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…

Released by Decca in 1966, Tom Jones’s third album was changed for the US market, as the nuclear explosion on the cover was considered too alarming

When Decca records were part of everyday life

31 August 2019 9:00 am

In 1929 in America, Dashiell Hammett published his debut hardboiled novel Red Harvest, over in Paris Buñuel and Dalí began…

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…