Interview: music journalist Peter Paphides – Why I Love Nick Drake

Peter was the host of The Vinyl Revival on BBC Radio 6. For the last 25-years he’s been writing for the likes of Melody Maker, The Guardian, Time Out and Q. He also contributed several chapters to the recent Nick Drake biography Remembered For A While. We had a natter…   Words Russ Cook Photo Iona Wolff Illustration Richard Clarke; Joe Phelan…

Meet the illustrator: Rob Johnson

We’re very proud of the Stylus magazine. A major reason why is because of this guy. We thought we’d give him a shot at creating the artwork for one of our boxes – New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies. As a massive fan of Peter Hook and the band, he nailed it…   Tell Stylus subscribers…

Eight awesome albums that turn 40 in 2017 (part two)

Stylus subscriber Mike Pearce earmarks eight great records that, this year, join him in celebrating the big 4-0. Here’s part two… Words Mike Pearce Yup. I’m 40. But hey, 40 is the new 30, or so they say. And, importantly, I’m now able to have an early night whenever I want, without having to make excuses….

Meet the illustrator: Victoria H. Hamre

Victoria is an introverted, slightly neurotic workaholic who loves tea, art history, Christmas and drawing. She loves to learn and challenge herself. In short, she’s a nerd. Here, she tells us about her piece of album art for Stylus’ Nirvana MTV Unplugged box… I really wanted to capture my experience of listening to this album,…

Winemaker: Giorgio Flessati, Vina Falernia

Giorgio is an Italian winemaker who loves a challenge. Having studied his art at the Istituto Agrario di San Michele all’Adige in Trentino – the oldest of its kind in Italy – he now plies his trade right next to one of the driest place in South America. His delicious carmenere syrah featured in our…

Me against the musos: why I love Britney Spears

Nineties nipper – and journalist – Millie Milliken talks about her love of Britney Spears and her hatred for music snobbery. And if you don’t like it… Words Millie Milliken Photo Sam G Riley A special breed of fear is brought on by the words ‘Spotify shuffle’ and ‘loudspeaker’. When you hear them together you start wishing you’d…

Eight awesome albums that turn 40 in 2017 (part one)

Stylus subscriber Mike Pearce earmarks eight great records that, this year, join him in celebrating the big 4-0 Words Mike Pearce Yup. I’m 40. But hey, 40 is the new 30, or so they say. And, importantly, I’m now able to have an early night whenever I want, without having to make excuses. The year 1977…

Interview: Hendrix biographer Charles R. Cross

You may recognise his name, because you’ve probably read one of his brilliant books. From Led Zeppelin: Heaven and Hell, to the award winning Heavier Than Heaven: A Biography of Kurt Cobain, Charles R. Cross has written about some of rock music’s most important figures Charles was also the editor of music publication, The Rocket,…

Interview: New Order & Joy Division hero, Peter Hook

Stylus’ Russ catches up with New Order founding member Peter Hook to talk about the band’s incredible ‘Power, Corruption & Lies’ (this interview first featured in Stylus’ May box) I was eight-years old when I first heard New Order. The song was ‘World in Motion’. I’d come across it, like many others, during the World…

Review: Peter Hook, live at Colchester Arts Centre

I can’t believe I’m admitting to this. While I’m now a huge fan of New Order, it wasn’t until last year that I actually listened to one of the band’s albums in full… I know. I’m an idiot. When I think about the melodic, bass-driven, grandiose music that dominated my younger years – the fundamental…

Music, vinyl and me: Louis Theroux

You’ll know all about his fantastic documentaries. And, no doubt, about his way of finding the humanity in whatever subject he confronts. But what about his taste in music? We have a chat with Mr Louis Theroux to try and find out… Hi Louis! So, tell us, what type of record collector are you? The…