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Rock & Pop: America saves the day

IF THE annual doom-mongers are to be believed, music is at an all time low. Certainly, British music has seen better days. In January 1999, Gay Dad were declared by the music press as the future of rock'n'roll, though they proved little more than a pale imitation of their forebears. We also failed to put an end to revivals: Blondie have flourished and, despite having floundered badly during their London show, the Happy Mondays were victorious in their native Manchester.

Arts: America saves the day

Rock & Pop

Pop: Montpellier: if you can make it there...

With a stunning debut album under their belts, Ben & Jason hit the road. The south of France beckons. Glamorous? Well...

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Rock: The next generation

Sean (left, with John) and Julian Lennon: You can hear the four- year-old Sean gurgling on some versions of "With a Little Help from my Friends" as his dad thrashes an electric guitar. Nineteen years on, Sean is energetically pursuing a career in avant-garde pop, though reception has been muted. His half-brother, Julian, enjoyed chart success, though the excitement surrounding his early career was never matched by musical credibility.

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Rock: How my night with Imani Coppola ended in a conga

FOR THOSE readers who were glued to BBC1 last night, I should stress that Imani Coppola is not to be confused with Imaani, Britain's plucky Eurovision contender. Too talented to be smirked at by Terry Wogan, Coppola fuses spangly pop, sparky country and socially aware rap to sound like Ani DiFranco teaming up with Deee-Lite, De La Soul and Beck. Besides, she'd be disqualified from Eurovision for calling her debut album Chupacabra (Columbia). The Spanish judges might take exception to a title that translates as "goatsucker".

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`They're far better than those second-raters who sully the charts like Oasis afterbirth'

The song is over

In rock, there are thousands of singers and dozens of early deaths but never were there singers sweeter than the Buckleys and never was there a sadder ending.

Obituary: Jeff Buckley

Second-generation pop stars hardly ever live up to their illustrious parents. Jeff Buckley was the exception to that rule.
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