Robbie Robertson: I didn’t know anybody who didn’t do drugs

Guitarist Robbie Robertson helped to change music history with Bob Dylans backing group the Band. He remembers how the brotherhood ended in heroin addiction and self-destruction In 1965 Robbie Robertson was living in the room next to Blonde on Blonde. The television was on. There was music playing. The phone was ringing. There were people coming and going and he was writing away on his typewriter. I thought, I dont even understand how somebody can close off the outside world like that and concentrate. This guy is from another planet, Robertson says. But for a while he shared that planet, or came as close to sharing it as any musician did at the time. Robertson was the lead guitarist of …

Richard Thompson at 70: on love, loss and being a Muslim in Trump’s US

The master of British folk music has weathered a second divorce and lives in the US where Trump has ramped up bigotry considerably. At least ex-wife Linda has forgiven him Richard Thompson is drinking mint tea in a Hampstead coffee shop he doesnt touch coffee or alcohol and between Islam and cricket, hes discussing the remarkable guest list for his upcoming David Gilmour, who has featured alongside Richard in a Rolling Stone magazine best ever guitarist list, and who, as a soloist, covered Martin and Eliza Carthy to Harry Shearer, the American actor and comedian, reviving his role as Derek Smalls from Judith Owen who joined Richard in 2006 for the Tear-Stained Letter or the pounding, edgy and emotional stories …

‘No one buys albums’: why pop stars are selling cannabis

From Jenny Lewis to Margo Price, pot is musics new money-spinner. And its targeting women Bid farewell to the merch stand mainstays of T-shirts and tote bags and say hello to pops latest money-spinner: weed. Noted musical marijuana enthusiasts Willie Nelson and the High Times are now getting involved. Many artists sell clothes or shoes, some sell wine and beer, others advertise for fast-food companies, explains Margo Price, who has a strain named after her last album All American Made. Me, Im into selling a plant that God grows, she says. Currently, Prices product is only available on her merch table in California, but its proving popular. From what I understand, its selling very well! she says, and shes hoping …