Arts and Entertainment Glory days: US singer Bruce Springsteen

Bruce Springsteen has scored his tenth UK number one album with High Hopes, beating the likes of David Bowie and Michael Jackson.

Album: Bruce Springsteen, The Promise (Columbia)

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Simmy Richman: Bruce, BDB and, er, Rob Brydon: My first walk on a red carpet

They say you should never meet your idols and they (whoever they are) are probably right. Lucky for me, then, that Bruce Springsteen has never meant that much to me. He does now.

Documentary shines light on Bruce Springsteen's relationship with E Street band

A new documentary, The Promise: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story provides an insight into the working methods of Bruce Springsteen, and his relationship with E Street band members. Made by Grammy and Emmy Award-winning film-maker Thom Zimny, it features candid interviews with Springsteen, E Street Band members and the singer's manager, record producer Jon Landau.

Album: The Hold Steady, Heaven Is Whenever (Rough Trade)

The sum of their parts: a rock band so in love with rock form that they're prepared to wear their loot on their sleeves.

Ian Burrell: The Damazer years: serious and popular

"Drama on BBC Radio 4 is in rude health," wrote the station's controller Mark Damazer on his blog last month as he sought to reassure listeners over his contentious decision to decommission the Friday Play. No other network, he told them, could rival Radio 4's output of 650 hours a year of original plays and readings.

The Works, By Pam Ayres

Pam Ayres' stated aim has always been to write "something with which the audience would identify", which tells us two things. First, these poems were never meant to be written down, but to be performed – and they do work better when one imagines Ayres reading them out. Second, that Ayres doesn't want to challenge her audience, or make them think again. She doesn't want to defamiliarise existence, but to familiarise it.

Album: Bon Jovi, The Circle (Mercury)

With an average of a new studio album every two years so far this century, few bands could challenge Bon Jovi as the most dependably prolific rockers on the planet.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrates 25th birthday

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame celebrated its 25th birthday last night in the only way it knew how. By rocking out. Some of the biggest names in rock music including Sting and Bruce Springsteen graced the stage at Madison Square Gardens as part of the five hour concert. A further celebration is set to shake the prestigious venue tonight as the likes of Aretha Franklin and U2 provide birthday surprises.

Album: Jesse Dee, Bittersweet Batch, (Munich)

White-boy retro-soul, long on attitude and stomp, short on subtlety.

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band, Hyde Park, London

With the sun slowly dropping out of the sky over Hyde Park and in front of tens of thousands of expectant fans, the pressure was on for Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band. Hot on the heels of their celebrated headliner at Glastonbury the night before, they had a lot to live up to.

The 20 best: rock star offspring

Bruce Springsteen's drummer Max Weinberg is unable to perform at Glastonbury this weekend due to prior commitments with the house band at the Conan O'Brian Show. His son Jay is stepping into the breach as his replacement for the gig.

Fiona Sturges: Does gender explain my immunity to Bruce Springsteen's songs of cars, bars and women called Mary?

He is the working-class hero, the champion of the underdog, the everyman in search of the American Dream. His place in the pop canon is irrefutable, his name mentioned in the same breath as Tom Waits, Neil Young, Johnny Cash and Bob Dylan. He's a born showman, a consummate storyteller, a principled poet. So why is it that Bruce Springsteen leaves me cold?

American dreams: Bruce Springsteen's glory days are back, thanks to his songs with a political conscience

When Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band headline Glastonbury tomorrow, most fans will doubtless get the barnstorming rock'n'roll show they made their name with more than 30 years ago. But Springsteen's weighty place in critics' hearts has to do with a more desolate strand in his work, a faded Americana adapted from the Depression laments of protest singer Woody Guthrie and John Steinbeck. This led to his very best songs. But forced worthiness rewarded by unquestioning critical reverence has been the other result of Bruce's double-life as dustbowl troubadour.

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