I’m desperate to do a book that has a happy ending and I’m hoping that I don’t have to resort to fiction. So I’ll keep my fingers crossed.
There aren’t even many colour pictures of Ian, they’re all black and white. Which is kind of how I’ve begun to remember it.
What band or record changed to course of your life?
“Joy Division is really the only answer I can give”
At the tender age of 16 and in one single afternoon, we had been to a punk club, seen Joy Division and got an autograph from a Sex Pistol. How could we not fall in love with this wonderful place?!
That’s what music does, it changes you. It influences what you do, who you see and who you are.
One of Athens, Georgia’s lost albums gets reissued and we see how it has fared over time.
With the help of Spike Lee, David Byrne takes his era-defining live show to Broadway.
When did you last get into an argument?
“It might be easier to ask ‘when didn’t I?’ Something I should probably curb”
Sometimes, Barrett was simply not able to function as a live musician, to the extent of being unable to even hold a plectrum.
“We’re not a religious people really, but that doesn’t stop us being spiritual or wanting to enjoy and be overwhelmed by communal experience”
I still listen to as much music as I ever have. And that, when all is said and done, is what’s important. It’s not the collecting, cataloging or storing, it is the listening that is the most crucial part of being a music fan.
Once you’ve had a gold album and this massive peak, there was nowhere else to go really. I was never interested in keeping that going, I didn’t like that period of time. It was nice for a while but you can only fall down the other side of the hill
ire Escape In The Sky: The Godlike Genius Of Scott Walker was our coal fire. Our central heating. Our hot bath. We immersed ourselves in its otherworldly beauty every single night.
The Rolling Stones Beggars Banquet turned 50 years old in 2018 and we celebrated a cataclysmic moment in rock and roll as we know it.
It was a genuine anyone-who-was-anyone-was -there-where-were-you-sucker type of gigs, one of those incredible moments that, even as you were watching it you knew it was never going to truly leave you.
I think with us, my boredom threshold is very low, so I like to make records that challenge me as well as challenge the audience