Whether writing independently or holed up together in John’s loft at his Surrey mansion, Lennon and McCartney wrote songs that captivated millions across the world and changed popular music forever. The melodies and the moptops definitely helped but it was the writing that initially struck a chord with the world. When asked about his main … More Talk Sense
Following the huge critical and commercial success of Sign ‘O’ the Times, Prince was due to release his next album in the winter of 1987. Completely black in colour, without a title, or even the artist’s name, about 100 promotional copies were sent out before its imminent worldwide release. But the thing is, it never … More Fortune Favours the Brave
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