We lived in Thorndon – St Mary Street – for just over six years. It was the first house we owned. A wee cottage. We loved it so much. There were great kitchen parties and music was always a feature. We moved in the day Ray Charles died. I know this because when I was collecting boxes […]
Welcome to episode 154 of Sweetman Podcast with support from our sponsors – T Leaf T, Yeastie Boys and La Petite Chocolat. Now – as you probably know, as well as the usual platforms (this site, soundcloud, iTunes/Apple) you can now get to Sweetman Podcast on Spotify – follow it there and have it saved in your Spotify library. Here I have a conversation with Peter Wells.
Life, Animated Director: Roger Ross Williams A&E Television Networks, LLC/Madman Entertainment Owen Suskind was a normal, happy kid. Until he was three. Almost overnight he seemed locked in, his development halted. A profound autism the diagnosis. He was bullied at school and became further locked in a world of his own; his sanctuary – Disney’s […]
The hype surrounding Keith Richards’ memoir (Life) has been bubbling away for a year or so, ever since the announcement of the mega-advance he received. From there it was all about how this would be the “best music book since Dylan’s Chronicles“ and so on. And I believed (a lot of) it, too. Unfortunately, Richards […]
Simon, Katy and Oscar made me very welcome in their home – like family It can be very difficult to hear oneself back When you listen to yourself on tape I mean My singing voice is part of what I do and I have no bones with it It took a lot of years But […]
Keith Richards: Under The Influence Director: Morgan Neville Tremolo Productions/Radical Media/Netflix Premiering on Netflix this film about Keith Richards was conceived as a promotional video to accompany his new solo album, his first in over two decades. And for the first half of its feature-length running time Keith Richards: Under The Influence still feels like […]
Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London Mohsin Hamid Riverhead Books Mohsin Hamid has three novels to his name – most significant is his The Reluctant Fundamentalist. That same calm, measured voice marks his journalism as distinct in this collection of essays where the personal becomes the geopolitical, where defence of […]
Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Re*ac*tor (1981) Funnily enough Re*ac*tor was one of the first Neil Young albums I bought on vinyl; bought because I heard it was awful. It sat on the shelf for a while and I couldn’t bring myself to actually listen to it. I love Neil with Crazy Horse so I […]