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Semi-Detached

‘The Kinks: Songs of the Semi-Detached’ by Mark Doyle (expected 2018). Of all the great British rock bands of the 1960s, none had a stronger sense of place than the Kinks. The core members of the group grew up in what George Orwell once described as the “inner-outer suburbs” of North London, a safe, unexciting land […]

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Like a Rolling Stone

It sounds like the name of an unassuming clerical officer from Stevenage, or some other provincial outpost on these islands. Stanley Booth. But, it’s a name that anyone interested in writing that is concerned with music and musicians as its subjects – rock’n’roll, R’n’B, blues – should know. But, you know, I don’t think Stanley […]