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Jude Rogers

Jude Rogers

Jude Rogers began writing about music in the summer of 1994, when she would pick up the top 40 from her local Woolworths every Saturday, and type it up for the entertainment pages of the Llanelli Star. Then after a long hiatus – two universities, sundry jobs that involved no writing whatsoever – she founded Smoke: A London Peculiar in 2003, a quarterly fanzine-shaped love-letter to the city, with Matt Haynes, formerly of Sarah Records and Shinkansen. Jude began freelancing for The Word soon after, writing about music, films and books.

By Autumn 2003, she was on staff as Reviews Assistant to Paul Du Noyer; when he moved on to pastures new in late 2004, she became the magazine's Reviews Editor. She also began freelancing for The Guardian, The Observer and the New Statesman in 2005, and became a Mercury Music Prize judge in 2007 (she has been on the panel since then). Leaving The Word to freelance full-time in December 2007, she still writes and reviews regularly for her alma mater, and presides over the monthly "Word To The Wise" slot.

In 2008, she ran the daily women's pop culture website, The Lipster, and was columnist for The Guardian's Film and Music section for the next two years. Subsequently, she has also freelanced for the Times Saturday Review, NME, Wire, The Quietus, Sound And Music and the BBC Music site, broadcast for Radio 2, 5 Live and 6 Music, and contributed to documentaries on BBC2 and BBC4. She has also interviewed musicians and written features for Elle, Red and In-Style, and writes about walking and nature for Caught By The River.

She lives in London with her husband, Dan, far too many dusty pop cassettes, broken CD jewel cases, and scratched records.

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Adele

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Gentlewoman, The, Spring 2011

2011 saw a perfect start for Adele Adkins, a British singer with incredible international appeal. When her second album was released in January, it went ...

Adele: Why Adele Is The Pop Star We Need

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, February 2012

Adele is a one woman cash vache! Get off her back losers, says Jude Rogers ...

Amy Winehouse, Joanna Newsom, Lily Allen: Year Of The Woman

Overview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, December 2006

At the beginning of 2006, the prospects looked bleak for strong, idiosyncratic female pop acts. Jude Rogers meets three remarkable artists who changed all that ...

Animal Collective, The Beach Boys, Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear: The Lure Of The Beach

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, June 2008

A new generation of US bands cites the Beach Boys as a huge inspiration. Why now? ...

Arcade Fire: Neon Bible

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, March 2007

MONTREAL'S ARCADE FIRE are the band of the moment. To the critical mob and clued-up music fans, they are the fresh-faced heirs to the epic-pop ...

Arctic Monkeys Make The Fastest-selling Debut Ever

Report by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2011

23 January 2006: Number 48 in our series of the 50 key events in the history of indie music ...

BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Daphne Oram, Delia Derbyshire, John Baker: The BBC Radiophonic Workshop: Back To The Future

Profile by Jude Rogers, The Daily Note, December 2011

A group of outsiders left to their own devices, the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop took avant-garde electronics and strange new sounds into the nation's living rooms ...

BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Delia Derbyshire: In Praise of Delia Derbyshire

Profile by Jude Rogers, Guardian Unlimited, July 2008

Last week's news that lots of Derbyshire tapes had been found and digitised marked the latest stage in her recovery as a musical, and feminist, ...

The Beatles: You Never Give Me Your Money: The Battle For The Soul Of The Beatles by Peter Doggett

Book Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, October 2009

BY NOW all of us should have recovered from our latest dose of Beatlemania, occasioned by the release of the Beatles' remastered back catalogue on ...

Tony Bennett: "Legalise drugs!"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, September 2011

Reformed doper, WW2 footsoldier, gilt-tonsilled balladeer — Tony Bennett takes a cable car to the top of Mount Wisdom ...

Tony Bennett: Palladium, London *****

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2011

THIS IS HOW to do it. At 85, Tony Bennett scampers on to the Palladium stage in a perfectly pressed suit, a folded red hankie ...

Justin Bieber: Cash For Questions

Interview by Jude Rogers, Q, August 2012

Lock up your nieces, the Canadian teen-pop behemoth is over here and gagging to answer your questions on scary fans, fighting One Direction and whether ...

Björk Week on The Lipster

Interview by Jude Rogers, Lipster, The, March 2008

BACK IN OCTOBER last year, in the misty early days of The Lipster, I e-mailed Björk's publicist, telling him about the plans for our website, ...

Björk: Independence Day

Interview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, March 2008

Independence Day: Björk's cry of "Tibet, Tibet" at a recent concert in Shanghai pre-empted the riots in Lhasa and outraged the Chinese authorities. It was ...

Björk: Medúlla (One Little Indian)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, October 2004

Stark spirituals, tortured hymns and schizophrenic requiems: Medúlla sees our favourite Icelander at her most ethereally eccentric ...

The Black Keys: Attack and Release

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2008

IN THE SHADOW cast by the mighty White Stripes, blues-rock often lumbers between despair and excess. ...

Bloc Party: Silent Alarm

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2005

Silent Alarm is a promising debut from this year's Franz Ferdinand ...

Blur: Maida Vale Studios, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, August 2012

AFTER BLUR'S 6 Music gig – the first of two shows they're playing for BBC radio tonight, to begin what they have suggested may be ...

Blur, Oasis: Look Back In Anger: Britpop

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, August 2009

Fifteen years ago, a teenage Jude Rogers was enchanted by a new pop sound and a new politics, both of which promised to change the ...

Bon Iver: For Emma, Forever Ago

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2008

HEARTBREAK OFTEN buckles sad records, turning sentimental confessions into whiny navel-gazing exercises. So thank heaven for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, who avoids this problem beautifully. ...

Burial: Untrue (Hyperdub)

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2007

To a different beat: With jagged, fragile soundscapes, the mysterious Burial has created a modern classic, writes Jude Rogers ...

Glen Campbell, Tom Jones, Tony Christie: Crooners: The Second Coming

Overview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, October 2008

Inspired by Johnny Cash with his ring of fire, a slew of ageing crooners are pursuing their desires ...

Chic, Friendly Fires, Grace Jones, Kelis, Lana Del Rey: Kelis, Grace Jones, Lana Del Rey, Chic, Friendly Fires et al: Lovebox Festival, Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

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Shirley Collins/Alasdair Roberts/Trembling Bells: Cecil Sharp House, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2010

IT'S HALLOWEEN weekend in Camden, north London, and ghosts are rising at Cecil Sharp House. ...

Nadine Coyle, Girls Aloud: Girls Aloud's Nadine Coyle On Her Solo Debut

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Often hailed as the best singer in Girls Aloud, now Nadine Coyle is going solo — with a little help from Tesco's. So is this ...

Evan Dando: Keep Off The Grass

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, September 2006

...unless you're Evan Dando, in which case the sex/drugs/rock & roll cocktail appears to be your ticket to eternal youth. He's done Bad Things, he ...

Denim, Felt, Go Kart Mozart: "I Want Lou Reed To Kick Me Down The Stairs" — Lawrence Interviewed

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, April 2012

Indie-pop outsider extraordinaire Lawrence — the Felt/Denim/Go-Kart-Mozart frontman who turned 51 last month — talks to Jude Rogers about sounding like Nicki Minaj and his ...

Jackie DeShannon: Return Of The Starry-Eyed Girl

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2009

IT'S LUNCHTIME at Claridge's, and a glamorous blonde in sparkling stilettos shimmers out of the lift. No one bats an eyelid, but then she starts ...

Elbow: International Arena, Cardiff

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, March 2011

TONIGHT, CARDIFF'S premier gig-shed has turned into a family parlour. Five picture frames hang from the stage, gold and old-fashioned, each of them holding a ...

Estelle, John Legend: John Legend: Why His Name Is Legend

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, October 2008

Barack Obama is a fan of soul star John Legend, and Estelle was his protégée. Jude Rogers speaks to him in the UK for the ...

Florence and the Machine: Florence + The Machine Ceremonials (Island)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, December 2011

Fabulous theatre, preposterous lyrics, tribal rhythms — has Florence made the most overblown female solo album in years? ...

Florence and the Machine, Lady Gaga: On Music: Lady GaGa and Florence Welch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2009

Lady GaGa and Florence Welch have been hailed as the new queens of pop. But why pretend they're anything more than cheap imitations? ...

The Futureheads: Grump Up The Volume

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2006

The Futureheads have grown up and discovered how to write "classic tunes". But don't expect any airs and graces, says Jude Rogers ...

Glasvegas: Fat Sams, Dundee

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, September 2008

Glasvegas are being touted as the new Oasis... with a twist. They're very polite to their fans ...

Goldfrapp: Manure Rather Than Manicure

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2008

After past glam excesses, Goldfrapp are turning to nature for inspiration. Jude Rogers heads for their country retreat and hears why they are English eccentrics ...

Ellie Goulding: First Sight: Ellie Goulding

Guide by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

WHO IS SHE? The 21-year-old future of pop, if you believe the hype. Born in Hereford and brought up in rural Wales, she now makes ...

Ellie Greenwich: Remembering Songwriting Legend Ellie Greenwich

Retrospective by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

SHE CHANGED the shape of 60s pop by writing some extraordinary songs, including 'Be My Baby' and 'Da Doo Ron Ron' ...

Grizzly Bear: Freed From Captivity

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2010

Grizzly Bear are the cult indie group that suddenly got rather big. Jude Rogers talks to their frontmen ...

Luke Haines: 'I've Been Lucky All The Way Through'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, November 2012

Former 'saviour of UK rock' Luke Haines has never followed the unwritten rules of pop, as a surreal concept album proves ...

Françoise Hardy: Melancholy Bébé: Françoise Hardy: Tant De Belles Choses

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2005

Forty years on a new album reveals the mature mettle of the great Yé-Yé girl ...

Joan Jett, Kristin Hersh, Le Tigre, Throwing Muses: What Happened To Angry Female Music Stars?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2010

Are there any angry women left in rock and pop? Joan Jett, riot grrrl figurehead Kathleen Hanna and others talk about where it went wrong ...

Journey: Why is Journey's 'Don't Stop Believin'' Back in the Charts?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

The 17th bestselling track in the country is the power ballad 'Don't Stop Believin'' from 1981. How did Journey get so popular? ...

Joy Division: The Right Way To Remember Joy Division

Essay by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, July 2009

As Unknown Pleasures reaches its 30th anniversary, Jude Rogers looks behind the commercialisation and Paul Morley's jowls at Joy Division's eternal truth ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Off With Their Heads

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2008

THIS SUMMER, Mark Ronson brightly told us that Kaiser Chiefs' new album, their third in four years and the first on his watch, sounded like ...

Katy B: 'Success Wasn't Even On My Radar'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, January 2014

She's the Peckham girl who won't dance to anyone else's tune: interviewed back on her old manor, Katy B proves the perfect modern British pop ...

Keane: On Music: Keane – A Successful Turnaround

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2008

Keane are no longer soundtrack material for middle-class tantrums. They now have the sound of a band turning their frowns upside down ...

LCD Soundsystem, The Pixies, The Zombies: Why Your Favourite Band Should Split Up

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2010

From the Pixies to the Zombies, Jude Rogers talks to the bands who chose to burn out, not fade away ...

Lorde: Pure Heroine (Universal)

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2013

THE BILLBOARDS glower on high streets in black and white, their closest visual neighbour in music being the artwork for Joy Division's final album, Closer. ...

Loudon Wainwright III: "Don't be an actor"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, June 2011

Bounder, famously fallible patriarch, six-stringed self-analyst and chronicler — consider the dust-caked dictums of Loudon Wainwright III ...

Low: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2005

FOR THE DEVOTED fan, watching Low rock out must be like watching Bob Dylan switch on the amplifiers at the Manchester Free Trade Hall. ...

Madonna: Seen It All Before: Madonna, Millennium Stadium, Cardiff

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, September 2008

After 25 years of pop hits, Madonna's shock tactics are just embarrassing  ...

Laura Marling: 'My songs are not pretty'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2008

IN A RECENT POSTING on a music website, one of Laura Marling's growing army of fans described her output as "pretty folk songs about boys". ...

Mercury Rev: Snowflake Midnight

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2008

TEN YEARS after Deserter's Songs became a gorgeous Americana classic, Mercury Rev have made another masterpiece. ...

MGMT: Oracular Spectacular (Sony BMG)

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, March 2008

THIS IS THE first great pop record of the year, a fizzing cherry-bomb that sparkles with energy, ideas and a huge love for music in ...

Kylie Minogue: The Abbey Road Sessions

Review by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

IN 2006, while in recovery from cancer, Kylie Minogue talked to Another Magazine about her love of Grey Gardens.  ...

Bob Mould: Bob's Their Uncle: Bob Mould, Mean Fiddler, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, September 2005

THE MEAN FIDDLER is thick with black T-shirts, shaven heads and heavy spirals of smoke — from onstage behind Bob Mould and the cigarettes being ...

Muse Make Space for the Music

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

WHEN IS MUSIC too much? I'm not talking about the torrent of songs that surround us every day – I've argued how we should work ...

Joanna Newsom: 'Is It Time For A Glass Of Wine?'

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, May 2010

She models for Armani, enjoys a game of baseball and likes to stay out drinking cocktails. Jude Rogers meets Joanna Newsom, the outspoken singer making ...

Odetta: Grit, Guts and Glory

Profile by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, December 2008

She inspired Dylan, was pals with Ella, and was due to play at Obama's inauguration: Jude Rogers on Odetta Holmes. ...

Dolly Parton: The Liberty Belle: Dolly Parton Speaks

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, August 2011

Ever the showbiz professional, Dolly Parton leads Jude Rogers a merry dance during her allotted 20 minutes of chat about partners, Gaga, sexuality, The Lord ...

Dolly Parton: Warmth, Wonder and Wisdom: Dolly Parton, O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, July 2008

The superstar country singer proves her worth as a feminist icon. ...

Katy Perry: On Music: Katy Perry — Voice of No Angel

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2008

IT'S BEEN quite a week for sex, music and me. Take last weekend. There I was at the Big Chill festival, hot-browed and clammy-palmed, watching ...

Pet Shop Boys: Yes

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, March 2009

NEARLY 30 YEARS ON, the Gilbert and George of pop are still charmers. Like two Planet Pop missionaries sent to cheer us up in the ...

PJ Harvey's White Chalk Is Genius With A Dark Heart

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian Unlimited, September 2007

As the tracks unfold, Jude Rogers finds herself acting as Polly Jean's agony aunt while listening to her wailing like a Kate Bush from hell ...

Plush: 12 Bar, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, January 2005

PLUSH'S LIAM HAYES isn't a man who does things easily. He released his first single in 1994, his first woozy LP in 1998, and didn't ...

Portishead: Third

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, April 2008

PORTISHEAD'S THIRD album is initially more a record to admire than to love, its muscular synthesisers, drum breaks and abrupt endings keeping the tension high.  ...

R.E.M.: Michael Stipe's Last Stand — An R.E.M. Exit Interview

Interview by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2011

Michael Stipe wants to retire. Trouble is, Jude Rogers won't let him until he's been suitably debriefed… ...

R.E.M.: Shiny, Happy People: R.E.M.: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, April 2008

The veteran rock band have regained the passion that made them great ...

Rihanna: A Sorry State — Pop Marketing & Rihanna's Unapologetic

Comment by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, November 2012

Provocation for Profit? Assault as a Marketing Accessory? Why the Rihanna PR Machine show sad signs of our times ...

Rihanna: Rated R (Def Jam)

Review by Jude Rogers, bbc.co.uk, November 2009

She's transformed into a revenge-hunting, firebrand diva — and it suits her. ...

Robyn, Röyksopp: "There's This Idea That You're An Oddball, Far Up At The Top Of The World"

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2009

Love songs to robots, cement-mixer music, trios with houses on their shoulders… No wonder Scandinavian artists get noticed. Jude Rogers kicks off our Scandipop special ...

Henry Rollins: "Playing your hits is living a lie"

Interview by Jude Rogers, Word, The, March 2012

Punk pugilist turned spoken-word turbo-philosopher, Henry Rollins puts the wanting world in a headlock ...

Mark Ronson: Version

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, April 2007

POP MUSIC in 2007 is glorious – energetic, intelligent and glowing with life. Its master of ceremonies is Mark Ronson, a charismatic London-born New Yorker ...

Gil Scott-Heron: I'm New Here

Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2009

Rather than treating them like national treasures, let's hope musicians stretch their prejudices about what older artists can do ...

Shakespears Sister: Songs From The Red Room

Review by Jude Rogers, Quietus, The, March 2010

WHY IS POP history always rewritten blandly, its quirkier corners streamlined into slick, glossy smoothness? ...

Shakira: On Music: Shakira – The She Wolf Bites

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, July 2009

Shakira's howling alter ego is properly, wonderfully strange, going back to the old rules of pop star alternate personas ...

The Shins: Transgressive

Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, January 2007

THE SHINS – four men in their mid-thirties from New Mexico who style themselves as "an American pop combo" – are the literate, intelligent music ...

Nancy Sinatra: Nancy Sinatra (Sanctuary)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, November 2004

Nancy Sinatra: our seasoned muse comes good, courtesy of Morrissey, Cocker and Bono ...

Elliott Smith: From A Basement On The Hill (Domino)

Review by Jude Rogers, Word, The, November 2004

The posthumous album from the quiet American idol, written From A Basement On The Hill ...

Speech Debelle : Is Speech Debelle Really "Not Black Enough"?

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, July 2009

Speech Debelle seems to be yearning for another vision of blackness, rather than settling for being "urban" and making race redundant ...

The Spice Girls: Never Mind The Bum Notes

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, January 2008

The Spice Girls: O2 Arena, London ...

Bruce Springsteen: Why Indie Nerds Love The Boss

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2009

Springsteen, a tweepop hero? ...

The Stone Roses: Hultsfred festival, Sweden

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, June 2012

SO THIS is the Third Coming. Their first was at the much-mythologised tail-end of the 80s, when indie and dance music swaggered together, and the ...

Suede: Suede Brush Up

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2010

Drugs, M.E. and despair sent the poor urchins of Britpop their separate ways in 2003. Now Suede have come roaring back to life. ...

Super Furry Animals: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, November 2007

THERE IS A theory tumbling around that the Super Furry Animals are the Welsh Beatles. ...

Robbie Williams: Writing Off Robbie Williams Is Unfair And Premature

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

Expectations of immediate success are threatening to strangle Robbie Williams's comeback at birth, even when his single is selling well and the new album is ...

Bobby Womack: The Soundtrack of My Life

Interview by Jude Rogers, Observer, The, November 2012

BOBBY WOMACK'S career began in his teens in Cleveland, Ohio, when Sam Cooke mentored his family band, the Valentinos. In 1964 he wrote 'It's All ...

The xx: xx — A Teen Band With A Difference

Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, August 2009

The minimalist four-piece band from a Notting Hill garage are equally awed by Pixies and Aaliyah ...

List of genre pieces

A Different Kind Of Organ

Comment by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, November 2008

Radio 2, beset by scandal, is still the home of gloriously odd programming ...

BBC 6 Music: The Beauties and the Beast

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Passion, intelligence and wonderful tunes — 6 Music has it all, and found many fans despite its tiny budget. So why on earth is it ...

From Mod to Emo: Why Pop Tribes Are Still Making a Scene

Overview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, February 2010

Like-minded music fans have been herding together for half a century — but are die-hard pop tribes now a thing of the past? Do today's ...

Stars and Girls

Comment by Jude Rogers, House, Spring 2010

They may be sneered at by serious music fans, but boy bands have provided a gateway into womanhood for generations of young females… ...

Stockholm Syndrome

Report and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, September 2006

SWEDEN'S INDIE BANDS are invading the UK, armed only with talent, style, ambition and government grants. Time to surrender, says Jude Rogers ...

The Instrumental Touch

Comment by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, October 2009

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC is the neglected child of rock and pop — but it's the absence of a human presence that can make it so interesting. ...

They've Got The X Factor

Profile and Interview by Jude Rogers, Guardian, The, December 2009

In the last 10 years, The X Factor and its ilk have bucked record-buying trends and breathed new life into a dying industry. We talk ...

Top Of Their Voices

Overview by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, December 2009

From accents to Auto-Tune, singers fought to stand out from the pack ...

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