Features & interviews



Features/ interviews include (click on link to read):

Blue Monday: how the New Order hit ‘broke every single law’ of record sleeve design – and changed music forever. The Daily Telegraph, 20 January 2020

My fight to honour Britain’s first recording studio. The Daily Telegraph, 6 December 2019

Bing Crosby, White Christmas and the touching letters he sent to US soldiers. The Daily Telegraph, 21 November 2019

Drag, drugs and horse-drawn carriages: inside Freddie Mercury’s epic 39th birthday party. The Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2019

The music industry’s morbid new obsession: who wants to see a hologram tour? The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2019

The story of Michael Hutchence’s missing millions. The Daily Telegraph, 17 October 2019

The art of Radiohead: sleeve designer Stanley Donwood on the ‘topiary cocks’ too rude for Thom Yorke. The Daily Telegraph, 7 October 2019

The Darkness on fighting Liam Gallagher, their ‘superhero Jesus’ new album, and why hipsters are ruining rock ‘n’ roll. The Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2019

Adam Lambert interview: ‘People say they like Freddie better… well, obviously, so do I’. The Daily Telegraph, 26 September 2019

Weird, unlistenable and maybe a masterpiece: the story behind Lou Reed and Metallica’s Lulu. The Daily Telegraph, 4 September 2019

Britain’s Got Talent winner Colin Thackery interview: I’ll die happy singing for the Queen. The Daily Telegraph, 21 August 2019

Miley Cyrus, Jay-Z and the festival with 99 problems: is the disastrous Woodstock 50 revival doomed? The Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2019

Would you pay £5,000 to go on holiday with your favourite band? Meet the fans who gig-cation. The Daily Telegraph, 9 July 2019

Mike Love interview: ‘The love between Brian Wilson and I is definitely there.’ The Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2019

The Killers interview: band talk nerves, babies and Liam Gallagher on tour bus backstage at Glastonbury. The Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2019

‘I want to go another ten years at least.’ Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis reveals all. The Daily Telegraph, 28 June 2019

Glastonbury weather forecast for 31 degrees – here’s how to survive. The Daily Telegraph, 27 June 2019

All the Glastonbury ‘Legends Slot’ performers ranked and rated. The Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2019

Glastonbury goes grime: inside the festival’s complicated history with urban music. The Daily Telegraph, 26 June 2019

Hippies in the bath and endless debt: why Glastonbury was never meant to happen. The Daily Telegraph, 24 June 2019

Glastonomics: who makes money from the world’s biggest music festival? The Daily Telegraph, 21 June 2019

When Glastonbury caught fire: the story of the Battle of Yeoman’s Bridge. The Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2019

Even ‘Tory scum’ would agree that banning Killdren from Glastonbury sets a worrying precedent. The Daily Telegraph, 3 June 2019

Could Spice Girls sound problems lead to fairer ticket prices? The Daily Telegraph, 29 May 2019

The power behind Rocketman: How John Reid seduced – and then betrayed – Elton John. The Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2019

Freddie Starr ate my hamster: inside the story that started the fake news revolution. The Daily Telegraph, 11 May 2019

Britain’s 50 best music festivals. The Daily Telegraph, 5 May 2019

Heavy metal in Syria? It’s great, except for the mortar shells dropping on us. The Times, 2 April 2019

Neil Strauss interview: The Dirt and Mötley Crüe in the age of #MeToo. The Daily Telegraph, 22 March 2019

The Week in Arts: It’s time to revive the saucy sea shanty. The Sunday Telegraph, 17 March 2019

What impact will Leaving Neverland have on Michael Jackson’s business empire? The Daily Telegraph, 14 March 2019

Mötley Crüe interview: ‘We got away with absolute murder.’ The Daily Telegraph, 9 March 2019

Steven Knight interview: from Peaky Blinders to Serenity, the most bonkers film of the year. The Daily Telegraph, 1 March 2019

Sandy Powell interview: on The Favourite, Weinstein and preening peacocks. The Daily Telegraph, 10 February 2019

David Bowie: Finding Fame, first look review. The Daily Telegraph, 1 February 2019

Why are Maroon 5 so popular? The Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2019

Zoe Ball and Chris Evans: reliving 1997’s Battle for Breakfast as radio rivals go head-to-head again. The Daily Telegraph, 14 January 2019

‘Fake rocker’ Jered Threatin reveals the masterplan behind the music hoax of the year. The Daily Telegraph, 8 January 2019

Brian May interview: on Nasa, Ultima Thule and why Bohemian Rhapsody ‘isn’t all about sex’. The Daily Telegraph, 7 January 2019

Our surrogate, her husband – and the baby we thought we’d never have. The Times Magazine, 5 January 2019

Frankie Valli interview: One mafia Godfather was like an uncle to me. The Daily Telegraph, 4 December 2018

Jered Threatin’s great rock ‘n’ roll swindle. The Daily Telegraph, 22 November 2018

The grime-haters are wrong: Stormzy will be an all-time great headliner. The Daily Telegraph, 16 November 2018




Divorce, democracy and backstage drama: a new Coldplay documentary reveals all about Britain’s biggest band. The Daily Telegraph, 14 November 2018

The secret of Bohemian Rhapsody’s box office success: kids love Queen. The Daily Telegraph, 9 November 2018

Who writes better pop songs – Leavers or Remainers? The Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2018

David Bowie’s Glastonbury headline set was astonishing – which is why it shouldn’t be for sale. The Daily Telegraph, 30 October 2018

The Freddie Mercury stories that didn’t make Bohemian Rhapsody. The Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2018

Has streaming killed the album? No – its death is greatly exaggerated. The Daily Telegraph, 15 October 2018

How Three Lions broke the football song curse. The Daily Telegraph, 15 June 2018

Noise, abuse and endangered wildlife: are music festivals wreaking havoc on London’s parks? The Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2018

Before the Beatles, there were crushed beetles: how gramophones changed the world for ever. The Daily Telegraph, 22 May 2018

The Rolling Stones rock Clapham: what happened when the world’s biggest band turned up on my doorstep. The Daily Telegraph, 9 May 2018

Spotify playlists are not a window on the economy: they’re barely a window on what we like. The Daily Telegraph, 1 May 2018




Eat, sleep, rave, repeat: Avicii and the punishing life of the superstar DJ. The Daily Telegraph, 26 April 2018

Pitting opera against pop music is unhelpful, unfair and flawed. The Daily Telegraph, 11 April 2018

Pete Best interview: ‘Let’s have it out: Me, McCartney and a bottle of Scotch’. The Daily Telegraph, 2 April 2018

‘It’s gonna take a lot to drag me away from you’: How Toto made Africa. The Daily Telegraph, 31 March 2018

Stormzy’s Brits performance ignited Number 10 – and changed the awards for ever. The Daily Telegraph, 22 February 2018

Number one and broke: why are pop stars paid a pittance? The Daily Telegraph, 21 February 2018

Why are the Brit Awards always a triumph of the beige over the bold? The Daily Telegraph, 19 February 2018

‘You could hear him smile’: Jon Culshaw on playing David Bowie. The Daily Telegraph, 30 January 2018

Wuthering Heights at 40: the inside story of how Kate Bush reinvented modern pop. The Daily Telegraph, 19 January 2018

How Coldplay became the world’s comfort blanket. The Daily Telegraph, 11 January 2018

Inside Bowie’s Berlin studio: the story of Hansa. The Daily Telegraph, 10 January 2018




Saturday Night Fever: the real story behind the rise and fall of disco. The Daily Telegraph, 14 December 2017

Dinner for one: the rise of solo dining. The Daily Telegraph, 1 November 2017

Automatic for the People at 25: Michael Stipe, Peter Buck and Mike Mills on the making of REM’s dark masterpiece. The Daily Telegraph, 4 October 2017

Noel Fielding’s unlikely journey from Camden cool kid to Bake Off presenter. The Daily Telegraph, 29 August 2017

How Britain’s Nazi punk bands became a gateway drug for US white supremacy. The Daily Telegraph, 23 August 2017

Glen Campbell: his 10 best songs. The Daily Telegraph, 9 August 2017

This charming man? Why Morrissey doesn’t deserve a myth-making biopic. The Daily Telegraph, 3 August 2017

Has Spotify created ‘fake musicians’? As the scandal of ‘singing Scot’ Hector Grant proves, they wouldn’t be the first. The Daily Telegraph, 11 July 2017

Lennon and McCartney: was rock’s greatest partnership doomed from day one? The Daily Telegraph, 6 July 2017

How will the music industry cope without Adele? It won’t. The Daily Telegraph, 29 June 2017




The best-selling album no-one wanted to release: how Meat Loaf and Jim Steinman made Bat Out of Hell. The Daily Telegraph, 20 June 2017

‘You never forget your first Glastonbury’: how 25 years of crusties and convention changed the festival. The Daily Telegraph, 13 June 2017

Glastonbury 1997: how I survived the muddiest year. The Daily Telegraph, 5 June 2017

God Save the Queen at 40. How the Sex Pistols made the most controversial song in history. The Daily Telegraph, 27 May 2017

OK Computer 20 years on – how Radiohead’s dark dystopia killed Britpop. The Daily Telegraph, 23 May 2017

Instagram has dramatically changed the nation’s eating habits – and it’s no bad thingThe Daily Telegraph, 2 November 2016

Nevermind at 25. How Nirvana’s breakthrough album changed the cultural landscapeThe Daily Telegraph, 30 September 2016

Led Zeppelin: the best covers band in historyThe Daily Telegraph, 16 June 2016

This Quadrophenia sequel should be pushed off a cliffThe Daily Telegraph, 10 June 2016

It’s porridge, but not as we know it. With mango, toasted seeds, moringa leaf, chocolate… Who knew there could be so much to porridge? The Observer, 28 February 2016

And the brands played on. How EDM can sell almost anything. The Guardian, 28 December 2015

The ten chart battles that changed music. The Daily Telegraph, 5 July 2015




Refunds after a bad concert? It’s a ghastly idea. Telegraph.co.uk, 8 July 2015

It’s a wrap: the working lunch – plus recipes from Britain’s favourite lunch chainsThe Guardian, 3 July 2015

‘My music is like beautiful maths.’ Susanne Sundfør interview. The Daily Telegraph, 2 May 2015

End of the Sunday chart show. The Daily Telegraph, 24 March 2015

A ‘cure’ for baldness? No thanks, I’m happy being hairless. Telegraph Men, 30 January 2015

Nick Drake: 40 years since his death, ‘He knew he was good’. The Daily Telegraph, 24 November 2014

Snack to the Future: hunting for the next food trend in Texas with Marks & Spencer food boss Steve RoweThe Guardian, 11 July 2014

Fallout. Whatever the result, Scotland’s referendum has unleashed financial turmoilThe Sunday Times, 14 September 2014

It’s Top of the Pops for the internet age. The Sunday Times, 23 February 2014

Behind the scenes at Top of the Pops Christmas special. The Daily Telegraph, 25 December 2013

A Greek Odyssey. How to buy a Greek island. FT How To Spend It, 5 November 2013




Brett Anderson interview. The best new band in Britain, again. The Daily Telegraph, 25 October 2013

Can anyone save the high street? The Sunday Telegraph, 31 August 2013

The real reason our shops are shutting. The Daily Telegraph, 28 May 2013

Horsemeat scandal: supermarkets battle to regain trust. The Sunday Telegraph, 16 February 2013

Away From The Desk: James Hall in Mozambique. The Daily Telegraph, 13 November 2012

Mary Portas: our high streets have reached crisis point. The Daily Telegraph, 12 December 2011

George Osborne interview. The Sunday Telegraph, 31 July 2010

Milked dry: British dairy farmers uncovered. The Sunday Telegraph, 2 September 2007

Fashion goes green: Woody Harrelson interview. The Sunday Telegraph, 12 February 2006

‘Being Jonny Wilkinson’. Interview. The Sunday Telegraph, 31 October 2004