My plastic rocker was much more plastic than anybody’s

In the aftermath of his latest release and the subsequent passing of David Bowie, one line remains in my head. “I know how much you loved him.” My sister rang in her early UK hours to see if I had heard of Bowie’s death, she didn’t want me to be alone. I hadn’t heard the … Continue reading

Lush Brutality

The artistic war and gravitational pull of Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy’s relationship has, for years, been pivotal to creating their unique brand of rock. Astbury, lyrics and manifesto, was brought up on Native American spirituality and today flexes Tibetian Buddhism as Duffy, increasingly articulate maturing muso guitarist, exudes tough, earthed and pragmatic Mancunian tendencies; … Continue reading