Music

Political philosophy, Harry-style

1 November 2013 14:34

Boy-band super-hero Harry Styles proclaimed on Twitter earlier today: ‘All social change comes from the passion of individuals.’ His shrieking fans…

Help!

15 October 2013 17:31

When did Sir Paul McCartney become so shifty? The ‘National Treasure’ has been on Sky News promoting his latest album. There were…

Welcome to the Randy Newman Hate Club

12 October 2013 10:29

There was a line in Randy Newman’s very funny song ‘Short People’  that I couldn’t quite work out, so I…

Ban the word ‘twerk’

16 September 2013 11:29

Jesse Norman MP, who used to lead the Prime Minister’s policy forum, is using his spare time to write for…

The week in books

19 July 2013 13:31

The best way to weather the heat wave is to head for the shade with a copy of the new…

Philip Blond for Mayor of London?

18 July 2013 17:42

While David Cameron, assisted by a trio of pyjama-clad children and the Chancellor, was entertaining the ladies and gentleman of Her Majesty’s…

Clive James – laughing and loving

8 July 2013 17:19

Clive James was a recurring presence in last weekend’s literary press. There was, I regret to say, a valedictory feel…

Down with the Glasto smugfest

2 July 2013 11:39

I suppose this will seem churlish, but I’d just like to add my support to the grime rapper Wiley who,…

Amy Winehouse and the 27 Club, by Howard Sounes – review

12 June 2013 9:30

As an early dedicated fan of the Doors, who ran away from boarding school just so that I could catch my…

The first Division – Peter Hook’s Unknown Pleasures

16 May 2013 10:53

A good book about popular music will always give you a new appreciation of the records. Joy Division bassist Peter…

Review: Mod! – A Very British Style, by Richard Weight

8 March 2013 15:51

Doesn’t it all seem a long time ago? For years, the 1960s remained a key cultural reference, universally understood. But…

Bigmouth Strikes Again

20 February 2013 18:16

Johnny Marr’s at it again. ‘David Cameron is not allowed to like my music,’ he fumes. He revives his disgust…

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…