I Swear I Was There by David Nolan

David Nolan’s  I Swear I Was There – Sex Pistols, Manchester and the Gig that Changed the World is a hell of a yarn that ostensibly tells the story of the Sex Pistols’ impact on the Manchester music scene in the mid-1970s.  It focuses on three events – the Sex Pistols‘ first gig at Manchester’s Lesser…

Short Story in a Song— Buzzcocks’ “Ever Fallen In Love” by S.W. Lauden

I recently read an excellent essay called “Playing House” in Heather Havrilesky‘s latest collection, What If This Were Enough? In it, she recounts a doomed relationship from many years ago. He pretended to be something he was not—happy, together—and though she saw through it, she pretended to want to share in his fantasy. She knew it was self-destructive…

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A CONSUMER: DAVID NOLAN

PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A  CONSUMER was a regular feature in the New Musical Express back in the ’70s and‘80s. I always enjoyed it, so I thought I’d rip off the idea and revive it here. First up is the shy and retiring DAVID NOLAN. SONGS New Ones: The 1975 – TOOTIMETOOTIMETOOTIME She Makes War…