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Andy Beckett

Andy Beckett

Andy Beckett has written about popular culture and about politics since 1993, for the Guardian, the Independent on Sunday, the Economist, the New York Times magazine, and the London Review of Books. He has also published Pinochet in Piccadilly: Britain and Chile’s Hidden History (2002), When the Lights Went Out: Britain in the Seventies (2009), and Promised You a Miracle: Why 1980-82 Made Modern Britain (2015). He still buys music, with a weakness for '70s Miles Davis and '80s albums on SST Records.

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The Pop Group, Public Image Ltd, Scritti Politti, Wire: Simon Reynolds: Rip It Up and Start Again – Post-Punk 1978-84 (Faber)

Book Review by Andy Beckett, London Review of Books, September 2005

IN JANUARY 1978, the Sex Pistols, then and now the most famous punk band in the world, split up. Johnny Rotten, the band's singer, most ...

Elvis Presley, Sex Pistols: Greil Marcus: A Surfer on the Zeitgeist

Profile and Interview by Andy Beckett, Independent, The, 23 May 1993

This isn't exactly life on the edge: Greil Marcus is married, nearly 50, and lives in a nice big house in northern California. But he ...

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Dave Haslam: Manchester, England – The Story of the Pop Cult City (Fourth Estate)

Book Review by Andy Beckett, London Review of Books, 17 February 2000

ON TIB STREET in the centre of Manchester, in the part of the city keen to promote itself as the Northern Quarter, a new delicatessen ...

Simon Garfield: The Nation's Favourite – The True Adventures of Radio 1 (Faber)

Book Review by Andy Beckett, London Review of Books, 15 April 1999

RADIO 1 USED to sound like Surrey to me. Perhaps it was the disc jockeys they used in those days, with their creamy car-dealer's voices ...

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