Morning Star is a left-wing British daily tabloid newspaper with a focus on social, political and trade union issues. The paper was founded in 1930 as the Daily Worker by the Communist Party of Great Britain (CPGB). Since 1945, it has been owned by the People's Press Printing Society. It was renamed the Morning Star in 1966. The paper's editorial stance is in line with Britain's Road to Socialism, the programme of the Communist Party of Britain. Articles and comment columns are now contributed by writers from socialist, communist, social democratic, Green and religious perspectives.
List of articles in the library
Lloyd Bradley: Sounds Like London– 100 Years Of Black Music In The Capital (Serpent's Tail)
Book Review by Karl Dallas, Morning Star, 8 October 2013
Authentic account of black music's capital origins ...
Garth Cartwright: Going For A Song
Book Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 24 March 2018
THE RETURN OF the vinyl album and record fairs teaming with "pre-owned" albums, 45s, CDs and even 78s has generated a new interest in the ...
Laurence Cane-Honeysett: The Story of Trojan Records
Book Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 15 December 2018
GROWING UP in the early 1960s in Manchester, with grandparents living in Moss Side, the infectious music of bluebeat and ska records newly imported from ...
Robert Johnson: Gayle Dean Wardlow and Bruce Conforth: Up Jumped The Devil – The Real Life of Robert Johnson (Chicago Review Press)
Book Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, May 2019
THOUGH HE only made 40 recordings, US blues artist Robert Johnson's legacy has endured for over eight decades and his songs are now part of ...
Black Sabbath: Jim Simpson with Ron Simpson: Don't Worry 'Bout The Bear – From the Blues To Jazz, Rock & Roll and Black Sabbath (Brewin Books)
Book Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 24 June 2019
BIG BEAR BOSS Jim Simpson holds a unique place in UK music business. A promoter, record producer, festival director, rock band manager and photographer, his ...
Tinariwen, Ali Farka Toure: Various Artists: The Rough Guide To Mali Blues
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 8 July 2019
THE CONNECTION between blues music and the African continent and how African slaves carried their music to the Americas has been well documented for almost ...
Billy Bragg: Best Of Billy Bragg at the BBC, 1983–2019
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 24 October 2019
The radical pedigree of Billy Bragg's latest compilation release shows why he's in danger of becoming a national treasure, says Tony Burke. ...
Jack Bruce: Sunshine Of Your Love: A Concert For Jack Bruce
Film/DVD/TV Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 5 November 2019
IN 2015, A DAY before the first anniversary of his death at the age of 71, an all-star cast of musicians gathered at London's Roundhouse ...
Frank Zappa: The Hot Rats Sessions
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 16 January 2020
FIFTY YEARS AGO, Frank Zappa declared (after Edgar Varese) that "the present-day composer refuses to die". How true, and half a century on from the ...
Bob Dylan: Richard Lysons: Were You There – Popular Music At Manchester's Free Trade Hall, 1951-1996 (Empire Publications)
Book Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 23 November 2020
MANCHESTER'S FREE Trade Hall was built on the site of the 1819 Peterloo massacre as a public hall celebrating the repeal of the Corn Laws ...
Various Artists: Excavated Shellac – An Alternate History Of The World’s Music
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 29 December 2020
SIX YEARS in the making, this download-only release consists of 100 tracks – all originally issued on 78rpm discs with a 186-page beautifully illustrated book, ...
John Mayall: The First Generation, 1965–1974
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 7 January 2021
JOHN MAYALL turned 87 recently, and the Godfather of the British Blues – a national treasure – has a new 35-CD box set out featuring ...
Robert Shelton, Dave Laing, Karl Dallas & Robin Denselow: The Electric Muse Revisited (book)/Various: The Electric Muse Revisted (box)
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 19 June 2021
THE ORIGINAL Electric Muse was written by Karl Dallas (Melody Maker), Dave Laing (Let It Rock), Robert Shelton (New York Times) and Robin Denselow (The ...
Various Artists: The Story of Trojan Records
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 14 September 2021
IN THE early 1970s the world's largest record company releasing Jamaican music, Trojan Records piled up hits in the UK pop charts with artists like ...
The Pretty Things: The Pretty Things: Live At The BBC, 1964-2018 (Repertoire)
Review by Tony Burke, Morning Star, 11 November 2021
DURING THE 1960s British R&B boom the Pretty Things were the band the UK press loved to hate. Lead singer Phil May's shoulder-length locks were ...
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