One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?
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Monday 09 September 2013
The first recording made by legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has gone straight to the top of the classical artist album charts six years after he died.
Saturday 20 July 2013
Whether or not you're interested in Cream, Blind Faith and the rest of Ginger Baker's musical endeavours, this tragicomic tale of riotous bad behaviour and thunderous jazz-rock drumming is a must-see.
Film review: Beware of Mr Baker and Fast and Furious 6 - Furious Ginger packs a punch, but Vin Diesel is out of gas
Saturday 18 May 2013
A documentary about a rock drummer might seem more suited to BBC4 than to your local cinema, but most rock-docs don't open with their subject – in this case, Ginger Baker – cracking the director across the nose with his walking stick. Not a man who has ever needed an excuse to assault someone, Baker is incensed to learn that said director, Jay Bulger, is planning to interview some of his old associates, but in the event he had nothing to worry about.
Thursday 16 May 2013
Drummers are axiomatically the madmen of rock, but there's never been a mad drummer quite like Ginger Baker, subject of this hugely enjoyable documentary profile. It gets off to a magnificent start, with a scene of the 73-year-old Baker attacking the film's director, Jay Bulger, with his walking stick – and just gets better.
Friday 08 February 2013
Adele's collaborator Paul Epworth has been handed an early Brit Award after landing the best producer prize.
Sunday 16 December 2012
A four-disc retrospective (there's also a 10-disc one) of the great bluesman's epic recording career, which began in 1949 in Memphis, and snaked its way through every market variation to which the electric blues might adapt itself.
Wednesday 12 December 2012
Surviving members of the band will be joined by the Beatle at the 12.12.12 gig for victims of Hurricane Sandy tonight
Monday 12 November 2012
District 3 was eliminated from X Factor after losing the sing off against fellow group Union J in what was a battle of the boybands.
Wednesday 31 October 2012
A new Stones album?
Saturday 21 April 2012
Tributes pour in for Bert Weedon, the British musician whose tutorials inspired a generation
Friday 20 April 2012
Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.
Sunday 22 January 2012
As the BBC recreates the pairing of Bailey and The Shrimp, Mike Higgins recalls meetings that defined the decade
Tuesday 27 December 2011
Yesterday we brought you some of the key parties and events from the UK this year, today here are some of big events of the celebrity world in 2011.
Wednesday 31 August 2011
In the six years since their second album, Held On The Tips Of Fingers, was nominated for the Mercury Prize, Polar Bear have become an institution on the UK jazz scene, without sacrificing one shred of the inquisitive spirit that brought them to widespread attention.
Benet Brandreth, Gilded Balloon<br/>Seann Walsh, Pleasance<br/>Andrew Maxwell, Assembly, George Square<br/>The Rob Deering Experience, Pleasance, Baby Grand<br/>Andrew Lawrence, Pleasance, Cabaret Bar
Sunday 28 August 2011
Is Britain really full up? Are migrants taking our jobs? Leading academic answers the most common anti-immigration claims
Calais Migrant Crisis: Deputy Mayor of Calais labels Cameron's use of 'swarm' as 'racist' and 'ignorant'
Chris Leslie: Jeremy Corbyn's anti-austerity agenda will harm the poor, says Labour shadow Chancellor
Landlords renting properties to illegal immigrants to face up to five years in prison
While we fixate on Calais, the Home Office is quietly deporting dozens of migrants on 'ghost flights'
Calais crisis: The seven claims made about the migrants - and the reality
- 3 Dutch King Willem-Alexander declares the end of the welfare state
- 5 Giant Minion terrorises drivers in Ireland as 40ft inflatable blocks busy Dublin road