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The Spectator

Spectator, The

The Spectator is a weekly British magazine, which was first published on 6 July 1828. Its principal subject areas are politics and culture. It is generally supportive of the Conservative Party.

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The Clash, Sex Pistols, Throbbing Gristle, The Vibrators: Punk and the Sex Pistols

Essay by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 27 November 1976

BEWARE! WHEN Britain's biggest record company, EMI, and the Institute of Contemporary Arts, the citadel of the self-regarding avant-garde, unite behind a single idea within ...

Frank Zappa: Father Of Invention

Profile by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 19 February 1977

TWO YOUNG SCOTSMEN were beside me in the front stalls of the Hammersmith Odeon last week, both extremely genial and very evidently the worse (or ...

Pink Floyd: Empire Pool, Wembley

Live Review by Ed Jones, The Spectator, 26 March 1977


Out Of Tune With The Times

Comment by Louis Barfe, The Spectator, 24 July 2004

Louis Barfe believes that record companies have only themselves to blame for falling sales ...

The Band, Robbie Robertson: Robbie Robertson: Testimony

Book Review by Clinton Heylin, The Spectator, 21 January 2017

THE RECENT SPATE of rock memoirs has proved one of the less rewarding sub-genres in the post-digital Gutenberg galaxy. Obeying few rules of a good ...

Joy Division: Jon Savage: This Searing Light, the Sun and Everything Else – Joy Division, the Oral History (Faber)

Book Review by Clinton Heylin, The Spectator, 8 June 2019

The post-punk band were great performers. But they sold very few records, and their lead singer committed suicide aged 23 ...

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