Clinton Heylin

Folk music is still very much alive and kicking

16 October 2021 9:00 am

As a writer who obsesses over the right title to grab a target audience, seeing a book subtitled ‘Song Collectors…

A tender portrait of Leonora Carrington, painter, writer — and a mother who was not always there

26 June 2021 9:00 am

Ever since Leonora Carrington, the last of the Surrealists, died in 2011, having made it to her 94th year with…

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…