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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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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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‘Your mother gets high and you don’t know it’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day two (Saturday night)

Barely time for a quick wash-and-brush-up at the huge Monterey camp site, and off we go again. There was a lot of excitement on Saturday...

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‘You are out of it, so far out of it’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day two (Saturday afternoon)

So here we are at Monterey on Saturday morning, and what do you do while you’re waiting for the music to start this afternoon? Grace...

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‘The vibrations will be flowing everywhere’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day one (Friday evening)

It was 50 years ago today … when thousands of young people descended on the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California for the first...

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Stardust’s classic house track sounds better with this brilliant video, one of the best ever

Music Sounds Better With You, one of the all-time great house tunes, is a simple but compelling looped affair featuring a powerful bass...

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