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New Statesman

The New Statesman is a British political and cultural magazine published weekly in London. Founded as a weekly review of politics and literature on 12 April 1913, the magazine has a left-of-centre political position.

Frankie Goes to Hollywood: Phenomenal: Frankie Goes To Hollywood

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 1984

THAT A GROUP should make the fourth-best selling British single of all time with their first release is remarkable; that they should follow it up ...

New Model Army: Top of the Antipops: New Model Army

Profile by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 1984

PUNK IS DEAD in letter but not in spirit. That is the message from a new school of groups who do not make videos and ...

Michael Jackson: Out of His Life: Michael Jackson

Report by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, August 1984

BY NOW, of course, you’ve been told more than you could possibly want to know about Michael Jackson. Such has been the media saturation of ...

Big Country, U2: Epic Affirmation: U2 and Big Country

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, November 1984

WITH ALL THE hype of chart pop proving more contagious that ever, what chance does the passionate old dream of rock now stand? If Jon ...

The Associates, The Smiths: The Smiths: Meat Is Murder; The Associates: Perhaps

Review by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, Spring 1985

MORRISSEY OF The Smiths is still the unlikeliest pop star of all. Watching him jerk and flounder about on Top Of The Pops last week, ...

Soul II Soul: Jazzie B and the New Black Economy

Report and Interview by Cynthia Rose, New Statesman, June 1988

A thriving underground enterprise culture has grown up around music – bootlegged vinyl, pirate radio, warehouse parties. It’s a black economy powered by black aesthetics ...

The Shamen: No Right To Party: Acid House

Report by Mark Sinker, New Statesman, April 1990

2005 note: Unforgivable as actual real journalism – I made no effort to represent the anti-drug position – this still works as a snapshot of ...

Arthur Lee, Love: Arthur Lee: Winter of Love

Overview by Ted Kessler, New Statesman, January 2003

MANY outrageous claims have been made on Arthur Lee's behalf — but most of them are true. ...

50 Cent: Shady Business

Comment by Ted Kessler, New Statesman, March 2003

Ted Kessler on the rise of a new rap star who just can't stay out of trouble ...

Lee 'Scratch' Perry: Caribbean Shaman: Lee "Scratch" Perry

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, New Statesman, June 2006

ON THE NIGHT Lee "Scratch" Perry performed at the New York venue B B King's last month, the news came through that the 1960s ska ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Bob Marley & the Wailers: Bob Marley: Keep On Moving

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, New Statesman, May 2007

Hailed as the best album of the 20th century, Bob Marley's Exodus is 30 years old next month. Vivien Goldman recalls the sessions that produced ...

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 ...

The Spice Girls: Never Mind The Bum Notes

Live Review by Jude Rogers, New Statesman, January 2008

The Spice Girls: O2 Arena, London ...

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 ...

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 ...

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? ...

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. ...

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  ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Michael Jackson: Blame it On the Good Times: The Life and Living Death of Michael Jackson

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, July 2009

IN SEPTEMBER 1979, my friend Davitt Sigerson – then a very good white writer on black music; later the chairman of Island Records in America; ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Chrissie Hynde, The Slits, X-Ray Spex: Lasses of the Mohicans

Retrospective by Vivien Goldman, New Statesman, October 2011

Vivien Goldman charts the history of Britain’s rebellious female punks. ...

Ren Harvieu, Lana Del Rey: Far from Dusty: Ren Harvieu and Lana Del Rey

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, January 2012

TWO GUYS ON a streetcar in 1940: "Say, have you heard about that horn player Louis Armstrong? He's so authentic! His mother was a prostitute, you ...

Madonna: MDNA

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, March 2012

SHE HAS A STOCK answer for it now. American news anchor Cynthia McFadden recently questioned Madonna about the uncanny resemblance between her 1989 hit 'Express ...

Jack White: What's Jack White made of?

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, May 2012

White never stops working and everything he works with turns to gold. ...

Frank Ocean Comes Out: A Brave Move In The Exaggeratedly Heterosexual World Of Hip Hop

Comment by Dorian Lynskey, New Statesman, July 2012

What it means to be the first out gay star in urban music. ...

The xx's Coexist Is An Album To Get You In The Mood For Misery

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, September 2012

Ideal for autumn, the season of mists... ...

Kylie Minogue: The mysterious popstar who can do no wrong

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, November 2012

As an album of "reimagined" Kylie songs emerges, Kate Mossman goes in search of the singer herself. ...

Don't blame HMV for its demise

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, January 2013

It's our fault – because we're too lazy to support our shops. ...

Justin Bieber: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, March 2013

Dazed and deeply confused. ...

Brian Eno: "How can Alastair Campbell have a TV career?"

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, May 2013

THE TOILETS OF the famous are centres of great significance. Liz Taylor was so used to guests snooping in hers, she filled the bathroom cabinet ...

Laura Marling: Whenever power emerges, there's a sense of innocence lost — Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle (Rough Trade)


Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, May 2013

Her voice, once so English, has turned into a slip-slidey American lilt, half-speech, half-jazz, frequently yoyoing to a deeper register... In Marling, we're watching an ...

Rihanna's Victim-Diva Complex

Essay by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, June 2013

Six months ago Rihanna looked like she was losing it, and now she looks to be in complete control. ...

Burt Bacharach: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1; Anyone Who Had a Heart (Alcourt)

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, July 2013

The effect of seeing Bacharach live at the Royal Festival hall was to be hit by more top-40 songs that you'd think a single act ...

Arctic Monkeys: AM (Domino Records)

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, September 2013

The Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, has changed the sound but not the character of Britain's "Last True Indie Band". ...

Lou Reed: Why no one wanted to write his obituary

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, November 2013

MOST ROCK STARS are about 70 years old these days, so their departure is a constant possibility and music journalists are mentally prepared to trot ...

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. ...

Lostprophets: Rock Music Isn't Evil — it's the rock star myth that creates men like Ian Watkins

Comment by Ben Myers, New Statesman, December 2013

Music journalist and author Ben Myers has been doing some soul-searching on the day the former Lostprophets singer was sentenced to twenty-nine years' imprisonment plus ...

The Beach Boys, Amy Winehouse: Mawkish Tabloid Fare: How the Amy Winehouse Film Fails

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, July 2015

This film laments the way Winehouse's life was intruded upon while relying on the same methods to create drama. ...

Jeff Beck: The £7m fingers: how Jeff Beck became a guitar hero by saying no

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, July 2016

Kate Mossman talks to Jeff Beck about escaping Eric Clapton's shadow, dodging fame, and why he can't go and see Pat Metheny. ...

Kiss: What happened when Kiss went to Moscow

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, May 2017

WHEN GENE SIMMONS decided he wanted to be a rock star, he made a deal with his mother: be in a band but show me how ...

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