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Madison Square Garden New York, US

4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York; www.thegarden.com; 001 212 465 6741

Madison Square Garden's claims to being the world's most famous arena is no idle boast. This is the venue that hosted John Lennon's last ever public performance (right), back in 1974. The ex-Beatle had struck an agreement with Elton John that if their duet, "Whatever Gets You Thru The Night" made it to No 1, then he would appear onstage with Elton. So, on Thanksgiving Day the pair appeared together at the Garden to play three songs. The venue initially opened in 1879 on Madison Avenue (hence the name) for bicycle racing. It's been through three incarnations since then, with the most recent one built on top of Penn Station in 1968.

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Rachel dedicates this article to her Dad, Gerald McClelland.

Music & Me: Mick Jones

The first record I bought was...

There were two records I bought with my own money when I was 12 year's old. Jimi Hendrix Experience Smash Hits and Cream Disraeli Gears.

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Is this the end of Christmas?

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Still going strong: the indestructible Eddy Grant

Eddy Grant’s firmly established and highly respected career has been hard-earned, but his achievements speak for themselves.

Album: Mugison, Mugiboogie (Mugiboogie)

For his third album, Icelandic maverick Mugison has abandoned the laptop troubadour approach of previous releases for an all-out assault on retro-rock authenticity.

Album: Various Artists, Independents Day '08 (Independents Day)

A sterling affirmation of the creative vitality of independent music, Independents Day 08 is a two-stage expression of how the baton of inspiration gets passed from one era to another.

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Music & Me: Alison Mosshart of The Kills

The first record I bought was…

I don’t honestly remember. There was no place to buy records where I was living, so I used to tape songs off the radio and listen to them on my Walkman.

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