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Bob Geldof: Deep In The Heart Of Nowhere

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 29 November 1986

WELL, SAINT Bob, here we are again. Doubtless you're expecting a right royal slagging in these pages, but that's not what I want to do. ...

Suede: Brett Anderson interviewed

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Interview, May 1997

WHEN, NEARLY three years ago, Bernard Butler walked out of Suede - or the London Suede, as they are unhappily obliged to call themselves in ...

Echo & The Bunnymen: Porcupine (Korova)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 22 January 1983

PERHAPS IT WAS inevitable, even decreed in some heaven up "there". Maybe it’s just the third time unlucky. But if Porcupine isn’t good it isn’t ...

U2: October

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 10 October 1981

WHEN U2 first hit England in the twilight of 1980, a dull cry of relief rose up from rock's murky depths. U2 were "just what ...

Howard Devoto, Magazine: Howard Devoto: Jerky Versions Of The Dream (Virgin)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 1983

I NEVER CARED much for Magazine. They were a group without a style, or at least a group whose style consisted in a profound lack. ...

Melody Maker, 1926 - 2000, RIP

Obituary by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, 15 December 2000

An era came to an end on 14th December when IPC Magazines announced the closure of its oldest music title, Melody Maker. ...

Paul Young: No Parlez

Review by Barney Hoskyns, NME, August 1983

SIMPLY FOR not being Kevin Rowland or Paul Weller or Martin Fry, Paul Young fully deserves his Number One. And 'Wherever' is more than a ...

Rufus Wainwright: Want Two

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, April 2005

LATE LAST YEAR Rufus Wainwright was a guest on Tom Robinson's BBC6 radio show, answering questions about music, life and celebrity while pointedly avoiding allusion ...

Scarlett Johansson, Tom Waits: Scarlett Johansson: Anywhere I Lay My Head (Atco)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Observer Music Monthly, May 2008

WHEN TOM WAITS started his musical apprenticeship in the LA of the early 1970s, he harbored secret Tin Pan Alley fantasies of having his work ...

Rufus Wainwright: "My Parents the Folk Heroes"

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 15 June 2001

THE WITTIEST REQUEST from the crowd at Rufus Wainwright's New York show last week was for ‘Rufus is a Tit Man’, a song written aeons ...

Suicide, Alan Vega: Alan Vega: '77 Suicide Strip

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, New Musical Express, 10 September 1983


The Angry Samoans: The Angry Brigade: Angry Samoans

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 11 June 1983

ONE OF the singular charms of Back From Samoa by L.A.'s Angry Samoans is that it's over before you even realise you've put it on ...

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

Essay by Barney Hoskyns, New Statesman, 9 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 ...

Television: Marquee Moon (Expanded); Adventure (Expanded) (Rhino)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, Uncut, December 2003

BEFORE THE Sex Pistols there was New York's Lower East Side: trash aesthetes with short hair, kinky vixens in B-movie stilettos. Kids with minor drug ...

Thin Lizzy: Graeme Thomson: Cowboy Song: The Authorised Biography of Philip Lynott

Book Review by Barney Hoskyns, Guardian, The, 9 March 2016

THIS FINE TELLING of the messy life of Thin Lizzy's charismatic frontman is studded with moments of bathos, but one sticks particularly in the mind. ...

Boulevard of Broken Dreams: A Trip Down the Sunset Strip

Guide by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, January 1994

SUNSET BOULEVARD: the very name is synonymous with dreams, unrealities, tableaux of palm trees and convertibles in the golden light of southern California. Billy ...

Art of Noise, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Propaganda: ZTT: The Morley & Horn Show present How To Make A Spectacle of Yourself

Report and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, NME, 13 October 1984

The first year of ZTT has been a spectacular success with Frankie Goes To Hollywood singles 'Relax' and 'Two Tribes' becoming respectively the fourth and ...

The Blue Nile, Danny Wilson: The Soul of Scotland: Danny Wilson/The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, October 1989

"THE WHOLE Scottish scene is getting a little out of hand", admits Ronnie Gurr, an affable, affluent-looking Scotsman who, in his capacity as a roving ...

Read All About It: Rock Books to Live By

Book Excerpt by Barney Hoskyns, Time Out's 1000 Books To Save Your Life, 2007

YOU'D THINK I'd be able to write about rock books in my sleep. But of course the task is dreadfully daunting, "rock" now being an ...

Todd Rundgren: The Dream Goes on Forever: Todd Rundgren Plays A Wizard, A True Star Live

Live Review by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages, February 2010

OUT INTO THE damp chill of a February night we came, the scattered legions of Toddheads – crossing fingers for transcendence, willing to settle for ...

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