Tag Archives: Ian Dury

One Man’s Madness (I call it gladness) – the Lee Thompson interview

Lee Thompson was at home when I called, ‘sort of just inside 12 o’clock on the M25,’ where he’s been based around 30 years now. Born in St Pancras, NW1 in 1957, this esteemed saxophonist/songwriter’s postcode is EN5 rather than that … Continue reading

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Why Chas & Dave Mustn’t Grumble – in conversation with Dave Peacock

  When Dave Peacock lost his wife Sue to cancer in 2009, it seemed to mark the end of the Chas & Dave story, ending their professional partnership after 34 years. But a year later the pair announced a tour … Continue reading

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Playing the mind guerilla – back in touch with Wilko Johnson

Five years after being diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer, R’n’B guitar legend Wilko Johnson is still very much with us, in the form of his life, and more than happy to talk about the power of rock’n’roll and survival against all … Continue reading

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Return to Deeply Vale – in conversation with festival pioneer Chris Hewitt

Forty years ago, an estimated 20,000 punters congregated in the North West of England for the third of the legendary if somewhat quirky Deeply Vale free festivals, just two years after 300 attended the first. Those looking on and duly … Continue reading

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Looking back with the ultimate R’n’B survivor – the Wilko Johnson interview

I reckon Wilko Johnson forgot I was calling. Either that or he was just wrapped up in the book he was reading, Thomas Middleton’s early 17th century play, The Revenger’s Tragedy, enjoying time to himself back at home in Southend before … Continue reading

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Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story by Richard Balls – a writewyattuk review

When it comes to music biographies, Richard Balls doesn’t go for easy options, and his latest subject matter couldn’t have been the easiest to research. He’s managed to pull it off though, as you might expect from the author of … Continue reading

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Still Stiff, after all these years – the Richard Balls interview

Right now, the chief organ-grinder at writewyattuk is tackling Richard Balls’ Be Stiff: The Stiff Records Story, a compelling biography of the legendary and ground-breaking indie label. A review will follow on these pages, but until then here’s an interview with … Continue reading

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Here She Comes (again) – The Hazel O’Connor interview

Hazel O’Connor has lived ‘up in the hills’ of County Wicklow for around 25 years now, based just under an hour from Dublin. She has Irish roots, Hazel’s Dad having left Galway for Coventry, where he worked at a local … Continue reading

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Really Glad You Came – a re-appraisal of the Ian Dury record collection

I finally got around to seeing 2010 Ian Dury bio-pic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll a couple of weeks ago. I’d resisted before, having read Richard Balls’ 2000 excellent Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll: The Life … Continue reading

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Wilko Johnson – we salute you

WAS it really a month ago Madness were fighting off the bitter winter elements outside Broadcasting House, with their special guests including a certain guitar legend? You had to fear for Wilko Johnson on such a freezing cold night with … Continue reading

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