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Nick Dent-Robinson


Interviews



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

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
Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Ed O'Brien
Doris Brendel

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.
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
Melanie Blake
Roger Ruskin Spear
Trudie Myerscough-Harris

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.
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
Andrew Ridgeley
Martin and Shirlie Kemp
Richard Thompson

John Otway talks to Nick Dent-Robinson about fifty years of his comic rock and making a success out of failure.
A 'pretty content' Andrew Ridgeley tells Nick Dent-Robinson about Wham!, fame and playing Scrabble with George Michael
Martin and Shirlie Kemp tell Nick Dent-Robinson about their long marriage and their pop careers, both separate and now together
Guitarist/songwriter Richard Thompson, who was in the original line-up of Fairport Convention before his successful solo career, reflects on his acoustic set at their Cropredy Convention and his time with the band.


Profiles


Gerry Marsden


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.




Bruce Springsteen
Miscellaneous
Madonna
Neil Innes

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.
With Madonna having just completed a fifteen night residency at the London Palladium, Nick Dent-Robinson recollects seeing an early preview of her current 'Madame X' tour in New York last summer.
Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on the career of Neil Innes, who died in December, and, as well as forming creative alliances with top 1960's performers, became legendary for creating catchy melodies and contributing greatly to 'Monty Python'.


Live Reviews





Lulu
Purdy
Van Morrison

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.
Nick Dent-Robinson enjoys a diverse, career-spanning set of blues/rock from Van Morrison at the New Theatre in Oxford.


Favourite Albums




Amy Winehouse
Paul McCartney

Nick Dent-Robinson reflects on 'The Collection', a new five CD box set from the late Amy Winehouse.
In our Re:View section, in which our writers look back albums from the past, nick dent-Robinson, reflects on Paul McCartney's 1997 album 'Flaming Pie', which has just been-released in an updated edition.


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



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


Barry Gibb
Celeste
Iain Matthews
Pearl Charles

Appealing new album from Barry Gibb in which he has reworked some of his classic catalogue with a range of country artists including Dolly Parton, Keith Urban, Alison Krauss and Sheryl Crow.
Fantastic debut album from Celeste who lives up to all her promise after winning a BRITS Rising Star award
Enjoyable new album from Fairport Convention and Matthews Southern Comfort’s Iain Matthews, which he has recorded with Norwegian musicians The Salmon Smokers
Eclectic second album from rising Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter Pearl Charles


Paul McCartney
Elvis Costello
Katie Melua
Melanie C

Fantastic third all-solo album from Paul McCartney which he recorded spontaneously during lockdown
Eclectic latest album from Elvis Costello which, despite being recorded in muliple locations, carries a powerful emotional punch
Sophisticated eighth album from Katie Melua influenced by her marriage break-up and which features the Georgian Philharmonic Orchestra
Confessional but kitchen disco-orientated eponymous new solo album from the often under-rated Melanie C


Diana Krall
Gloria Estefan
Roachford
Dua Lipa

Superbly crafted album of classic covers from jazz singer Diana Krall who is one of the finest female singers performing today
Impressive mix of new songs and reworking of older material in first album in seven years from Latin singer Gloria Estefan
Impressive latest album from London-based soul singer and keyboardist and Mike and the Mechanics co-vocalist Andrew Roachford
Revamped version of second album from Dua Lipa which has been remixed with special guests to impressive effect


Ellie Goulding
Taylor Swift
Pretenders
Ray LaMontagne

Appealing and diverse fourth album from bestselling and acclaimed singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding
Enjoyable indie rock-influenced latest album from Taylor Swift which has been co-produced and co-written by the National's Aaron Dessner
Superb eleventh album from the Pretenders which finds them still a major force to be reckoned with
Fine, understated acoustic album from acclaimed New England singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne


Laura Marling
Ron Sexsmith
Morrissey
Adam Lambert

Lush seventh album from critically-acclaimed folk artist Laura Marling which is written for her fictional daughter
Optimistic and subtle seventeenth album from much acclaimed Canadian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Ron Sexsmith
Increasingly flawed and overtly self-indulgent latest album from ex-Smiths frontman, Morrissey
Emotive but catchy and vintage-toned solo album from powerful-voiced Queen singer Adam Lambert






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