Chris Maume

Chris Maume is radio columnist for the Independent on Sunday and obituaries editor of the Independent.

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It isn’t a proper rock gig if you don’t leave with your ears ringing

My personal belief is that volume levels have dropped since the golden age of rock

Cornish surfers and their white-on-white racism – is that even possible?

Racist remarks and jokes depend on historic power imbalances

Rabbi Cohen in 2006 at a conference in Tehran to show support for Lebanon and the Palestinians

Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen: Rabbi who devoted his life to representing the interests of Iran's Jewish community, one of the world's oldest

Rabbi Yousef Hamadani Cohen was Iran's former chief rabbi and one of the cornerstones of the country's Jewish community. He was the spiritual leader of Iran's Jews from 1993-2007, and remained a senior rabbi after he retired and Rabbi Mashallah Golestani took over.

Won't cutting FA grassroots funding hurt the beautiful game?

It feels like a vicious circle: fewer players, less money

The veteran Labour politician and campaigner for socialism Tony Benn

Tony Benn, James Rebhorn and the rise of the 'selfie' obituary

The late James Rebhorn and Tony Benn both compiled their own obituaries. These new 'selfies' show the lives of the famous in a different light

Ignatius Zakka Iwas: Leader of one of the oldest Christian sects who was noted for his contributions to ecumenical dialogue

The Patriarch of the Syriac Orthodox Church, Ignatius Zakka Iwas, was the leader of one of world’s oldest Christian sects. He was noted for his involvement in ecumenical dialogue – he was a president of the World Council of Churches and was also a prolific author. He had acted as an observer at the Second Vatican Council.

Pharrell Williams comes to rescue on Kylie Minogue's album

That ‘love’ features less in modern pop music shouldn't break anyone's heart

Perhaps it's a sign of maturity, of a willingness to countenance the outside world

Guarnere takes part in a Veterans Day parade in Media, Pennsylvania in 2004

‘Wild Bill’Guarnere: Bemedalled soldier whose exploits in Europe were dramatised in the HBO series 'Band of Brothers'

William "Wild Bill" Guarnere was one of the Second World War veterans whose exploits were dramatised in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers. Based on the book by historian Stephen Ambrose, and with Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg among its producers, it followed the members of Easy Company, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division from training in Georgia in 1942 through some of the war's fiercest European battles, including the D-Day Normandy invasion, through the war's end in 1945.

Krawinkel in his Trio days: he wrote the music for the band’s biggest hit

Gert “Kralle” Krawinkel

Guitarist and songwriter with the German band Trio who had a worldwide hit in 1982 with ‘Da Da Da’

Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong by Juliet Macur, book review

Quite apart From all the scandalous stories of drugs and intimidation, one of the most fascinating revelations in Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong comes in the first two paragraphs.

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From David Hasselhoff to Jerry Hall
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