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Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan, Barbican Centre, London

She comes over like Little Bo Peep, minus the staff. Her voice is ethereal, her dress cutesy. From time to time she switches roles from vocalist to cellist. She is given to wandering about the stage, lost in her own thoughts.

Album: Leonard Cohen, Songs from the Road (Sony Music)

With this CD/DVD combo following swiftly on the heels of last year's Live in London and Live at the Isle of Wight 1970, Leonard Cohen has now released three live sets, and toured the world several times over, since his last studio album, Dear Heather, in 2004.

Green Man Festival, Glanusk Estate, Powys

Set on one of the most beautiful festival sites, the Glanusk Estate in Wales' Black Mountains, the Green Man Festival returns for its eighth year. A family-friendly vibe and an eclectic line-up – plus the only 24-hour drinks licence of any UK festival – means that Green Man has a staunch following and a particularly welcoming atmosphere.

Bird on a Wire: Up-close and personal portrait of genius

A candid 1970s documentary on Leonard Cohen premieres this month. Chris Mugan despairs of today's bland rock films

DVD: Leonard Cohen's Lonesome....For retail & rental (Pride)

A long and solemn documentary about the creative life and work of the Canadian seducer.

My life in travel: Ben Miller, actor and comedian

'A holiday is a crucible for personal relationships'

Elvis Costello pulls out of 'political' gigs

Elvis Costello has become one of the biggest names in music to join a cultural boycott of Israel by cancelling two planned concerts there at the end of next month.

London Community Gospel Choir, Cadogan Hall, London

Rev Bazil Meade formed the London Community Gospel Choir 28 years ago and it is currently enjoying a golden period, riding a tide of enthusiasm for choral singing in general and big vocal harmonies in particular. This concert marked the release of the choir's tenth album, Glorious, numbers from which dominated an evening full of taut, spine-tingling vocal work.

The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, By Alain de Botton

Work looms large in the lives of most of us, but has always been strangely under-represented in literature. This book goes some way to remedying that deficit. In a series of wry, poignant essays, Alain de Botton examines the work that goes into planting a tree, building a pylon, marketing an invention and designing a biscuit.

Sarah Sands: We can have the smooth man or the crumpled man

How the world divides is a popular old parlour game, but in the hands of novelists it assumes a grander design. In an Independent interview on Friday, Martin Amis said that Zadie Smith divided between the organised and disorganised, Nabokov chose those who sleep well and those who do not, while Martin was at one with his late father Kingsley in separating the attractive from the unattractive. He did not mention Robert Benchley's witticism that there are two kinds of people in the world, those who divide the world into two kinds of people and those who don't.

Album: Gil Scott-Heron, I’m New Here (XL)

The revolution will not be interrupted by mobile phone

Cohen delays Europe tour after back injury

Canadian singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen has postponed an upcoming European tour by six months after hurting his lower back while exercising.

Larceny, she wrote: Patricia Cornwell sues

Best-selling crime writer claims millions in earnings have gone missing

Album: Leonard Cohen, Live at The Isle of Wight 1970, (Columbia)

Now that Leonard Cohen is acknowledged as a musical treasure, it's fascinating to revisit this performance from a time when his star was in its early ascendancy.

Charles Clarke: You Ask The Questions

The MP for Norwich South answers your questions, such as 'Will the PM resign before the election?' and 'Why aren't faith schools closed?'
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