When Aung San Suu Kyi was freed from her house arrest, she said that her ordeal had been made more bearable by Dave Lee Travis's World Service programme A Jolly Good Show. "It made my world much more complete," she said. She will meet the pop cavalier known as The Hairy Cornflake during her first visit to Europe in 24 years. The Independent was able to get an exclusive* transcript of their chat:
Pop, fashion, rap ... it's a polyphonic spree at the ballet
Fashion: Squeak and cheerful
My parents were... practically strangers when they married. My mother was in love with someone else, and my father couldn't keep his hands off her. Once over the threshold, she became his maid.
Antony and the Johnsons' new album features a revealing book of art by Antony Hegarty. He tells Elisa Bray about growing up an outsider
He keeps producing the goods
From 'Back to Black' with Amy to the bleach blond of Le Bon
Amy Winehouse may be reportedly peeved at Mark Ronson's taking too much credit for her success, and piggybacking his own solo career on that success, but she shouldn't worry overmuch about him stealing her vocal limelight: for as Record Collection brutally reveals, the über-producer of his era turns out to be an ünter-singer, his weedy vocals here failing to bring to life any song on which he takes the lead.
The Eighties wasn't just about trouble and strike: how could it be with New Romantics, a Royal Wedding and time-travelling cops?
Instant karma with gorgeous George
'We started with nothing. We never borrowed money, so there was no fear'
The architect of punk, Malcolm McLaren, remained a rebel to the last as mourners said farewell today to a soundtrack of Sid Vicious's My Way.
Thank you for the music (but not so sure about the interactive Abba holograms)
Boy George was jailed for 15 months today for handcuffing a male escort to a wall and beating him with a metal chain.
"I know sometimes it's easy to get confused," Boy George says, "but this is what I do." The darkness he has requested on stage has finally dropped, and he is singing "If I Could Fly", which twists into the heart of heroin addiction. In his make-up, beard shaved only this morning, he looks like a larger version of the old George the nation loved. His forthcoming sentence for false imprisonment will take its course, but by the time he has finished tonight, I've forgiven him everything else.
As a fan, it was impossible to know which way to take Saturday night's unexpected announcement.