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Alexis Petridis

Sussex, by the sea
Arts Writer — The Guardian

Gin and The Bee Gees, that's about the size of it

Bovver rock - the strange revival of daft music for 70s football yobs — Lorenzo Moretti and Tenda Damas of Giuda sip beer and reflectively discuss the state of their UK tour. It's the fifth time Guida have come over from Rome to play in Britain. The venue downstairs - the Underworld in Camden - is sold out.

Dolly Parton: Pure and Simple review - toning down the schmaltz … a bit — Dolly Parton long ago ascended to icon status. It's decades since she transcended the genre of country music and became a vast global brand: these days, the headlines are more likely to be about her theme parks or her philanthropy than her music.

Dad jokes, Chilcot and pleasuring a cucumber: my day as an Edinburgh performer — It is half past midnight and I am at the Edinburgh festival fringe, pretending to masturbate a cucumber in a variety of elaborate ways. Under ordinary circumstances, this would seem like a fairly remarkable state of affairs, but then you don't know the day I've had.

John Paul White: Beulah review - spectacularly gloomy and bitter — Few bands have imploded in public in recent years quite as unexpectedly as the Civil Wars. There was a moment, around five years ago, when the Nashville-based duo appeared to have a glittering future ahead of them. Their debut album, Barton Hollow, had been released to critical acclaim, strong sales and a plethora of awards.

Blossoms: Blossoms review - doughty indie indebted to 80s rock-pop — In a world where music journalists are regularly accused of laying it on a bit thick - from the superlatives liberally scattered in new band profiles to the insistence in some areas of the internet that every note issued by Beyoncé comes freighted with a degree of sociopolitical importance matchless in the history of popular culture - there seemed to be a winning hint of faint praise about the headline attached to one website's recent profile of a fast-rising new band.

From visionary veterans to grime lords, the Mercury list revives an ailing brand

Seek comfort from the real news in the flotation tank of Kardashian drivel — This week, Lost in Showbiz comes to you with shame dwelling in its eyes, overwhelmed by an urge to unburden itself. It doubts that you have noticed, but there have been times in the past when it has been guilty of treating both the celebrity press and, indeed, the world of celebrity itself, with a certain dismissive attitude.

Ramones 40th anniversary super-deluxe edition review - rock boiled down to its absolute essence — Forty years ago this month, the Ramones played their first British gigs - in Camden Town in north London, supporting the Flamin' Groovies at the Roundhouse, and headlining at Dingwalls. They were, by some distance, the biggest shows they had ever played; moreover, they were an event.

I’m a Freak Baby: A Journey Through the British Heavy Psych and Hard Rock Underground Scene 1968-1972 review - grey, grim and glorious — A few years ago, the film-maker Adam Curtis unearthed two alternately bleak and inadvertently hilarious BBC documentaries about Hells Angels. One was a 1973 film positing them as terrifying threat to Britain, a sentiment slightly undercut as the film progresses by the discovery that their vice-president "Mad" John and his sergeant-at-arms, cross-eyed Karl, can't even successfully organise a weekend break on a barge near Aylesbury, let alone the destruction of society as we know it.
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Aug 18, 2016

@Paytress @SimonRetromania It's a fabulous book - I loved it. Definitive, triumphant stuff. Brilliant research, clever, original ideas.

Aug 18, 2016

@Paytress Great Third World War fact in @SimonRetromania's new book: they were mooted as a backing band for Iggy when Mainman signed him

Jul 18, 2016

Wrote a thing about the late great Alan Vega (includes unexpected reference to, of all people, Hot Chocolate) 

Jul 14, 2016

@mick_carton ...then another ten years until it came out. 6 + 10 = 16.

Jul 14, 2016

@mick_carton No, I said it was six years between their first album and the first announcement their second album was finished....

Jul 14, 2016

@timfarron It's fantastic, innit? An album to immerse yourself in.

Jul 14, 2016

I interviewed The Avalanches and found out how they spent 16 years making an album. It's *quite* the saga. 

Feb 14, 2016

@ommbuu No, I agree completely. I really wish it wasn’t like that now. But it is, and there’s fuck all I can do about it.

Feb 14, 2016

@ommbuu @guardianmusic …I don’t see how it’s *that* different a record for having a couple of other tracks appended to it.

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