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Sheryl Garratt

Freelance writer New Musical Express 1980-83, music ed City Limits 1983-86; freelance writer 1986-88: The Observer, The Sunday Telegraph, Honey, New York Rocker, The Face, News on Sunday, Looks; ed The Face 1989-95 (music/prodn ed 1988-89, winner Int Magazine of the Year PPA Awards 1994); freelance writer 1995-98: The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, Red, Elle and New Statesman; ed The Observer Life magazine 1998-2000, sr writer The Observer 2000-02; currently freelance for The Telegraph, The Times, Elle, Red, Grazia, Vanity Fair and GQ.

List of articles in the library by artist

Aaliyah, Singer/Actress

Obituary by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

AALIYAH DANA HAUGHTON was just 22 when she died last Saturday in a plane crash in The Bahamas, but she'd already been famous for seven ...

Anastacia: Sprock Chick

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Evening Standard, The, November 2004

"I'M LOOKING FORWARD to my 40s," declares Anastacia, a tiny woman with big hair, bold glasses and a big, big voice. "I want lines in ...

Björk

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, July 2003

"I LOVE HIM, I love him, I love him, I love him/ This time, I'm gonna keep it to myself." Björk is swaying as she ...

The Chemical Brothers: Dancing To The Death: The New Club Culture

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, January 2005

CLUB CULTURE is over so no music coming out of the dance arena can be interesting. It's not usually put so bluntly but I've read ...

Neneh Cherry

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1996

WHEN NENEH CHERRY was a toddler, she met Miles Davis. She remembers his gravelly growl of a voice, and recalls him opening his trumpet case ...

Coldplay: My Travels With Oxfam: Chris Martin's Ghana Diary

Report by Sheryl Garratt, GQ, August 2005

Day 1: Accra ...

The Congos: Fighting In The Congos

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, New Musical Express, July 1981

ALTHOUGH Black Uhuru's Red will most probably come out top, Heart Of The Congos is definitely one of the finest reggae albums to be released ...

De La Soul

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Sunday Times, July 1996

IN 1989, DE LA Soul's debut album Three Feet High And Rising was hailed by New York's Village Voice as "the Sergeant Pepper of hip ...

Duffy: Living The Dream

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, September 2010

Growing up in north Wales, Aimée Ann Duffy dreamt of being a singing star. When success came suddenly, it brought adulation, awards and a call ...

East 17 in Moscow

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Independent, The, July 1996

WE'RE IN THE atrium of a sleek, modern, five-star hotel that is actually in Moscow but could be almost anywhere in the world. In the ...

Estelle: Urban Ambassador

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Metro, April 2005

IT'S BEEN A long time coming, but finally things are moving for the feisty Fulham-born singer and rapper Estelle. Fast. So fast, in fact, that ...

Everything But The Girl: Walking Wounded (Virgin)****

Review by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, May 1996

ONCE KNOWN by cynics as Everything But A Laugh, Ben Watt and Tracey Thorn spent much of the Eighties exploring the lonely outer fringes of ...

Florence and the Machine: Lungs (Island) ****

Review by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, June 2009

FOR A WHILE, former Camberwell Art School student Florence Welch tried to be the singer the record companies wanted her to be: namely, a more ...

Farley "Jackmaster" Funk , Marshall Jefferson, Frankie Knuckles: Sample and Hold: The House Sound of Chicago

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1986

"Sue the bastards!"WE'VE BEEN IN Chicago for two hours now, and for reasons too ridiculous to explain we are sitting in an Armenian restaurant talking ...

Noel Gallagher: A Grown-Up Pop Star

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Telegraph Magazine, October 2011

With the launch of his first solo album, Noel Gallagher reflects on life without Liam, turning down The X Factor and giving up the parties. ...

Gorillaz: Hey, Hey, We're The Gorillaz

Profile by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, July 2001

IN ITS TENTH year now, the £20,000 Mercury Music Prize is awarded every September to the best British album. Chosen by a panel of critics, ...

Groove Armada: Mellow Fellows

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

IT'S A HOT summer afternoon, Tom Findlay and Andy Cato have cold beers, and we're all sitting on a terrace in west London overlooking the ...

Janet Jackson

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Grazia, August 2006

THE FAMILY RESEMBLANCE is unmistakable. With her high cheekbones and big brown eyes, Janet Jackson looks eerily like her brother Michael before he began his ...

Marshall Jefferson: Moving House

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, September 1994

I FIRST MET MARSHALL Jefferson in 1986, in his native Chicago. House was just starting to bloom there, and he was working on 'Move Your ...

Kasabian

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, March 2005

THERE ARE many ways to reach a rock band's heart. Sex and drugs are the most tried and tested, but I've never found either very ...

Kylie Minogue: The Showgirl Must Go On

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2001

Kylie Minogue won't discuss her personal life, but after 17 dizzy years as soap starlet, pop princess, gay icon and Barbie Doll, she's starting to ...

Courtney Love: Damage Limitation

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Daily Telegraph, April 2010

Courtney Love has declared her image ripe for rebranding, and with her drug addiction under control and her band reinvigorated, she is heading in the ...

Kylie Minogue: Little Miss Boomerang

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, August 1998

Kylie Minogue has probably had more brickbats than bouquets since she quit soap stardom to become a pop singer. But, with a new record in ...

Mis-Teeq

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Evening Standard, The, October 2003

"WHEN WE WERE younger, we were always entertaining people," says Su-Elise Nash, at 22 the youngest member of the UK's most urban girl group, Mis-Teeq. ...

Morrissey, Suede: Brett Anderson & Morrissey: Suedegate

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, May 1993

Does this magazine print deliberate lies? Well actually no, we don't ...

Katy Perry: Kiss Me, Katy

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer Music Monthly, August 2008

Katy Perry's 'I Kissed a Girl' is a runaway hit in the States – and she's now repeating that success over here. Sheryl Garratt caught ...

Pink Q&A

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, October 2003

You were scheduled to snog Madonna at the MTV awards, but you dropped out and Britney took over. Why? ...

Primal Scream: Ten Minutes In The Mind Of Bobby Gillespie

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, August 1991

Why did you start playing dance music?Better music, better chicks, better drugs. Is rock'n'roll dead? No. There's a lot of great rock'n'roll bands, like Jane's ...

Sasha and Digweed play Twilo

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1997

JOHN DIGWEED stares at the sleek, black stretch limo we've ordered to take us from the hotel to the club in New York. "I usually ...

Adrian Sherwood: It's My Turn

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Guardian, The, February 2003

THERE'S NOTHING about the outside of Adrian Sherwood's home in north London to explain why the likes of Sinead O'Connor, Sly and Robbie, Primal Scream ...

Simply Red: Mick Hucknall Goes Indie

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, July 2003

NOW HERE'S A sentence I never thought I'd write. I have seen the future of music – and its name is Mick Hucknall. Yes, Mick ...

The Spice Girls

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Big Issue, The, December 1996

THE PAY IS GOOD, the perks are fantastic, but there's one thing they never tell you about being a pop star – the hours are ...

Angie Stone

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Evening Standard, The, July 2004

ANGIE STONE breezes into the bar at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester apologising for the burger in her hand and explaining that she's just flown ...

Leeroy Thornhill: A Prodigy Returns

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, February 2001

THERE WAS A tendency for bands coming out of the acid house club explosion to have dancers – Cressa in the Stone Roses, Bez with ...

Junior Vasquez

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, September 2000

IN THE SUMMER of 1990, I was in New York for the New Music Seminar, as were many of the UK's emerging new DJs and ...

Robbie Williams: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, October 2001

WHAT A SWELL party it was. Not being an opera fan, I don't often see 3,500 people in black tie and evening gowns. It's a ...

Wookie: Garage Convert

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, October 2000

'RINSE IT OUT for us, mate!' The bag being handed over in the foyer of this small but bustling recording studio is not full of ...

List of genre pieces

Jonathan Ive: The Father Of Invention

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Word, The, March 2004

In a world where computer technology is a religion and its curvy iconography is changing everything, a shy 37-year-old Englishman is the newly-elected High Priest. ...

Pop Idol: Idols Made In Our Own Image

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, February 2002

AND THEN THERE were two... Last night's penultimate episode of the latest 'water-cooler TV' left only two hopefuls, Gareth Gates and Will Young, remaining from ...

Life Support: Michael and Emily Eavis

Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, June 2001

Michael Eavis, founder of the Glastonbury Festival – taking a rest this year – and his youngest daughter Emily. ...

Mrs Wood: Queen Of Hardbag

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Face, The, December 1995

I FIRST MET MRS WOOD on a trip to BCM in Majorca. The manager had flagged up his attractions outside the club in four-foot letters: ...

Rave On… But Be Careful

Comment by Sheryl Garratt, Times, The, September 2005

IT IS EASY TO forget how grey and grim Britain seemed in the late 1980s. The Tories had been in power for ever; young men ...

Sara Cox: Vox Cox

Profile and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, June 2001

IT'S 7AM AND the tall, pretty young woman I'm watching work has clearly not been out of bed too long. Her blonde hair is tied ...

The Big Chill Festival

Report by Sheryl Garratt, Observer, The, August 2001

IT'S A WARM Sunday afternoon, and I'm stretched out on the grass watching white clouds blow across blue sky, while Norman Jay plays some of ...

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