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LEONARD COHEN (Beautiful Losers) and Bob Dylan (Tarantula) both produced acclaimed volumes of writing, while last year Ray Davies used characters from Kinks songs as the basis for a novel. As well as more than a dozen dark, murderous albums with the Birthday Party and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave has written a novel, And the Ass Saw the Angel. Captain Beefheart, the man with the vocal range of four and a half octaves, was a child art prodigy until he met Frank Zappa at high school. Since giving up his Magic Band, the Captain has returned to art, exhibiting widely under his real name, Don Van Vliet.

Travel: Just another Saturday night Chez Ponty

Cosmopolitan Dakar has some great musicians, cafes and an unmistakably French feel. But its unsavoury past is hard to ignore, as Jonathan Gregson discovered


Naomi Campbell, 27, was born in south London. She was `discovered' at the age of 15, and quickly acquired the status of supermodel, since when she has also published a novel, `White Swan', and recorded an album. She lives in New York and Paris. The fashion designer Azzedine Alaia, 58, was born in Tunis. He arrived in Paris in 1957, and worked for both Christian Dior and Guy Laroche before setting up his own studio in 1965 - but it wasn't until the early Eighties that his figure-hugging creations made him an international star. He is single and lives in Paris

Everyone may think it's cool to be black, but it's really hard work

Trevor Phillips wanting to be different

Outtakes; Supermodel Honor Fraser joins fashion's most exclusive club.

It's all the rage. Wear a pair of Vivienne Westwood's elevator shoes and enjoy the trip. Twist an ankle, and you're following in the footsteps of Naomi Campbell. Fall down the stairs, and you're in the eminent company of Super Aristo, Honor Fraser.



Pretty schoolgirl or sex object?

ELIZABETH PRESTON, who turns 13 today, is a young model with her eye on the big time. She wants to be a Kate Moss or a Naomi Campbell and sees nothing wrong with having posed in scanty clothing as part of that aim. Nor, it seems, does her mother.

Designer knitwear that won't keep you warm

KNITWEAR designer Lainey Keogh showed her third collection at London Fashion Week yesterday. It was an opulent affair that owed as much to her Irish roots as it did to flights of fantasy in Tibet, India, ancient Egypt and Rome, and Morocco.

Coming to the aid of the party

It's a tricky business, being cool. One minute you're in, next minute... who? It's a problem that faces Tony Blair, who has done his best to glamorise Downing Street with a succession of high-profile parties drawn from the ranks of those who put the cool into Britannia. Or do they? Red or Dead designer Wayne Hemingway reckons that too many of the guests were plain naff. Far too '97. Rosa Prince helps the PM recover his street cred with a party list of the newest, coolest people in town


Now S'n'F is passe and the Aga saga's had its day, what's going to be the next big trend as commercial women's fiction moves from clogs and moans to Bridget Jones?

Film: Fan Facts - Richard E Grant

Cult fave: Grant credits much of his later success to his role in Withnail and I (1987), which only played in the cinemas for between six to eight weeks. It later became a cult classic.

How to make fame come knocking at your (exquisite Georgian) door

Fancy having Naomi Campbell round your house and getting paid for it? For some, this

My feet are killing me

High heels, stack heels and cork wedges were on parade everywhere during fashion week, and not just on the catwalks. This season's must- haves are high, spiky and very uncomfortable, says Melanie Rickey.

Why are they famous? Jane Seymour

Main Claim: Bum-length hair, silly pronouncements and a raft of husbands. Queen of a now-grown-up Famous for Being Famous generation that includes Fiona Fullerton, Sandra Dickinson and Lorraine Chase, Jane has spent much of her time rabbiting on about romance while pulling off three divorces. Latest news is that she has a touch of dengue fever and she and her hair are in a Puerto Rican hospital.
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