The New European: A Year in Music

Weekly column for the award-winning The New European, the voice of the 48%

Issue 53, 13-19 July 2017: The heatwave of 1976 has become a mythologised chapter in British history. But, says Sophia Deboick, when the weather broke, music would never be the same again.

Issue 54, 20-26 July 2017: Blur versus Oasis, the rise of New Labour, and a flood of nostalgia – 1995 was a heady year in music and politics. Here Sophia Deboick relives the year British culture found a new confidence.

Issue 55, 27 July-2 August 2017: The music, culture and politics of 1880 offered Europe a taste of the future. Here Sophia Deboick explores the beginnings of modernity.

Issue 56, 3-9 August 2017: The hit factory of Stock, Aitken and Waterman is famous for bringing us Kylie, Rick Astley and a whole new way of sugar coating pop. Sophia Deboick remembers 1987, the year music in Thatcher’s Britain was spun right round.

Issue 57, 10-16 August 2017: Beatlemania sweeps the US, the Rolling Stones take things even further and Top of the Pops first appears. Sophia Deboick on 1964, the year rock’s strait lace started to come undone.

Issue 58, 17-23 August 2017: Life still seemed genteel and lighthearted, but darker forces were not far from the surface. Sophia Deboick on 1936, a year which saw old certainties eroded, and the emergence of a performer with a claim to be the first ever pop star.

Issue 59, 24-30 August 2017: 2007 was the year the music business finally got to grips with new technology, Tony Blair quit and Amy Winehouse’s troubles became painfully clear. Sophia Deboick looks back at a pivotal 12 months.

Issue 60, 31 August-6 September 2017: 1958 was the year when rock and roll gripped the nation, prompting some to ask of a young Cliff Richard ‘Is this boy too sexy for television?’ Here Sophia Deboick explores when the teenager truly arrived in Britain.

Issue 61, 7-13 September 2017: In 1972 Ziggy played guitar, Marc Bolan hit his stride and blokes across Britain made nervous moves towards their sister’s make-up bag. Here Sophia Deboick rediscovers glam Britannia.

Issue 62, 14-20 September 2017: From the Die Hard films to the Proms, via Rhodesia and Tiananmen Square, Ode to Joy has been one of the most malleable pieces of music ever written. Sophia Deboick traces its varied history back to 1824, its year of creation.

Issue 63, 21-27 September 2017: Grunge arrived, pop got saucy… and Bryan Adams outstayed his welcome. Sophia Deboick on 1991, a year marked by the changing of the musical guard.