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Mick Rock: The man who shot the Seventies

A new exhibition of work by Mick Rock, often referred to as ‘The man who shot the Seventies,’ opens in London tomorrow.

A portrait of an artist: David Bowie

An exclusive photographic exhibition of David Bowie's formative years in London charts the rise of one of the most influential artists of our time.

Hallogallo 2010, Barbican, London

Motorik still euphoric in a Neu! setting

£113m Lottery prize paid out

The £113 million EuroMillions Lottery jackpot won earlier this month has been claimed and paid out to a UK winner, Camelot said today.

Album: David Bowie Station to Station (Super Deluxe, Limited Edition) (EMI)

Station To Station was the fulcrum in Bowie's shift from the be-quiffed, plastic soul of Young Americans to the Krautrock/electronica of Low.

The Runaways (15)

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Macleod clips Falcons' wings as new-look Sale are off to a flyer

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Keane star Richard Hughes 'horrified' at Tories' use of song

The drummer of rock band Keane said today that he was "horrified" that their song was played at the Tory manifesto launch.

Victory claim in battle to save 6 Music

Radio station may be revived under a different name, say insiders

Dylan Jones: 'I wish I could say that the first single I bought wasn't Gary Glitter's 'I Didn't Know I Loved You', but it was

My world is full of pop paraphernalia. Like many Hornbyesque men of my generation, I have resolutely refused to throw away childish things. However, I have put them away, stuffed them into cupboards, under stairs, and behind wine racks – LPs, cassettes, VHS tapes, posters, flyers, old gig tickets, laminates (Live Aid! U2 at Meadowlands! Hannah Montana at Koko!), and two huge boxes full of the 200 or so seven-inch singles that I couldn't bear to part with. Of course I haven't played them in over a decade, but they sit there, undisturbed, like old holiday snaps, never to be thrown away – "Anarchy in the UK", "Wichita Lineman", "Girl on a Pony" (by Spike Milligan, because none of you knew that), "Do the Standing Still" (by The Table, because none of you knew that either).

The Week In Radio: At least Auntie will never axe The Archers

While the BBC was hardly expecting a minute's silence to follow the suggestion that 6 Music should be sacrificed up to the gods of the licence fee, did it actually foresee the howls of pain? The message boards went beserk with bereaved listeners suggesting alternative candidates for chop. One said 6 Music's entire listenership should stump up a tenner, burst into Steve Wright's studio and wrest him from the controls. "How many people watch News 24?" said another. "Does anyone watch BBC3? It's just trash," added someone else. Many volunteered Radio 1Xtra for the axe. Weirdly, one fan wrote of "dreadful rumours like a trail of blood reaching back to David Cameron's Eton smile" presumably because Mark Thompson's review was authored by John Tate, who used to be head of the Conservative policy unit.

Novello awards to celebrate video games

Organisers of the Ivor Novello Awards, which celebrate the cream of songwriting, will introduce a gong for "best original video game score" for the first time to reflect the changing world of music.

David Bowie - An absolute beginner

After David Bowie's first album flopped he ran a folk night in Beckenham, studied mime and, fortunately, wrote Space Oddity, the hit that saved his career. Now his unloved debut is being re-released. Will Hodgkinson reports
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