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We were invited to run our unique Music Journalism workshops at the Writing East Midlands Writer’s Den at the weekend. This year’s event took place at The University of Derby on Saturday 16 June. We chose the mighty Beyonce to inspire and guide the young writers taking part in the Writing East Midlands Writer’s Den. But we found that this team of 40 young writers were pretty much #flawless already.
In 2001, after their least commercially successful album Warning had been released, pioneers of pop-punk Green Day hit the studio again to record their follow-up album, with the working title of Cigarettes and Valentines. Sadly, towards the end of the album’s recording, all the demo recordings were stolen by an unknown culprit. Rather than re-recording all their songs from memory, Singer Billie Joe, Drummer Tre Cool and Bassist Mike Dirnt decided to start from scratch. Hence, American Idiot.
Last year, Britpop veteran Noel Gallagher shocked the music world with Who Built the Moon? his surprisingly unconventional third album under the High Flying Birds moniker. The album wasn’t that experimental, but Gallagher is so notoriously conservative that even something vaguely different was a pleasant surprise. Jack White, the former guitarist for garage rock icons The White Stripes, is not as conservative as Gallagher. However, since going solo, White has stayed relatively close to his comfort zone. His second album, 2014’s Lazaretto, lavished up the instrumentation a little, but it still retained White’s same old indie/blues-rock sound. This year, however, White is back with Boarding House Reach. Ever since he started recording his third solo album, White has hyped up its weirdness. Even so, no one was fully prepared for how wild it turned out.
It’s finally Easter and therefore the perfect time to showcase our Top 8 Easter Songs. Not only has the subject of God inspired many a decent musician, so has Jesus and the resurrection, so it’s high time we acknowledged this fact. There may be the odd pun-delicious song included in our Top 8 Easter Songs but rest assured, every single one of them is a golden egg! Find out what made our Top 8 Easter Songs below.
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