Dunham, due for release in early September, ex-Violet Hour frontwoman Doris Brendel talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her unusual upbringing and long musical career.
Bob Geldof talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about the reformation of his band the Boomtown Rats, their first album in 36 years 'Citizens of the Boomtown', Live Aid and his lengthy career.
Multi-millionaire music manager Melanie Blake talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her working class Manchester upbringing, experiences of working on 'Top of the Pops' in the 1990s, bestselling debut novel, 'The Thunder Girls', and writing career.


Profiles



Nick Dent-Robinson highlights some of the best music festivals of 2022.




Bill Wyman
As Years Go By
Gary Brooker
Beatles

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
With the news that Marianne Faithfull has moved into a retirement home, Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the growing amount of ageing rock stars.
Nick Dent-Robinson pays personal tribute to Gary Brooker, the frontman with Procol Harum, who died in February.
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.


Live Reviews





London Grammar
Supergrass
Lulu

Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a rare, intimate show from stadium-filling act London Grammar at the O2 Academy in Oxford.
Nick Dent-Robinson watches Supergrass back after a decade away play a set of classic anthems to an enthusiastic crowd at the Alexandra Palace in London.
Nick Dent-Robinson watches Scottish entertainer Lulu play to a packed house in Oxford with remarkable energy in celebration of her 55-year career.


Favourite Albums




Keith Richards
David Bowie
George Harrison

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on Keith Richards' 1992 debut solo a;bum 'Main Offender', which has just been re-released in a thirtieth anniversary edition.
In our Re:View section, in which we look back at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson is excited that David Bowie’s ‘Toy,’ previously soldas part of a box set format will be released in its own right.
In the first of two articles Nick Dent-Robinson commemorates the 50th anniversary of the late George Harrison’s seminal album,’ All Things Must Pass'.


Features



Don Short


Nick Dent-Robinson examines why in the current musical landscape bands have become something of the past.
In 'Raging Pages' guest writer Nick Dent-Robinson finds fascinating 60's and 70's show business reporter and journalist Don Short's new memoir, 'The Beatles and Beyond'.



Miscellaneous
Miscellaneous

Nick Dent-Robinson sheds a contemporary light on a continued and much-debated controversy, namely, Which band is better, the Beatles or the Stones?
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on interviewing major rock stars and bands and how that has in recent times changed.


Reviews



Def Leppard
Dave Stewart
Smile
Soft Cell

Enjoyable first album in seven years from Sheffield-formed hard rock act Def Leppard who on his new record play to their strengths
Versatile and semi-autobiographical new album from former Eurythmics member Dave Stewart
High quality debut album from The Smile, The new side-project for Radiohead's Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood
Excellent fifth album from groundbreaking 80's synth duo Soft Cell


Norah Jones
Father John Misty
Sam Brace
Little Boots

Fantastic 20th anniversary reissue of Norah Jones' sublime surprise hit debut album. 'Come Away With Me'
Heartwarming and immaculate fifth album from Father John Misty, the moniker of Seattle singer-songwriter Josh Tillman
Strong 1990s alternative rock-influenced debut solo album from folk punk band Skinny Lister's guitarist Sam Brace
Homemade DIY disco on accomplished but melancholic latest album from electronic artist Little Boots


Stereophonics
Bryan Adams
Weather Station
Tears For Fears

Anthemic and impressively powerful bewalbum from Welsh band Stereophonics released to coincide with the 25th anniversary of their debut LP
Formulaic but enjoyable latest album from bestselling Canadian artist Bryan Adams
Intimate and understated sixth album from The Weather Station, the project of acclaimed Canadian actress and singer Tamara Lindeman
Ambitious first album in eighteen years from seminal 80's synth pop group Tears For Fears which finds them convincingly breaking into new territory


Slash
Oysterband
Paul McCartney and Wings
John Mellencamp

Familiar but impressive hard rock on fourth album from Guns'N'Roses guitarist Slash with his side project The Conspirators
Rousing and Green-friendly political folk rock in first album in eight years from the highly acclaimed Oysterband
Excellent vinyl reissue of Wings' 1971 debut album which while it received lukewarm reception on its initial release half a century on stands up in a more favourable light
Gritty and pessimistic new album of blue-collar anthems from Indiana-born singer-songwriter John Mellencamp which features guest appearances from Bruce Springsteen


Anais Mitchell
Silk Sonic
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Katie Melua

Thoughtful and warm first studio album in ten years for indie folk musician Anais Mitchell who has been focusing on her alternative career writing Broadway musicals.
Harmonic soul pop on debut album from Silk Sonic, the new project of Bruno Mars with Californian singer and drummer Anderson .Paak
Upbeat but sometimes abstract latest album from Elvis Costello om which he reflects on his own and other men's growing pains
Effective acoustic reworking by Katie Melua of her 2020 eighth album


Pistol Annies
Paul Weller
Norah Jones
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Irreverent Christmas album from country supergroup the Pistol Annies
Experimental and inventive new album from Paul Weller which reworks some of his Jam, Style Council and solo back catalogue with orchestral arrangements
Upbeat Christmas album from Texas-raised jazz artisy Norah Jones
Breathtaking new live album from Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band recorded at two 1979 anti-nuclear concerts at New York City's Madison Square Garden






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