Clinton Heylin

Robert Thompson’s memoir is worth reading for the ‘Fairport years’ alone

12 June 2021 9:00 am

One of the more surreal conversations I have had with a musical hero of mine came in 2017 when I…

‘There were no rules then’: Dana Gillespie’s 1960s childhood

16 January 2021 9:00 am

Although I can understand why Dana Gillespie might choose to call her memoir after her most famous album, for the…

When the King of the Delta Blues came home — the family life of Robert Johnson

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Whatever would Robert Johnson, self-styled King of the Delta Blues, have made of the Black Lives Matter movement? His was…

Joy Division was an all too short-lived joy

8 June 2019 9:00 am

Once upon a time there was the arche-typal Manchester band — half of which came from Macclesfield, in leafy Cheshire,…

Hello darkness, my old friend: Paul Simon, determined to ensure that his true self remains in shadow

The sound of silence that echoes round Paul Simon

26 May 2018 9:00 am

Someone has gone to a lot of trouble choosing the jacket cover of Robert Hilburn’s authorised biography of Paul Simon…

The vibrant tradition of English folk song

16 December 2017 9:00 am

After hundreds of densely packed pages on folk song in England — a subject for which I share Steve Roud’s…