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Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle

Tom Doyle is an acclaimed music journalist, author, and long-standing contributor to Mojo and Q. His work has also appeared in Billboard, The Guardian, The Times, and Sound on Sound. Over the years, he has been responsible for key magazine profiles of Paul McCartney, Elton John, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, U2, Madonna, Kate Bush, and R.E.M., among many other artists. He is the author of The Glamour Chase: The Maverick Life of Billy MacKenzie, which has attained the status of a classic rock biography since its original publication, and Man on the Run: Paul McCartney in the 1970s, which has been optioned by StudioCanal for a feature film. He lives in London, England.

Tom Doyle talks about his Paul McCartney book

33 articles

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Barry Adamson

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, October 1996

Creator of gripping filmic music enlists notable guest vocalists and breaks through to commercial seam. ...

Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello: Two's Company — Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach: Painted From Memory

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, November 1998

Mr Long Chin meet Mr Crap Hat. ...

The Beastie Boys: Beastie Boys: Cash for Questions

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, November 2009


The Beastie Boys: Style Counselors — The Beastie Boys: Hello Nasty (Grand Royal/Capltol 49S4232)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, August 1998

Now fighting for Tibet rather than the right to party, America's Most Influential have grown up. ...

David Bowie: Outside (RCA)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, October 1995

David Bowie's gone and done a concept album. Gulp. ...

Curve: Diary of an LP: Curve

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 9 October 1993

In the second of an occasional series, TOM DOYLE takes a sneak look at the day-to-day making off an LP. This time, DEAN GARCIA talks ...

Nick Drake, PJ Harvey, Bob Marley & the Wailers, John Martyn, Millie, Traffic, U2, Steve Winwood: Empire of the Sun: Island at 50

Retrospective and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 2009

The grand scheme of a gambler with a taste for chicken blood, Jamaican label Island Records introduced Bob Marley and U2 to the world. On ...

The Fall, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Phil Spector, The Stone Roses, The Verve, XTC: John Leckie: A Desk Job

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 3 June 1995

Fifteen years of experience has carried producer JOHN LECKIE from a-song-a-day sessions with John Lennon, to hours spent pouring over the endless noodlings of The ...

Flaming Lips: Dave Fridmann: Producing Embryonic

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Sound on Sound, March 2010

Following their unlikely breakthrough into the mainstream, Flaming Lips made a conscious return to the outer limits with their recent album Embryonic. Dave Fridmann manned the controls. ...

Future Sound of London: The Future Sound of Technology

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 25 June 1994

For Brian Dougan and Gary Cobain, THE FUTURE SOUND OF LONDON is the medium for pushing the frontiers of studio recording, live performance and video ...

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds: Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, November 2011

AS THE WAR of the Gallaghers thunders on, there's little doubt that this has been a messier separation than might even have been predicted. ...

Goldie: The Fun Lovin' Criminal

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, March 1998

A youth spent shovelled from despair into care, a stint as a "shit" safecracker, a globe-trotting interlude ending in spectacular musical creativity: Goldie is the ...

GZA: Liquid Swords (Geffen GEN24813)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, February 1996

WHILE STATEN Island's nine-strong rap outfit Wu-Tang Clan have proved themselves one of the genre's most influential and commercially triumphant prospects, the open relationship within ...

John Lennon, Harry Nilsson, Phil Spector: Going Under: John Lennon's Lost Weekend

Retrospective and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, February 2010

Separated from Yoko, at war with McCartney, his phone tapped by the US government... by 1974 JOHN LENNON was a mess. The solution: hook up ...

Alanis Morissette: Cash for Questions: Alanis Morissette

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, March 1999

She's the oddest female star of recent years, a titan of high seriousness, musical ambition and lyrical angst. So what do you do: you ask ...

The Police, Sting: Sting: The Secret Life Of Gordon Sumner by Wensley Clarkson (Blake £15.99)

Book Review by Tom Doyle, Q, May 1996

TELLINGLY TITLED, this 300-plus-page biography of Sting follows in the tradition of Clarkson's previous unauthorised works on film stars Mel Gibson and Tom Cruise by ...

Prefab Sprout's Jordan: An Interview with Paddy McAloon

Interview by Tom Doyle, International Musician And Recording World, October 1990

The new Prefab Sprout album, Jordan: The Comeback, is a veritable potpourri of styles. Tom Doyle talks to mainman Paddy McAloon about singing, songwriting and ...

Primal Scream: Bobby Gillespie

Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, March 2000

Mr Primal Scream was "remedial" in Geography, but that doesn't matter now he's a reckless rock'n'roll revolutionary on the way to the chemist with an ...

Primal Scream: Vanishing Point (Creation CRECD178)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, August 1997

Dark — Primal Scream: the morning after the all-nighter before ...

Radiohead: Party On!

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1997

BRIGHTLY EARLY most weekday mornings before 9am, when other rock stars still have at least a good six hours of kip ahead of them — ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication (WEA 9362 473862)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, July 1999

Troubled Funk: The band who're always going to split up... ...

The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Red Hot Chili Peppers: Stadium Arcadium

Review by Tom Doyle, MOJO, June 2006

A trilogy in two parts. The Chilis' ninth sees their star still in the ascendance. ...

Lana Del Rey: Honeymoon

Review by Tom Doyle, MOJO, 22 September 2015

Third album sees full realisation of Del Rey’s haunted Hollywood persona. ...

The Seahorses: Playful — The Seahorses: Do It Yourself (Geffen GED 25134)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1997

The Seahorses: they mate for life, you know. ...

Shack: Mersey Blues

Interview by Tom Doyle, Face, The, June 1999


The Stone Roses: Pig's Ear for the Roses — It's All Gone Baggy

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, January 1997

Farewell, then, the Stone Roses. ...

Suede: Head Music (Nude NUDE14CD)

Review by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1999

No Ch-ch-changes — Standing still isn't always as easy as it looks. ...

Supergrass: Diary of an LP

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 17 June 1995

From four-track bedroom demos to finished masters. SUPERGRASS' debut LP, I Should Coco, has been guided by the hand of producer SAM WILLIAMS. TOM DOYLE ...

Teenage Fanclub: Diary of an LP

Interview by Tom Doyle, Melody Maker, 23 October 1993

It's that occasional series again: this time, a peep at the diary of TEENAGE FANCLUB's Raymond McGiniey during the making of Thirteen. TOM DOYLE is ...


Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, June 1998

Demonised by the media, deified by the art set, the real Tricky still struggles to be heard above the hubbub. Q parts a curtain of ...

The Verve: The History Man

Report and Interview by Tom Doyle, Q, November 1997

Richard Ashcroft: he goes back, you know. Once, on a groovy tide of stormy "head" rock, his band The Verve rose. Then, victims of depression, ...

The xx: I See You

Review and Interview by Tom Doyle, MOJO, February 2017

Wandsworth trio's third retains the darkness while letting in more light. ...

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Heroin: The Secret Drug Of The'90s

Report by Tom Doyle, Q, December 1999

It offed grunge. It killed Britpop. It claimed actual human lives. Heroin began the '90s as a retro drug with insalubrious associations. It ended the ...

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