Paul McCartney

The Beatles perform in Liverpool prior to signing their first recording contract: George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and original drummer Pete Best. Photo: Hulton Archive / Getty Images

The greatest Beatle? Pete Best

30 March 2019 9:00 am

Which of the Beatles would you most like to have been? Not either of the dead ones, presumably. Nor the…

The Heckler: love your music, Macca, just not sure about you

7 May 2016 9:00 am

It’s slightly galling, after years of sticking up for Paul McCartney, to read a new biography of the bloke and…

If you want to know how music really works listen to Classic FM not Radio 3

7 May 2016 9:00 am

He’s been billed as the new Pied Piper but it’s going to take a while for Tom Service to quite…

David Bowie once praised Hitler… but he was always changing his tune

16 January 2016 9:00 am

I was desperately worried that you hadn’t read or heard enough platitudinous drivel about David Bowie — and therefore felt…

Meet Feng Shang Princess, the (lousy) Chinese restaurant in a boat

9 January 2016 9:00 am

The Feng Shang Princess is a floating Chinese restaurant on the Regent’s Canal in north London, which flows from Little…

Why I’m stepping down after 28 years as The Spectator pop critic

10 October 2015 9:00 am

This is my 345th and last monthly column about pop music for The Spectator. I believe I might be the…

Beat generation: the indispensable Ringo Starr in 1964

Ringo's no joke. He was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him

4 July 2015 9:00 am

‘He was the most influential Beatle,’ Yoko Ono recently claimed. When Paul and John first spotted him out in Hamburg,…

Do your patriotic duty and shoot wild boar

17 January 2015 9:00 am

It’s 15 years since I first wrote an article about the threat to the nation of the wild boar; but…

Why do we care about the mutts from Manchester and not the chickens from KFC?

27 September 2014 9:00 am

We love animals more than we love people. Of course we do. Following the recent fire at a Manchester dogs’…

And the prize for most fatuous awards ceremony goes to...

15 February 2014 9:00 am

‘Prizes are for boys,’ said Charles Ives, the American composer, upon receiving the Pulitzer in 1947, ‘and I’ve grown up…

All I want next Christmas is new Christmas songs 

11 January 2014 9:00 am

Three months until spring. Four months until the start of the cricket season. And only nine months until the radio…