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Independent on Sunday

The Independent on Sunday is the Sunday edition of The Independent.

Grateful Dead: The Grateful Dead: Dead But Unburied Dreams of the Sixties

Profile by Mark Cooper, Independent on Sunday, October 1990

After 18 years of making magic music, the Grateful Dead – who return to Britain this week – still remain true to their legendary spontaneity. ...

Nirvana: National Theatre, Kilburn

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, November 1991

WHEN NIRVANA appeared at the Reading Festival earlier this summer, they were just one more obscure American underground rock trio with a good LP and ...

Nirvana at Reading

Live Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, August 1992

BY THE LAST day of the Reading Festival, the physical conditions have reverted to type. Soggy survivors cluster on little islands dotted between enormous mud ...

Jerry Wexler: Crossing The Divide

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, May 1993

GET JERRY WEXLER started on the big bands of the Thirties and Forties and you'll never hear the back of it. Most ageing music moguls ...

Nirvana: In Utero

Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, September 1993

ROCK AND ROLL can be cruel. One minute you are a professional misfit, happily living out a punk-rock life of misery and alienation in an ...

Iris DeMent

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 1994

THE VOICE of Iris DeMent is a remarkable instrument. There's a sob in it, a roll of the tongue, a fluting quality that speaks of ...

Nirvana: Kurt Cobain: Too Good For This World

Obituary by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, April 1994

AT MIDNIGHT on Friday, after the violence in Rwanda and before the end of the IRA ceasefire, a vaguely disdainful Radio 5 newsreader announces the ...

Portishead: The Reluctant Debutante

Report and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, December 1994

IF YOU WERE the most compelling and enigmatic new group in Britain, playing your first proper gig in the sort of London club where Christine ...

Gorky's Zygotic Mynci

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 1995

THE LEAP of faith required to enunciate the unappetising name of this mighty Pembrokeshire quintet – plain, pronounceable old Gorky's to their legion of devoted ...

Ozzy Osbourne: The Ozzmosis of Ozzy Osbourne

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, 1995

IT IS THE Winter of 1980-1. Black Sabbath are playing at the Hammersmith Odeon, for the first time without Ozzy Osbourne – widely regarded as ...

Simply Red: Mick Hucknall

Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, December 1995

Given that Lemmy of Motorhead's father was a priest, it makes a crazy kind of sense that Mick Hucknall's dad should have been a barber ...

John Cale, Patti Smith: John Cale and Patti Smith: How We Met

Interview by Lucy O'Brien, Independent on Sunday, August 1996

JOHN CALE, 55, rock musician and composer, was born in South Wales, moved to New York in the early 1960s and became a founder member ...

Nirvana: From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah (Geffen)

Review by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, October 1996

FOR ALL THOSE who will overturn the tables like Jesus in the temple if they hear Nirvana Unplugged in another vegetarian restaurant, From the Muddy ...

Mark Owen: The Artist Formerly Known as the Pretty One

Profile and Interview by Ben Thompson, Independent on Sunday, December 1996

Once just a gorgeous torso, now a hit songwriter. Ben Thompson meets Mark Owen. ...

Oasis: live at Earls Court, London (27th September 1997)

Live Review by Will Self, Independent on Sunday, October 1997

IT WAS an emotional night for me – as it was for so many others. The minute that Liam Gallagher reached the centre of the ...

Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane: Haight-Ashbury

Retrospective by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, December 1997

The times they have a-changed, but not without a certain irony. Or a certain continuity, come to that. ...

Marianne Faithfull: An Interview

Interview by Will Self, Independent on Sunday, 1999

THERE'S NOTHING much crasser in life than being told by someone, shortly after you've met them: "You really remind me of so-and-so..." It's bad enough ...

Madonna: Earls Court, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2001

FOR £85, OF course, you'd expect her to lap-dance for you privately. Outrage might be what we've come to expect from Madonna, but this isn't ...

Lambchop, Tahiti 80: Lambchop: Somerset House, London/Tahiti 80: The Spitz, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2001

THE OPEN-AIR Georgian quadrant of Somerset House may be an unusually elegant setting for a gig, but it has its drawbacks when the main attraction ...

The Human League: Don't you want them? Maybe

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2001

Sheffield synth-pop trio the Human League haven't always had it easy, but they've never given up. Simon Price met them as they prepare to stage ...

New Order: Olympia Theatre, Liverpool

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2001

"IT'S LIKE WE'VE never been away," says New Order's Bernard Sumner, and they haven't, really. ...

Super Furry Animals: The Super Furry Animals: When Paul McCartney played the celery

Report and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2001

The Super Furry Animals' new album features some big-name guests, says Simon Price. Including an ex-Beatle on vegetables. ...

Macy Gray: Old Vic, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, August 2001

MACY GRAY WAS a diva from the moment she picked up a mic. And fittingly, if frustratingly, she keeps her crowd waiting two hours, with ...

RZA: The RZA: Subterania, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, August 2001

AT SUBTERANIA, a man in a scruffy striped shirt, steel-rimmed specs and a battered fishing hat slouches onstage, half boho/half hobo, swigging a bottle of ...

hear'say: Hear'Say: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, September 2001

THERE'S AN apocryphal story that the Monkees – the original manufactured, made-for-TV pop group – were auditioned by being sent into a room containing only ...

Ryan Adams: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, November 2001

IT'S POSSIBLY THE single most obvious thing you can say about Ryan Adams, and it's a joke that's been made countless times already, but you'd ...

The Hives: Modesty is a virtue... but not in a band

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, January 2002

IF YOU'VE BEEN to the cinema recently, you may have choked on your popcorn while being confronted with the sight of Kylie Minogue riding a ...

Andrew WK: Blame it on the piano lessons

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, February 2002

Shock-monger, corporate puppet or talented musician? Simon Price cuts through the hype and asks: Will the real Andrew WK please stand up? ...

Mary J. Blige, Chilly Gonzales: Mary J. Blige: Wembley Arena, London/Gonzales Scala, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, April 2002

SOMETHING VERY bad happened to Mary J. Blige once, right here, in London. She won't tell us what it is, but alludes to it cryptically, ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Summer of Love

Retrospective and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, May 2002

He discovered the Doors, nurtured Jimi Hendrix and fronted legendary '60s band Love. Now, after six years in prison, Lee is back on the road ...

Siouxsie & The Banshees: Siouxsie and the Banshees: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2002

IN 1975, POP'S womankind was still meekly 'Loving You' (it's easy, cos you're beautiful) and 'Standing By Your Man' (and showing the world you love ...

Culture Club, Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2002

WHEN THE FAT lady sings at the start of a show, you know something's seriously wrong. So it proves with Culture Club, the band for ...

N*E*R*D, Pharrell Williams: You may not know it, but you're already mad about the Neptunes

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2002

YOU MAY NOT know the name. But if you've ever screamed "I hate you so much right now!" along with Kelis, told Ol' Dirty Bastard ...

David Bowie, Suicide: Suicide: Trash, London/David Bowie: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, October 2002

ALAN VEGA WEARS a beret, like Saddam Hussein, Frank Spencer, and the French. He wears sunglasses on a rope, like Dame Edna. He wears leather ...

Marc Almond, Soft Cell: Marc Almond: That's enough erotic cabaret!

Report and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, February 2003

Soft Cell's Marc Almond is intending to grow old gracefully, says Simon Price. Then again... ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: SECC, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, March 2003

"YOU'RE THE SEXIEST man on earth!!!" Anthony Kiedis probably can't hear the shriek of Scots approval from 50 yards' distance, but I sure as hell ...

Blur, Justin Timberlake: Justin Timberlake: NEC Arena, Birmingham; Blur: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, May 2003

Non-threatening boys: come and get 'em ...

James Brown: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, July 2003

THE LOVED CHILD, they say, has many names. Make what you will of the fact that most of James Brown's epithets – The World's Greatest ...

The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger: Sympathy for the Old Devil

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent on Sunday, July 2003

"YOU'RE A FUNNY little fella," the gangster played by James Fox tells the reclusive rock star played by Mick Jagger in Donald Cammell and Nicolas ...

Martina Topley-Bird: Scala, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, August 2003

WHEN MARTINA Topley-Bird made her first fateful encounter with Tricky, she was a mere schoolgirl, and went on to become his muse and partner-in-rhyme over ...

ZZ Top: Brixton Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, August 2003

IT WAS A STROKE of genius, when you think about it. Call it the Clive Dunn Factor, if you will. When Billy Gibbons and Dusty ...

The Darkness: No, really, we're serious...

Profile and Interview by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, August 2003

"I WANT YOU all to repeat after me..." Justin Hawkins, bare-chested and squinting into in the scorching midsummer sun, has 120,000 people in the palm ...

The Cramps: Astoria, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, October 2003

"NOW, IF YOU work in a record store, or you have a degree in Musicology," spits Lux Interior with an exaggerated sneer, "you might file ...

The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley: The Isley Brothers: Carling Apollo, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, October 2003

REGULAR READERS may recall my feature of a fortnight ago, wherein I detailed the nefarious activities of America's Clear Channel group, and added: "Britain does ...

Morrissey: Mark Simpson: Saint Morrissey

Book Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, November 2003

Former World's Biggest Smiths Fan Simon Price checks his credentials against a passionately provocative analysis of Morrissey's art. ...

Fleetwood Mac: The Point, Dublin

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, November 2003

"IT'S BEEN a sometimes difficult, and always a strange trip," Lindsey Buckingham tells the people of Dublin in a rehearsed line which was surely scripted ...

The Libertines: Forum, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, December 2003

PANTOMIME SEASON is upon us, and rock'n'roll's most compelling Punch and Judy show is in town. If the crowd packed into the Forum tonight aren't ...

The Twilight Singers, Amy Winehouse: Amy Winehouse: Jazz Cafe, London/The Twilight Singers: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, February 2004

"YOUR NEIGHBOURS WERE screaming 'I don't have a key for downstairs'/ So I punched all the buzzers, hoping you wouldn't be there..." ...

Brian Wilson: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, February 2004

"YOU GUYS IN the audience have better cameras and recording gear than the people doing it officially," jokes Jeffrey Foskett, Brian Wilson's corpulent and genial ...

Keane: University of London Union, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, March 2004

WHEN BBC NEWS Online ran their "Sound Of 2004" survey of music biz insiders at the turn of the year, the winners – one place ...

Kraftwerk: Academy, Glasgow

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, March 2004

Automata for the people ...

The Who: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, April 2004

A SHAMED MUSICAL hero brought low before our very eyes, his humiliation beamed directly into our living rooms on the television screen. Not an edifying ...

Prince: Return of the prodigal

Retrospective by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, April 2004

Prince enjoyed a purple reign during the 1980s, but messy wranglings with record companies led to bizarre personal behaviour, and the 1990s were spent in ...

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 ...

Babyshambles: Pete Doherty And The New Decadence

Comment by Charles Shaar Murray, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

PERHAPS MARC ALMOND put it best: "To me a star is someone who has something extra, and something missing at the same time – ...

Solomon Burke

Interview by Gavin Martin, Independent on Sunday, February 2005

ON A RAINY FRIDAY afternoon Solomon Burke is holding court in the living room of his San Fernando Valley home. The man who has claimed ...

Kate Bush: Return of the Recluse

Profile and Interview by Adam Sweeting, Independent on Sunday, October 2005

PLENTY HAS HAPPENED in the twelve years since Kate Bush last released an album. Tory sleaze has morphed into New Labour; mobile phones and iPods ...

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 ...

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..." ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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. ...

The Who: Long Live Rock: The Who

Comment by Barney Hoskyns, Independent on Sunday, February 2010

ARGUABLY THE MOST famous line The Who's Pete Townshend ever wrote was "Hope I die before I get old" on 1965's angry young anthem 'My ...

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, ...

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 ...

Everything Everything

Comment by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, January 2013

IN THE WEEK that HMV goes into administration, and much is made of the endurance of smaller indie outlets (not to mention the corporate chain's ...

Solange: XOYO, London

Live Review by Simon Price, Independent on Sunday, January 2013

Little Sister Solange Is Doing It For Herself Solange suggests there is more than one musical genius in the Knowles family ...

John Grant: 'This Addictive Personality Permeates My Entire Being'

Interview by Nick Hasted, Independent on Sunday, March 2013

After fighting drug problems, John Grant declared on stage that he was HIV-positive. Nick Hasted meets a very candid indie star ...

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