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Murray Lachlan Young is a British performance poet - the first poet to be given a £1m record deal - and a regular on Radio 4 and 6.

BOOK REVIEW / Jerry, Jerry, quite contrary: 'Rhythm and the Blues: A Life in American Music' - Jerry Wexler and David Ritz: Cape, 14.99

IN HIS introduction to this book, David Ritz tells us how, when he questioned Jerry Wexler's use of a word like 'ratiocination' even for educated readers, Wexler would reply 'Send the f***ers to the dictionary.' This is told admiringly, but it introduces to us a contradictory man, at once contemptuous and insecure, and a man of whom his mother might have said 'You would think a boy who knew all those big long words could find a more apt one for his readers.'

Remembrance of backstage past: Who'd pay hundreds of pounds for some cardboard? A Led Zeppelin fan, such as Christopher Stoakes

I am sitting in the upstairs coffee shop at the Virgin megastore at the Tottenham Court Road end of Oxford Street in London. Opposite me is Andy, mid-thirties and glasses (like me), but (important difference) hair down to his shoulders. He looks like an engaging relic of the Seventies. Andy works for a travel organisation and lives in Croydon, south London. Outside work he plays bass in a band and runs a stall at record fairs. What brings us together is our mutual passion for Led Zeppelin.

ROCK / Squeezing the last drops of nostalgia

WHO SAID South London was a cultural desert? Doughty Deptford balladeers Squeeze suffuse the Royal Albert Hall with a gentle mist of turn-of-the-Eighties nostalgia. The band's melodious mainstays, Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook, still have the air of a pair of cheeky sixth-formers who have taken their ties off for the journey home, and their boys-next-door lyricism has lost none of its charm with the passing years.

ROCK / Hey, what a concept: They're back, and this time they mean business. Lloyd Bradley witnesses the return of the musos

SUDDENLY, people in the music industry are murmuring about a return to 'proper music'. By which they don't mean acts like 2 Unlimited, who are at the top of the singles chart this week with a thin slice of pop entitled 'No Limit'. They mean those other artists in the Top 40, like Sting, The Beloved, Go West, Heaven 17, or even the newly revitalised Duran Duran.
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