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Ray LaMontagne interview: From tortured soul to Ray of sunshine

Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is a changed man

The return of the Madchester men: James are back

James are back with songs that explore sex, and the passing away of friends and family

Never mind the Sex Pistols... it's Hollie Cook

She’s the daughter of Johnny Rotten’s drummer, but Hollie Cook is more Lily Allen than Anarchy in the UK

Wasp factory: 1.3 million examples of the Vespa scooter have been sold in the last decade

Vespa rides on with launch of Primavera: Iconic Italian scooter still revving up millions of sales

The Vespa has been a style icon since the 1950s and the release this month of its latest model confirms it has lost little of its lustre, says Nick Duerden

Cyndi Lauper interview: She's still having fun

Cyndi Lauper’s outrageous outfits and brash pop lit up the 1980s. Now a hit theatre writer, she’s back to celebrate

The Hold Steady: 'We're treating our neuroses like pets'

Anxiety, heartbreak and regret: the cult-rockers have become the consummate chroniclers of American angst, says Nick Duerden

Coarse leader: John C Parkin, pictured at a seminar in London, still finds it ‘mind-blowing’ that profanity works as a therapeutic tool

Is the secret to liberation from the cares of this world a two-word curse?

Followers of the best-selling author John C Parkin swear by his cussing philosophy. But would Nick Duerden be convinced?

Ringing the changes: when the switchboard started, homosexuality had only recently been
legalised

London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard: The telephone number that helped make gay okay

Forty years of counselling callers from all over the world has given London Lesbian and Gay Switchboard a frontline view of changing attitudes to homosexuality. Its volunteers tell Nick Duerden why they'll carry on listening

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