Charles Donovan is a writer and journalist from London who has contributed to The Sunday Telegraph, The Evening Standard, What’s On In London, The Independent, RnR Magazine, Woman & Home, Shindig!, Essentials and The Sunday Times Magazine. As an arts commentator, he has appeared regularly on TRT World’s Showcase.
The late singer/songwriter Valerie Carter, whose unmistakable voice appeared on hundreds of albums over several decades, is eulogised by her close friend, Kathy Kurasch, in a new, posthumous collection. Kurasch tells us Carter's story.
Universal's Bobbie Gentry collection was the hit that caught 2018 unawares. PopMatters talks with four Gentry commentators about what the enigmatic singer/songwriter was really like, and asks why she left showbiz behind in 1980.
Pop singer Melissa Manchester made some career calculations in order to stay current in the new wave era, as an expanded reissue of her 1985 album, Mathematics, makes clear. She talks to PopMatters about the pluses and minuses of her 1980s experience.
Asylum Records was famously home to the finest singer/songwriters of the '70s, including Joni Mitchell and Judee Sill. But, as a Japanese reissue of another woman's work proves, some of its biggest talents went unnoticed. Charles Donovan talks to Karen Alexander.