Andrew Petrie

Ginger Baker plays the drums at Cream’s first live performance at the Windsor Festival, 31 July 1966

The poor drummer is music’s goalkeeper — you only notice him if he screws up

16 May 2015 9:00 am

Tony Barrell can’t play the drums, but he’s in awe of those who can. ‘A band without a drummer is…

The aurora: you really have to see it for yourself

The Northern Lights

13 December 2014 9:00 am

Getting here took a long time. First a flight to Seattle, then a connection to Fairbanks, followed by a coach…

Rome, Open City still shocks

15 March 2014 9:00 am

Roberto Rossellini shot his neorealist landmark Rome, Open City while the war still raged and rubble littered the freshly liberated…

Graham Nash in London, 1970

Wild Tales: The book to make any Spectator reader weep

19 October 2013 9:00 am

We all know that if you can remember the Sixties you weren’t really there. But Graham Nash, of the Hollies,…

At home with President Nixon

7 September 2013 9:00 am

The most paranoid of presidents, Richard Nixon must have been feeling unwell when he allowed three of his closest aides…