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Journalist and author David Marsh, former lead singer with The Whatcha-Gonna-Do-About-Its, left the Guardian after 20 years in July 2016 to spend more time with his record collection. He presents a monthly show, The Beat Goes On, on Kennet Radio. David is the author of For Who the Bell Tolls: One Man's Quest for Grammatical Perfection.

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Is this the first show in radio history to play Ella Fitzgerald, immediately followed by The Slits?

The answer is I don’t know, but it’s not a combination you’re likely to come across very often. In fact the contrast in...

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Sisters doing it for themselves … two hours of great music, and not a male voice to be heard

The latest edition of The Beat Goes On, the quirky radio show hosted by the editor of this website, is a special edition entitled Sisters...

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The Beat Goes On at the movies, part 2 … Beatles, Blues Brothers, Barbra and more

Welcome to the second half of the soundtrack special edition of The Beat Goes On, featuring an eclectic variety of music from the movies,...

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The Beat Goes On at the movies: from Bill Haley to Jack Black, the soundtrack of our lives

The July edition of The Beat Goes On, the quirky radio show hosted by the editor of this website, was a soundtrack special featuring an...

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The Beat Goes On (2): Pretenders, Monkees, Radiohead, Amy Winehouse and lots more

Here’s the second half of the first The Beat Goes On, a new show presented by the editor of this very website. The Beat Goes On was...

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The Beat Goes On: genius from Prefab Sprout and XTC, fashion advice from Gogol Bordello

At last! After a six-month sabbatical, the slacker who edits this website has finally roused himself and relaunched And And! And: the...

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Let’s face it, most Christmas songs are rubbish. Here are 10 that are actually rather good

Can it really be 12 months since 10 Christmas songs that won’t make you think King Herod had the right idea after all? It surely can....

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We could build the dream with love: a 70th birthday tribute to Laura Nyro, part two

This is the second and final part of my tribute to the great singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, who had she lived would have been 70 years old...

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The late, great songwriter Laura Nyro would have been 70 this month. A two-part tribute

Laura Nyro (1947-97) was a unique talent who blazed a trail for all the female singer-songwriters who came after her. And plenty of male...

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‘This whole weekend was a dream come true’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day three (Sunday)

Although devoting the whole of Sunday afternoon to Indian classical music might seem a bold move, in fact there could have been nothing...

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