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The Who Know Who They Are and From Whence They Came

Meet the new boss, same as the old boss. Warner revisits the Live at Leeds legacy courtesy of the Who.

Simon Warner
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Prime Location: How Sitcom Settings Add to the Fun

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Designs on Democracy

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Get on the Scene, Now

Leeds, and the nearby cities of Sheffield and Wakefield, are part of a musical renaissance. Warner talks with members of two bands from the area, each with contrasting views on this new 'scene'.

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Still Howling: A Poem for Then and Now

If Elvis Presley fuelled a visceral revolution, Allen Ginsberg lit the blue-touch paper on an intellectual one.

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Buccaneers Leave Manchester Disunited

In an effort to add to their respective toy chests, moguls are getting their kicks out of soccer by turning the proud pastime into a sport of corporate acquisition.

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Danger Ahead? Proceed at Your Own Risk

Dark humour and troubling times cross paths as a harbinger of things to come.

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Media Mainstream? There's Still an Alternative

All the news that's fit to print -- at least fit to print outside the publishing mainstream -- the alternative newspaper is alive and well on both sides of the pond.

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We Can Meet Heroes

Hero worship and chance encounters can pay dividends... but you'd best know the Clash from the Pistols.

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Sitting in the Shadows of Giants

Lessons learned from a squash club spanking and visit to Maggie's flat help an intrepid journalist stand tall and be intimidated no more.

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Return to Genre? Beware Misleading Signs

An exploration into musical genre-bending; things are not always as they sound.

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Pop's Same Name Fame Games

Is it imitation? Is it flattery? Is it postmodern homage when a band's name is a play on another's that has gone, most famously, before?

Simon Warner
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Past Pal Bears New Year Present

The UK never really had that rather endearing US tradition surrounding yearbooks, proms and 'Class of' reunions. UK state schools did not encourage the alumni culture that the American educational system so enthusiastically sustains. Friends Reunited may be changing that.

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Moving Home: Two Transatlantic Tales

Warner converses with two reverse migration musicians, Preston Reed and Gabriel Minnikin, who have moved away from North America to live and work in more ancient lands.

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Radio Head? Ex-pirate Peel Abandons Ship

John Peel retained a fondness for music of all periods. The unearthing of undiscovered performers and undersung genres appeared to be his unceasing motivation.

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Now He's 64: A Late Lennon Landmark

Sixty-four-year-olds aren't what they used to be, and if John Lennon were still alive, he would probably not be living the quaint parlour scene played out in McCartney's ditty.

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Mercury's Message: Low Key, High Quality

The Mercury Prize helps spread the gospel of talented UK musicians beyond the confines of their homeland, without over-the-top, Grammy-like showboating.

Simon Warner
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Politicians: Beware the Power of Rock

When a giant of the rock industry like Bruce Springsteen weighs in with his tuppence worth, tens of thousands of ordinary voters feel they are being offered the benefit of impartial common sense from a source they can trust.

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Better Red Than Dead

In comedy, wherein nothing is sacred, where do we draw the line between witty repartee and savage satire?

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That Old Devil Called Dance

Dancing, in so many situations, represents something that is threatening to civilisation's natural order: the uncoiling of our trussed-up desires played out in public, a triumph of the visceral over the cerebral, the unwelcomed victory of the hip over the head.

Simon Warner
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Almost Cooke's Century: A Transatlantic Pioneer Moves On

A tribute to Alistair Cooke and a recollection of his influence on Warner's life.

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Put Another Nickel In

John Lennon's Swiss-made, KB Discomatic can now be seen and heard with this TV programme and CD, and it's a beautiful thing.

Simon Warner
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No Sikth Please, We're British

What happens when high culture meets low, high art meets popular, establishment meets street, funded meets fundless? At Fuse, it's a culture clash.

Simon Warner
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Is Women's Work Finally Done?

Britain is nonetheless witnessing the steady rise of a collection of youthful female challengers who might just catch the attention of American ears before the year is out.

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Media Mayhem in England

Those latterday Citizen Kanes -- continue to believe that a policy of chop and change, axe and launch, re-think, re-design and rally, is the best means to hold our attention.

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Get Naked? Why Not Let It Be?

Has anyone the right to take an existing document and resurrect it in this manner?

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Jailhouse Pop

Nothing adds a more notable notch to your studded belt, nothing sharpens the spurs on your blue-suede shoes better, than a bit of disorderly disrespect for the social code.

Simon Warner
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Ready, Steady, Goth

Just as the sounds on the dance floor borrow from Detroit and Trenchtown, Bombay and Cape Town, so those who groove to them take their sartorial vision, their individual style, from something closer to multiculture than subculture.

Simon Warner
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Laughing Matters?

Have we maybe now entered that post-modern world where sophisticated audiences can 'read' the levels of a joke without being corrupted by the main text?

Simon Warner
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Cleveland Heights, A City of Culture and Contrasts

. . . in the midst of difference -- wealth and education here, poverty and despair just over there -- Americans retain an essential respect for the symbols of the city, the physical pillars of the nation.

Simon Warner
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Skiffle and the English "Elvis"

Anglo Visions -- Skiffle and the English 'Elvis' -- Suffice it to say that without Donegan's 'Rock Island Line', it is highly unlikely that the greatest band of all would ever have emerged.

Simon Warner
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Right and Wrongs: The Return of the Anti-Nazi League

This conjunction, a Prime Minister with a falling rating and a spineless Parliamentary opposition, has again wedged the door ajar for the British National Party, the current incarnation of the National Front.

Simon Warner
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Canon Fodder?

You can count your life not through T.S. Eliot's coffee spoons, but through crucial sax solos and critical Scorcese sequences.

Simon Warner
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Rock in the Academy

Few are stunted or stultified by the need to think about and analyse where rock or reggae or rave fits into the cultural landscape.

Simon Warner
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Genesis and Revelations: From the Midlands to Manhattan

(I)t soon became apparent that the Megsons took a slightly less conventional approach to life.

Simon Warner
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Rock and Reality: How TV and Pop Got It Together

The young starlets rocketed from obscurity to celebrity overnight also seem likely to return to obscurity, carrying the embarrassing ignominy of their brief TV fame, with them.

Simon Warner
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Death Row: A View from the Cheap Seats

. . .when you personally pass Jimi's age or John's, or Buddy's or Elvis', you realise just how fleetingly they basked in the limelight, and how briefly the candle of your own existence flairs then flickers.

Simon Warner
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California Dreaming: US Band Plans British Invasion

He was seeking advice on how an unknown Yankee combo could approach the mysteries of this tiny island and not leave with their tail between their legs.

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Rock Writing and Sports Writing: Aesthetics vs. Athletics

(Richard Williams) felt, when he hung up his pop pen, that he'd almost run out of words to meaningfully apply to music.

Simon Warner

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