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Chris Hadfield, the singing astronaut and former commander of the International Space Station, has taken on a role as cultural ambassador for Ireland.

'Recluse' Bowie stuns fans by releasing single

When the email arrived, announcing the surprise return of the master of musical reinvention, it was titled, appropriately "where is David Bowie?"

Best Possible Taste: The Kenny Everett Story

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Annoyingly, the Beeb's Kenny Everett story really was in the best possible taste

Julian Fellowes, creator of Downton Abbey, wants to write a prequel

Before Downton? Not so abbey ever after

Julian Fellowes wants to write a Downton prequel. Why not march forward to the septic Seventies? John Walsh offers his plot suggestions

“Under the Westway” single was first played by Damon Albarn (pictured) and guitarist Graham Coxon in February

First Listen: Blur take to Twittersphere with debut of new songs

Blur last night debuted two new tracks in a live performance from a balcony at a secret London location.

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"Universal history...is at bottom the History of the Great Men who have worked here," wrote Carlyle.

Natasha Youngs prepares for the rush at Resident Records in Brighton

Vinyl countdown has fans queueing round the block

For the vinyl obsessive, camping outside one of the UK’s remaining independent record shops, today is the equivalent of Stella McCartney launching a limited edition high-street collection for fashion bargain-hunters.

Gary Kemp unveils The Crown Estate's commemorative plaque to David Bowie's iconic creation

Ziggy Stardust at 40 celebrated with Heddon Street plaque

A plaque to mark David Bowie's iconic creation, Ziggy Stardust, was unveiled yesterday by Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet in Heddon Street, London.

Mark Foster, Foster the People

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Cheering news for fans of elaborate eye makeup who are shaky of hand or just butter-fingered.

Mosaic marks birthday of pensioner Davie Bowie

David Bowie officially becomes a pensioner today as he turns 65, and one of Britain's leading mosaic artists has created a piece to mark the musician and actor's milestone.

Daivd Bowie sang 'I've rocked my roll. There will be
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When I'm 65! Pop goes the pensioner

Some of music's biggest rebels eat their words and graduate as OAPs this year

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Men's fashion: Fine and dandy

Is it possible for men to dress for a night on the town without reaching for a rented tux or a novelty waistcoat? Yes, says the expert Adam Welch

Good and bad times: an interview with Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers was an eye-opener

The Week In Radio: Oldies show proves you can't always get what you want

Does all modern music sound the same to you? Do you hanker for the days when rock stars knew how to be rock stars? Does the sight of teenagers with their trousers at half-mast make your spleen explode? Have you – though you swore it would never happen – finally morphed into your parents? If so, perhaps it's time to embrace the inexorable slide towards an old age of liquidised ready-meals and Antiques Roadshow.

'Space Oddity' reimagined as children's book

David Bowie's 1969 song "Space Oddity", which sees fictional astronaut Major Tom drifting into outer space, has been turned into an unlikely children's book by a Canadian illustrator.

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