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Nick Dent-Robinson


Nick Dent-Robinson speaks to Brit Award winning Scottish-raised singer-songwriter Emeli Sande before her performance at the Nocturne Live festival about her love of jazz and charity work.

Sam Brown
Elio Pace

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sam Brown talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about her eighth album, ‘Number 8’, which, despite the permanent loss of her former singing voice, was recorded with the aid of new technology.
Pianist Elio Pace talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about his latest tour in which he interprets and plays the songs of Billy Joel.
UB40 frontman Ali Campbell talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about their new album 'Unprecedented', love of touring and the death of founder member Astro.

Sarah Cracknell
Dwina Gibb
'Legs' Larry Smith

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 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.


Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon the Beatles' much anticipated new single, 'Now and Then'.

Robbie Robertson
Squaring the Circle: The Story of Hipgnosis
Paul McCartney
Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham

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.
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.
Nick Dent-Robinson previews Doris Brendel and Lee Dunham's forthcoming new album, 'Pigs Might Fly', which will be released in September.

Live Reviews

Peter Doherty
Bob Dylan
Rewind South Festival

Nick Dent-Robinson watches Peter Doherty play an intimate and introspective set at the O2 Academy in Oxford.
Nick Dent-Robinson finds Bob Dylan on fine form at an intimate show at the London Palladium on the opening night of his ‘Rough and Rowdy Ways’ tour.
Nick Dent-Robinson attends exuberant 80's festival Rewind South, which included set from Holly Johnson The Human League, Midge Ure, Belinda Carlisle, Blancmange and The Selecter.

Favourite Albums

Pink Floyd
Elton John

Nick Dent-Robinson looks at The Beatles’ classic greatest hits Red and Blue albums which have just been reissued for their 50th Anniversary in expanded and remastered deluxe editions.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the extraordinary impact of Pink Floyd’s 1973 album ‘The Dark Side Of The Moon’ which the fourth best-selling album of all time, is being released both in a box set and a live album for its 50th anniversary.
Nick Dent-Robinson listens to the reissue of ’Honky Château’, the 1972 album that sent Elton John’s career into the stratosphere.


Nick Dent-Robinson reflects upon the meteoric rise of former One Direction star Harry Styles.
Over the last two years Cila Warncke in her 'A Life in Music' column has talked to her fellow contributors at Penny Black about their musical tastes, background and aspirations. Now in what is the last one in the series Nick Dent-Robinson talks to Cila about her 'Life in Music'.

The Decline of the Rock Group
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'.
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.


Dolly Parton
Emeli Sande
Chris Stapleton

Often dark and pessimistic concept album from Madness about the state of our planet
Impressive collection of covers on first rock album from Dolly Parton
Strong comeback album from Scottish singer-songwriter Emeli Sande
Soulful fifth album from much acclaimed country star Chris Stapleton

Taylor Swift
Van Morrison
Agnetha Faltstog

Expanded and reworked version of Taylor Swift’s 2014 album which saw her make the transition from country to pop
Surprisingly upbeat double album of 1950s rock and roll and 1960s pop covers from Van Morrison
Energetic and appealing album of Christmas song covers from Cher
Revamped and now elegant dance and electronic pop-based new version of her 2013 solo album ‘A’ from ex-Abba star Agnetha Faltskog

Rolling Stones
Rick Astley
Kylie Minogue
Carla Fuchs

Impressive and masterful album of new material in eighteen years from The Rolling Stones
Smooth and highly professional new album from 80’s icon Rick Astley whose comeback over the last few years has been remarkable
Irresistible dance pop on enjoyable new album from Kylie Minogue
Unique and innovative album from German songer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Carla Fuchs in which she has set lost lyrics from Sandy Denny to her own music

Corinne Bailey Rae
Alice Cooper
Liam Gallagher

Ambitiou, indie-influenced concept album from acclaimed soul artist Corinne Bailey Rae
Classy and rewarding, latest album from The Pretenders
Punchy, old school and humorously self-deprecating 22nd solo album from Alice Cooper
Powerful and enjoyable collection of solo tracks and Oasis classics from Liam Gallagher recorded live at Knebworth last year

Lucinda Williams
Joni Mitchell
Rita Ora

Powerful latest album from elder stateswoman of rock Lucinda Williams who has fought back from health issues
Stunning live album from Joni Mitchell recorded at her surprise first full show for twenty years at the Newport Folk Festival
Long-awaited but solid third album from pop icon Rita Ora
Excellent debut album from much acclaimed American soul trio Gabriels

PJ Harvey
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Foo Fighters
Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Intimate and down to earth new album from PJ Harvey which reflects on her rural Dorset upbringing
Versatile first album of new songs in seven years from Sophie Ellis-Bextor which takes some of its musical inspiration from Far Eastern culture
Elegiac new album from the Foo Fighters, their first since the death last year of their drummer, Taylor Hawkins.
Competent first album in six years from Noel Gallagher and his revolving project The High Flying Birds

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