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Graeme Thomson

Graeme Thomson

Graeme Thomson has written for every major music publication in Britain. His work regularly appears in The Guardian, The Word, Uncut, The Herald and several other newspapers, magazines and websites. He is the author of Complicated Shadows: The Life & Music of Elvis Costello; Willie Nelson: The Outlaw; I Shot a Man in Reno, a study of twentieth century death music; The Resurrection of Johnny Cash and Under The Ivy: The Life & Music of Kate Bush, published by Omnibus in May 2010 and recently updated in paperback, was described by the Irish Times as ‘the best music biography in perhaps the past decade.'

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ABBA, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Fleetwood Mac, George Harrison, Iggy Pop, John Cale, The Libertines, Lou Reed, Megadeth, Oasis, Simon & Garfunkel: Writing To Reach You

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

Because sometimes the only way musicians can actually talk to each other is by writing songs ...

Ryan Adams: Demolition Man: Ryan Adams

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Herald, The, September 2002

RYAN ADAMS IS not feeling well. "Summertime cold," he snuffles, and for a while, early on in our conversation, he seems intent on spreading the ...

Badly Drawn Boy, Goldfrapp, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs: Rock Stars Storm the Movie Soundtrack World

Overview by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, November 2009

From Goldfrapp to Badly Drawn Boy, from Karen O to Nick Cave, more and more big names are lining up to write music for films. ...

The Blue Nile: Paul Buchanan

Profile and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Herald, The, 2006

THE FEW THINGS you may conceivably already know about Paul Buchanan are by far the least interesting: that he had a two-year relationship with the ...

Jacques Brel: Jacques The Lad: Jacques Brel

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, February 2009

FIRST THINGS FIRST. Try to forget that Jacques Brel, the Belgian singer-songwriter, is indirectly responsible for Terry Jacks's 'Seasons in the Sun'. Forget also for ...

Johnny Cash: When Johnny Came Marching Home

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, August 2011

In 1993 Johnny Cashsat on Rick Rubin's sofa and began playing songs — just as a "getting to know you" exercise. It turned out to ...

Elvis Costello

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Herald, The, August 2002

YOU DON'T REALLY interview Elvis Costello. It's more a matter of tossing a few loaded questions at him then taking cover as each enquiry explodes ...

Mick Jagger: Mick Rolls Alone

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Sunday Herald (Scotland), October 2007

The Rolling Stones frontman reveals why his solo career is the foundation of his artistic life ...

Paul McCartney

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, October 2005

JUST WHAT do you do if you are Paul McCartney? You could bathe in liquid gold and shine your shoes with royalty cheques, of course, ...

Paolo Nutini: Sunny Side Up (Atlantic)

Review by Graeme Thomson, Observer, The, May 2009

PAOLO NUTINI tends to get lumped in with the James Morrisons and Blunts of this world, dismissed as a dispenser of tuneful semi-acoustic fare and ...

Mike Scott, The Waterboys: Mike Scott

Profile and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, 2006

OF ALL THE PLACES to establish a spiritual community, one mile from a RAF base seems a trifle ill-conceived: transcendence must require every ounce of ...

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Mowest, Mo' Problems: The Glorious Failure Of Motown's Californian Outpost

Profile by Graeme Thomson, Guardian, The, June 2011

In 1971 Motown set up a Californian arm, Mowest. As a new compilation shows, it put out some terrific music, but it was a commercial ...

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