John McKie

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Saturday, 21 December 2019

McCartney's Wonderful Christmastime is a festive work of genius

If you think critics aren’t keen on the Cats movie (and you’d be right), try asking rock critics of a …

By John McKie

Saturday, 30 November 2019

The end of The Affair

All’s well that ends well, wrote Shakespeare. The same man (unless you believe in the conspiracy theory of The Bard …

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Saturday, 9 November 2019

Music journalism hasn’t died – it’s just changed channel

Frank Zappa’s comment on the music press is evergreen: “Most rock journalism is people who can’t write interviewing people who …

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Friday, 20 September 2019

Pop’s last intellectuals the Pet Shop Boys have staying power

If you spend a spare forty minutes on YouTube, you will find an experience belonging to another era, almost another …

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Friday, 14 December 2018

The tricky challenge of Whamageddon: a first Christmas without Last Christmas

Whamageddon. You may have reached the third Saturday of our final month blissfully unaware of this latest mangled assault on …

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Friday, 23 November 2018

Modern right-on comedians are too predictable and insufficiently funny

Steve Martin called his 1978 double-platinum album A Wild and Crazy Guy. Martin of course was far from that. He …

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Friday, 14 September 2018

The rise and fall of a banking dynasty - The Lehman Trilogy theatre review

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Now That's What I Call Music! isn't what it used to be

The titans of music retail would give politicians and estate agents a bad – OK, worse – name when it comes …

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Friday, 2 March 2018

What to expect from The Rolling Stones this summer

It’s all right now. In fact, it’s a gas. It must be a gas, or something in the water, which …

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