Tom Connick

Tom Connick | Essays

Essays by Tom Connick, a freelance music, culture and lifestyle writer based in London, UK.

essays

personal pieces, op-eds and other long-form thoughts


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Could Springsteen Break Down
Mental Health Stigma for Our Parents’ Generation?

How The Boss' autobiography tackles depression in a way that bridged a gap between my father and me.


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It’s time to stop idolising the successful bachelor stereotype

Emotional and physical abuse is not negated
by good deeds or misguided 'feminism'.

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Shut up, Nickelback are actually great

An impassioned defence of the most unfairly
maligned band in musical history.

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Why Brian Molko Was the 90s’ Ultimate Queer Icon

As Placebo round up their world tour, we explore its frontman’s status as an LGBT icon


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How Chester Bennington articulated my generation’s angst

With the Linkin Park frontman tragically taking his own life, he leaves behind a legacy
that helped millions come to terms with their emotional discrepancies


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‘Hybrid Theory’: a celebration of Linkin Park’s iconic, life-changing debut album

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Cardiff's Music Scene Has Reached Crisis Point

With the recent closure of two key venues and a proposed Wetherspoons hotel now looming, the Welsh capital’s Womanby Street cultural hub stands on a knife edge.

Why turning off my phone notifications was the best idea I’ve had in months


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On Architects and How Hardcore Can Temper Grief

The band's first song after the death of co-founder Tom Searle,
“Doomsday” is an ode to the tangle of emotions when grieving.


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Stop slamming fashion bloggers – they’re smarter than you think

The post-00s social media boom didn’t take long to become a career, with many keen-eyed young’uns spotting the trend. Enter the fashion blogger, and close behind them, the backlash.

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BREAKING UP IS NEVER EASY, I KNOW: LCD SOUNDSYSTEM, REFUSED
AND THE MAGIC OF RETURNING HEROES

Great bands are rarely smooth-sailing packages - least of all LCD Soundsystem. That’s the magic of music.

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FOALS WILL FINALLY CEMENT THEIR PLACE AT THE TOP AS THEY HEADLINE READING AND LEEDS

The most important British band in a generation have more than their fair share of naysayers.

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It’s really not hard to avoid dressing as a Nazi, everyone

Another day, another idiot dressed up in the uniform of a group who murdered
millions in the greatest atrocity the world has ever seen. For the banter!