Ray Davies

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Charlie Watts: The postwar expansion of art schools in England was driven by a wild idea: give working- and lower-middle-class kids who can’t or won’t go to university an alternative place to be. Photograph: Hayoung Jeon

Charlie Watts, the Rolling Stones drummer who died last week, went to art school. So did at least one member of almost every great English rock band o(...)

Music biographer Johnny Rogan nourished his love of pop and rock on visits to relations in Ireland  through the years. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Johnny Rogan Born: February 14th, 1953 Died: January 21st, 2021 Johnny Rogan, who has died unexpectedly aged 67, was among the most prolific and well(...)

Originally from Prince Edward Island in Canada but now based in the rather more structured cityscape of Toronto, Kiwi Jr provide the year’s first glim(...)

Kerry-based and Wirral, Liverpool-born Laurie Shaw is easily one of the most prolific songwriters around – many albums have been self-released in the (...)

Thomas Walsh: “I thought there was one record in me that I should make for myself.” Photograph: Graham Keogh

In a world of media-managed pop stars, blander-than-beige musicians and so-called rock stars too afraid to stick their heads above the parapet for ris(...)

Ray Davies’s 2013 memoir was not just a recollection of his life experiences but also the catalyst for his first album since 2007, which, like the boo(...)

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 25:  Ray Davies attends an after party following the press night performance of "Hamlet" at the Barbican Centre on August 25, 2015 in London, England.  (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)

Constructive story ideas have always fascinated Ray Davies. The one-time frontman of The Kinks, and a songwriter long regarded by many as the poet lau(...)

Tennis star Andy Murray has been awarded a Knighthood for services to tennis and charity in the UK New Year Honours list.  Photo credit should read: Steve Paston/PA Wire

Actor Mark Rylance and tennis star Andy Murray have been awarded knighthoods, as talent from across the performing arts and sporting worlds were recog(...)

From left, Ben Johnston, Simon Neill and James Johnston. Photograph: Austin Hargrave

It is the day after Brexit and Northern Ireland have just exited the Euros by an own goal to Wales, so the circumstances of Biffy Clyro’s headline sl(...)

Thomas Walsh has always borne his influences brazenly – but when those influences are classic pop bands like ELO, The Kinks and The Beach Boys(...)

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