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Published Work | Alphabet St

Published work

Somehow, listening to and writing about music was a hobby which became a job before I got another job but I missed it. So I started this blog.

I also write for other people and have written for most of the national newspapers and online outlets including the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts section, The Guardian, The Times, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent, often about music.

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For Reaction.Life The Enduring Appeal of Radiohead

Radiohead: The enduring appeal of the rock band it’s OK for classical music fans to like

The wonder of the 1970s for music, film and art

The decade May and Corbyn want to return us to could produce some decent art


Great music industry success stories: Kiss and Iron Maiden

Kiss and Make Up. The combination which has been Rocking Stadia since the early ‘70s

For the BBC’s Entertainment and Arts site: Prince’s Sign O’ The Times,30 years on




For Reaction.Life Half a century of The Beatles’ Revolver

Revolver at 50: The Beatles’ masterpiece still hasn’t outstayed its welcome

Manchester: Musical Capital of the UK

Manchester, so much to answer for in terms of great music

For the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts website – 20 years of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe


For CapX – a tribute to Prince

Remembering Prince: 1958-2016

For the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts website – what makes Show Boat such an important show




For Reaction.Life The boss of bossa nova: why Quincy Jones deserves his own Prom

The Proms devotes a night to the boss of bossa nova

For the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts website – why we love Christmas music by Saint Etienne


For the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts website – the continuing influence and appeal of the Marx Brothers


For the BBC’s Entertainment & Arts website – 25 years of Mistletoe & Wine


For The Caledonian Mercury – the songs which don’t live up to their words

8½ song lyrics that are factually incorrect

For The Daily Record – why I hate the Guilty Pleasures movement




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