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James Brown tribute

Nick Hornby June 19, 2008 at 3:21 pm Music

There were people in their 60s at the James Brown tribute, some of them sitting directly in front of a couple in their twenties who danced manically (and, it has to be said, annoyingly) right from the opening bars.  Those who grew up with funk are more or less of pensionable age now: if you […]

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Still Black, Still Proud

Nick Hornby June 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm Books, Music , ,

I spent a very happy Saturday evening at the Barbican, listening to ‘Still Black, Still Proud’, a James Brown tribute show that gave some of Brown’s old side-kicks – the horn-players Pee-Wee Ellis and Fred Wesley – the chance to team up with some of Africa’s finest musicians – Cheikh Lo, the drummer Tony Allen […]

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Public values

Nick Hornby February 25, 2008 at 3:38 pm Music

For a moment Martin Kettle’s impassioned article in the Guardian almost persuaded me to listen to a Beethoven piano sonata….until he began with the bullying, as cultural absolutists are wont to do. He tells us that some opinions are “wrong”, that “some things are just better than others, full stop”, that the best music is […]

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A Bit of Bob

Nick Hornby January 9, 2008 at 3:43 pm Music , ,

As I get older, I appreciate the greatness of Bob Dylan more and more. (This, perhaps, proves that Dylan is, after all, God: my increasing respect contains an echo of the bet-hedging interest in religion that people traditionally discover in their later years. I’m scared that I’ll be met at the Pearly Gates by a […]

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Songs of the year

Nick Hornby December 22, 2007 at 3:45 pm Music

Favourite songs of the year, if anyone is interested: ‘The Underdog’ – Spoon ‘Angels On A Passing Train’ – Marah ‘$20′ – MIA The Temptation of Adam – Josh Ritter ‘Sweetie’ – Josh Rouse ‘Take Me Home’ – The Shalitas ‘Doctor Blind’ – Emily Haines and the Soft Skeleton ‘Can You Please Crawl Out Your […]

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This month’s playlist

Nick Hornby October 17, 2007 at 3:50 pm Music ,

God, Please Let Me Go Back – Josh Rouse To The Dogs or Whoever – Josh Ritter Girls In Their Summer Clothes – Bruce Springsteen Monkey Man – Toots and the Maytals Aftermarket Blues – Adam and Dave’s Bloodline Chelsea Rodgers – Prince It’s Only Money, Tyrone – Marah Mansion On The Hill – The […]