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The Week in Radio: Williams was quick on his feet, and willing to cover mishaps with self-deprecating humour

Slash starts second solo album

Slash has started work on his second solo album.

48 Hours: Lucerne

With classical music filling the air, this spectacular Swiss city provides the perfect setting for a summer break.

Prince announces first UK show in four years

Prince is to play his first UK show in four years at the Hop Farm Festival.

Rick Owens: The prince of dark design

Rick Owens is face to face with a life-size wax sculpture of himself, staring out of shredded wadding and packed in a wooden crate in a corner of his London store. It's an oddly unnerving sight, as the cult Californian designer is first to admit: brown-eyed and eerily close in appearance to the man himself, the look of it is made no less disturbing by the fact that it is severed from the waist down – it has no legs.

Berlin: Follow in David Bowie's tracks

In the 1970s, David Bowie made his home – and his most creative albums – in Germany's divided city.

Coe warns Spurs stadium plan would 'trash our reputation'

Sebastian Coe, chairman of the London 2012 Olympic Committee (LOCOG), said yesterday that Britain's reputation would be "trashed" if Tottenham Hotspur's plan to rip down the Olympic Stadium was given the go-ahead next week.

The South Bank Show: Final Cut, By Melvyn Bragg

"They've killed the show", moaned Melvyn Bragg when ITV brought down the kibosh on the arts programme that had become a revered institution over its 32-year (and 110-award) lifespan.

Album: Iggy Pop & James Williamson, Kill City (Alive Natural Sound)

In between the Stooges and The Idiot, Iggy and his guitarist mate recorded this set of demos: a sort of torrid Stooges-meets-the-Rolling-Stones shakedown of the Ig's favourite urban-angst themes.

The Fall, Electric Ballroom, London

The Fall are the most reliable band in the world, but also the most unpredictable. Musically, you can count on the band sounding pretty much the same as it did the last time you saw them, be it months ago or decades. But what keeps drawing fans back, year after year, is not reliability, it's the raw edge of uncertainty, that rarest of rock'n'roll commodities, which seems to fill a need in our increasingly ordered, commodified lives. And no frontman, not even Iggy Pop, has made as much a virtue of uncertainty as Mark E Smith.

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.

William S Burroughs: Revealing the man within?

Yony Leyser's new documentary seeks to find 'a man within' the controversial writer, wife killer and drug addict. But can anybody reveal this better than Burroughs himself? Matilda Battersby finds out

Album: Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, Dark Night of the Soul (EMI)

Before his recent death, alt-country icon Mark Linkous (aka Sparklehorse) and producer Danger Mouse began work on the collaborative project that would become Dark Night of the Soul, featuring an astonishing array of guest vocalists, among them Wayne Coyne, Iggy Pop and David Lynch.

Forever Young: How Rock'n'Roll Grew Up, BBC4<br/>Rev, BBC2

They were hoping to live fast and die young, but at least they can cash in on the golden age of rock'n'roll

Steve New: Troubled guitarist with Rich Kids, Glen Matlock's post-Sex Pistols band

Formed by the bassist and songwriter Glen Matlock after he was edged out of the Sex Pistols in February 1977, the new wave band Rich Kids played a potent brand of power pop reminiscent of the Sixties British groups The Who and the Small Faces, and predated the US skinny-tie contingent of The Knack and The Cars.

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