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November 2008: A person walks past the remains of the Packard Motor Car Company, which ceased production in the late 1950s in Detroit

The beat goes on, but the city of Detroit might not

Home to some of the most celebrated music of the past sixty years, Motor City has filed for bankruptcy

Abiona Omonua and Cynthia Erivo in The Color Purple the musical

Theatre review: The Color Purple, Menier Chocolate Factory

Menier Chocolate Factory, London

Bestival's giant inflatable Lionel Richie head

Bestival unveils giant Lionel Richie head

It sounds like a hoax but the protagonists behind it swear it's true: a super-sized version of Lionel Richie's head will be officially unveiled at Bestival this summer.

Clarence Burke Jr. - Singer with the Five Stairsteps, the ‘First Family of Soul’

The singer, guitarist and songwriter Clarence Burke Jr., who died on 25 May at the age of 62, was a mainstay of the Five Stairsteps, the “First Family of Soul” group best known for the sublime 1970 US hit “O-o-h Child”, writes Pierre Perrone.

Album review: Stooshe, London with the Lights On (Warner Brothers)

Stooshe are the latest prefabricated girl group trying to plug the vacuum left by Girls Aloud and The Saturdays.

Album: Marques Toliver, Land of NaAan (Bella Union)

Multi-instumentalist, string arranger, model, senior editor of Love Is the Magazine and busker … the surprise here is only that the violinist/singer Toliver's debut LP is, on the surface, such a conventional, Radio 2-friendly affair.

Laura Mvula

Other Voices, Wilton's Music Hall, London

The Other Voices festival has been bringing big and new names to the tiny St. James church in Dingle, County Kerry for a decade. For this franchising expedition to London, Dexys, Laura Marling, John Grant, Villagers, Imelda May and Matthew E. White are amongst those playing short sets in the similarly old, intimate, lovely Wilton’s Music Hall. Subsidised by TV coverage hosted by Aidan Gillen, over three nights, rare, close-up snapshots of the varied musicians take shape.

Lewis Bowman, Chapel Club

Fantasy band: Lewis Bowman, Chapel Club

'I want to have Scott Walker on vocals – there's no bigger singer'

Secrecy, By Rupert Thomson

A sinister and sombre Florence gives an uncannily gifted novelist his latest stage.

An empty house in Detroit in front of GM’s headquarters

Detroit calls in administrator to put it on the road to recovery

Kevyn Orr helped organise the successful restructuring of Chrysler, when the venerable car maker was considered all but dead. Now the top bankruptcy lawyer has an even tougher task: to lead Detroit – the city that rose and fell with America’s car industry – back from the brink of ruin.

Bobby Rogers: Singer and songwriter with Smokey Robinson and the Miracles

The singer and songwriter Bobby Rogers was a founder member of The Miracles, the soul group whose formation predated the launch of Berry Gordy Jr's Motown operation in 1959 and earned them premier status on the company's roster. In 1960 the quintet scored the first million-selling Motown single with the catchy "Shop Around" – containing the peerless advice "My mama told me you better shop around" – co-written by Gordy and their primary vocalist and composer Smokey Robinson. Two years later, Rogers sang tenor lead alongside Robinson's yearning falsetto on "You've Really Got A Hold On Me", an arrangement the Fab Four emulated for the version included on their second album With The Beatles.

Temptations singer Richard Street has died aged 70

Temptations singer Richard Street dies from blood clot aged 70

Former member of Motown group Temptations Richard Street died at a Las Vegas hospital at the age of 70 his widow confirmed today.

Allen Stone, Singer, 25

Allen Stone, Dingwalls, London


"I'm going to do something I never do," confesses Allen Stone. "I've got a song called 'The Fly' I wrote two days ago in my hotel room I'd like to sing to you." It's a courageous and daft act from this resolutely bland American soul singer.

Classical performer Alice Sara Ott

Khatia Buniatishvili, Wigmore Hall (*****) / Alice Sara Ott, Royal Festival Hall (**)

Khatia Buniatishvili and Alice Sara Ott have more than their youth and keyboard skill in common: they both enjoy the dubious privilege of being their record companies’ pianistic pin-ups.

Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Motown)

Album review: Marvin Gaye, Trouble Man: 40th Anniversary Expanded Edition (Motown)

Rarely has the disparity in quality between sound and pictures been as huge as during the Seventies “Blaxploitation” phenomenon, when crude, brutal thrillers like Shaft and Superfly were salvaged by skilled soundtracks.

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
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Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

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Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
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One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

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King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

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