Joan Armatrading

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Joan Armatrading: 'I want to make a heavy metal album – with lots of guitar shredding'
At the age of seven, she flew to Birmingham from Antigua on her own – and became the first globally successful British female singer-songwriter. As she wins the award she once gave to Margaret Thatcher, Joan Armatrading looks back

Dave Simpson

11, Nov, 2020 @6:00 AM

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Marcus Rashford given MBE in birthday honours for school meals campaign
Footballer urges PM to extend voucher scheme after being named on list delayed by Covid

Caroline Davies

09, Oct, 2020 @9:30 PM

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Dave, Little Simz and Jamie Cullum win at 2020 Ivor Novello awards
Songwriting and composition awards herald politically conscious work including Dave’s Black, described as ‘important and eloquent’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

02, Sep, 2020 @12:00 PM

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On my radar: Phyllida Lloyd’s cultural highlights
The British director on the genius of Joan Armatrading, the best organic pub in London, and the film she turns to for inspiration

Kathryn Bromwich

17, Jun, 2018 @9:00 AM

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'I was born to write'… Joan Armatrading on Dylan, songwriting and stage fright
The songwriter, whose new album is Not Too Far Away, weighs in on Post Malone, recording with Queen and learning to play on a £3 guitar in a webchat

15, May, 2018 @4:07 PM

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JD Samson’s playlist: Joan Armatrading, Tracey Chapman, Chemise and more
The Le Tigre founder, DJ and producer picks a selection of mix staples, a compelling activist chant and an ever-evolving easy listening track

JD Samson

04, Apr, 2016 @12:31 PM

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Readers recommend: songs about overturning the odds – and a new theme
RR regular sonofwebcore has come up with this week’s playlist – listen to it and nominate on next week’s theme ‘songs about knives’ here

George Boyland

18, Feb, 2016 @12:00 PM

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Joan Armatrading review – her voice is ageless, her powers are undiminished
Armatrading jokes she is too old and tired to play more than three songs after a 100-date tour – then raises the roof for 90 minutes, writes Dave Simpson

Dave Simpson

13, Mar, 2015 @12:48 PM

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Where were all the lesbians in Queer as Pop? | Ray Filar

Ray Filar: No Wendy Carlos, no Tracy Chapman, no riot grrrls, no female DJs – this music documentary was historical revisionism at its worst

Ray Filar

30, Dec, 2013 @4:30 PM

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Krystle Warren – review
Warren manages to fuse almost every American style, from country and folk to soul and jazz, in a classy original set, writes Robin Denselow

Robin Denselow

23, May, 2012 @4:20 PM

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Joan Armatrading: Saint Joan
Four decades after starting out, Joan Armatrading is still writing and touring. She talks to Paul Sexton about her work with Gordon Brown – and why she loves The X Factor

Paul Sexton

07, Apr, 2010 @8:30 PM

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Interview: Joan Armatrading

Joan Armatrading, who shot to fame in the 70s, this week became president of the Women of the Year lunch. Helen Birch asked the famously private singer about a very public role.

Helen Birch

04, Nov, 2005 @10:14 AM

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