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The Lost Pianos of Siberia, by Sophy Roberts. London, Doubleday, 2020. 448pp., £18.99
Phil Spector was responsible for one of the greatest Christmas records ever made. Sophia Deboick tells the story and asks if we must reassess it in the light of his later murder conviction.
Published amid the Mueller report fallout, Dorian Lynskey’s The Ministry of Truth: A Biography of George Orwell’s 1984 (Picador) deftly reveals the grim contemporary relevance of Orwell’s masterpiece, exploring its influences and cultural impact while also bringing the flesh and blood author out from the novel’s shadow.
Released 40 years ago and now the subject of its own exhibition, The Clash’s London Calling simultaneously paid tribute to rock ‘n’ roll and took an iconoclast’s hammer to it.
Fifty years after its release, Sophia Deboick revisits a movie classic and finds a sometimes troubling film that is often misrepresented.
Sophia Deboick looks back at a brief period in musical history when English eccentricity and experimentalism combined to spectacular effect.
They seem an increasingly unfashionable, unoriginal choice now, but package holidays were once little short of revolutionary. SOPHIA DEBOICK tells the tale of the first ever trip, and its visionary mastermind.