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Pop: Return to primal instincts


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Iggy Pop always did it his way. Now 50, he has produced an intensely personal album. Deep in Sinatra territory.

Music: Every night we should thank the Lord they're Welsh

A faint whiff of paper-cup bonfire smoke lingers in Reading and Leeds. Sunburnt clubbers are flying back from Ibiza, some of them in planes. In short, pop music's summer is officially over, which means you've got a few days to catch your breath before it's time for big tours and big albums. Have your diaries and Christmas lists at the ready. Here is what the record companies have lined up for the next few months.


Velvet Goldmine (18)

Music: Live


Pop: Come on, feel the noise

Mogwai play loud. (And very quiet.) And they have a few sordid myths they'd like to dispel.

Rock: It's a cruel thing to do to a pop group

Gay Dad, Chicks

Tuesday Book: Rimbaud as a rock'n'roll widow


Film: velvet goldmine (18)

Cork-born newcomer Jonathan Rhys Meyers explodes into the limelight this week with three movies, including Todd Haynes's eagerly-awaited glam-rock epic, Velvet Goldmine (above). Technically masterful but cold, this is less a historical document than a wet dream inspired by the glam scene in Britain, circa 1971.

Film: As if to the glamour born


Essay: Nice rock, shame about the role

From 'The Young Ones' to 'Velvet Goldmine', 'rock' films are born to be naff.

Music: Poisonous, exhibitionist fluff - and I love it

He has been compared to Prince but admires the confessional pop of Pulp. Rachid is one black R&B singer who won't be typecast.

Preview: win V98 tickets & Tommy goodies

There's good news for anyone who missed out on tickets for V98 in Chelmsford next month. Though the event - which takes place on 22 and 23 Aug and boasts headlining sets from both The Verve and The Charlatans - is sold out, one of its sponsors, Tommy Jeans, has given us a pair of VIP tickets for the whole festival to give away. Also featuring in this year's line-up at Hylands Park are Seahorses, Texas, Green Day, Space, Iggy Pop, Robbie Williams, James and Chumbawamba. Tommy Jeans's role at V98 includes sponsoring a celebrity five-a-side football match, starring Bob Mortimer, Keith Allen, Dodgy and Goldie, and giving each V98 artist a Tommy Jeans goody bag containing a pair of jeans, a Tommy T-shirt and an exclusively designed Tommy bag.

The writing's on the Net

Norman Mailer once said that watching a film based on a book you'd written is as traumatic as having your dog shot. Irvine Welsh, on the other hand, takes a more relaxed view: a film is like a remix of the book, a variation on the same theme. And anyway, he says, what's the point in moaning when you're making loads of money?
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