Jesus & Mary Chain

A&M Special – Winterbird

‘Upside Down’ by The Jesus and Mary Chain, ‘Spiral Scratch’ by Buzzcocks – in fact, any early indie records of any worth – all these images flash through the mind when sitting folding your own sleeves for a new release. This could be the one; the one that catapults your music into infamy and legend.…

Grundy Art Gallery

Orbitecture

Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool, 22 January– 05 March 2011 The shift from Urban to outer urban, or even, the end of urban, is one that takes place in this exhibition throughout. The artists, have been selected for each representing a facet of survival, or rebellion, or resistance – either by romantically documenting social failure, or…

Blonde

Mick Rock Exposed

The Faces of Rock’n’ Roll Chronicle books Possessor of what must surely be the most fortuitous name in, well, rock, Mick Rock was court photographer to popular music’s aristocracy during its golden years, and has been dubbed ‘The Man who Shot The ’70s’. As such, much of this collection of photographs will make the perfect…

Dean Wareham

Dean Wareham plays Galaxie 500

As Dean Wareham’s recent memoir, Black Postcards testifies, life as the figurehead of late-’80s/early-’90s masters of minimalist dreamcore trio Galaxie 500 wasn’t always a bag of laughs. His severance from drummer/bass couple Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang after 1991’s This Is Our Music album was well-documented at the time in acrid, tit-for-tat interviews; both parties…

Louise Bourgeois and Tracey Emin, Hauser & Wirth

Do Not Abandon Me

Toward the end of her life, nonagenarian Louise Bourgeois handed over a set of watercolours to Tracey Emin to do with what she would. It was a daunting invitation which resulted in Emin layering text, print and drawing onto the fluid grounds. The repetitive images within the works  are figurative: phallic and pregnant. Bourgeois and…

Camberwell Art College

If it's in you

By 1967, Syd Barrett had officially requested a sabbatical from Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts. He would never return. His contemporaries relate his decision to interrupt his painting course as a bad move, but it was Syd’s innate ability to apply an art school sensibility to making music that was moving Pink Floyd towards…

Three Wishes

Wouldn't You Miss Me?

If you’re asking who England’s greatest songwriter is, then the field’s wide open; if you’re asking who the greatest English songwriter is – someone who captures the peculiarities and eccentricities of English suburbia and underachievement – then it’s a much narrower field. Ray Davies would probably win, but he’d be chased by, among others, Elvis…

Uncle Barrett

Blowing Square Bubbles

I am running around backstage at the Barbican with Damon Albarn – hunting for beer. You would think a reputable London arts venue would have plenty of beer, but you’d be wrong. Now, some of you may think this is a common thing to be doing; well it’s not normal for me, not at all.…