Malcolm Jack, The Big Issue

Malcolm Jack

The Big Issue

United Kingdom

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Past articles by Malcolm:

'The UK will win Eurovision' and more predictions for music in 2023

It's going to be another big year for music in 2023. Here are our predictions that will definitely, absolutely, undoubtedly be happening. → Read More

Ultimate Thunder: The most punk-rock band in Britain

Their producer describes this Leeds eight-piece as "The Fall meets Hawkwind" but they actually sound like no one else → Read More

Top songs: a guide to Tom Cruise singing cheesy tunes in movies

He's the world's biggest box office draw but might as well face it, Tom Cruise is addicted to belting out an off-key classic in his films → Read More

Beware, playlist connoisseurs – these well-known musicians deleted their own albums from existence

From unapproved samples to pure embarrassment, a number of well-known acts have removed albums from the public's grip → Read More

The story of Chervona Ruta – Ukraine's pop song of resistance

Chervona Ruta is a song that always stirred up feelings of pride and resilience in Ukraine. Now, it's become an anthem of defiance. → Read More

The best live acts to look forward to in 2022

Hoping that 2022 finally provides live music to return on a large, unabashed scale, Malcolm Jack picks the must-see acts that will make a it a year to remember → Read More

The best live acts to look forward to in 2022

Hoping that 2022 finally provides live music to return on a large, unabashed scale, Malcolm Jack picks the must-see acts that will make a it a year to remember → Read More

ABBA Voyage is set to make money, money, money

With the Voyage shows, ABBA will gross tens of millions without having to so much as pull on a platform shoe. The band's comeback is a music business masterstroke → Read More

From Coldplay to COP26: Is a greener music industry possible?

Bands as big as Coldplay might be able to afford it but the high cost of cleaning up live music mustn’t kill off smaller artists, says Malcolm Jack → Read More

Greentea Peng: 'Music has been a healing experience'

This week’s Big Issue cover star Greentea Peng says her journey towards R’n’B superstardom led her from hedonism to harmony. → Read More

Return of Green Man festival is a resurgence for music and the community

Green Man festival will be welcomed back this August by its local community, with the promise of jobs as well as live entertainment. → Read More

Record Store Day and the secrets of the vinyl sleeves

The first of 2021's two Record Store Days is June 12, but in the wave of new vinyl remember all the secrets that older records hold. → Read More

Golf, whiskey … and rockets? Scotland’s tourism scene aims for the stars.

An orbital space port could boost northern Scotland’s economy. But the proposed site, on fragile peatland, raises environmental concerns. → Read More

Standing up to the tyranny in Belarus... with music

The political rage on the streets of Belarus is being soundtracked by a decades-old rock anthem → Read More

Alabaster dePlume's life-affirming outsider art

Alabaster dePlume's new album is a celebration of the power of music to help people overcome their difficulties with communication. → Read More

Thank you for the music, Jimmy Cricket

You know you’ve arrived when you’re a muse for comedy titan/songwriter Jimmy Cricket. → Read More

How Rick Rubin and Kate Tempest were behind Jay Z's musical epiphany

Tempest and Rubin worked together on her third studio album after Rubin spotted her performing on TV → Read More

Keith Flint radiated kindness in a cruel industry. Let's be more Flint

The Prodigy frontman was ahead of the curve in helping usher in an age in which differences, contrariness and, yes, kindness are qualities to be more openly celebrated → Read More

Making Mull Of Kintyre: Paul McCartney takes us to High Park Farm 40 years on

Still one of the biggest songs on the planet, Mull of Kintyre turned 40 last Christmas. To mark the anniversary, Paul McCartney told The Big Issue of the love that inspired it, while Malcolm Jack made a special journey to the land that Macca still holds dear → Read More

The refreshing return of Britain's lidos

As we sweat it out in the heatwave, the revamp of Britain’s lidos has never been more vital. We dive into the history of these architectural gems → Read More