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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.
Clara Rockmore

The Unsung – Clara Rockmore was pioneering electronic music, 100 years ago

To be a violin virtuoso is an impressive feat, certainly, but violin virtuosos come and go (no offence to all the violin virtuosos reading...
Merry Clayton

The Unsung – Merry Clayton’s first album in 27 years tells her incredible story

A half century on from Merry Clayton’s stunning self-titled album – the cover of which sees her with her arms outstretched, mid glorious croon...
Peggy Seeger

The Unsung – Peggy Seeger’s fearless folk music was always a channel for her...

Though it’s hard not to be dazzled by the talent that’s long surrounded Peggy Seeger – her mother Ruth Crawford was a ground-breaking avant-garde...
Anne Briggs folk

The Unsung – Anne Briggs is the uncompromising face of folk

It is notable that the forthcoming memoir by Richard Thompson – founder member of Fairport Convention and wearer of excellently natty hats – is...
Jackie Shane

The Unsung: Jackie Shane’s soul paved the way for so many after her

To hear Jackie Shane’s voice is to hear fireworks. Dazzling, breathtaking and brilliantly illuminating, the singer was the epitome of a soul sensation, except...
Mia Zapata

The Unsung: Mia Zapata revolutionised the Seattle grunge scene until her life was cut...

On the night of July 6, 1993, Mia Zapata went to Seattle’s Comet Tavern to spend the night with friends and kick back over...
Linda Smith

The Unsung: Before bedroom pop, there was Linda Smith

As one of the pioneers of the 1980s’ lo-fi home recording micro-scene, you can’t help but think that Linda Smith might have secretly enjoyed...

The Unsung: the trailblazing defiance of Poly Styrene

Punk heralded the arrival of trailblazer upon trailblazer, but none were more groundbreaking than the young woman in a vintage twin set and strands...

The Unsung: Jinx Dawson invented rock’s devil horns – but a man took all...

You think Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath invented Satan-summoning occult rock? Think again. A year before Black Sabbath’s doomy debut came Coven’s 'Witchcraft Destroys...
Alberta Hunter

The Unsung: At 83, Alberta Hunter’s plucky, feminist jazz was still captivating crowds

I first came across Alberta Hunter while flicking through the $1 racks in the vast Hollywood branch of Amoeba Records on Sunset Boulevard. When...