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John Aizlewood

John Aizlewood

John Aizlewood is an award-winning journalist, author and broadcaster – and is one of Britain's leading music writers. He currently writes on music for MojoQ and Classic Rock. He has interviewed almost every major pop star of the past three decades, including Kurt Cobain, Fugees, Ed Sheeran, Elton John, Enya, Kate Bush, Beyoncé, Britney Spears, Bon Jovi, Pet Shop Boys, Simply Red, Mark E. Smith, Frankie Valli, Iron Maiden, Kylie Minogue, Depeche Mode, Celine Dion, Chris Cornell, Joe Strummer, Take That, George Michael, Mariah Carey, Cranberries, Blur, Iron Maiden, Public Enemy, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Amy Winehouse, Pink Floyd, Fleetwood Mac, Shania Twain, the Cure, Sting and a host of others.

He has been a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent, The Independent On Sunday, London Evening Standard, Four-Four-Two, Football 365, Radio Times, Champions, Melody Maker, Sounds, Select, Tracks, Insight, FHM, Arena, Supply Management amongst many others. He also wrote the acclaimed sleevenotes to the chart-topping re-issue of George Michael’s Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1.

He regularly appears as a critic on television and is currently starring in his seventh series of Sky Arts's Discovering Music. He has regularly appeared on all the BBC's national radio networks and scripted episodes of Top Of The Pops II and two series of Sky's The Pop Years. He reviews music and sport books for the i. His own books include Love Is The Drug (1994), Playing At Home (1998) and Radiohead: Life In A Glasshouse (2020)

He has written on sport, chiefly football, for over 20 years for newspapers including The Independent/Independent On Sunday, Sunday Times/Times and Daily Telegraph/Sunday Telegraph, plus magazines including Four Four Two, Champions and Saga. He has reported from every Premier League ground and has interviewed countless sporting icons from Harry Kane and Jordan Pickford and Adam Peaty to Ronaldo, Ryan Giggs and Tai Woffinden.

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Adele, Duffy: Adele and Duffy are products of the age of X Factor

Comment by John Aizlewood, Guardian, The, 4 January 2008

You can thank Simon Cowell for the results of the BBC's The Sound of 2008 poll. ...

The Beastie Boys: The Nature of the Beastie Boy

Interview by John Aizlewood, No. 1, 7 March 1987

Mad, bad and dangerous to know, it's THE BEASTIE BOYS! Loud, obnoxious, snotty and very very funny. ...

Justin Bieber: O2, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Evening Standard, The, 12 October 2016

WHEN JUSTIN BIEBER most recently played the O2 in 2013, he arrived two hours late, broke the hearts of his young audience and was shoddiness ...

Ken Boothe: Everything I Own: The Best of Ken Boothe (Trojan)

Review by John Aizlewood, Q, September 2003

The soul-kissed voice of '70s reggae lovingly collected. ...

Harold Budd, Bill Laswell, Jah Wobble: Jah Wobble's Solaris: Ocean, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Guardian, The, 23 October 2001

NEVER AFRAID of embracing the cerebral, Jah Wobble's latest group project, Solaris, is inspired by Stanislaw Lem's 1961 science fiction novel and, especially, Andrei Tarkovsky's ...

Neal Casal: Borderline, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Guardian, The, 25 September 2000

IT IS HARD not to sympathise with Neal Casal: he is surely doing this for love, not money. After seven mostly impressive albums in five ...

Lauryn Hill: MTV Unplugged

Review by John Aizlewood, Blender, Summer 2002

IT SOUNDS LIKE either madness or genius, and it's actually a bit of both. As her follow-up to 1998's The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, which ...

Rag'N'Bone Man: Rag'n'Bone Man: Electric, Brixton

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Evening Standard, The, 25 November 2016

FAR FROM slender, festooned with tattoos which suggest he's spent the past few years at her majesty's pleasure, the wrong side of 30 and blessed ...

The Residents: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Guardian, The, 18 September 2001

"YOU'RE NOT the real Residents!" shouts a heckler. He may or may not have a point – there is no way of telling. Since 1972, ...

Sleater-Kinney: One Beat

Review by John Aizlewood, Guardian, The, 16 August 2002

THE RATHER inglorious tradition of shouty punk women began with the Slits, but trio Sleater-Kinney take their cue from long-forgotten compatriots Ut, whose celebration of ...

Sly & Robbie: Popstars and the Strange Things They Own: Sly & Robbie

Interview by John Aizlewood, No. 1, 25 July 1987

"MUSIC IS with us all the time. We don't take holidays. I even dream about music." ...

T'Pau: Hammersmith Odeon, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, No. 1, 9 January 1988


Warpaint: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by John Aizlewood, Evening Standard, The, 28 October 2016

OVER THE COURSE of three albums, Los Angeles-based Warpaint have risen from strugglers (albeit well connected strugglers — bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg's sister is actress ...

Was (Not Was): Spies Like Us

Interview by John Aizlewood, No. 1, 27 February 1988

Was (Not Was), as we all knew, are spies in the house of love, but did you know Don Was is a CIA spy? Or ...

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