Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Liverpool Arena: age cannot wither them

Grizzled and jowled beneath the trademark black fedora and wearing a baggy t-shirt emblazoned with ‘EARTH’, last night at Liverpool Arena Neil Young was on a mission.  To save the world, no less. Young came on stage at around 8:45 with Crazy Horse – here comprising long-time collaborator in epic noise Frank ‘Poncho’ Sampedro (white-haired, tubby, wearing even … Continue reading Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Liverpool Arena: age cannot wither them

Dylan’s Another Self Portrait: why did he throw it all away?

Well, knock me down with a feather! Dylan produces new album that’s not only melodious and beautifully sung, but revelatory, too, casting new light on a period in his career generally held in low esteem by fans, including myself, and deeply suggestive of something else that might have been. Plenty has been written in the … Continue reading Dylan’s Another Self Portrait: why did he throw it all away?

Roadrunner: a love song for a road, for music and the modern world

Several years ago I remember reading an article by Laura Barton in which the Guardian feature writer made a rock’n’roll pilgrimage, travelling Route 128 round the suburbs of Boston in Massachusetts to see for herself the urban landscape described by Jonathan Richman in his song ‘Roadrunner’, first released in 1976. For Barton, ‘Roadrunner’ is ‘one … Continue reading Roadrunner: a love song for a road, for music and the modern world