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Graeme Thomson

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Graeme Thomson has written extensively on music and popular culture for, among others, the Guardian, the Observer, the Telegraph, New Statesman, The Word, Uncut, Time Out, MOJO, Oxford American, Rolling Stone and the Herald. His books include Complicated Shadows, a biography of Elvis Costello, and I Shot a Man in Reno, a widely acclaimed history of death music. His definitive biography of Kate Bush, Under The Ivy, was published in 2010 and described by the Irish Times as "the best music biography in perhaps the past decade".

Articles by Graeme Thomson

One Direction, Murrayfield Stadium, Edinburgh

The sheer scale of One Direction’s global victory march is something to behold. Last night’s stopover on their Where We Are tour was the biggest concert ever staged by one band on Scottish soil, with...

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Album of the Year: David Bowie - The Next Day

It was almost exactly a year ago (January 8, 2013, to be precise) that we awoke to the news that David Bowie, far from dying, retiring, or living the half-life of a rock and roll renunciant in his...

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'It could be a zebra out there for all I care'

In February 2010 I spoke to Lou Reed about his return to Metal Machine Music, a typically incongruous endeavour. Not content with touring his "difficult" 1973 suicide-song-cycle Berlin in 2008, he...

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Extract: George Harrison - Behind the Locked Door

Following the completion of the White Album, and the conclusion of recording sessions in Los Angeles with new Apple signing Jackie Lomax, in late November 1968 George Harrison and his wife Pattie...

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Bob Dylan: Portrait of the Artist

Next Monday Bob Dylan releases Another Self Portrait (1969-1971), the tenth volume of his Bootleg Series which casts new light on one of his most maligned records, 1970's Self Portrait. Two days...

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Blondie, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

Blondie are one of a handful of bands capable of producing a set list which renders rational critical argument all but obsolete. If they play the hits and they play them straight and true, there’s...

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Lucinda Williams, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

Lucinda Williams’s current tour might be billed as “intimate”, but anyone who has seen her perform before will know that intimacy tends to come with the ticket. It is true, however, that this pared-...

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Jimeoin, Queen's Hall, Edinburgh

No theme, no message, no set, no title. Northern Irish comedian Jimeoin is a beguilingly old-fashioned kind of standup. “Just jokes,” he told us at the beginning of his new show, and he was true to...

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Nile Rodgers: The Hitmaker, BBC Four

It was one of those entirely unverifiable "facts" that music documentaries increasingly prefer over genuine insight: early on in this serviceable but routine overview of a truly stellar talent, we...

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Rick Redbeard, Electric Circus, Edinburgh

Rick Redbeard has a pirate’s name and a voice like deep, dark water. Behind the colourful alter ego stands (or, as was the case last night, sits) Rick Anthony, singer of The Phantom Band, the...

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Richard Thompson, Usher Hall, Edinburgh

There is a problem with every single Richard Thompson concert and it is one of omission. With a songbook to rival the best in the business, every triumphant rendition of one song comes tinged with...

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10 Questions for Musician Richard Thompson

Richard Thompson has been stretching boundaries and defying expectations for almost half a century. An unassuming 63-year-old with a neat beard whose sole concession to showbiz is his jaunty black...

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CD of the Year: Sam Lee - Ground of Its Own

One would hope that a man whose CV includes “teacher of wilderness survival” and burlesque dancer might be well equipped to bring a better than average sense of depth and drama to a set of folk songs...

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Thank You for the Days: Remembering Kirsty MacColl

On December 18, 2000, Kirsty MacColl was killed after being struck by a motorboat while scuba diving with her two sons in Cozumel, Mexico. The tragic, criminal circumstances of her death – the boat...

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12 Films of Christmas: Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence

David Bowie already had a bit of previous with Christmas, of course, after pa-rum-pa-pumpum-ing through the tinsel with Bing back in 1977. He plays a very different kind of drummer boy in Nagisa...

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The Arthur Conan Doyle Appreciation Society, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

What is truth? Is it fixed or fluid, personal or universal? Does it require hard evidence or merely faith? These are the areas of interest poked and prodded in this co-production between the Traverse...

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