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The accidental death of a cobra-lover has highlighted the strange passion some feel for serpents. Michael Bywater tries to explain
Laura Tennant reports on the changing face of ageing
They used to call Peter Hammill "the Hendrix of the voice". There are passages of unique emotional force tonight which show you why. His band Van der Graaf Generator formed in 1967 and supported Hendrix at the Albert Hall, during an initial career characterised by stage-splintering Italian riots, mysterious near-drownings and possible possession by Ibiza witches. They were the "prog" band John Lydon loved. They split in 1978, and reformed in 2005, around which time Hammill (a prolific solo artist) almost died. Strong forces work through them still. A trio since the acrimonious departure of saxophonist David Jackson soon after they reformed, this is the first time they've filled the gap in power he left, the best I've seen them since a 2005 night in Milan when, as he sang, Hammill seemed somewhere else.
The founder of On-U Sound tells Nick Coleman that there is more to reggae than 'ooom-chicky...'
Lemmy re-records Motorhead's greatest hit as a down-tempo blues number
It was meant to have ended with punk. But the much-maligned musical genre, with its protracted guitar solos and pretentious album titles, is back. So do you know your Atomic Rooster from Van Der Graaf Generator? Let Jonathan Brown be your guide
In 1975, the Sex Pistol’s lead singer was the angriest man in the UK. Now living in LA, John Lydon is still furious – and as entertaining as ever. He talks to Guy Adams about insulting Hollywood’s elite, why he’s chosen gardening over amphetamines, and the real reason he didn’t make Malcolm McLaren’s funeral
Impresario who made the Sex Pistols infamous dies in Switzerland at the age of 64 after a long battle with cancer
Agitator, innovator, naturist: more than thirty years after crashing into the public sphere, John Lydon is still as hard to define as ever
The Sex Pistols supremo who helped to revolutionise popular culture in the Seventies wants to be recognised as a serious artist
The BBC is tightening up on bad language. But does public profanity actually have the power to shock any more? Peter Silverton replays the moments the airwaves went blue
If it's surprising that post-punk legends The Slits have made an album as fresh as this after a 25-year hiatus, remember that they were, famously, very young to begin with. (Ari Up, Johnny Rotten's stepdaughter, was 14 in 1976.)
The Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon has been branded a bigot after his entourage allegedly assaulted Bloc Party's Kele Okereke, in an "unprovoked and racist" attack at a music festival in Barcelona on Saturday.
From political awareness gathering, to the biggest musical event in South-east Europe - Exit has come a long way
Walking on in a paint-splattered jacket, Neil Young salaams modestly. Soon, he's bending over his guitar, trying to buck it into life. A large fan makes his long, thinning hair blow back, as if he's always in his music's hurricane. By the time he finishes two hours later with The Beatles' "A Day in the Life", the crowd have had exactly what they came for.
Honest Jon's record label is putting on a cross-cultural spectacular at London's Barbican. Tim Cumming reports