Tag: Joseph Arthur

Feature: Joseph Arthur. Welcome To The Family.

It’s almost two years since Joseph Arthur’s last concert in the UK so I’m more than happy to be at The Borderline this Sunday evening to witness his long-awaited return. It’s my twenty-sixth time seeing Joseph, although if time-money-distance were no impediment it would be more. If I’m normally hyped-up with anticipation before these shows, then there’s an added excitement this time after a surprise invitation to write a feature for this magazine. In those two years the multi-talented Joseph Arthur has been busy. Then he was touring his LP of Lou Reed covers with Mike Mills (R.E.M) and Bill...

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Live Review: Joseph Arthur @ Heath Street Church.

It’s a rainy Friday night in north London and tucked away behind Hampstead tube station there is a church filling up with expectant faces and hushed voices. The congregation are not here to pray, however, but to worship the musical poetry of one Joseph Arthur. Adorned with candles and flowers, the dimly lit church swells with a reverential atmosphere. But there’s a bar downstairs in the crypt and paintings of abstract faces for sale in the entrance. The juxtaposition of rock and roll and a place of silence and prayer is a remarkably suitable one for an artist who’s...

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Interview: Joseph Arthur. The Ballad of Joseph Arthur.

Discovered by Peter Gabriel in the 1990s, Joseph Arthur’s musical pilgrimage since has seen him release ten albums, form ‘supergroups’ with high profile musicians, have his work covered by virtual household names such as Michael Stipe (REM) and Chris Martin (Coldplay) and be nominated for a Grammy. On a rainy night in north London, Joseph played a special, intimate show in an unusual church setting. Between soundcheck and showtime, Joseph took a break to talk with me about his latest album ‘The Ballad of Boogie Christ’, muse on the material dangers of creativity and let me in on some...

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Rock Media: Joseph Arthur. Ballad of Boogie Christ.

For every song he’s released, Joseph Arthur has probably kept three others in the vault for safekeeping, and it was amid this abundance of riches that he began moulding a collection of music under a single narrative thread – The Ballad of Boogie Christ. Encompassing sessions put to tape in upstate New York, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and Arthur’s own Brooklyn studio, the 24-song double album showcases his signature rich storytelling set to a diverse range of rock’n’roll. “The Ballad of Boogie Christ is unlike anything I’ve ever done before. It’s a big production featuring horns and brass and living...

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