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Leonie Cooper is a music and culture journalist with over fifteen years experience writing for publications such as The Guardian and NME.
Amyl & The Sniffers

Amyl and the Sniffers: “Humans are all just weirdos”

Amyl and The Sniffers Whatever you think about Amyl & The Sniffers frontwoman, Amy Taylor, is likely all wrong. Leonie Cooper meets the Melbourne punk-rocker...
Marian Anderson

The Unsung: Marian Anderson, sublime, segregation-defying contralto

A champion of Civil Rights and a singer in possession of a moody, instantly recognisable contralto, the name Marian Anderson might not ring too...
Alice Bag

The Unsung: Alice Bag, punk’s true revolutionary spirit

While certain UK punks were doing their best to be controversial by flirting with fascism (Sid Vicious's thing for a swastika remains as stomach-churning...

The Unsung: Mistress Mary, cosmic and comic country enigma

In amongst the carefully curated reversions on ‘Cuntry Covers Vol. 1’, the dreamy, western-indebted debut EP from Bria – Bria Salmena and Duncan Hay...
Judee Sill The Unsung

The Unsung: Judee Sill’s talent shone through tragedy

Fifty years ago Judee Sill released her gorgeous debut album. At just over half an hour long, the 11 tracks that make up ‘Judee...
Mariska Veres Shocking Blue

The Unsung: Mariska Veres gave psych-rockers Shocking Blue an intriguing edge

If you’ve ever wondered where Claudia Winkleman pinched that thick glossy fringe and hardcore eyelinered style from (aka the only thing I watch Strictly...
Wanda Jackson

The Unsung: Wanda Jackson, the undisputed Queen of Rockabilly

No one – and I mean no one – has ever worn fringe better than Wanda Jackson. The undisputed Queen of Rockabilly, I’ll get...
Cynthia Robinson Summer of Soul

The Unsung: the original hypeman, Cynthia Robinson

There’s a moment in 'Summer of Soul' – a new documentary that details the unfairly forgotten Harlem Cultural Festival of 1969 – in which...

The Unsung: the singular, counter-cultural spirit of Karen Black

A couple of weeks ago I pulled on my very best cowboy boots – and yes, I do have a sliding scale when it...
Pearl Harbour

The Unsung – Pearl Harbour was the gem of 80s rockabilly

San Francisco’s Pearl Harbour and The Explosions were a pretty neat new wave band; all sharp shoulders and tight riffs and with one minor...