Former Guardian Media Group editor and broadcast journalist.

What happened to music journalism? When did it all become so arse-kissingly sycophantic? Where’s the bile, the passion, the honesty? Listen, not every piece of music out there is a ‘banger.’ It’s impossible. Somebody, somewhere is making music that ought to be taken into the woods, smashed into a million pieces, set on fire and buried in a deep, deep hole, never to be mentioned again.

What was it Brett Anderson said? “Any artist who enters into the arena of public assessment waives their right to be upset if someone doesn’t like their work.” And he’s right.

I’ll always say what I think and that won’t please everyone, but as John Lennon once remarked, “Being honest may not get you a lot of friends, but it’ll always get you the right ones.”

I’m on Twitter (@LondonPeaky) Instagram (@londonpeaky) and Bluesky ( Initial enquiries via CONTACT page please. The link is up there at the top – you can’t miss it…

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