Tim Burton's stalwart star gives good fang, but this gothic comedy feels about as fresh as stale garlic
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Sunday 30 October 2011
Clare Wood met George Appleton on Facebook. After their relationship ended, he turned up at her house, smashed the front door, and threatened her with an iron. Clare called the police, but four months later, Appleton strangled her, set her body on fire and then hanged himself.
Old Grey Whistle Test 40, Radio 2, Wednesday<br/>The Little Black Fish That Created Big Waves, Radio 4, Thursday
Sunday 28 August 2011
Wild Man Fischer: Outsider musician who was discovered by Frank Zappa but could never transcend his psychiatric disorders
Friday 22 July 2011
Frank Zappa was not only one of the most prolific and idiosyncratic American musicians of the rock era, but also a great discoverer and enabler of other people's talent. In the late 1960s, the guitarist and his then manager, Herb Cohen, set up the Bizarre and Straight labels and issued a raft of records by Alice Cooper, Captain Beefheart and Tim Buckley, three acts who have arguably proved more influential than Zappa himself. This triumvirate rather overshadowed albums by the controversial comedian Lenny Bruce, the groupie ensemble The GTOs – Girls Together Outrageously – and "Wild Man" Fischer, a mentally ill performer whom Zappa had met on Los Angeles' notorious Sunset Strip.
Wednesday 29 June 2011
It’s a big year for the Reading and Leeds Festivals. Not only is it 50 years this summer since Harold Pendleton, founder of the Marquee Club in London, launched the events’ precursor, the National Jazz Festival, but it’s also the 40th anniversary of the Reading site’s initiation. To celebrate four decades of revelry at Richfield Avenue we’ve taken a look back at some of the defining moments of this most beloved of festivals.
Wednesday 29 June 2011
Johnny Depp surprised fans at an intimate Alice Cooper gig in London, when he appeared on stage to play guitar with the legend.
Thursday 19 May 2011
Obviously, any rock legend hopes he'll die before he gets old, but there's always the possibility that taking all those substances will have a pickling effect. So post rehab and the comeback album, what's the coolest thing the veteran legend can do? The answer, surprisingly, seems to be radio. Bob Dylan, whose 70th birthday is being celebrated in style on BBC radio next week, delighted his fans by turning DJ for Theme Time Radio Hour. Others from Alice Cooper all the way to Barry Manilow have followed suit. Forget the old accessories of the pop star life, the yachts, the jets, the African orphans. For the music legend, a show of your own is the ultimate must-have and Ronnie Wood has it in spades.
Monday 09 May 2011
Friday 28 January 2011
Alice Cooper has blasted Robert Plant for playing "folk music" instead of reforming Led Zeppelin.
Tuesday 31 August 2010
Saturday 07 August 2010
Saturday 12 June 2010
Monday 24 May 2010
The Weekend's TV: I'm in a Rock 'n' Roll Band, Sat, BBC2<br/>Modern Masters, Sun, BBC1<br/>Eyewitness, Sun, BBC2
Monday 03 May 2010
Monday 14 December 2009
Wednesday 25 November 2009
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a white stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling
Russian warships in English Channel 'to conduct anti-aircraft and anti-submarine military drills'
- 1 BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
- 2 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 3 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes