That is MY age: It’s the 40th anniversary of punk

Aged 12, in 1976, I was a bit too young to pogo. I also lived in Blackpool. Hardly the epicentre of cool but we did have our own punk band: The Membranes (lead singer John Robb was a local hero). By the time I was 15, I was sneaking into the local fleapit to see the SexRead more

Laurie Anderson’s Heart of a Dog film

‘Do you want to see a film about Laurie Anderson’s dog?’ One of my friends asked me towards the end of last year. This could go one of two ways I thought with trepidation (dog’s breakfast or dog’s bollocks). Although it wasn’t exactly top of my to-do list; I like Laurie Anderson, I like dogs,Read more

Currently listening to: Charles Bradley

There was a brilliant song playing in a local shop, yesterday. And not being a Shazam-r, I asked the assistant what it was. Actually spoke to someone, like in the olden days. Turns out it was Charles Bradley. The 67-year-old former James Brown impersonator who has achieved success in his seventh decade. Funnily enough, I’dRead more

Punk Painter: Paul Simonon

Critics are divided as to whether Paul Simonon can actually paint – and I was wondering whether his exhibition ‘Wot No Bike’ should’ve been called ‘What No Perspective.’ But, no matter. Lifelong Clash fans (like myself) are going to pay pilgrimage to the bass player’s latest show at the ICA, regardless. Simonon was the oneRead more

That Is My Age: Flexipop! (and my top 10 eighties tracks)

Photo: Frank Baron Flexipop! was a trashy, lighthearted music magazine in the early 1980s. Set up by journalist Tim Lott who now writes for the Guardian and his business partner/fellow editor/publisher, Barry Cain. Both of whom, despite recent comments on Facebook, I have never met. There have also been remarks made about my underwear, which IRead more

Style inspiration: Kim Gordon

  Christopher Kane dress and Saint Laurent boots.   Twenty-five years after the release of Daydream Nation, I’m still inspired by Kim Gordon’s grungy style and no-nonsense attitude. Whether she’s on stage or off, in masculine tailoring or a feminine slip dress, the 60-year-old guitarist always looks cool. Here’s Gordon wearing a gorgeous Christopher Kane velvet dressRead more