Album: Peter Gabriel, New Blood (Realworld)

As with the Radiohead album, New Blood finds Peter Gabriel getting a second bite at his own material – in this case, continuing the orchestral re-arrangement approach applied to the cover versions of last year's Scratch My Back.

Terence Blacker: You still gotta stick it to The Man, man

Some of them are still famous, and are letting off one last blast. Keith Richards (pictured) looked back and concluded that "life is an experiment, and it's just a matter of getting the alchemical or chemical combination right". Jilly Cooper has revised a guide to love and marriage. Joanna Lumley has been laying down the law, too. It is just fine for an older woman to wear clothes designed for teenagers, she has said. As for the idea that she should have short hair after the age of 40, "Bollocks to that! I want my hair long and I'm going to keep my long hair".

Album: Thomas Ades, Anthology (EMI Classics)

This two-disc summary of Adès's career avoids some of the more obvious works – nothing from The Tempest, for instance – but manages to include both his youngest work and some recent, hitherto unrecorded pieces.

Album: Anna Netrebko, Live at the Metropolitan Opera (Deutsche Grammophon)

This compilation of highlights from Anna Netrebko's Metropolitan Opera roles makes a distinctive introduction to her talents.

Letter from the i editor: An odd choice

It was such an innocent letter that poor Jackie Keene had the temerity to write (5 September). Jackie dared to question the Olympic organisers’ choice of aged rockers The Who to headline next year’s closing ceremony.

Music & Me: Missing Andy

Essex five-piece Missing Andy finished as runners-up in the Sky1 talent competition Must Be The Music. Comprising Alex Greaves (vocals), Rob Jones (bass), Jon Sharpe (keyboards), Steve Rolls (guitar) and Elliot Richardson (drums), they released their debut album The Greatest Show On Earth – Act I in October 2010. The band’s single “The Way We’re Made (Made In England)” reached no.38 in the UK singles chart.

Video: Suggs reveals underwear to Bowie

Backstage at Reading festival, Madness frontman shares a tale of an awkward moment with David Bowie.

Ready for tikka masala cheese? Alex James hopes so...

There's a stink in the cheese world, and it smells unedifyingly of chicken tikka masala.

Album: Baxter Dury, Happy Soup (Regal)

The little kid from the front of dad Ian's New Boots And Panties!! is 39 now, and Happy Soup is his third attempt to become something more vital than just another Jakob Dylan.

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The Monkees: Hey, hey, we're cancelling our reunion tour

They go wherever they want to, and they do what they like to do. To that end, The Monkees have announced that they will be cancelling the rest of their reunion tour.

Ten Plagues, Traverse Theatre, Edinburgh

An account of the London plague is a strong choice of subject for a song cycle, and this Traverse production is already a festival highlight and a triumph for the singer Marc Almond, writer Mark Ravenhill, composer Conor Mitchell and director-designer Stewart Laing.

Letter from the editor: Continuous improvement

OK, I was wrong. Again! You have been quick to point out that the real sign of growing old is not sharing our parents’ clothes, but their musical taste.

Nirvana's baby image too much for Facebook

Twenty years after its release, the naked baby on the cover of Nirvana's breakthrough Nevermind album still retains the power to shock.

Soft drinks grow up: A former restaurateur thinks he's found a tasty alternative to alcohol

Peter Spanton, former restaurateur (and alcoholic) has found an answer.
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