Some names have an astounding effect on people. A great many rock stars can expect sighing, swooning, even a cheeky shoulder grope when their name is mentioned. Not for Richard Thompson, strangely. Mention his name, and even the closest of friends look at you as if you’re recommending them a plumber.
Paramore is an American rock band from Franklin, Tennessee, formed in 2004 and led by front woman Hayley Williams. The Platinum selling group were in the headlines recently when founding members Zac and Josh Farro left the band posting a message on their blog that Paramore was: “a manufactured product of a major-label.” Photos © Live4ever Media
Blues duo The Black Keys have pulled the plug on a planned tour of Australia and New Zealand, citing a hectic 2010 touring schedule as a reason for their decision.
Known for masterminding independent labels Creation Records and Poptones, Alan McGee’s name has perhaps secured greater household prominence above the controversy of his various credentials.
The households of which we speak are far removed from the nuclear or even reconstituted archetypes – but rather that of the bohemians, the alternatives, the students and the unemployed. And the controversy he has been attached to is that raised by rowdy seniors Oasis, and their beneficiaries the Libertines. So what has this pioneer got to say about the state of our music industry, current and past? We tried to find out for you:
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