Leonard Cohen by Tim Tooher

16 November 2016 // Remembrance

Leonard, Hand In Pocket, photograph by Michelle Clement So, in the space of forty-eight hours, we get Trump and lose Leonard Cohen. Trump is nothing new. He’s just let the mask slip in a way that those who lead us normally don’t. We’ve long lived under the rule of such men. Men who rapaciously seek […]

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Competition Results

28 September 2017 // Competition

Here are the results of our latest newsletter competition: Last week, we had three copies of The Lyrics Of Leonard Cohen: All The Answers Are Here to give away, courtesy of Omnibus Press. We asked: Who wrote Cohen’s obituary for Caught by the River when he died back in November last year? And the answer […]

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Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Best Troubador

7 May 2017 // Music

Photo: Jessica Fey/Courtesy of the artist Best Troubador, a collection of Merle Haggard songs as reimagined by Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, is out now and streaming via NPR. Tim Tooher reviews: Merle Haggard was country music. I don’t mean that in the sense that there are or have been no other artists of his stature in […]

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Caught by the Reaper: Chuck Berry and Jimmy Breslin

21 March 2017 // Remembrance

Tim Tooher pays tribute to two icons no longer of this realm: Two of the great American writers of the twentieth century died at the weekend. Both men who helped to shape the mediums that made them famous. Chuck Berry helped to write the mythology of rock’n’roll and Jimmy Breslin shaped the new journalism of […]

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Caught by the Reaper – Merle Haggard

14 April 2016 // Remembrance

Merle Haggard died last week. Tim Tooher pays tribute: So it’s goodbye Merle Haggard, a man whose very name seemed to tell his story. Merle as country as country can be, and Haggard hinting at the visible marks of some existential burden. His life was country too, and it also explained the burden. He grew […]

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