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Nick Dent-Robinson


Interviews



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

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
Bob Harris
Bon Jovi
Sophie Ellis-Bextor

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.
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
Ed O'Brien
Doris Brendel
Bob Geldof

Sophie Ellis-Bextor tells Nick Dent-Robinson why she started doing her superb lockdown kitchen discos, and how she plans to bow out.
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.


Melanie Blake
Roger Ruskin Spear
Trudie Myerscough-Harris
John Otway

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.
Roger Ruskin Spear, the saxophone player, clarinetist and robot maker with The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band, talks to Nick Dent-Robinson in this 2011 interview about the legendary 60’s anarchic satirists' career, jazz influences and reformations.
In this archival interview from 2009, Trudie Myerscough-Harris, the wife of legendary DJ Bob Harris, talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her life from her upbringing on a farm to becoming an executive PA to marrying Bob and his successful battle against cancer.
John Otway talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about fifty years of his comic rock and making a success out of failure.


Profiles



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




Lucy in the Sky....
Gerry Marsden
Bruce Springsteen
Miscellaneous

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.'
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Gerry Marsden, the frontman of the record-breaking 1960s Mersey Sound band, Gerry and the Pacemakers, who died in January.
Nick Dent-Robinson assesses Bruce Springsteen's extraordinary latest album, 'Letter to You'.
After talking to comic Jimmy Tarbuck about his recollections of Tom Jones and Elvis, Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon his own memories of seeing Elvis live.


Live Reviews





Supergrass
Lulu
Purdy

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.
NIck Dent-Robinson watches vocalist Rebecca Poole AKA Purdy, accompanied by a stellar ensemble, returns to her native Oxfordshire to perform originals and cover tunes.


Favourite Albums




George Harrison
Joni Mitchell
Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young

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'.
In our 'Re:View' section, in which we look at albums from the past, Nick Dent-Robinson examines Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell’s classic 1971 album, ‘Blue’, which is being released in various 50th Anniversary editions, which include demos and out-takes.
Nick Dent-Robinson profiles a new 50th anniversary deluxe version of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young's 1971 hit album, 'Deja Vu'.


Features



Don Short

Beatles Vs The Stones


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'.
Nick Dent-Robinson sheds a contemporary light on a continued and much-debated controversy, namely, Which band is better, the Beatles or the Stones?



Miscellaneous

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on interviewing major rock stars and bands and how that has in recent times changed.


Reviews



H3000
Metallica and Various Artists
Elvis Costello
Iron Maiden

Soulful and euphoric sci-fi inspired electronica on debut album from Australian/Los Angeles-influenced duo H3000
Enjoyable new four CD Box set released to mark the 30th anniversary of Meatllica's infamous black album which combines a remastered version of the original album with covers of its tracks by a total of 53 artists.
Remarkable new album from Elvis Costello who had reworked his debut album 'This Year's Model' in Spanish
Resilient and dynamic first album in six years from heavy metal giants Iron Maiden


Diane Warren
Jake Bugg
David Crosby
Bleachers

Enjoyable release from acclaimed songwriter Diane Warren, who having written countless hits for other artists has finally put out her debut album
Impressive return-to-form on fifth album from Nottingham-born singer-songwriter Jake Bugg
Optimistic fourth album in five years from David Crosby, who continues on this his late-life renaissance
Celebratory and life-affirming third album from Bleachers. the project of acclaimed producer Jack Antonoff, which includes guest appearances from Lana Del Ray, St Vincent. The Chicks and Bruce Springsteen.


Steve Ashley
Gary Kemp
Maartin Allcock
Blondie

Impressive reissue of folk singer-songwriter Steve Ashley’s 1979 album which he recorded with members of Fairport Conventiion
Impressive 70's rock influenced first solo album in twenty-six years from Spandau Ballet guitarist and songwriter Gary Kemp
Excellent and timely reissue of late Fairport Convention and Jethro Tull multi-instrumentalist Maartin Allcock's second solo album
Excellent new live album recorded in Cuba from Blondie who late in their career continue to push boundaries


Tom Odell
Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth
Maroon 5
Joan Armatrading

Frank but uplifting pop on new album from Chichester-born singer-songwriter Tom Odell written as he recuperated from alcohol problems
Excellent country-influenced new album from Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie and Savages' singer Jehnny Beth which tells of a crumbling marriage
Unpretentious high quality pop and R and B on seventh album from bestselling Los Angeles band Maroon 5
Imaginative and reassuring latest album from acclaimed 1970's singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading


Coral
Chrissie Hynde
Marianne Faithfull with Warren Ellis
Van Morrison

Entertaining guitar pop on double album from Merseyside band The Coral which pays tribute to Britain's seaside resorts
Imaginative collection of Bob Dylan covers from The Pretenders’ Chrissie Hynde
Haunting latest album from Marianne Faithfull which she has recorded with the Bad Seeds’ Warren Ellis and which combines readings of Romantic poetry with sound collages
Competent but flawed and over-long triple album from Van Morrison


London Grammar
Who
Bryan Ferry
Gillian Welch and David Rawlings

Accomplished combination of pop and balladry on latest album from Nottingham-formed trio London Grammar
Fantastic digital only EP which provides alternative versions of The Who's 1967 album The Who Sells Out', which is being reissued in an expanded version
Excellent live album from Bryan Ferry, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall just before lockdown, all proceeds of which go to his touring musicians and road crew
Intimate and acoustic covers album from leading Americana duo Gillian Welch and David Rawlings






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