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Cruel to Be Kind: The Life and Music of Nick Lowe

Some fuckwit marketing executive/editor must have come up with this lazy and naff title. I can’t imagine Will Birch would have come up with this. The North American cover is better than the UK version. I’m sure there could have been a dozen or more other song titles that would have been more apropos and…

Jesus of Cool

Another fabulous evening in the company of Nick Lowe and the razor-sharp Los Straitjackets. A lovely balanced set from across his amazing back catalogue. I’m pleased to learn that a biography of Nick is forthcoming: here is an interview with biographer Will Birch. country and westernLos Straitjacketsmusicnick lowerockabillyWill Birch

Nick Lowe at Daryl’s House Club

Would I love to be at this gig! Now that would be a night to remember. I saw them a few years back in a conventional theatre setting and that was superb. Nick is a musician’s musician — it was unusual to see so many musicians in the audience paying their respects. If you are…

Nick Lowe @ the Beeb

The immensely talented, subtle, dignified and classy Nick Lowe performing live for BBC4. Nick’s Christmas show last year was the most satisfying live show I saw last year. Catch him if you can — real musicianship, not bread and circuses. musicnick lowe