Richard Benson

Month: March, 2016

George Martin, the English Butler of Pop

I’m writing this listening to the 1964 album Off The Beatle Track in honour of Sir George Martin, who has died aged 90. His first solo album, it’s not exactly revered by Beatles fans, but I like it for the way its saccharine strings capture the ersatz sophistication of early 1960s Britain. To me, it’s […]

I’ve Lived This: Kano’s Fire In The Booth Session and 21st Century Biography

Kano’s seven-and-a-half-minute Fire in The Booth posted today is attracting acclaim on social media, and you can see why: the performance would have looked impressive in any form, but to pull it off in a single take is pretty unusual, as Charlie Sloth says at the end. Music can be overburdened by intellectual analysis, but […]