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Amy Winehouse left trove of unreleased music

Amy Winehouse left a trove of unreleased music, but no decision has been made about whether it will be released, people close to the singer say.

Troubled soul singer Amy Winehouse dies at 27

The soul and R&B star, whose drink and drug problems often made the headlines, was found in her London home yesterday

The Hellhound Sample, By Charles Shaar Murray

The story of Robert Johnson stands as one of the founding myths not just of the blues, but of the rock genre it eventually, if carelessly, spawned. While I can't think of any other musicians murdered, as Johnson supposedly was, by drinking strychnine-laced whisky (courtesy of a jealous husband), there are plenty who have claimed to have sold their soul to the Devil in exchange for their musical chops. In fact, it is the most intriguing detail of that "crossroads" myth that Charles Shaar Murray picks up on in his debut novel: the manner in which the Devil transmits his wicked fretboard skills.

Yo La Tengo, Royal Festival Hall, London

Playing on the third night of this year's Meltdown, curated by Ray Davies, the alternative rock trio from Hoboken, New Jersey, more than match the high standards set on the two previous evenings by cult acts The Legendary Pink Dots, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and The Fugs.

Album: Bootsy Collins, Tha Funk Capital of the World (Mascot)

TFCOTW is the first proper album from bass lunatic Collins in nearly a decade.

Album: Lizz Wright, Fellowship (Verve Forecast)

The Georgia-born singer's fourth album showcases her gospel background in a set that mixes traditional songs with adaptations of Bob Marley, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix.

My Fantasy Band: Fistful of Mercy

Kasabian to headline IoW festival

The final headliner for next year's Isle of Wight Festival was announced as Kasabian today.

Music & Me: Fred Ruddick, 6ix Toys

6ix Toys are a funk-laced seven-piece band based in Liverpool. Check out their eponymous debut album to hear why they are rapidly gaining acclaim as one of the hottest acts around.

Album: Jimi Hendrix, West Coast Seattle Boy (Sony Legacy/Experience Hendrix)

This is a far less satisfactory vault-rummaging exercise than Springsteen's, begging questions about whether Hendrix himself would really have appreciated the release of rough demo versions of things like "1983... (A Merman I Shall Turn to Be)" and Dylan's "Tears of Rage".

Ono to unveil Lennon blue plaque at former home

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono will today unveil a plaque commemorating his life and contribution to music.

Sad end of the 'peerless pier'

When it opened on Britain's first ever Bank Holiday in 1872, Hastings Pier was proclaimed as the "peerless pier".

Tito Burns: 1940s bandleader who went on to manage Cliff Richard and promote the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix

Tito Burns was an accordionist and bandleader who found success in the 1940s and then became a noted agent, manager and impresario with Cliff Richard, the Searchers, the Zombies, Victor Borge and Sacha Distel among his clients. His attitude was to "take it while you can as it might not be there tomorrow" and his wheeling and dealing was filmed in 1965 by DA Pennebaker for the Bob Dylan documentary Don't Look Back. He was satirised as "Tito Bums" by the Goodies.

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