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Kate Mossman

Kate Mossman

Kate Mossman is arts editor of the New Statesman and previously worked on music monthly The Word alongside Mark Ellen and David Hepworth. She appears regularly as a critic on BBC radio and television and presented the BBC Four music documentaries Girl In A Band and When Pop Ruled My Life: A Fan's Story. She also writes for The Guardian and The Observer and is a judge for the Mercury Music Prize.

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Antony & the Johnsons: "Women have suffered for so long" says Antony Hegarty. "And we need to support each other"

Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, August 2012

ANTONY HEGARTY is a very persuasive man. He rarely smiles, he doesn't crack jokes, but there's something about that whisper, which at first sounds cool ...

Arctic Monkeys: AM (Domino Records)

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 5 September 2013

The Arctic Monkeys' fifth album, AM, has changed the sound but not the character of Britain's "Last True Indie Band". ...

Kevin Ayers: Exile On Mean Street

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, October 2008

Rumpled romantic, booze-fuelled philanderer, gifted golden boy of art-rock, Kevin Ayers fled abroad 40 years ago and now lives a strange, impecunious life wrestling with ...

Iggy Azalea: "I Have Never Had Any Musicians Tell Me That I Wasn't Authentic"

Interview by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 29 June 2014

The Australian rapper has endured her fair share of controversy in a brief, spectacular career, but seems well equipped to fight her way to the ...

Iggy Azalea: One to watch: Iggy Azalea

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 24 March 2013

IGGY AZALEA has a highly developed sense of the absurd. She saw paparazzi outside her hotel this morning and felt obliged to put on dark ...

Burt Bacharach: Royal Festival Hall, London SE1; Anyone Who Had a Heart (Alcourt)

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 18 July 2013

The effect of seeing Bacharach live at the Royal Festival hall was to be hit by more top-40 songs that you'd think a single act ...

The Beach Boys, Amy Winehouse: Mawkish Tabloid Fare: How the Amy Winehouse Film Fails

Film/DVD/TV Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 2 July 2015

This film laments the way Winehouse's life was intruded upon while relying on the same methods to create drama. ...

Beck: "I miss people. I have a longing for connection and human contact": Life on Planet Beck

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 30 January 2018

THE CHILSTON PARK Hotel in Lenham, Kent, was once owned by Judith and Martin Miller, the antiques stars of the '80s who wrote the Miller's ...

Jeff Beck: The £7m fingers: how Jeff Beck became a guitar hero by saying no

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 22 July 2016

Kate Mossman talks to Jeff Beck about escaping Eric Clapton's shadow, dodging fame, and why he can't go and see Pat Metheny. ...

Justin Bieber: O2 Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 5 March 2013

Dazed and deeply confused. ...

Biffy Clyro: Roundhouse, London

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 24 September 2012

TWO SONGS down and there's a fight on — a small whirlpool of boys in the crowd headbutting each other's sternums. As they fall into ...

Björk: In Björk Digital, you become the singer's ex-lover – and there's no looking away

Report by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 9 September 2016

Björk's new experiment takes music of claustrophobic unhappiness and shifts it into a relentless, dynamic world. ...

Jon Bon Jovi on Trump, Bono, Bieber — and the agony of his split with Richie Sambora

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 1 November 2016

IT'S SOMETHING unheard of in the modern PR junket, but Jon Bon Jovi interviews are running early. Breaks have been built into his day but ...

Neneh Cherry: "People ask me where I've been for 18 years…"

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 23 February 2014

On the cutting edge of pop in the '80s and '90s, the singer paved the way for today's sassy female stars. Now she's back with her ...

Depeche Mode's Dave Gahan: "Why I don't understand my own band"

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 1 June 2017

WHEN NEIL TENNANT of the Pet Shop Boys was the assistant editor of Smash Hits, he made the following observation: ...

Bob Dylan: Tempest

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 5 September 2012

DYLAN FANS have invented some amusing parlour games. One is 'Guess That Song' from the strange, incomprehensible soup of his live performance. Another is keeping ...

Brian Eno: "How can Alastair Campbell have a TV career?"

Profile and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 16 May 2013

THE TOILETS OF the famous are centres of great significance. Liz Taylor was so used to guests snooping in hers, she filled the bathroom cabinet ...

Goldie, Pat Metheny: When Goldie Met Metheny

Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, August 2011

Obsessed drum'n'bass muscle writes daily letters to jazz wizard (and to Beethoven and Elgar). Eventually he posts one. Word arranges a summit ...

Gotye, Kimbra, Janelle Monáe: Right on the Monáe: Janelle Monáe, Gotye, Kimbra

Report by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 18 July 2012

THE FIRST RULE for writers – apply seat of pants to chair – works for musicians, too. Thirty years ago, the hairbrush and the bedroom mirror ...

Michael Jackson: The Boy in the Bubble

Retrospective by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 14 November 2012

Released 30 years ago, Michael Jackson's album Thriller was the beginning of his assault on the white pop world. It's so dazzling it makes you ...

Jessie J: 'I'm A Hard Worker. I Want To Be Great At Everything I Do'

Interview by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 29 September 2013

Chart-topper, devoted daughter, role model for teenagers... how does Jessie J manage it all? ...

Kiss: What happened when Kiss went to Moscow

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 18 May 2017

WHEN GENE SIMMONS decided he wanted to be a rock star, he made a deal with his mother: be in a band but show me how ...

Alison Krauss: Key coordinates for the First Lady Of Bluegrass ALISON KRAUSS are Paul Rodgers + ELO x Ralph Stanley

Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, May 2011

PAPARAZZI CAME to the Baglioni Hotel at Hyde Park Gate this morning to catch Debbie Harry, who's staying in Room Four. They went into bonus ...

Lorde: 'People Have Treated Me Like A Fascinating Toy'

Interview by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 24 November 2013

She's the pop phenomenon of 2013, chalking up No. 1s around the world, signing a £1.5m deal and hanging out with Bowie. How does it ...

Madonna: MDNA

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 6 March 2012

SHE HAS A STOCK answer for it now. American news anchor Cynthia McFadden recently questioned Madonna about the uncanny resemblance between her 1989 hit 'Express ...

Laura Marling: Whenever power emerges, there's a sense of innocence lost — Laura Marling: Once I Was An Eagle (Rough Trade)


Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 23 May 2013

Her voice, once so English, has turned into a slip-slidey American lilt, half-speech, half-jazz, frequently yoyoing to a deeper register... In Marling, we're watching an ...

David McAlmont, Michael Nyman: This Just In: David McAlmont and Michael Nyman

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, December 2009

A bizarre collaboration between David McAlmont and Michael Nyman revives the dying art of the topical news story in song. ...

Kylie Minogue: The mysterious popstar who can do no wrong

Report and Interview by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 29 November 2012

As an album of "reimagined" Kylie songs emerges, Kate Mossman goes in search of the singer herself. ...

Muse: Dystopian Rhapsody: Muse's The Resistance

Review by Kate Mossman, Word, The, October 2009

Queen-like symphonies, "thought police", a nameless evil... Muse are wrestling with Something Very Important — that never quite arrives. ...

Frank Ocean: Blonde

Review by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 28 August 2016

The R&B singer's new album has slow-burn power and poetry enough to raise it beyond its gimmicky release strategy. ...

Palma Violets, Savages: Savages/Palma Violets: Liverpool Leaf

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 29 July 2012

IT'S A BARGAIN, two for one, a post-punk bogof: the band they're calling the all-girl Joy Division, plus four boys named after perfumed sweets. Both ...

Robert Plant and Alison Krauss: Raising Sand

Review by Kate Mossman, Word, The, November 2007

SEVEN YEARS AGO, Robert Plant rang country music superstar Alison Krauss and one imagines, toying casually with the telephone cord, said something like, "Hey, we ...

Queen, Roger Taylor: Queen: Bismillah! We Will Not Let You Go!

Retrospective and Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, October 2011

At the age of 11, Kate Mossman began a manic seven-year obsession with the baroque fantasies of Queen – but thought she'd now made a ...

Queens Of The Stone Age: "How Do I Reprogamme This Robot?" mused JOSH HOMME "And Make Trance-Dance Repetitive Rock For Girls?"

Interview by Kate Mossman, Word, The, April 2011

IT'S PRONOUNCED "hommy", rhymes with "mommy". Everyone gets it wrong, but Homme seems more fitting anyway for this great big tank of manhood, the Queens ...

Lou Reed: Why no one wanted to write his obituary

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 1 November 2013

MOST ROCK STARS are about 70 years old these days, so their departure is a constant possibility and music journalists are mentally prepared to trot ...

Ren Harvieu, Lana Del Rey: Far from Dusty: Ren Harvieu and Lana Del Rey

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 23 January 2012

TWO GUYS ON a streetcar in 1940: "Say, have you heard about that horn player Louis Armstrong? He's so authentic! His mother was a prostitute, you ...

Rihanna's Victim-Diva Complex

Essay by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 27 June 2013

Six months ago Rihanna looked like she was losing it, and now she looks to be in complete control. ...

Sleater-Kinney: A Riot Grrrl Remembers: Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl: A Memoir by Carrie Brownstein

Book Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 29 December 2015

A complex and moving portrait of a coming of age in America ...

The Strypes: 'We Always Knew That You Had To Practise For Months, Get In A Van And Do 200 Gigs...'

Interview by Kate Mossman, Observer, The, 28 April 2013

Irish rock'n'rollers the Strypes have gone from playing fêtes to iTunes stardom — and they're all still under 18 ...

Taylor Swift: Wembley Arena, London

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Word, The, 10 February 2010

Your Imaginary Friend Taylor Swift's conquest of the teenage-girl market is so controlling it's creepy. In the front stalls: Kate Mossman ...

Sharon Van Etten: Remind Me Tomorrow (Jagjaguwar)

Review by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 23 January 2019

In Van Etten's new album, life's mess is powerful and holding it all in your arms is a creative act. ...

Jack White: What's Jack White made of?

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 2 May 2012

White never stops working and everything he works with turns to gold. ...

Amy Winehouse: Life Imitating Art...

Comment by Kate Mossman, Word, The, January 2008

...imitating life. When did Amy Winehouse start to inhabit her songs, wonders KATE MOSSMAN. ...

The xx: the xx: Night + Day, Berlin

Live Review by Kate Mossman, Guardian, The, 22 May 2013

SPLIT OPEN the head of Jamie xx and you might expect to find an image of post-industrial sadness – an empty ferris wheel turning in the rain, ...

The xx's Coexist Is An Album To Get You In The Mood For Misery

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 20 September 2012

Ideal for autumn, the season of mists... ...

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Don't blame HMV for its demise

Comment by Kate Mossman, New Statesman, 18 January 2013

It's our fault – because we're too lazy to support our shops. ...

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