Adam Mason has a PhD in Literature from the University of Bristol. He has written for the Journal for Eighteenth Century Studies and for his own music blog, Ad's Vinyl Adventures. He is a firm believer in drinking real ale and listening to vinyl, which he does as often as his two small daughters will let him.
The Beatles' White Album has been credited with a lot of things over its 50-year history, but how about as the single biggest influence on US alternative rock as it burst into the mainstream in the late '80s and early '90s? Well, it's not as crazy as you might think.
Showcasing supreme piano versatility,a solo Anne Dudley proves that the instrumental gems she co-created in synthpop group Art of Noise can survive and even flourish without the car engine samples and robotic "dum-dum-dum" effects.