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When you're hot … Nile Rodgers has every right to do this in the glow of his Daft Punk moment, namely to rake the coals of his august 1970s/1980s Chic "Organization" – less a disco group than a business model, more an aesthetic code than a production style.

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Home guards

Some jobs have cachet. A New York doorman may not earn much, but he meets the rich and famous and knows the city's secrets. By Tessa Souter. Photographs by Gigi Cohen

Spectre in the court

Yesterday, a rare sighting: Phil Spector, legendary crazed pop genius, came to a London court to reclaim the song inspired by his father's gravestone.

Tonight's the night and I feel all right

Every woman should have one - a `lucky' dress. Cayte Williams hears the tales behind 12 fabulous frocks and Dear Annie assesses their pulling power

Kenickie: 100 Club, London

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Novelist Raffaella Barker remembers her father, the poet George Barker, who was 52 when she was born

The last day out I had with my father was two months before he died. He had pounds 300 in his pocket, and we were going to spend it on a car. By sunset, we were penniless and jubilant. Dad was the owner of a gold Ford Cortina with a black go-faster stripe and a raunchy-sounding engine. He had always loved cars. When my brothers and sister and I were small, he perched us in a row along the bench front seat of his Sixties Mercedes and we slid to and fro all the way to Aylsham, shrieking for more speed, anticipating great treats. On our last day out together, I was struck by the unstoppable circle that is life; it was I now behind the wheel of a car, while he sat beside me demanding lemonade and ice-cream at pit stops, not strong enough now to drive himself very far.

Picture this

Next month Deborah Harry is singing at a small London club. To celebrate, Nicholas Barber gave the original Blondie a ring

TICKET OFFER: WELSH FILM FESTIVAL

Showing this week at the Welsh International Film Festival in Aberystwyth, is the premiere of Drop Dead Rock, starring pop icons Debbie Harry (right) and Adam Ant. Also being shown is Madagascar Skin - a touching Welsh drama in which a shy man, with a large birthmark on one side of his face, embarks on a journey of self-discovery after finding the battered head of a man buried up to his neck in sand.

ROCK: A turn up for the books

At 4,991 pages, it's the biggest pop book ever. But Tim de Lisle still finds holes in Guinness's record-breaking book of records

Beatles for sale as lyrics are offered for wad of notes

An exceptional crop of lyrics by some of the best-known names in rock'n'roll are to come on to the market next month.

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A short stretch in the cooler

So, Elastica borrowed the odd riff. But who's counting when you're the UK's most significant cult sex symbol?

Strike while the irony's hot

It's a film, it's a soundtrack and now it's a club. Pulp mania has finally reached the dancefloor.

Three-minute shot to a dinosaur's heart

Jake Howard is single-minded when it comes to records, says Rosie Milla rd

Whatever happened to the thinking man's crumpet?

'PHWOOOR] She's really sexy] I'd give her one]' How many times have I, or one of my friends said that over the last 10 years or so? Er, not once, actually. We're not allowed to. We are, of course, allowed to use this or an equivalent expression with a huge, day-glo pair of inverted commas locked on to either end of it, so that people know we're just kidding. (And even now I'm worried that there is someone - a permanently angry woman or a permanently guilty man - who stopped reading this in disgust after the third exclamation mark. Will somebody fetch him or her back here, and explain that I wasn't being serious, and that in fact I'm about to embark on a thoughtful and sober analysis of late-20th-
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