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Nick Hornby

Nick Hornby

The world-famous author of four bestsellers – Fever Pitch, High Fidelity, About a Boy and How to be Good – Nick Hornby (left, with fellow RBP contributor Nick Coleman) has written about music for The Independent, MOJO and The New Yorker. The film of About a Boy, with a soundtrack by Badly Drawn Boy, was released in 2002. His 31 Songs was published by Viking.

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Steely Dan: Remastered - The Best Of Steely Dan (MCA)

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, January 1994

"Who was The Razor Boy? What is The Boston Rag? Where is Mizar-5?" ...

Eddi Reader: Hush (Blanco Y Negro)

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, July 1994

EDDI READER WAS THE SINGER IN FAIRGROUND Attraction. Fairground Attraction had a Number 1 hit single with 'Perfect'. 'Perfect' annoyed the hell out of you, ...

Tanita Tikaram: Eleven Kinds of Loveliness

Interview by Nick Hornby, The Independent, 3 February 1995

TANITA TIKARAM IS 25 years old, and she already knows who she wants to perform on her tribute album. ...

Rod Stewart: Reasons To Believe

Guide by Nick Hornby, MOJO, May 1995

A fevered fan replays Rod's most ecstatic moments: hear the RBP playlist on Spotify!                                                          * ...

ABBA: Welcome to the Palindrome

Review by Nick Hornby, MOJO, June 1997

Reissues: Their entire oeuvre freshly silvered, remastered and mid-priced. RING RING/ WATERLOO/ ABBA/ ARRIVAL/ THE ALBUM/ VOULEZ VOUS/ SUPER TROOPER/ THE VISITORS/ ABBA LIVE Agnetha, ...

Pulp: People's Poet: Pulp: This Is Hardcore (Island)

Review by Nick Hornby, Spin, May 1998

On the long-awaited sequel to Pulp's breakthrough album, Different Class, England's unofficial laureate Jarvis Cocker perfects his poetry of the prosaic. By Nick Hornby ...

Teenage Fanclub: Howdy! (Columbia)

Review and Interview by Nick Hornby, MOJO, November 2000

Sixth studio album from the Glaswegian sunshine pop band, latterly of Alan McGee’s now defunct Creation label. ...

Los Lobos: The Entertainers: Learning from Los Lobos

Review by Nick Hornby, The New Yorker, 23 April 2001

WHAT A PIECE OF WORK is a boxed set! How infinite(ish) in faculty! In action, how like an angel! ...

Nick Cave: Sweet Misery: The Mellowing of Nick Cave

Review by Nick Hornby, The New Yorker, 28 May 2001

IT'S THE SHEER UBIQUITY of pop music that presents such an obstacle to older fans. When I was fifteen, it was satisfyingly hard to hear ...

Pop Quiz: What does the new Top Ten list mean?

Comment by Nick Hornby, The New Yorker, 20 August 2001

IN 1973, FOR AN ESSAY published in The New York Review of Books, Gore Vidal read his way through the Times best-seller list in an ...

Marah: Rock of Ages: Marah

Profile by Nick Hornby, The New Yorker, 21 May 2004

IT'S JUST BEFORE Christmas last year, and the Philadelphia rock 'n' roll band Marah is halfway through a typically ferocious, chaotic and inspirational set when ...

The Thrill Of It All: The Advent of MP3 Blogs

Essay by Nick Hornby, Observer Music Monthly, 6 September 2009

MY FIRST NOVEL, High Fidelity, was published in 1995, and shortly afterwards, I embarked upon my first American book tour. I took with me a ...

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes: The RBP Album Club on Southside Johnny (2013)

Interview by Nick Coleman, Nick Hornby, Rock's Backpages audio, 11 July 2013

Messrs. Hornby and Coleman discuss the album: who they were when they first heard it; what it meant to them; the meaning of "R&B"; all things Miami Steve van Zandt, and engage the audience in some pretty lively discussion.

File format: mp3; file size: 78.4mb, interview length: 1h 25' 40" sound quality: ****

Billie Holiday: Lady Sings the Blues

Book Review by Nick Hornby, The Sunday Times, 9 December 2018

Unsparing in its portrayal of addiction, divorce and racism, Billie Holiday's memoir is now a Penguin Modern Classic. ...

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