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Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper

Tim Cooper has written for most national newspapers and many magazines on subjects from politics to pop culture, film, food and sport. His first published work was in his own punk fanzine, Cliché in 1976, followed by freelance stints writing reviews and features for Sounds, Record Mirror, Pop Star Weekly and Hot Press.

He created a music section in the Hackney Gazette and since then he has worked for most national newspapers, many magazines and selected websites on News, Features, Politics, Sport and Arts, particularly Music. His extensive portfolio of music interviews spans The Observer, The Sunday Times, The Independent, The Guardian, The Times, The Evening Standard, The Daily Mirror and more. His interviewees have included David Bowie, Neil Young, Shirley Manson, Jon Bon Jovi, Janet Jackson, Rod Stewart, Donny Osmond, Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews and Macy Gray.

He has a passion for new music and has written online for The Quietus, Louder Than War, DIY, No Depression and Unrecorded (formerly ListenBeforeYouBuy). He has also co-directed a documentary film about the music of St Kilda. He lives in the London Borough of Hackney, indulging his hobbies of writing, reading, cooking, cinema, watching and playing football and cricket, and vegetable gardening – usually while listening to music.

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David Arnold, Kaiser Chiefs: Kaiser Chiefs: This is the Modern Way

Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 26 October 2007

What happens when indie-rockers get together with a Grammy-winning composer? Kaiser Chiefs and David Arnold chat before their Electric Prom tonight. ...

Beach House: Shore thing for easy listening

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 15 January 2010

Baltimore's dream-pop duo Beach House are confounding classification to gain plaudits from Fleet Foxes, Grizzly Bear and the Strokes. Tim Cooper gets to grips with ...

James Blunt: Back from Bedlam

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 10 June 2005

How did ex-soldier James Blunt go from serving in Kosovo to playing gigs? Tim Cooper finds out. ...

James Blunt: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 5 May 2005

IN THE FRENZY to find a new Damien Rice or David Gray, it suddenly seems as if there's a sensitive singer-songwriter on every street corner. ...

David Bowie: "I've beaten vices thanks to my daughter"

Interview by Tim Cooper, Evening Standard, The, 20 November 2003

He is free from fags, booze and drugs. But clean-living David Bowie admits that staying that way will still be hard work in 30 years' ...

David Bowie: Star Man

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Observer, The, 9 June 2002

After 35 years in the business and endless ch-ch-ch-changes, David Bowie, rock'n'roll's archetypal chameleon, has finally found equilibrium as a clean-living family man. Tim Cooper ...

Boy George: Bush Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 12 June 2006

IF EVER A FALLEN idol was in need of reinvention, it's surely Boy George, whose last public appearance was in a New York courtroom. His ...

Isobel Campbell: Lone Star

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 28 September 2006

Since leaving the safety of Belle & Sebastian, Isobel Campbell has found her creative voice and produced her finest work. ...

Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan; When a twee pop beauty met a rock'n'roll beast

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 2 May 2008

Belle and Sebastian's Isobel Campbell is on to her second album with rocker Mark Lanegan. She tells Tim Cooper about an odd coupling. ...

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, The National, Cat Power, Patti Smith, St. Vincent, The War on Drugs: All Points East: Victoria Park, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Louder Than War, 4 June 2018

Saturday 2nd June: The National, The War On Drugs, Future Islands, Warpaint, Cat Power Sunday 3rd June: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Patti Smith, St ...

Cowboy Junkies: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 17 October 2007

IT WOULD BE myth-making mischief to suggest that, upon its release 20 years ago, The Trinity Session was acclaimed as a landmark album. The best ...

The Cult, The Doors: Ian Astbury and the Doors: One door shuts... another door opens

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 10 December 2003

When Jim Morrison died, in 1971, that was the end of the Doors. Or was it? Thirty years later, the remaining members have hired a ...

Daara J: The Real Old School

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 28 May 2004

Winners of a Radio 3 award, Senegal's top hip-hop trio Daara J are back on the road. Tim Cooper meets them in Paris. ...

The Dears: A gloom of their own

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 18 August 2006

The leader of the Dears could brood for Canada. Tim Cooper meets a man for whom success has not in itself brought any visible happiness, ...

Minnie Driver: Minnie adventure: Miss Driver turns her attention to country music and motherhood

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 8 May 2008

She's conquered Hollywood, stars in a hit TV series, and is one of Britain's most successful acting exports. ...

Gang of Four: Gang Of Four play Entertainment!: Barbican, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 27 September 2005

FORMED AT LEEDS University in 1977, they dragged punk's three-chord trick into a radical and subversive new direction by marrying its guitar-driven rage to funk's ...

Macy Gray: It's a Macy, Macy world

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Observer, The, 18 November 2001

"She's phat, she's tight, she's outta control..." It was supposed to be a routine celebrity interview, but it ended in a jet-ski chase across the ...

Daniel Johnston: The Devil and Daniel Johnston: Barbican, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 18 April 2006

IT HAS TAKEN 25 years, almost as many albums and a lifetime of loneliness and pain, but Daniel Johnston is finally emerging from underground cult ...

Kula Shaker: Crispian Mills: Big Mouth Strikes Again

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 24 September 2007

Ten years ago, Kula Shaker's Crispian Mills revealed an admiration for the swastika, and the band imploded. Now they're back, and the lead singer is ...

Avril Lavigne: O Sister, What Art Thou?

Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 11 March 2005

Teenage girls can't resist Avril Lavigne's sulky-teen pose. So Tim Cooper decides to let his daughter interrogate the pop princess. ...

Jenny Lewis: Poor little rich girl

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 20 January 2006

Jenny Lewis has gone from child star to singing with Rilo Kiley to solo act. It's been a bittersweet experience, hears Tim Cooper. ...

The Low Anthem: Evolutionary Twists

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 24 July 2009

The Low Anthem aren't like other US folk-rock bands. Tim Cooper discusses influence and innovation with the trio. ...

Madonna: Another view: My night with Madonna (and Sean Hughes)

Memoir by Tim Cooper, Evening Standard, The, 20 October 2017

BACK IN THE LATE 1990s I used to run into Sean Hughes all the time at parties. He was a Perrier Award-winning stand-up comedian and ...

Matchbox 20, Rob Thomas: Rob Thomas: Anonymity in the UK

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 6 July 2005

Rob Thomas can claim 75 million album sales. So who is he? ...

Dave Matthews Band: Dave Matthews: Gospel according to Matthews

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 20 January 2006

He's the biggest music star in the USA, but probably couldn't get arrested here. Tim Cooper meets a man for whom success means having the ...

John Murry: A Short History Of Decay

Review by Tim Cooper, Quietus, The, 19 July 2017

EVERYTHING ABOUT John Murry is blurred. From the Southern Gothic backstory to the near-death drug overdose to the recurring cycle of tragedy and redemption, right ...

Nada Surf: The Sunshine Boys: Brooklyn's Nada Surf have bounced back with an album of upbeat pop

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 5 May 2008

THEIR LATEST ALBUM might be called Lucky but Nada Surf's 15-year career has been anything but. Even their name causes misconceptions: it's so redolent of ...

Donny Osmond: Big Brother

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Observer, The, 25 March 2001

He was on stage by five, on tour by eight and receiving 50,000 fan letters a week by 13. But behind his success lay loneliness, ...

Jimmy Page: The Godfather of Rock

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 27 August 2004

As Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page is honoured in London's Rock'n'Roll Walk of Fame, Tim Cooper meets the legend who inspired an entire generation of air ...

Brigid Mae Power: Servant Jazz Quarters, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Louder Than War, 8 April 2018

After two acclaimed albums and a harrowing #metoo contribution, Brigid Mae Power performed her first sell-out date in East London. Tim Cooper went along for an ...

Primal Scream: Eden Project, St Austell, Cornwall

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 13 August 2004

THERE'S AN immutable law of rock'n'roll dictating that the longer a rock band stays together, the more its creative energy will dissipate under the parallel ...

The Quarrymen: The Beatles? No, thanks

Retrospective and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 20 January 2005

The Quarrymen managed to let Lennon, McCartney and Harrison slip through their fingers. Nearly five decades after that mistake, they are releasing their first album. ...

Racine: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 11 April 2005

IT WAS ALWAYS hard to take Wendy James seriously, but even so her reinvention after a decade in the pop wilderness is hilarious. ...

Rilo Kiley: Koko, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 8 July 2005

FORMED IN Los Angeles around the former child actors Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett in 1998, Rilo Kiley are hard to pigeonhole. Their first two, ...

Josh Ritter: The Ritter Stuff

Profile and Interview by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 12 November 2007

His parents are neuroscientists who read him Huxley at bedtime. No wonder Josh Ritter has a way with words, says Tim Cooper. ...

Patti Smith's Horses at Meltdown: Royal Festival Hall, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 27 June 2005

PATTI SMITH IS standing alone on the stage reciting the poem that describes her teenage dream to escape a blue-collar production line ("Inspecting pipe, 40 ...

Sparks: Forum, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 5 October 2006

MORE THAN three decades after their child-scaring Top of the Pops debut with 'This Town Ain't Big Enough For Both Of Us', Sparks remain one ...

Pete Townshend, The Who: Pete Townshend: "Music has always suffered from being tied to politics or religion"

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Guardian, The, 2 July 2015

As he releases a version of Quadrophenia performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Who's guitarist explains that his band were never really anti-establishment. ...

U2: Another view: The thing with Bono and Apple...

Comment by Tim Cooper, Evening Standard, The, 24 November 2017

I HEAR THAT U2 have a new album coming out. I know this not because I have received a press release (though I have) but ...

Keith Urban: Hammersmith Apollo, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 19 October 2005

URBAN BY NAME but country rock by nature, raised in Australia but resident in Nashville, Urban has sold millions of records in America and fills ...

Martha Wainwright: Bloomsbury Theatre, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 1 June 2006

THIS WAS AN evening that lent fresh meaning to the term "intimate" – and, for that matter, "spontaneous". It made you feel like you'd been ...

Lucinda Williams: Shepherds Bush Empire, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 15 November 2006

EVEN BY THE tardy timekeeping standards of rock'n'roll, 16 months is a little long to keep your audience waiting. Originally scheduled to play here in ...

Pete Wylie: Islington Academy, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 31 December 2004

FOR SIX WEEKS back in 1977, Pete Wylie was at the epicentre of the music world as one of the semi-legendary Liverpool trio the Crucial ...

James Yorkston: Luminaire, London

Live Review by Tim Cooper, Independent, The, 28 December 2005

"HERE'S THE NEXT number," announces James Yorkston, studying a piece of paper: "Three hundred and fifty-eight." Few singers would draw the raffle mid-set, but it's ...

Neil Young's anti-war documentary

Report and Interview by Tim Cooper, Sunday Times, 29 June 2008

The singer has fire in his belly — with a film about his antiwar tour — but his passion is a hybrid car he thinks ...

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