New Music: Strange meeting


Pop; Smash bang wallop


Now for the BBC's cost-cutting awards, repeated weekly

This week we're giving the prize to a new Radio 4 item, `I'm Sorry I Haven't a Desert Island'

Right of Reply: Martin Newell

The Independent's poet replies to Ruth Padel's argument that pop lyrics cannot be poetry

Gear up for Cheltenham

For the second year in a row, The Independent is sponsoring the Cheltenham Literary Festival. This year, Britain's biggest book-fest includes readings and events featuring more than 300 writers and celebrities, from Judi Dench to Alan Clark, and Raymond Blanc to Julian Barnes

Edinburgh `98 Comedy: Quest to be of good cheer


Comedy: Freed from TV: the real, rude Alan Davies

Alan Davies

Interview: Ian Dury: Great sense of tumour

The Deborah Ross Interview: When Ian Dury found he had cancer it was unlikely that our greatest living Cockney and Clever Bastard would come over all self-pitying and lose his lust for life. Well of course he didn't: a portrait of the artist as a diamond geezer

Music: Lyric Sheets: IAN DURY

Ian Dury, author of Billericay Dicky and many other songs, performed with Paul Weller in East London last weekend. His new record is called "Mr Love Pants'

Music: Mr Love Pants hits his rhythm

Ian Dury and the Blockheads came out of the Essex badlands like a romp in a Cortina. Clever or what?

Pop: Reasons to be cheerful

"Oh Christ, yes. We'd be slaughtered if we didn't," shrieks Ian Dury when asked if he and the Blockheads will be playing the old favourites at their three big gigs this weekend. After all, songs like "Reasons To Be Cheerful", "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll", "Sweet Gene Vincent" and many others are ingrained in the minds of all survivors of the punk era, and many others besides. "Luckily we have some new ones that can fit in with as much panache, and you can't say that about every band that has recovered after 17 years," continues Dury with that cheeky trademark Essex tongue.

Interview: Ian Dury: The Dury's out

`There ain't 'alf been been some clever bastards,' sang Ian Dury. And he's one of them, says Janie Lawrence

LETTER:Star signs

From Mr Chris Westwood

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