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Captain Beefheart: Influential singer who brought the avant garde to rock music before forging a successful career as a painter

"Enigmatic" and "idiosyncratic" are the default adjectives often used to define performers who fail to engage with the mainstream, but they do describe the American singer and composer Captain Beefheart most appositely.

Album: Napolean IIIrd, Christiania (Brainlove)

Sometimes, the best ideas are the simplest: take the in-your-face electro pop of, say, Hot Chip and then, instead of singing in that wry, detached art-school way, be a bit shouty and angry and punk rock.

Album: Iggy Pop & James Williamson, Kill City (Alive Natural Sound)

In between the Stooges and The Idiot, Iggy and his guitarist mate recorded this set of demos: a sort of torrid Stooges-meets-the-Rolling-Stones shakedown of the Ig's favourite urban-angst themes.

James Freud: Bassist and singer with post-punk band Models

A week after the Australian band Models were inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame, James Freud – who had his biggest success with them in the mid-1980s – took his own life. Freud had a long history of alcoholism and had made several suicide attempts after his career stalled in the late '80s.

Album: My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (Warners)

Red alert: 'C'mon America. You're better than this'

Album: My Chemical Romance, Danger Days: The True Lives Of The Fabulous Killjoys (Reprise)

Who knew nihilist emo-punk could be so theatrical? My Chemical Romance revealed their penchant for the grand conceit with 2006's The Black Parade, a concept album about cancer that featured a queasy onstage mix of Busby Berkeley and pyrotechnics.

Mick Rock: The man who shot the Seventies

A new exhibition of work by Mick Rock, often referred to as ‘The man who shot the Seventies,’ opens in London tomorrow.

Richard, By Ben Myers

A curiously blunt stab at a rock icon

Ari Up: Rebellious and confrontational singer with punk-reggae band the Slits

With her tumbling dreadlocks, mouthy righteousness and determined mission to mash down Babylon, Ari Up was the personification of 1977's Bob Marley song "Punky reggae party". Her later lifestyle was peripatetic, as she moved around the globe, but especially between London, Jamaica, Brooklyn and Los Angeles. Such journeying partially explains why Trapped Animal, the 2009 album by her group, the Slits, and the first since their 2006 reunion, should have been nominated in both the reggae and world-music sections for next year's Grammy awards.

Former Slits singer Ari Up dies age 48

Former Sex Pistols star John Lydon is mourning the death of his step-daughter Ari Up, herself a punk star.

David Thewlis - The punk who got Naked to become an acting wizard

David Thewlis only took up acting to further his music career but, thanks to Mike Leigh, it took off. He tells Chris Sullivan about his new role in the Howard Marks biopic

Punk pioneer mellows with designs to flatter a good figure

There's nothing like a dame, especially when it comes to creating atmosphere. That's what Dame Vivienne Westwood has proved season after season and her Red Label show at London Fashion Week yesterday was no different.

Punk Rock, Lyric Hammersmith, London

The setting is a Stockport grammar school. The stage is a dank, dusty library. The players are a bunch of precocious middle-class 17-year-olds. But the audience watching seven girls and boys holed up together revising for their A-level mocks is anything but bored.

!!! - Death and betrayal as dance-punk's pioneers grow up

The loss of a former drummer and the defection of three band members have only focused !!!, their frontman tells Nick Hasted
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