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David McKenna

David McKenna

David McKenna was born in 1978 in Bishops Stortford, which is nearly Essex. After leaving university, David spent two years in France, first in Alsace and then Paris, where he taught English, wrote for Time Out Paris and occasionally performed songs by Phil Spector, Pulp and Lambchop in cafes. Since starting to freelance in 2004 he has been published in the (very) short-lived Bullit magazine and the Guardian’s Friday Review. He currently runs the French-music site Rockfort.

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Afghan Whigs: The Beast Inside: The Afghan Whigs’ Gentlemen

Essay by David McKenna, unpublished, 2004

AMID THE SLEW of so-called ‘grunge’ acts that emerged in the early ‘90s, Cincinnati rockers The Afghan Whigs stood out for their soul influences and ...

Afghan Whigs, The Twilight Singers: Greg Dulli Has it Covered: The Twilight Singers

Report and Interview by David McKenna,, September 2004

ONLY AFTER SPEAKING to Greg Dulli on the phone from his room at a Jury's Inn (somehow appropriate), I notice that on the CD of ...

French Rock'n'roll: What – No Accordion?

Interview by David McKenna, The Guardian, 22 October 2004

CALL A COMPILATION Le Nouveau Rock'n'roll Français and, even now, you risk sparking associations with the figure most people take to represent the old French ...

No Checked Tablecloths: Rockfort & The Meaning of 'Frenchness' in Pop

Comment by David McKenna, The Quietus, 5 March 2012

Pondering on the recent Jonathan Meades series On France, our French music correspondent David 'Rockfort' McKenna looks at definitions of Gallic pop ...

Microdisney: An Improbable History: Microdisney Interviewed

Interview by David McKenna, The Quietus, 20 February 2014

David McKenna talks to Cathal Coughlan and Sean O'Hagan about the Rough Trade years. ...

Lizzy Mercier Descloux: Rockfort: Remembering Lizzy Mercier Descloux

Retrospective by David McKenna, The Quietus, 10 September 2015

David McKenna looks back at the life of Parisian poet, painter and post punk musician, Lizzy Mercier Descloux. ...

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