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John Lewis

John Lewis

John Lewis has written about music and the arts since the mid-'90s. He wrote for Time Out London between 1998-2007, where he ended up editing the music section, and has since written for Uncut, The Guardian, Metro, The Times, The Independent on Sunday, the Financial Times, The Scotsman, Sight & Sound, the Illustrated London News, Glastonbury Free Press, Time Out New York and ThePoke.com. He co-edited 1000 Songs To Hear Before You Die, co-wrote The Bluffer's Guide To Jazz and has put together dozens of compilation albums for labels, including EMI, Outcaste and Nascente. He is married and lives in east London with two children and two cats. When not writing about music, he edits books on cars, civil engineering and political history for a publishing house, plays the piano for weddings and private parties, and cooks a mean vegetable biryani.

 

 

ats. When not writing about music, he edits books on cars, civil engineering and political history for a publishing house, plays the piano for weddings and private parties, and cooks a mean vegetable biryani.

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Amadou and Mariam: Amadou & Mariam: Afro Vision

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, February 2009

Amadou and Mariam, the blind couple of Mali, talk to John Lewis about Led Zeppelin, Damon Albarn and feeling shy. ...

Laurie Anderson, Kronos Quartet: Laurie Anderson & Kronos Quartet: Landfall – Scenes from my New Novel

Sleeve and programme notes by John Lewis, Barbican show programme, 28 June 2013

IN MANY WAYS, Laurie Anderson and the Kronos Quartet come from very different worlds, and not just because they're based on different sides of the ...

Arctic Monkeys: Alex Turner: "Tupac's 'California Love' is my karaoke tune of choice"

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 6 June 2011

Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner talks to Metro about how living in the US made the band's new album Suck It and See sound more ...

Beyoncé

Profile by John Lewis, Populous, May 2014

IF YOU WANT an embodiment of the contradictions that seem to define Beyoncé Knowles, just listen to her 2008 anthem 'Single Ladies'. Sonically, it's one ...

David Bowie, The Comet Is Coming, Robert Glasper, GoGo Penguin, Shabaka Hutchings, Kendrick Lamar, Donny McCaslin, Courtney Pine, Sons of Kemet, Thundercat, Kamasi Washington: The new cool: how Kamasi, Kendrick and co gave jazz a new groove

Essay by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 6 October 2016

A generation of jazz musicians has grown up with hip-hop in its blood. The result is the thrilling reinvention of a genre that has been ...

Jarvis Cocker: A Bit of Rough

Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, November 2008

Jarvis Cocker could tell you all about glaciers but instead this month he's choosing to celebrate one of Britain's finest independent record labels. John Lewis ...

Ornette Coleman, The Roots: The Roots with Ornette Coleman: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 17 June 2009

IT SEEMS fitting that Philadelphia hip-hoppers the Roots should help kick off Ornette Coleman's Meltdown festival. ...

Disclosure: Settle

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 31 May 2013

IF SURREY DJ outfit Disclosure illustrate anything, it's the endlessly cyclical nature of dance music. ...

Eels: Wonderful, Glorious

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 1 February 2013

THE TENTH ALBUM from Eels shows that, while they may have fallen out of the limelight, their music is as sharp as ever. ...

Duke Ellington, Sun Ra: The secret history of the jazz greats who were freemasons

Essay by John Lewis, Guardian, The, 2 July 2014

Jazz and freemasonry are unlikely bedfellows, but in the 1950s, the secret society became a support network for musicians and the world's largest fraternity for ...

Everything Everything: Arc

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 11 January 2013

EVERYTHING EVERYTHING follow up their 2010 Mercury nominated debut Man Alive with Arc – and the results are both pleasingly complex and maddeningly simple. ...

Paloma Faith: Beautiful lies

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, May 2010

Paloma Faith talks to John Lewis about art, artifice, sadism and feminism. ...

Feist: Metals

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 30 September 2011

Feist's direct, simple and appealingly childlike melodies shine throughout latest album. ...

Frightened Rabbit: "We were never cold enough to be art school"

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 7 February 2013

Frightened Rabbit's Scott Hutchison talks about swearing, not being an art school band and their new album Pedestrian Verse. ...

Hayseed Dixie: Meet… John Wheeler

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, January 2009

John Lewis talks to the Hayseed Dixie frontman turned solo comedy troubadour ...

Sharon Jones: Make A Date: Sharon Jones

Report and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 1 March 2012

Sharon Jones of the Dap Kings is enjoying the life of the late-flowering soul diva. ...

Kaiser Chiefs: Hail to the Chiefs

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, October 2008

With their third album about to hit stores, the Kaiser Chiefs tell John Lewis about their dancefloor-filling new sound. ...

Ladyhawke: Lady's night

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, May 2009

Synth-pop queen Ladyhawke, aka New Zealander Pip Brown, talks to John Lewis from the back seat of a New York taxi. ...

Lil' Kim: The hip hop star is a little big woman in a man's world

Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 11 July 2013

"I'M A GIRLY GIRL," says Lil Kim. "I'm strong but I'm very timid. Very dainty." This, of course, is the same Lil Kim who wrote ...

Orbital: Rave Review

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, September 2009

Rave pioneers Orbital were the surprise hit of this summer's festivals. They tell John Lewis about finding fresh inspiration. ...

The Roots: How I Got Over (Mercury/Def Jam)

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 27 June 2010

PHILADELPHIA'S ROOTS aren't really like any other hip hop acts. They're a proper live band, for starters (you might have seen them guesting as the ...

Ed Sheeran: +

Review by John Lewis, Metro, 11 September 2011

SINGER/SONGWRITER Ed Sheeran is a 20-year-old Prince Harry lookalike from Suffolk who somehow straddles the worlds of folksy MOR and hip hop. ...

The Unthanks: Folk is the new punk

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, October 2009

The Unthanks have made fans of people who never thought they'd like folk. The secret of their success? Raw authenticity. John Lewis tells how folk ...

Paul Weller: Q&A: Paul Weller

Interview by John Lewis, Hotline, November 2008

50 this year and touring his best album in decades, the Modfather talks to John Lewis about Algerian passions, drunken binges and a wariness of ...

Wild Beasts: Masculinity is so unnatural

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 21 February 2014

"MACHISMO IS basically a drag act," says Wild Beasts' frontman Tom Fleming. "There's a gross swagger that usually accompanies masculinity, and that's something that's learned ...

Cassandra Wilson: Cassanda Wilson: Breathing new life into sound

Profile and Interview by John Lewis, Metro, 22 November 2010

Jazz great Cassandra Wilson tells Metro how British history has left its mark on the genre and how she has followed its ley lines. ...

John Zorn: Zorn@60: John Zorn and guests including Mike Patton and Marc Ribot

Sleeve and programme notes by John Lewis, Barbican show programme, 12 July 2013

FOR THOSE OF US who've grown up listening to his music, it seems remarkable that John Zorn is celebrating his 60th birthday. ...

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