Phil Spector

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Phil Spector defined the toxic music svengali – a figure that persists today
Spector, who has died aged 81, created a culture of cruelty that was seen by the music industry as a symptom of genius. It’s a scenario that has played out again and again

Laura Snapes

18, Jan, 2021 @4:03 PM

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Phil Spector wasn't a 'flawed genius' – he was a murderer | Arwa Mahdawi
Despite the headlines we have seen from Rolling Stone, the BBC and others, the producer was, first and foremost, a killer. We should hold him to the same standards as everyone else, says Guardian columnist Arwa Mahdawi

Arwa Mahdawi

18, Jan, 2021 @11:22 AM

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Phil Spector brought joy to pop music – and misery to so many lives
Spector’s ‘Wall of Sound’ technique gave his artists’ music an infectious joie de vivre, but the man behind it was damaged, bitter and violent

Alexis Petridis

17, Jan, 2021 @8:55 PM

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Phil Spector obituary
Record producer influential in 60s pop as the creator of the ‘wall of sound’ who in 2009 was jailed for the murder of Lana Clarkson

Richard Williams

17, Jan, 2021 @7:52 PM

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Phil Spector, pop producer convicted of murder, dies aged 81
Producer who revolutionised music in 1960s with his ‘wall of sound’ dies while serving sentence

Caroline Davies

17, Jan, 2021 @4:32 PM

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Ronnie Spector: ‘I love #MeToo and Time’s Up – because men’s time is up’
With the Ronettes, Spector helped invent rock’n’roll and made Christmas songs soar – but lived in the shadow of her abusive husband Phil. Now 76, she is still touring and recording – between painting and jams with Keith Richards

Jenn Pelly

12, Dec, 2019 @3:06 PM

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Too toxic to touch? Tribute acts in the age of #MeToo
You’d think it’d be a hard time to be a Michael Jackson impersonator – yet business is booming for some acts mimicking problematic stars. Jack Needham finds out more

Jack Needham

05, Apr, 2019 @5:00 AM

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Hal Blaine, drummer who dominated mid-century pop, dies aged 90
Drummer behind iconic Be My Baby rhythm as well as hits by Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley and Simon & Garfunkel described as ‘greatest ever’ by Brian Wilson

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

12, Mar, 2019 @9:16 AM

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Tina Turner: the making of a rock'n'roll revolutionary
With new stage production Tina: The Musical now open, we look back at the boundary-breaking 60-year career of a singer who crossed racial lines and overcame violent oppression to revolutionise music

Daphne A Brooks

22, Mar, 2018 @12:00 PM

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It's Christmas! The best festive songs, chosen by Slade, Neil Diamond, the Waitresses and more
Slade, Loretta Lynn, Run-DMC and Mike Batt have given us some all-time Christmas classics. But what’s the one Christmas song they couldn’t get through the holidays without? They – and other festive hitmakers – give us their picks

Dave Simpson

22, Dec, 2016 @5:00 PM

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New band of the week: Pavo Pavo (No 117) wistful, retro pop harks back to the 70s
Bittersweet romances and the passage of time are themes reflected in the mysterious, vintage, modern-rock sound of five friends from Brooklyn

Paul Lester

29, Aug, 2016 @7:00 AM

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How we made the Ronettes' Be My Baby
‘This is going to be the record of the century’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

17, Nov, 2015 @8:00 AM

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