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Ben Myers

Ben Myers

Ben Myers is a former staff writer at Melody Maker and since the mid 90s has written for publications including MOJO, NME, Kerrang!, Time Out, Q, The Quietus, Alternative Press and 3:AM Magazine. He is the author of a number of books, including biography and fiction, translated into seven languages. His most recent books are Richard, a novelisation of the life and disappearance of Richey Edwards, and Pig Iron.

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British Sea Power: Rock Needs To Get Back To Nature

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, November 2007

Cities have been done to death. More rock bands should take inspiration from countryside, mountains and rivers - like British Sea Power ...

Bush: The Chemical Brother

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, October 1999

You would give your left arm to have a celebrity girlfriend, holidays in the Caribbean, several million in the bank and a reputation as Britain's ...

Bernard Butler: People Move On (Creation)****

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, April 1998

YOU KNOW the story. March 25,1992 and there in block capitals, the stuff legends are made of: "Suede – The Best New Band In Britain". ...

The Clash: Paul Simonon: London's Most Handsome Man

Interview by Ben Myers, 3ammagazine.com, November 2004

IT'S ALL ABOUT poise. If you don't have poise – definition "balance; a dignified and self-assured manner" – in rock 'n' roll, you're nothing. Paul ...

The Clash: London Calling 25th Anniversary

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Record Collector, October 2004

BY EARLY 1979, to the outside world The Clash were coasting. In their three short years of existence they had signed to Sony for a ...

Billy Corgan: The Pumpkin King Goes Solo

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, June 2005

THE FIRST thing you notice is not how tall he is or how large his hands look, or the fact that he's dressed like an ...

Def Leppard: On The Road: Again….

Report and Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, October 1999

"RIGHT," SAYS Joe Elliot. "I think it's time for a few drinks." ...

The Distillers, Peaches: The Distillers and Peaches: When Brody met Peaches...

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, February 2004

THEY MAY have only met once before but within thirty second of being re-introduced backstage at London's Brixton Academy it's clear that Brody Dalle and ...

Fugazi, Minor Threat: Ian MacKaye: Inventing Hardcore

Profile and Interview by Ben Myers, Careless Talk Costs Lives, March 2002

"These are our demands: we want control of our bodies. decisions will now be ours. you can carry out your noble actions, we will carry ...

Green Day: Stick 'Em Up, Punks!

Interview by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, October 1997

Those loveable American punk rockers GREEN DAY are back. We join them in Milan to find out if they're still punk at heart. Guess what? ...

Hanson: Combat Pop!

Interview by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, November 1997

Well, we couldn't take them out on the piss all night, could we? We take HANSON to Laser Quest in Reading and zap their little ...

Richard Hell: Hell Is Other People

Interview by Ben Myers, Careless Talk Costs Lives, March 2002

IN HOT And Cold, Richard Hell's new collection of three decades of writing, there's a photo of a young obscure poet called Theresa Stern. She ...

The Libertines interviewed at the 100 Club, Oxford Street, London, October 4th 2002

Interview by Ben Myers, unpublished, October 2002

IT WAS A crisp autumn day when The Libertines arrived back in London to play the penultimate show of a 26 date tour at the ...

The Libertines: Confessions Of A Blagger: Carl Barat's Threepenny Memoir Reviewed

Book Review by Ben Myers, Quietus, The, October 2010

Carl Barat's new tome doesn't shrink away from embracing ugly self-truth — and according to Ben Myers, is subsequently far worthier of praise than the ...

Charles Manson, Henry Rollins, Marilyn Manson, Nine Inch Nails: Charles Manson: The Man That You Fear

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, August 1999

Thirty years ago this week, followers of CHARLES MANSON committed a series of brutal murders that changed US culture forever. On the anniversary of the ...

The Prodigy: Liam Howlett: Never Outgunned

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, August 2004

"I REMEMBER being in our rehearsal room and Keith was picking holes in shit and I just thought 'What the fuck, man? What's happened to ...

Rage Against the Machine: Hello, Hello...It's Good To Be Back: Rage Against the Machine

Report and Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, October 1999

Humourless revolutionaries. Po-faced militants. Volatile insurrectionists permanently on the verge of splitting. RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE have been called all of these and more. Which ...

Reef: Next Stop...The World!

Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, April 1999

Mullet-spotting, interviews with idiotic Euro-hacks and close encounters with transvestites in restaurant toilets – REEF's bid for global domination is only 24 hours old and ...

Soundgarden: A-Sides

Review by Ben Myers, Melody Maker, November 1997

IT SEEMS LIKE Soundgarden's rich and fruitful career falls into two distinctive camps, reflected quite clearly on this, their first post-split release. ...

Stereophonics: Three Local Boys Go Global

Report and Interview by Ben Myers, Kerrang!, April 1999

THERE'S A GAGGLE of giggling girls in the hotel lobby. There's even more outside the venue, huddled under blankets or sitting smoking cigarettes in doorways. ...

Talk Talk: How Talk Talk Spoke To Today's Artists

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, February 2011

IN HIS WEIGHTY 2010 TOME Electric Eden: Unearthing Britain's Visionary Music, Rob Young charted a century's worth of musicians who helped define British folk. In ...

List of genre pieces

Hip-Hop and Festivals: An Awkward Relationship

Comment by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2011

When they get it right, rappers can rival stadium rock acts. But a mere gust of wind can expose how few MCs can hack festivals ...

Why "Disco sucks!" sucked

Retrospective by Ben Myers, Guardian, The, June 2009

The "Disco Sucks!" campaign in 1979 had racist and homophobic undertones — and, 30 years on, has proven to be a resolute failure ...

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