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Music: Heading for disaster with a snarl of rage

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

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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

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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

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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

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