Weekly feature running from July 2017 – July 2019 in the award-winning The New European, the voice of the 48%
Fifty years ago saw the most controversial Eurovision Song Contest in history. Sophia Deboick looks back to an event that began with intrigue and ended in farce
For a few years at the height of the Sixties, the epicentre of cool was to be found between junctions 16 and 17 of the M1. Sophia Deboick reports on an unsung cultural landmark.
The Doors frontman was supposed to go to the French capital to find inspiration, but found only disintegration. Sophia Deboick pieces together his final weeks.
With a re-release of their milestone debut album, and the anniversary of their seminal follow-up, Sophia Deboick considers what made Roxy Music so special
He was among the greatest talents of his generation, but never hit the big time. With a new film of his life in the pipeline, Sophia Deboick tells the remarkable story of Terry Reid
The Bloomsbury handbook of religion and popular music, edited by Christopher Partridge and Marcus Moberg, London, Bloomsbury Academic, 2017, 440 pp., £130.00 (hardback), ISBN 978-1-47-423733-8
Risqué, rebellious and always ready to stick it to the man, the songsmiths of the Middle Ages deserve recognition as the true originators of rock and roll. Sophia Deboick makes the case
Johnny Hallyday’s skill was his ability to be all things to all people, says Sophia Deboick. It was this that allowed him to become the embodiment of a nation
This winter marks the 50th anniversary of the release of Pink Floyd’s last Syd Barrett-penned single and the effective end of his career with the band. With the penetrating countenance of an icon in waiting, Barrett briefly shone brightly before abruptly disappearing from the scene, having become the most famous acid casualty of the 1960s