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Testicular cancer survivor releases charity album to raise awareness

DIY music promoter Stephen Sinnott-Clarke was diagnosed with testicular cancer in May 2014, which prompted a 14-month struggle with the disease. On the 1-year anniversary of being given the all-clear, he’s released a charity album in aid of CheckEmLads to help raise awareness

An extract from The Age of Bowie

The scrap over a girlfriend that led Bowie to suffer anisocoria, which caused his different coloured eyes, and his first hit single 'Space Oddity'

On the road with Whitney, your new favourite band

This Chigaco septet aren’t afraid to mix Chicago-style jazz and Prince-style pop with a hint of Dolly Parton. Nyla Davison joins them on their European tour and finds a captive audience for their infectious live performances

Loved the music, hated the bigots

Forty years ago this summer, when Rock Against Racism was born, photographer Syd Shelton was there to record it. As his new show opens, he explains how a musical youth movement stemmed the rising tide of prejudice 

Orlando Seale and The Swell

Actor and musician Orlando Seale has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company, had roles in independent and Hollywood films (Sleepy Hollow, Pride & Prejudice) and toured with his improvisation and clown company. His first foray into feature films came when Kenneth Branagh handpicked Seale to be his understudy in the Academy Award-nominated adaptation of Hamlet. The worlds of music and acting collided when he played lead Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott in Hysteria – The Def Leppard Story. He fronts his post-punk inspired band Orlando Seale and The Swell, describing the music as “euphoric doom” or “dance funeral music”. “It’s sort of a joke really but what I mean by that is that even though the subject matter is sometimes a bit bleak the shows are anything but.”