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Damon Albarn

Damon Albarn

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Blur: Meet Damon, The Poet

Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 6 July 1996

Blur's Damon Albarn tells CAROLINE SULLIVAN he is tired of being a star, tired of Yob Pop and tired off feuding. That's why he's reading ...

Damon Albarn, Afel Bocoum, Toumani Diabaté & Friends: Mali Music (Honest Jon's)

Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 13 April 2002

YOU HAVE to admire his nerve, if nothing else. In between existing musical commitments to Blur and Gorillaz, Damon Albarn is going global with his ...

Blur: The Great Escape?

Profile and Interview by Dorian Lynskey, Bang, December 2003

Blur are no longer the centre of Damon Albarn's world and he says he finds the idea of turning into a career band like U2 ...

The Good, the Bad & the Queen: The Good, the Bad & the Queen

Review by Ben Thompson, The Guardian, 21 January 2007

Damon Albarn could have fallen flat on his face here. But this love letter to the capital might be his finest hour, writes Ben Thompson ...

Brett Anderson and the real rivalry of Britpop

Retrospective by John Lewis, So London, March 2007

BACK IN the heyday of Britpop, the rivalry that garnered all the column inches was that between Blur and Oasis; the nice middle-class Essex boys ...

Damon Albarn: The serious side of monkey business

Report and Interview by John Lewis, The Times, 25 May 2007

Author's note: The completed version was edited down and most of Damon Albarn's quotes were removed. This 1600-word version, below, features many more quotes from ...

Damon Albarn: The Great Escape

Report and Interview by Andrew Purcell, The Independent, 12 April 2008

THERE ARE GHOSTS at the Apollo. Bobby Byrd holds his master's cape, the amateur night regulars bawl and shimmy, and Fats Gonder asks: "Are you ...

Honest Jon's: Shellac shock

Report and Interview by John Lewis, Financial Times, 28 April 2008

Damon Albarn's label Honest Jon's has discovered the world on their doorstep in the form of the EMI Archive. ...

Afro-Indie: Across The Great Divide

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, The Observer, 15 June 2008

Suddenly indie rockers are embracing African sounds. Could the long years of a cultural apartheid be coming to a close, asks Ben Thompson ...

Damon Albarn: From Pop to Opera

Profile and Interview by Robert Sandall, The Sunday Times, 2 November 2008

He's indifferent to money and drugs. He hates the celebrity circus. And he famously said no to Tony Blair — but yes to getting drunk ...

Tilting and Drifting: The Songs of Scott Walker at the Barbican, London

Live Review by Robert Sandall, Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2008

IN LINE WITH his progress from '60s teen heartthrob to reclusive disciple of the avant garde, Scott Walker has long since given up performing in ...

Damon Albarn And The Honest Jon's Revue: Uptown Rankin'

Report and Interview by Ken Scrudato, Filter, June 2009

OH DEAR. Damon Albarn is at it again. ...

Monkey see, monkey do, monkey tour: the Gorillaz are back

Interview by Pete Paphides, The Times, 10 May 2010

"I SAY! They're fancy!" exclaims Jamie Hewlett when Damon Albarn strides into the pair's West London headquarters. The object of his fascination? Albarn, his sidekick ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee live, Manchester International Festival

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Quietus, 5 July 2011

Stephen Dalton at the Manchester International Festival finds Damon "the Martin Amis of Britpop" Albarn's musical about the life of Dr John Dee to be ...

Damon Albarn: "I'm Sort Of English Melancholy"

Interview by Stephen Dalton, The Quietus, 27 March 2012

With an upcoming Blur show and a number of albums set for release in the coming months, Damon Albarn's 2012 looks set to be as ...

Damon Albarn: Dr Dee

Review by Martin Aston,, 7 May 2012

A well-researched soundtrack piece full of memorable melodies ...

Damon Albarn in Mali

Report and Interview by Sheryl Garratt, Seven, 23 July 2012

Between staging an opera and preparing for Blur's Olympic show, Damon Albarn travelled to Mali to spend quality time with an old friend. But Islamic ...

Africa Express: Ritz, Manchester

Live Review by Stephen Dalton, The Times, 7 September 2012

DAMON ALBARN has had a busier Olympic summer than even Lord Coe, juggling multiple Games-linked projects including his Doctor Dee opera and Blur’s mammoth Hyde ...

Damon Albarn: "Pop's gone back to showbiz. It's like the Beatles or Dylan never happened."

Profile and Interview by Sean O'Hagan, The Observer, 27 April 2014

WHEN DAMON ALBARN was nine, he persuaded his parents, who were in the process of moving house from Leytonstone in east London to rural Essex, ...

see also Blur

see also Good, The Bad & The Queen, The

see also Gorillaz


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