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Dylan Jones: 'Nina Simone didn't enjoy recording 'Baltimore' but it was one of her strongest albums'

One wonders how big a city has to be, or how small a town, to have a song written about it. By now most US state capitals must have had a song written about them and even the most inconsequential conurbations have been celebrated by alt.country's finest minds.

Anna Calvi - The red and the black and the blonde

Anna Calvi is lionised by Chanel, Gucci, and Vogue, as well as producing stylish music. Gillian Orr meets the singer

Herb Snitzer: Jazz gold (in monochrome)

When he was asked to photograph the great tenor saxophonist Lester Young in New York City in 1958, Herb Snitzer was just a young man with a camera.

My Fantasy Band: John Legend

Album: Leif Vollebekk, Inland (Nevado)

This Canadian sings lyrically complex songs with a voice that's a cross between Nina Simone at her most world-weary and Devendra Banhart at his least annoying.

Album: Doris Duke, I'm a Loser (Kent)

You can get these tracks on a compilation CD but this is a facsimile of the original 1969 Canyon LP: a 12-song concept album on the theme of the wronged woman, a role that Duke, a backing singer for Nina Simone, incarnates with extraordinary fidelity (and fidelity is a big issue here, as you'd guess).

My Fantasy Band: K'Naan

'John Frusciante is just incredible'

Tracey Macleod: A reluctant diva finds her voice

A first time for everything: We all know that variety is the spice of life. But what happened when we challenged four writers to explore their untapped potential?

Clark's dance 'Heroes' in London

Dancers from the Michael Clark Company make a return visit to London's Barbican after a touring the country with the production come, been and gone.

Cannes Diary: 15/05/2010

Douglas offers old excuses

When a fellow member of the press stood up at the press conference of Oliver Stone's Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and congratulated the Hollywood actor Michael Douglas for looking good at 65, the actor visibly winced, admitting some minutes later that the film offers weren't as abundant as they had been some years ago.

On the agenda: Secret Cinema; Late Night Jazz; You, Me and Everybody Else exhibition; William Furlong; Freja Beha Erichsen; Hay Literature Festival

Hay gives a whole new meaning to book club while Phaidon goes all 'multi-platform' on us

How does 'Hair' still bring in the bread, man?

In 1968, the squares thought it 'perverted', and to the kids it was phony.

Album: Barb Jungr, The Men I Love (Naim)

After the tightly-focused spotlight on the late Nina Simone's repertoire that was Just Like A Woman, Barb Jungr returns to her wide-ranging selections from The Great American Songbook with The Men I Love.

Album: Alicia Keys, The Element of Freedom, (Sony)

A top talent caught between Roberta and the ringtone
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