Times Educational Supplement, February 6th
Culture Vulture -
The message is in the music for
Best band ever
The Manic Street Preachers(bassist Nicky Wire pictured)are the only
band in my adult
life (so far) to combine energy, beauty,
adrenalin, bookishness, politics, anger, honesty
and intelligence. They changed the way I think about the world and myself,
the books I read, the
records I listen to, the people I talk to and respect. I would never
have started a magazine or set up a record label without them.
I also like The Darkness, Cooper Temple Clause, The Virgin Suicides
and Miss Black America. I
like guitar-based punky pop, particularly if
it's got ideas or politics in it.
Starting from school
I teach a lot of kids' bands. I want to pass on a
love of writing as well as a love of music. I get
them thinking about why they're in a band, and what they want to say
with their music.
The best known are The Hammers, who started in Year 5 at Histon. They're
now in Year 10 and they play all over, including once on Blue Peter.
Best book ever
I'm reading Michael Moore's 'Downsize This', and re-reading Mary Shelley's
'Frankenstein', because I was arguing with one of the boys in a band
I manage about it. But the book I go back to again and again is 'Wuthering
Heights'. It's so complicated in its structure and imagery: all the
windows being opened and shut and the fires lit and extinguished. I
don't know how someone who had such a sheltered upbringing could have
written such a fantastic book.
Best on stage
Bertold Brecht was a great dramatist and 'The
Threepenny Opera' is a work of genius. I liked
Patrick Jones's recent play 'The War is Dead,
Long Live the War' (with music by James Dean
Bradfield of the Manic Street Preachers).
Best on the web
is good for happening alternative pop music. Our own website, www.repeatfanzine.co.uk,
is also pretty darn exciting and you can read about us and our CDs on
Richard Rose, 38, teaches Year 5 at Histon
junior school near Cambridge four days a week.
He set up the R*E*P*E*A*T label nine years
ago, through which he promotes young bands
and gigs, releases CDs and publishes a fanzine
He was talking to Karen Gold.
A more complete version of this interview will appear
in the next issue of R*E*P*E*A*T, so there.