Julie Burchill

Tracey Thorn performing at the Palace, Los Angeles in 1985

The day I woke up… to hear that only Tracey Thorn loved me

9 February 2019 9:00 am

It’s unusual for musicians to become writers. The trajectory of yearning is meant to be the other way around. When…

Britain has fallen out of love with Italy – as have the Italians

26 January 2019 9:00 am

On reading recently that Italian is the fastest disappearing language in America, my thoughts were mixed. I felt fleeting sorrow…

Julie Burchill: Why I’ve given up cocaine

5 January 2019 9:00 am

It always amuses me at this time of year to observe the fuss people make about quitting booze for a…

The lost joy of swearing

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Upon discovering that Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, I was about as shocked as a Yuletide shopper hearing the…

Julie Burchill is bored by Robin Green’s account of her time at Rolling Stone – and says hippies still stink

22 September 2018 9:00 am

The last time I saw a copy of the New Musical Express — the ferociously influential 1970s pop paper which…

Hooray for Meghan Markle, a very modern adventuress

28 April 2018 9:00 am

I’m keen on all sorts of my fellow females — broads, gold-diggers, career girls — but the best is the…

Why do the Japanese despise sex?

7 April 2018 9:00 am

There are two sorts of people: those who can’t wait to grow up, and those who wish they never had…

Is Prince Charles so fond of Islam because he distrusts Jews?

18 November 2017 9:00 am

It has long been my belief that whereas the quality of gentiles drawn to Judaism is very high (Marilyn Monroe,…

Sex and sycophancy at Rolling Stone

18 November 2017 9:00 am

Many moons ago, I worked at the New Musical Express magazine, which transformed me from virgin schoolgirl to the fabulous…

The return of Lady Muck

28 October 2017 9:00 am

My sainted mum was of untarnished working-class blood — she worked, variously, as a cleaner, factory hand and shop assistant…

The joy of sex

12 August 2017 9:00 am

Your typical Trollope-loving, Brahms-bothering Spectator reader probably won’t be aware that the most recent winner of Big Brother was a…

Alt-hate

17 June 2017 9:00 am

At the start of the year, a Facebook friend messaged me, telling me that she and a chum had been…

Lou Reed takes a walk on the wild side in 1972

Fallen idols

20 May 2017 9:00 am

David Hepworth is such a clever writer — not just clever in the things he writes, but in the way…

The EU is a feminist issue. I’m voting to leave

26 March 2016 9:00 am

Britain is trapped in a bad marriage with the EU. It’s time to leave

My Brighton’s gone all Brideshead

16 January 2016 9:00 am

My town is overrun with drunken Mileses and Gileses and Violets these days. Cross these oafish students at your peril

Still standing: the Arc de Triomphe

Paris: go while it’s still friendly

2 January 2016 9:00 am

Julie Burchill hymns the joys of post-attack Paris

Chrissie Hynde writes like an angel on angel dust

12 December 2015 9:00 am

‘The day I found out that Suzi Quatro wasn’t a dyke was the worst day of my life!’ a teenage…

Howard Marks: the dreary life of a drugs dealer

Julie Burchill vs celebrity memoirs

14 November 2015 9:00 am

I learned from this little lot that if one has read The Diary of a Nobody, then one can derive…

Losing my son and the end of my life’s summer

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Hedonism, tragedy and me

The uglier the man, the uglier the attitude

22 August 2015 9:00 am

The uglier the man, the more he demeans women

The real Nikki Sixx (Photo: Getty)

The rock novel that makes Mötley Crüe dull

8 August 2015 9:00 am

Novels set in the music business (from blockbuster to coming-of-age) are few and far between — far less than in…

Life on the fast track: Tel Aviv

Tel Aviv

13 June 2015 9:00 am

Just so you don’t get it confused with the City That Never Sleeps, Tel Aviv — my favovurite place on…

Why I won’t be going on Celebrity Big Brother — despite being tempted

23 May 2015 9:00 am

Why I had to say no to Celebrity Big Brother

A stormy day in Hastings, Barbados

The swankier the hotel, the sulkier the tourists

9 May 2015 9:00 am

Unusually, I didn’t leave the British Isles until I was 35, when I went to the Maldives for a fortnight.…

Working is good for you — even if it’s unpaid, in a charity shop — or writing book reviews for The Spectator

25 April 2015 9:00 am

Work is a funny old thing — a four-letter word to some, the meaning of life to others. There have…