When you can lay claim to writing Paul McCartney’s favourite song, it’s fair to say you know how to write a ditty. Brian Wilson, co-founder and main songwriter of the Beach Boys is regarded as one of the most innovative songwriters of the twentieth century. Yet how he managed to write anything during their heyday … More Play the Game. Win the Game.
While in Paris during the mid-eighties, the hugely influential singer and songwriter Leonard Cohen went to see his friend Bob Dylan perform. The following morning, the two titans of music sat outside a secluded café and shared coffee and conversation. Both fans of each other’s work, Dylan began asking Cohen about ‘Hallelujah’ – a song … More Hallelujah
On his very last day as a factory metal sheet worker, a seventeen-year-old Tommy Iommi had an accident which resulted in the teenager losing the top of his fingers on his right hand. A terrible injury to befall anyone but what made this affliction even more unfortunate was the fact that Iommi was a guitarist … More The Unbeatable Power of Willpower
When Jim Lea’s mother-in-law advised him to write a Xmas song, the bass player from Slade politely informed her that it was a terrible idea. But then she said something that changed his mind – Christmas doesn’t happen once, it happens every single year. Seeing the financial potential, he started thinking, and a few days … More Look to the Future Now
While recording for the hugely acclaimed album, Darkness on the Edge of Town, Bruce Springsteen spent twelve long months in the studio. In that time, he wrote a staggering 70 songs and recorded over 50. But when the album was finally released it featured only 10. Now I’m sure he could have released a very … More All Killers No Fillers