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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.'

List of articles in the library by artist

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 Black Keys: How The Black Keys Rose Without Trace

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, March 2012

"There's a lot that goes into being a band aside from the music," say the quiet pair from Ohio. "We pay attention to that stuff." ...

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 ...

Kate Bush: Double Exposure: Kate Bush: Director's Cut (EMI/Fish People)

Review by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, June 2011

Kate Bush re-examines a handful of her own songs. The result? Restoration, radical reinvention and unfettered weirdness… ...

Johnny Cash: When Johnny Came Marching Home

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, August 2011

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

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 ...

Duffy: Endlessly (A&M Records) ****

Review and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, January 2011

Welsh songstress excels — with the help of Albert Hammond and The Roots, says Graeme Thomson ...

Florence and the Machine: Q&A: Florence Welch

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Word, The, January 2012

Pop sorceress, Oscars attendee ...

Mick Jagger: Mick Rolls Alone

Interview by Graeme Thomson, Sunday Herald, October 2007

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

The Last Poets: Waiting For The Revolution

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, December 2011

From the volatile streets of Harlem in the late '60s, THE LAST POETS were among the earliest voices of radical black youth in America. With ...

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 ...

Paul Simon: "He is a foreign man. He is surrounded by the sound"

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, October 2010

25 years ago, PAUL SIMON was going nowhere, until a bootleg cassette from Soweto inspired him to set off on a fantastic South African adventure. ...

Johnny Thunders: The Heartbreak Kid

Retrospective by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, May 2011

"Everything JOHNNY THUNDERS touched broke," says one of his old bandmates. On the 20th anniversary of Thunders' death, Uncut pieces together the story of a ...

List of genre pieces

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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