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The reciprocal half of Gabriel’s I’ll-cover-yours-if-you’ll-cover-mine project Scratch My Back, in which his correspondents respond to his proposition by covering PG songs in return - a round dozen of them, including “Biko”, “Shock the Monkey” and, ill-advisedly, “Don’t Give Up”.

Lou Reed's Berlin (12A)

After the iconic turkey necks on display in Scorsese's recent Rolling Stones concert movie, Shine a Light, comes Lou Reed's Berlin, a glance at another rock legend with no call to retire. It's a more modest enterprise, intimate even, and much more rewarding.

Lou Reed, Royal Albert Hall, London<br/>Beck, Guildhall, Southampton

Lou Reed's performance of his 1973 album in its entirety shows that some things are better left in the past

Lou Reed, Royal Albert Hall, London

Reed breaks his Berlin walls

Album: Joan as Police Woman, To Survive (Reveal)

Just as Antony Hegarty first came to prominence as one of Lou Reed's backing singers, Joan Wasser started out as one of Antony and the Johnsons' backing singers before renaming herself Joan as Police Woman.

Album: Dead Air, Dead Air (Reveal)

Dead Air is the nom de disque of Rainy Orteca, the guitarist whose stints with the likes of Lou Reed, Joan Osborne and Antony & The Johnsons led to her current position as Joan Wasser's right-hand gal in Joan As Policewoman.

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Lou Reed (left) will play two rare UK dates in April. The celebrated singer-songwriter, whose career has spanned four decades (from his first album, The Velvet Underground & Nico) makes a return on the back of last year's top 10 single success with the dance remix of "Satellite of Love". De Montfort Hall, Leicester (0116-233 3111), 21 April; Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool (0151-709 3789), 22 April

Festival showstoppers

The Pixies' set at the V Festival on Sunday has been hailed as one of the all-time great festival performances. Which are the others? Ciar Byrne and Oliver Duff asked the experts to share their unforgettable memories

Lou Reed, Dome, Brighton Festival

The chords are beautiful (if only his voice was, too)

Album: Lou Reed

The Raven, Reprise

Pop: Still teenage after all these years

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Blondie "No Exit" (Beyond) Debbie Harry has re-started where she left off - which is somewhere in the miserable, kitsch 1980s. This "pop" album drops in ska, blues, prog, hillbilly, folk and basically every other influence and it's all - with the possible exception of the "Maria" single - painful. A sad and unnecessary album. H

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John Cale Filthy McNasty's London

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John Cale is one of music's great pioneers. Punk prototype, avant- garde composer, seminal producer - the founder member of the Velvet Underground has done it all. And he's not finished yet
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