Music

Trevor Grills: the terrible death of a Fisherman’s Friend

12 February 2013 23:21

I first came to discover the beauty of the Cornish shanty singers Fisherman’s Friends when I was on holiday in…

Morrissey and Johnny Marr Explain Scottish Independence... - Spectator Blogs

29 January 2013 1:11

There are only 600 or so days to go until Scotland has its referendum on independence. The excitement is almost…

Alan Rusbridger’s new playmate

24 January 2013 10:59

Steerpike is back in this week’s magazine. As ever, here is your preview: ‘While losses mount at the Guardian, the…

Shelf Life: Kate Tempest

12 September 2012 13:34

Kate Tempest started out as a 16-year-old rapper in London. Now she performs the spoken word, reading her poetry, rhymes and prose…

A tale of two Smiths: Zadie Smith and The Smiths

10 September 2012 15:00

It is lit-fiction season: that time of the year of when the premier novelists of the age dominate the market.…

Team GB meets Team GQ

5 September 2012 14:01

In what Bono described to me as ‘the best of the smaller ones’, the stars of Team GB stole the…

Roger McGough interview

31 August 2012 12:20

As Roger McGough approaches 75, his latest collection of poems As Far As I Know shows him writing with the…

Spicing up my life

11 August 2012 17:34

I do not necessarily wish to imply I have the gift of prophecy. But this is either uncanny or part…

Any Spice is too much

10 August 2012 11:06

It’s actually happening. Leaked rehearsal snaps (via Twitter) confirm the very worst suspicions about the Olympic closing ceremony. Yes, that’s…

Ferry and Marr dream team

16 July 2012 13:15

Bryan Ferry CBE was on form last night, for his only UK appearance this year, at Guildford’s terribly middle-class Guilfest…

Legally blonde

12 July 2012 13:45

A touch of glamour at the High Court this morning as N-Dubz singer turned X-Factor judge Tulisa won an apology…

DJ Delingpole

12 July 2012 11:45

My Spectator comrade James Delingpole has many talents. Among them is his skill as a podcast-presenter for an American conservative…

Paul Simon and the shrill left

3 July 2012 9:45

The opinion on Paul Simon’s famous Graceland album seems finally to have swung 180 degrees from where it once was.…

The alternative Olympic song book

26 June 2012 19:30

The song list drawn up for the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games is a disgrace. Surely everybody knows that…

The Jubilee concert: 8/10 for cheering the nation up

5 June 2012 11:15

‘Ten years ago, if you’d been asked what Gary Barlow would be running now, you’d have said a Little Chef…

Sadly, protest music is alive and well

2 June 2012 18:00

There is plenty of nostalgia around in this Jubilee Weekend. Any look back on 60 years brings temptation to think…

Let’s show Eurovision some respect

28 May 2012 16:25

There are calls for Britain to pull out of the Eurovision Song Contest, after Engelbert Humperdinck finished second-last on Saturday,…

Boogie aahhhnnnn

14 April 2012 18:12

There was a sort of interesting documentary on BBC4 last night about a genre of popular music called ‘Southern Rock’…

From the archives: Brown, the opera

20 January 2012 18:33

Perfect for Friday evening is this: the Gordon Brown-themed version of Ko-Ko’s ‘little list’ from The Mikado that Jeff Randall…

European integration that we can get behind

1 January 2012 12:56

Part of the magic of the New Year’s Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic is knowing that millions are watching…

In New York, the whole world remembers

11 September 2011 8:02

New York There’s an eerie mood in New York right now, as the city prepares to commemorate the tenth anniversary…

The riots, one month on

6 September 2011 12:04

A month has passed since the riots, and it still feels as if nobody has grasped what really happened. The…

Lib Dem activists less than gleeful about the coalition

22 September 2010 11:56

Last night, Liberal Democrats gathered for their traditional conference glee club. It is a light-hearted occasion with lots of communal…

Words fail me…

17 March 2010 18:36

…when it comes to the Lib Dem’s offical election song, performed by the Liberal Democrat Community Choir: You can, er,…

Gainsbourg: Vie Heroique

11 November 2009 19:44

Oh, this is splendid. Lord knows when it will be released in Britain, but a trip to Paris in the…