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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



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.




Charlie Watts
Lucy in the Sky....
Gerry Marsden
Bruce Springsteen

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


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




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



Silk Sonic
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
Katie Melua
Pistol Annies

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
Irreverent Christmas album from country supergroup the Pistol Annies


Paul Weller
Norah Jones
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Sting

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
Impressive latest album from former Police frontman Sting on which he displays his versatility


Rod Stewart
Radiohead
Linda Moylan
Finneas

Strong return to form on impressive latest album from Rod Stewart
Fine box set reissue of Radiohead's experimental and challenging 2000 and 2001 albums. 'Kid A' and 'Amnesia'
Appealing mixture of folk, blues and country on second album from Irish-born but London-based singer-songwriter Linda Moylan
Versatile debut album from Californian producer and multi-instrumentalist Finneas, who is the brother of Billie Eilish


Duran Duran
Coldplay
Oh Wonder
Specials

Impressive latest album from 80's veterans Duran Duran which includes guest appearances from Graham Coxon from Blur and Giorgio Moroder
Uninspiring and run-of--the-mill latest album from Coldplay
Exceptional third album from under-rated South London alt pop duo Oh Wonder, the project of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West, which was inspired by their near romantic break-up during its recording
Ambitious collection of political covers from influential ska group The Specials


Sharon Corr
H3000
Metallica and Various Artists
Elvis Costello

Accomplished collection of rock and jazz-tinged piano ballads. on third solo album from Corrs multi-instrumentalist Sharon Corr
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


Iron Maiden
Diane Warren
Jake Bugg
David Crosby

Resilient and dynamic first album in six years from heavy metal giants Iron Maiden
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






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