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Nick Coleman

Nick Coleman

Nick wrote for NME for a year during the mid-80s before becoming Music Editor of the London listings magazine, Time Out, in 1987. From 1994 until 2006 he was Arts and then Features Editor at the Independent and Independent on Sunday before leaving to go freelance. His memoir The Train in the Night was published to wide acclaim in 2012.

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The Band, The Rolling Stones: The Sounds of Scorsese

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, March 2008

AS THE VETERAN FILM-MAKER RELEASES HIS CONCERT MOVIE ON THE ROLLING STONES, NICK COLEMAN APPLAUDS A DIRECTOR WHO'S ALWAYS PUT MUSIC AT THE HEART OF ...

Björk: The Last Great Pop Star

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, August 2001

She thumps reporters, wears funny clothes and thinks she was born in the wrong century. Now she's made an album about her kitchen. Nick Coleman ...

David Bowie: A Rock 'n' Roll Suicide: A live art event by Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard: ICA London

Report by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, July 1998

"OF ALL THE SHOWS on this tour, this particular show will remain with us the longest. Not only is it the last show of the ...

Kate Bush: Daft As A Bush

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, November 1993

Kate Bush – what's she like, eh, with her wailing voice, whimsical words and penchant for throwing wild Terpsichorean shapes? Suitably intrigued by her new ...

Sandy Denny: Who Knows Where The Time Goes (Island)

Review by Nick Coleman, New Musical Express, Summer 1986

WHEN SHE DIED I was still preoccupied with the politics of holey jeans and why the Ramones were the perfect emblem of the beast Modern ...

Sandy Denny: The Queen of Fairport

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, May 2012

LESS THAN A decade ago a retrospective CD box-set came out. A Boxful of Treasures documented the life and career of the English singer-songwriter Sandy ...

Dr. Feelgood, Wilko Johnson: Wilko Johnson: Rhythm Doctor

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, January 2005

Flood and drugs and R&B – the life and works of Wilko Johnson have been fast and turbulent. But the Essex Assassin is still rocking ...

Ian Dury: Hit Me With Your Rhythm Schtick: How Did Ian Dury Become One Of The Most Fascinating Rock Stars Of The 1970s?

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, January 2010

As a new film reminds us, he was a polio survivor from the suburbs and not much of a musician. ...

Donald Fagen, Steely Dan: Donald Fagen: Dan Dare

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, May 1993

Back in the '70s, Steely Dan grabbed the American Dream by the throat with their deceptively soft rock. Now singer Donald Fagen is back, giving ...

Free: All right now? Nope

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, September 2006

Thirty years after drugs killed Free's guitarist, the band are back in vogue. They just won't talk to each other. ...

David Sylvian, Robert Fripp: Robert Fripp, David Sylvian: Double Edge

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, June 1993

Guitar hero meets cool synth dude on The First Day, a new album by Robert Fripp and David Sylvian. They should go together like a ...

Marvin Gaye: The Classics Collection/Dream Of A Lifetime/Romantically Yours

Review by Nick Coleman, MOJO, October 1994

IN 1985, a year after his death, Gaye's Dream Of A Lifetime and Romantically Yours appeared in the CBS catalogue to confirm what we already ...

Marvin Gaye's Here, My Dear: Deal Me Out

Retrospective by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, February 2008

At the age of 39, Marvin Gaye's marriage hit the rocks, and he was forced into the studio to pay the divorce fees. Reissued 30 ...

Gong, Steve Hillage: Steve Hillage: Woggle Head

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, January 2007

Steve Hillage was a prime groover on the Canterbury psychedelic scene of the Seventies and still makes far-out trance music today. So why do people ...

The Good The Bad and The Queen: At Least It's Raining: An Albarn/Simonon Psychogeography

Interview by Nick Coleman, Believer, The, October 2007

Things shared by Damon Albarn and Paul Simonon:North KensingtonA Love of DickensA group hug with Chrissie Hynde ...

Al Green: Another Green World

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, June 1989

"Sometimes I wonder if you love me the way you say you do... Sometimes I just fold my arms and say... weeeee-eeeeh awooooah!" ...

Jimi Hendrix: 'I Was So Cocksure With Jimi': How Rock Photography Pioneer Gered Mankowitz Captured Hendrix And The Cream Of The 1960s

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, August 2010

Gered Mankowitz wasn't yet 21 when his pictures captured London's groovers at their hippest. As the portraitist prepares to put his Hendrix archive on show, ...

John Lee Hooker, Keith Richards: The Blues Brothers: John Lee Hooker and Keith Richards – It's a Two-way Thing

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, October 1992

BOOM BOOM boom boom – gonna shoot you right down… The blues is always the blues, even when it's advertising copy. Right off your feet. ...

Mick Jagger: Jagger's Edge

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, January 1993

California smile, insolent mouth, articulate manner — Mick Jagger is an 'interesting bunch of guys' and each one still has the edge. But is he ...

Booker T. Jones: Booker T Jones: The King Of Stax Picks Up His Axe

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, April 2009

With his band the MGs, Booker T was the resident genius at one of America's great soul labels. Now, with a bit of help from ...

Bill Laswell: Lost In Music

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, August 1993

From Sly and Robbie to Mick Jagger and Public Image, record producer Bill Laswell's client list is as varied as the sounds he pulls out ...

Led Zeppelin: Why We Should Dig The 'Rock Dinosaurs' All Over Again

Guide by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, December 2007

They were the biggest band of the 1970s and they're about to reform ...

Aimee Mann: Of Mousse And Man

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, September 1993

American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, is 'better than just about everyone', but she's only now clawing her way to success. Nick Coleman takes her to dinner ...

John Martyn: The Barbican, London

Live Review by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, September 2006

"Burble burble burble... President Bush... flffle mffle wffle... 'kin 'ell... urgle wurgle gurgle... I'm trouble too! Heheheheheh..." ...

John Martyn: The Boy Can't Help It

Interview by Nick Coleman, MOJO, October 1994

Rambunctious loons, Soave-swilling romantics, tireless anarchists, people who fill baths with dead fish, all detect in him some sort of kindred spirit. John Martyn by ...

Pentangle: Britain's Grateful Dead

Profile and Interview by Nick Coleman, Guardian, The, March 2007

Folk pioneers Pentangle recently played together for the first time in 30 years. This is the perfect time for them to reform for good, says ...

Keith Richards: How to be Keef: A User's Guide

Guide by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, July 2006

WHAT GOES through the mind of a rock colossus as he falls from a coconut tree? Depends on your rock colossus, of course. So let's ...

Keith Richards, The Rolling Stones: Keith Richards: Grin Reaper

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, July 1990

YOU CAN look Keith Richards in the eye and ask him if he's spent all his adult life divorced from reality. He stops, inclines his ...

The Rolling Stones: Exile on Main St: A Season In Hell With The Rolling Stones, By Robert Greenfield (Da Capo Press)

Book Review by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, February 2008

In the summer of 1971, Keith Richards and Anita Pallenberg holed up in a villa on the Riviera with the other members of the Rolling ...

Shonen Knife: Naughty But Knife

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, November 1992

Their songs have titles like 'Flying Jelly Attack' but Shonen Knife claim it's all serious stuff. As London succumbs to a Japanese arts invasion, Nick ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: Southside Johnny Lyon: Greetings From Asbury Park

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, February 1992

Unlike his old buddies Bruce Springsteen and Little Steven, Southside Johnny Lyon has forsaken the trappings of rock stardom for clapboard houses and the smell ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: The RBP Album Club: Southside Johnny & The Asbury Dukes' I Don't Want To Go Home (2013)

Interview by Nick Coleman, Nick Hornby, Rock's Backpages Audio, July 2013

Messrs. Hornby and Coleman discuss the album: who they were when they first heard it; what it meant to them; the meaning of "R&B"; all things Miami Steve van Zandt, and engage the audience in some pretty lively discussion.

File format: mp3; file size: 78.4mb, interview length: 1h 25' 40" sound quality: ****

Sparks: Sparks Will Fly

Interview by Nick Coleman, Intelligent Life, Spring 2008

Sparks are to begin performing their entire oeuvre next week in Islington. Singer Russel Mael tells Nick Coleman it's like buying pork futures... ...

Steely Dan: Dream Ticket

Report and Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, August 1993

Twenty years ago Steely Dan hooked white suburban America with their deceptively comfy rock classics. And even today they can shift 15,000 Madison Square Garden ...

The Sundays: Blind Optimism

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, December 1992

After the sheer brilliance of their debut album, The Sundays have delivered a follow-up, Blind, which is... not quite so fabulous. Nick Coleman goes to ...

Television: Socket To Me

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, 1992

Fourteen years after they split, New York's noo-wave punksters Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd have repaired Television. Nick Coleman is electrified by their new album. ...

Linda Thompson, Richard and Linda Thompson: Linda Thompson

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent on Sunday, September 2007

Linda and Richard Thompson's marriage was fiery – so much so that Nick Hornby began a script about the legendary folk rockers. Here, on the ...

Was (Not Was): Wizards Of Was

Interview by Nick Coleman, Time Out, May 1992

Until 'Walk The Dinosaur', the funky, cosmic pop of Was (Not Was) remained a cult. Now they've reached the giddy heights of supporting Dire Straits, ...

Robert Wyatt and Annie Whitehead: Songs In The Key Of Louth

Report and Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, October 2000

The trombonist Annie Whitehead has arranged a suite of Robert Wyatt's tunes, spanning 25 years of his off-beat career. Nick Coleman talks to them in ...

List of genre pieces

Princes And Peasants Of Medieval Pop

Overview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, May 1998

Musicians have long been fascinated by the Middle Ages. Perhaps it's down to the tight trousers and catamites. ...

Adrian Sherwood: The Man Who Built Jamaica In The Midlands

Interview by Nick Coleman, Independent, The, February 2011

The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...' ...

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