On BBC Radio 6 Music, Jarvis Cocker returned to Hoxton Street Monster Supplies to meet up with author Nick Hornby. They discussed the forthcoming album Share More Air, a unique song-writing collaboration between Nick’s Ministry of Stories and 56 children aged between 8 and 13 years old. The musicians involved include Ben Folds, Benjamin Francis […]
Kids at the Ministry of Stories have been writing lyrics, and professional musicians, most of them from the Communion label, have set them to music and recorded them. Artists include: Matthew and the Atlas, Foreign Fields, Emily Barker, and an old friend of mine, who chose Zayed’s ‘The Enemies’…Matt Lucas is a purely random bonus. […]
The world’s worst blogger is back! But only to post a link… This is ‘Things You Think’, a video Ben Folds and I made with the wonderful Pomplamoose. I promise you, I do not speak or sing on the forthcoming album ‘Lonely Avenue’. Not for a single second. I hope you had a good summer.
Ben Folds and Nick Hornby proudly present, on September 28th…
It was hard to feel particularly sad about the passing of JD Salinger: most of us had become accustomed to the idea that we wouldn’t be hearing from him again. I am glad that January 2010 is over, though, because in the last four weeks, a lot of people who meant a great deal to […]
In every interview I give – and there’s a lot of it about at the moment – I am asked to list recent favourite books and albums. ‘Recent favourites’ is a hard category, because we all have to read and listen to a lot before we find the things we love; I find myself giving […]
The eulogy that Michael Jackson deserved but didn’t get, as far as I know.
This afternoon, during a shoot with a photographer from the Times, I met four English fans of a Japanese rock band called D’Espairspray. (I may have positioned the apostrophe wrongly.) They were on the pavement outside the Garage, a club on Highbury Corner, waiting for the band to play a gig. But here’s the thing: […]
I am going to use my Penguin blog to tell you how much fun I’m having, not writing books. The recording for the radio comedy series I co-wrote with Giles Smith, ‘The Richest Man In Britain’, starring Mark Williams and Russell Tovey, finished on Monday; the last episode we recorded featured the great and funny […]
The Times reports an ingenious but work-intensive downloading scam, brought to an end by the Metropolitan Police and the FBI: a criminal gang (nine people were arrested) wrote nineteen songs, got them onto Amazon and iTunes, stole fifteen hundred credit cards, and downloaded the songs repeatedly until they had earned themselves $300,000 in royalties. Presuming […]