2020

Best New Album By A Solo Female Artist

Kirsty Merryn Our Bright Night

Honourable Mentions

Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche I Can Still Hear You

Molly Tuttle …But I’d Rather Be With You

Taylor Swift Folklore

Sarah Jarosz World On The Ground

Waxahatchee Saint Cloud

Kathleen Edwards Total Freedom

Courtney Marie Andrews Old Flowers

Frazey Ford U Kin Be The Sun

Taylor Swift Evermore

Phoebe Bridgers Punisher

Lucinda Williams Good Souls Better Angels


Best New Album By A Solo Male Artist

Bob Dylan Rough And Rowdy Ways

Honourable Mentions

Paul McCartney McCartney III

Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit Reunions

Ray Lamontagne Monovision

Clem Snide Forever Just Beyond

Loudon Wainwright III I’d Rather Lead A Band

Steve Earle Ghost Of West Virginia

Matt Berninger Serpentine Prison

Dave Alvin From An Old Guitar

Roddy Woomble Everyday Sun


Best New Album By A Group

Bonny Light Horsemen Bonny Light Horsemen

Honourable Mentions

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever Sideways To New Italy

Arbouretum Let It All In

Garcia Peoples Nightmare At Wits End

Drive By Truckers The Unraveling

The War On Drugs Live Drugs

The Waterboys Good Luck, Seeker


Best Box Set

Looking Through A Glass Onion – The Beatles Psychedelic Songbook 1966-7

Honourable Mentions

Richard & Linda Thompson Hard Luck Stories

Crawling Up A Hill – A Journey Through The British Blues Boom 1966-1971

I’d Love To Turn You On ~ Classical And Avant-Garde Music That Inspired The Counter-Culture

Summer Is Icumen In – The Pagan Sound Of British And Irish Folk 1966 – 1975

A Slight Disturbance In My Mind ~ The British Proto-Psychedelic Sounds Of 1966

Joni Mitchell Archives – Volume 1 The Early Years


Best Album From Previous Years

Spiritualized And Nothing Hurt

Honourable Mentions

Wishbone Ash Argus

The Band The Band

The Imagined Village Imagined Village

The National I Am Easy To Find

Primal Scream Screamadelica

Ed Sheeran Divide

John Stewart The Lonesome Picker Rides Again

Alan Stivell Chemins De Terre

Modern Nature How To Live

The Beatles Decca Tapes

Talk Talk Spirit Of Eden

The Beatles Live At The Liverpool Empire 7th December 1963

Fleet Foxes Helplessness Blues

The Moody Blues A Question Of Balance

The Moody Blues Every Good Boy Deserves Favour

Kate Rusby Hourglass

Spiritualized Songs In A & E

St. Vincent Masseduction

The Waifs A Brief History

Neil Young Homegrown


Best Book about The Beatles

The Longest Cocktail Party by Richard DeLello

Honourable Mentions

Long And Winding Roads by Kenneth Womack

Solid State: The Story Of Abbey Road by Kenneth Womack

John Lennon 1980 by Kenneth Womack

Brian Epstein by Ray Coleman

Dreaming The Beatles by Rob Sheffield

The Beatles On The Roof by Tony Barrell

One Two Three Four by Craig Brown

The Beatles: 10 Years That Shook The World (MOJO)

Riding So High by Joe Goodden


Best Music Book Not About The Beatles

Adventures Of A Waterboy by Mike Scott

Honourable Mentions

Overpaid Oversexed And Over There by David Hepworth

Broken Greek by Pete Paphides

Black Vinyl White Powder by Simon Napier-Bell

Just A Shot Away by Kris Needs

A New Day Yesterday by Mike Barnes

The Wichita Lineman by Dylan Jones

Reeling’ In The Years by Mark Radcliffe


Best Cricket Book

Oi Key by Rob Key

Honourable Mentions

One Long And Beautiful Summer by Duncan Hamilton

Golden Summers edited by Phil Walker

Feeling Is The Thing That Happens in 1000th Of A Second by Christian Ryan

Playfair Cricket Annual 2020

Wisden Cricket Almanack 2020


Best Fiction

Black Moon Over Malvern by Rob Kail-Dyke

Honourable Mentions

The Dutch House by Ann Patchett

The Magician’s Assistant by Ann Patchett

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett

Run by Ann Patchett

State Of Wonder by Ann Patchett

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Just Like You by Nick Hornby

Funny Girl by Nick Hornby

Redhead By The Side Of The Road by Anne Tyler

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

A Spool Of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

The Clock Winder by Anne Tyler

Expo 58 by Jonathan Coe

Middle England by Jonathan Coe

The Closed Circle by Jonathan Coe

The Rotters Club by Jonathan Coe

The World Below by Sue Miller

For Love by Sue Miller

Lost In The Forest by Sue Miller

Anything Is Possible by Elizabeth Strout

Back To Blood by Tom Wolfe

Secret Lives by Diane Chamberlain

A Traveller At The Gates Of Wisdom by John Boyne

The Gathering by Anne Enright


Not Forgetting

David And Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell

Talking To Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell


Best Podcast about The Beatles

Nothing Is Real – Discussion on The Beatles by two knowledgeable likeable guys

Nothing Is Real – A Beatles Podcast on acast

Honourable Mentions

I Am The Eggpod – In depth discussion about The Beatles

Producing The Beatles – The techniques of George Martin


Best Podcast by Tim Harford

Cautionary Tales – True stories about mistakes and what we should learn from them

Honourable Mentions

More Or Less – Exploring the truth behind the statistics in the news

How To Vaccinate The World – Essential positivity in the pandemic

50 Things That Made The Modern Economy – It’s economics but it’s understandable


Other Music Podcasts

Bob Dylan Album By Album – Ben Burrell talking in depth about Bob Dylan

Honourable Mentions

Soul Music – irregular series focussing on what one song means to many people

Word In Your Ear – Discussion on everything music related

Desert Island Discs


Fascinating stories to accompany a dog walk

Revisionist History – Malcolm Gladwell discussing how we need to take a fresh look at past events

Honourable Mentions

The Full Fact Podcast – debunking false news

Against The Rules – Michael Lewis discussing how we need to look at the rules in everyday life

The Edge – the story of how the Houston Astros cheated their way to win The World Series


Best Television Programmes

Normal People

Honourable Mentions

The Crown

Sex Education

The Queen’s Gambit

The Last Dance

Away

Succession

Schitt’s Creek

Picard

The Trial Of The Chicago 4

Star Trek Discovery

Virgin River

O.J. Made In America

The Undoing

The Test

The Edge

The Stranger

Published by wilfulsprinter

Music lover

4 thoughts on “2020

  1. Brilliant, thanks. Plenty to get my teeth into over the next few months. And great to see Black Moon Over Malvern up there, in such estimable company! Congratulations on (almost) a year of eloquent, insightful and entertaining blogging.

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