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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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New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

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Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

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...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
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
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

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?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

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

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine