Nick Hasted

Nick Hasted has been a film journalist since 1986. He writes about film, music, books and comics for The Independent, Sight & Sound, Uncut and Little White Lies. He has published two books: The Dark Story of Eminem (2002), and You Really Got Me: The Story of The Kinks (2011), both from Omnibus Press.

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The ex-'Cream' drummer Ginger Baker

Whiplash has put drummers in their rightful place as music's irreplaceable root

Drummers are finally beginning to shake their tag as 'clueless thumpers'

Joe Cocker performing on the Stravinski hall stage during the Montreux Jazz Festival, in Montreux, Switzerland in 2002
Changing man: Billy Corgan

Smashing Pumpkins' Billy Corgan interview: Hanging on in 'this dirty pop business'

'I had this interview in Paste magazine in 2005, when the journalist said: ‘I don’t understand what it is about people like you that had your success, and why you keep hanging on,’ and I thought, ‘Jesus Christ, I’m 37!’'

2005 Mercury Prize nominees Polar Bear

Polar Bear, The Lexington, gig review: Music that doesn't leave one cold

The Mercury Prize mostly acts as the slightly hip wing of the music industry's hype machine. It can, though, give a legitimate leg-up to a band such as Polar Bear, whose new album In Each And Every One has earned their second nomination, and whose questing post-jazz is a long-shot for mainstream acclaim.

Times were changing: Bob Dylan in 1966, the year he scandalised folk purists by playing with an electric band

Bob Dylan, The Basement Tapes Complete, album review: Get ready for no less than 138 tracks Dylan recorded with The Band

Though so little of Dylan’s carefree 1967 music was officially released, its impact has been huge

Robert Young, pictured to the far left, with the rest of Primal Scream

Robert Young: Primal Scream guitarist who summed up their potent and hedonistic fusion of punk, psychedelia and the rave culture

‘He can get a tune out of anything,’ said Bobby Gillespie

Pianist James Rhodes performs on stage in 2011

James Rhodes, Ambassadors Theatre, review: Visceral and dramatic

From his T-shirt to his funny, raw confessions, he ignores classical rituals

Festival goers enjoy Portmeirion village at Festival Number Six

Festival No 6, review: Beautiful and diverse

Portmeirion, Gwynedd

End of the Road festival
Daniel Rossen performs on stage

Daniel Rossen, Union Chapel, review

Stripped of Grizzly Bear’s layers, Rossen has singer-songwriting strength

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And it will trigger more war in future
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The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
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Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot
Poldark star Heida Reed: 'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'

Poldark star Heida Reed

'I don't think a single bodice gets ripped'
The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn