Music

15 January 2016

Bowie’s death: a Diana moment for Generation X

Social media has been gripped by the worst case of mourning sickness for 20 years.

12 January 2016

When Bowie was not a ‘national treasure’

The Seventies starman was the spirit of that turbulent age in dayglow jumpsuit.

12 January 2016

Bowie and the shrinking sense of possibility

Bowie’s rise and demise speak to a crisis of cultural freedom.

12 January 2016

Bowie:
his life, times and transformations

He kept us guessing to the very end.

8 January 2016

Lemmy: the nice man of rock’n’roll

The harder the sound, the softer the performers.

14 December 2015

Andrew Lloyd Webber: hitmaker or hack?

The musical-theatre icon is known for pulling in the punters – but he hasn’t had a hit for decades.

8 December 2015

There’s more to Lou Reed than assholery

A new biography spreads muck, but sheds little light.

6 November 2015

Randy Newman:
still biting,
still brilliant

Newman’s parade of weirdos and losers is as compelling as ever.