48 hours in London with Metallica

On the eve of the release of Metallica’s 10th studio album, ‘Hardwired... To Self-Destruct’, The Independent was granted unprecedented access to a BBC session recorded at Maida Vale Studios, as well as an intimate gig at House of Vans before 850 lucky fans

Why the best rock docs bend the truth

The new Kings of Leon documentary is both strange and true. But, says Simon Hardeman, the best rock movies, from The Beatles to Bob Dylan, often play fast and loose with the facts

My Secret Life: Ray Davies, Musician, 66

My parents were ... working class, but very supportive of our family of eight children. They moved from the city to the suburbs after the Second World War to give us a fresh start. They were both from Islington, and the street they lived in had been bombed during the war.

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Metallica, 02 Arena, London

Everyone has come across at least one Metallica fan this week. You remember those sour-faced Goths at the bus stop? They like Metallica. Those creepy looking kids hanging out in the park? They like Metallica. Those long-haired old blokes talking about guitars in the pub? They really like Metallica.