Say what you will about John Grant, he is a songwriter who doggedly wears his heart on his sleeve. Over the course of two exceptional solo albums –(...)

Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Tracey Thorn: ‘I wanted to write about how complex it can be, and how singers can have such mixed feelings about that thing they do.’ Photograph: Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert/Getty Images

Years ago, Tracey Thorn was washing her hands in a nightclub bathroom when she was approached by some strangers who asked her not for an autograph,(...)

Tracey Thorn: “up onstage in front of an audience is a place where neurosis meets narcissism”
Funny and frank: a worthy hit
  • Books
  • February 25, 2014, 14:46

Asked by a teenage pop magazine in 1985 to name the last book she had read, Tracey Thorn recalls replying: The Bri(...)

Approach with caution: Savages

Last month in Derry I sat in a church pew chatting with Savages. Not the “all-girl band Savages” or the “all-female quartet Savages”. Just Savages.(...)