David Lister

A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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Now’s the time to bring back Top Of The Pops

It had seminal moments of The Beatles, David Bowie and Madonna

The woman who laughed too loudly at the Jeremy Hardy show would have annoyed me too

People who laugh at full volume aren’t showing appreciation, they’re showing off

When I sat for Britain’s best and most notorious portrait painter

There’s an art to pleasing a brilliant artist and avoid being punished for posterity

Sir Simon Rattle will be joining the London Symphony Orchestra in 2017

Simon Rattle: Maestro with the magic touch

Wherever he has worked, the star conductor has changed the city’s cultural scene. Now he finally returns to Britain

Matisse: The Cut-Outs exhibition attracted 562,000 visitors to the Tate Modern from April to September

Let’s face it, our free museums subsidise tourists

The fall in the number of domestic visitors is staggering

Julianne Moore won a Bafta for her leading role in 'Still Alice' (AP)

Eddie, Benedict, Julianne: How you can improve the Oscars

Can whoever wins please make an interesting speech?

Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones play Stephen Hawking and Jane Wilde in The Theory of Everything

Movies don’t have to reflect our lives, Mr Bryant

Labour’s culture spokesman is right to want diversity but wrong to blame the films

Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka in a West End musical production of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Since when is the audience allowed to change the script?

Too hasty a rewrite for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

The Tate’s secrecy about its BP sponsorship figures was shameful

Why did it take so long for the sums to be revealed?

James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley, the grand daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington

Judge James Blunt, Eddie Redmayne and Benedict Cumberbatch on their talent, not their class

It’s wrong to attack artists because of their accents and upbringing

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Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat
Saudi Arabia's airstrikes in Yemen are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Saudi airstrikes are fuelling the Gulf's fire

Arab intervention in Yemen risks entrenching Sunni-Shia divide and handing a victory to Isis, says Patrick Cockburn
Zayn Malik's departure from One Direction shows the perils of fame in the age of social media

The only direction Zayn could go

We wince at the anguish of One Direction's fans, but Malik's departure shows the perils of fame in the age of social media
Young Magician of the Year 2015: Meet the schoolgirl from Newcastle who has her heart set on being the competition's first female winner

Spells like teen spirit

A 16-year-old from Newcastle has set her heart on being the first female to win Young Magician of the Year. Jonathan Owen meets her
Jonathan Anderson: If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

If fashion is a cycle, this young man knows just how to ride it

British designer Jonathan Anderson is putting his stamp on venerable house Loewe
Number plates scheme could provide a licence to offend in the land of the free

Licence to offend in the land of the free

Cash-strapped states have hit on a way of making money out of drivers that may be in collision with the First Amendment, says Rupert Cornwell
From farm to fork: Meet the Cornish fishermen, vegetable-growers and butchers causing a stir in London's top restaurants

From farm to fork in Cornwall

One man is bringing together Cornwall's most accomplished growers, fishermen and butchers with London's best chefs to put the finest, freshest produce on the plates of some of the country’s best restaurants
Robert Parker interview: The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes

Robert Parker interview

The world's top wine critic on tasting 10,000 bottles a year, absurd drinking notes and New World wannabes
Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

Don't believe the stereotype - or should you?

We exaggerate regional traits and turn them into jokes - and those on the receiving end are in on it too, says DJ Taylor