Today (January 28, 2015), social media reliably informs me that Robert Wyatt is 70, which seems a reasonable justification for reposting this long and, I hope, interesting transcript of an interview I did with him at home in Louth back in 2007, a little before the marvellous “Comicopera” was released. It begins with Wyatt discussing, of all things, Big Brother...
The Band's Robbie Robertson is the subject of a new children's book, written by his son, Sebastian.
Rock And Roll Highway: The Robbie Robertson Story recounts the entire arc of Robertson's career and includes appearances by Buddy Holly, Ronnie Hawkins and Bob Dylan.
Sebastian Robertson has previously written Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed The World, co-written with his father, which was published in 2013.
Leonard Cohen is streaming his new studio album, Popular Problems, ahead of its official release on September 22.
The LP, which comes out the day after his 80th birthday, is the singer's 13th studio album. It was co-written and produced by Patrick Leonard, who worked with Cohen on his last album, 2012's Old Ideas. Cohen is not planning any live dates around the release. Visit NPR to listen to the album early.
Former Primal Scream guitarist Robert 'Throb' Young has died, according to reports.
As yet, there has been no official statement regarding the circumstances of Young's death, but several figures close to the musician have posted messages of condolences on Twitter.
Young, who met Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie when the two attended secondary school in Glasgow, was a pivotal member of the band and played on classic albums including 1991's 'Screamadelica' and 2000's 'XTRMNTR'. He left the band to go on sabbatical in 2006.