Arts and Entertainment Peter Hook, bassist of Joy Division and New Order, who has accused a sound engineer of extortion

Supposedly lost tapes of Unknown Pleasures have been 'looked after' Julia Adamson since the 1980s

Television: Production values - There's nothing like a talking head

If ever you find yourself pitching a factual television idea to a commissioning editor, you can give it an initial free bunk up the greasy pole by promising that it will contain no interviews. "Talking heads" - a phrase from which neither Alan Bennet nor rock music could draw the venom - are believed, not completely wrongly, to have an unbeatable power to bore.

Books: A Week in Books: Capital's high interest

Serious novelists used to understand serious money. They should try to do so again

Music: Heading for disaster with a snarl of rage

America's forgotten punk visionary sits suspiciously in the corner of his local pub, waiting to tell his story again. David Thomas has been living in Hove for a year now. His huge frame is in a crumpled grey jacket, his pet whippet sliding around him. The controlled rage of his band Pere Ubu's 1975 debut "Heart of Darkness" seems far away. Then he mentions the Test match - at that stage the result was looking iffy.

Albums of the Year: Andy Gill's top pop boxed sets of 1997

The best of this year's boxed-set CD compilations were both released a couple of months ago, when they were reviewed in fulsome fashion in these pages, so I'll be brief about The Beach Boys The Pet Sounds Sessions and The Doors eponymous retrospective Box Set, two slabs of West Coast pop genius perched precariously on the fault-line separating rock's light and dark sides.

A taste of the Strap

Scottish band Arab Strap tell it how it is, even if it means saying unforgiveable things about the drummer's sister.

Communication chord

Bill Callahan spares nobody in his songs - himself least of all. Ben Thompson talks to the American who chooses to go by the name of `Smog'

In the groove with Gus Garbage

DJ Taylor gets down and boogies with a Mancunian rock saga; From Joy Division to New Order: The Factory Story by Mick Middles, Virgin, pounds 12.99

Obituary:Rob Collins

With Oasis and Black Grape albums nominated for the Mercury Music Prize, the Manches-ter scene of the early Nineties seems to have finally attained a degree of respectability for its hooligan tendency. Rob Collins, who died in a road accident while driving back from Rockfield studios near Monmouth, was a seminal figure of the Manchester phenomenon, his trade-mark Hammond organ propelling the Charlatans to the high reaches of the British charts several times over the last six years.

The interview: BERNARD SUMNER TALKS TO BEN THOMPSON

The alcohol-fuelled hedonism that drove New Order is behind him, but his new work is no less intense and no less beguiling

THE IoS PLAYLIST; THE FIVE BEST SOUNDS OF THE MOMENT

Jonathan Richman: You Must Ask the Heart (Rounder, CD/LP). Rejoice! Rejoice! A whole new album of Richman magic! Like tasting ice-cream for the first time. NB

HEROES & VILLAINS: CHARLES BAUDELAIRE by Jessica Berens

The writer Jessica Berens blames the poet Charles Baudelaire for his malign influence on generations of deluded adolescent nihilists

Rock and roll suicide

TOUCHING FROM A DISTANCE Deborah Curtis Faber pounds 9.99

Two widows, one heroine

Some rock wives have a post-baby breast job. Others wash hubby's underpants. By Justine Picardie

BOOKS: Joy, a funny word for Ian?

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