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Articles by Jason Draper

‘Joni Mitchell Archives Vol.3’: 10 Must-Hear Songs From The Stunning Box Set
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‘Joni Mitchell Archives Vol.3’: 10 Must-Hear Songs From The Stunning Box Set

These essential songs from Joni Mitchell’s ‘Archives Vol.3’ collection deepen our understanding of the artist’s unique creative process.

Sunday Sunday: The Blur Song That Lovingly Skewered British Tradition
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Sunday Sunday: The Blur Song That Lovingly Skewered British Tradition

With the song Sunday Sunday, Blur paid homage to British conventions while playfully sending up the very customs they respected.

Diamonds And Pearls: Behind Prince’s Glittering Start To The 90s
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Diamonds And Pearls: Behind Prince’s Glittering Start To The 90s

With a new band and a jewellery box full of hits, Prince entered the hip-hop era with the ‘Diamonds And Pearls’ album.

‘Reality’: The Album That Made David Bowie Rethink Life
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‘Reality’: The Album That Made David Bowie Rethink Life

His last album for ten years, ‘Reality’ found David Bowie seeking ‘the optimistic in my life’, before being forced into semi-retirement.

Modern Love: The Story Behind David Bowie’s Affair With The Pop Song
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Modern Love: The Story Behind David Bowie’s Affair With The Pop Song

Modern Love may sound like a straightforward pop song, but it smuggled David Bowie’s ‘elegant cliché-twisting’ into the mainstream.

The Doors Live At The Matrix: The Story Behind The Legendary Club Residency
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The Doors Live At The Matrix: The Story Behind The Legendary Club Residency

The Doors’ short residency at San Francisco’s Matrix club, in March 1967, helped build the group’s legend. The shows remain a crucial listen.

Parklife: The Story Behind The Blur Song That United “All The People”
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Parklife: The Story Behind The Blur Song That United “All The People”

Released as a single in the summer of 1994, Parklife was the song that confirmed Blur’s place as Britpop’s definitive band.

Country House: The Full Story Behind The Blur Song That Beat Oasis To No.1
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Country House: The Full Story Behind The Blur Song That Beat Oasis To No.1

Challenging Oasis for the No.1 spot, Blur took Country House to the top of the charts and emerged victorious in the “Battle Of Britpop”.

When Prince Debuted ‘Purple Rain’ At First Avenue: The Full Story

When Prince Debuted ‘Purple Rain’ At First Avenue: The Full Story

During a benefit concert held at Minneapolis’ First Avenue, on 3 August 1983, Prince debuted many of his career-making ‘Purple Rain’ songs.

Joni Mitchell ‘At Newport’: A Track-By-Track Guide To The Legendary Comeback
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Joni Mitchell ‘At Newport’: A Track-By-Track Guide To The Legendary Comeback

Joni Mitchell’s ‘At Newport’ album documents her surprise return to live performance in 2022. This track-by-track reveals what happened.

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