Max Décharné

A glimpse of lost London – before the yuppie invasion

28 August 2021 9:00 am

In a 1923 book called Echo de Paris, the writer Laurence Houseman attempted to conjure up in a very slim,…

The musical gravy train: Leaving The Building, by Eamonn Forde, reviewed

14 August 2021 9:00 am

Musicians cast a long cultural shadow. Politicians may wield considerable power in their time, but although today’s young people are…

What’s a scribbled signature worth?

24 July 2021 9:00 am

In 2002 I was living in Berlin. One day my upstairs neighbour Peter told me he had just returned from…

Capital entertainment: how the West End became the playground of London

12 September 2020 9:00 am

The West End was always something a little apart. Some years ago, I used to go drinking with a man…

Did George Formby and Gracie Fields really help Britain out of the Depression?

16 May 2020 9:00 am

Cinema history is a strange thing. A couple of months ago the Guardian began a series in which film critics…

Mick Jagger at the Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA earlier this month. Credit: Getty Images

They just keep rolling along: the astonishing durability of the Rolling Stones

27 July 2019 9:00 am

At the end of 1969, teenage Rolling Stones fans reading the new Fab 208 annual could be forgiven for thinking…

Ron Howard and Cindy Williams in a scene from American Grafitti

Speeding along the highway in America’s coolest cars

2 June 2018 9:00 am

In 1973, four years before he disappeared down the Star Wars rabbit hole, George Lucas directed the film American Graffiti,…

One of a series of surfer novels featuring Bill Cartwright, a millionaire champion surfer and CIA agent

Mary Whitehouse’s publishers also produced Gang Girls, The Degenerates and Bikers at War

17 February 2018 9:00 am

The year 1971 was a busy one for Mary Whitehouse, self-appointed ‘Clean-up TV’ campaigner. Not only did she help establish…

Describing the indescribable: news from the Western Front

6 January 2018 9:00 am

At the close of the 1970s, I found a selection of postcards in an antique shop which had been sent…

Putting the guitar centre stage: skiffle king Lonnie Donegan in 1962

Days of frantic strumming

10 June 2017 9:00 am

‘It was easy, it was cheap, go and do it,’ sang the Desperate Bicycles on their self-funded debut single in…