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Arts and Entertainment Jake Bugg's musical transition to America has not adversely affected his work

If the challenge faced by Jake Bugg on his second album is to prove you can take the boy out of Clifton (the Nottingham council estate where he was born) without taking all traces of Clifton out of the boy, then it’s one he rises to. Those who see Bugg’s so-called “authenticity” — whatever that means — as a storm of hype might spy signs of “grooming” in the decision to record in LA with producer Rick Rubin, but the follow-up to his hit debut makes the Midlands-to-Malibu move look largely seamless: as an exercise in expanded range, Shangri La is too diverse and distinct to dismiss.

He gets high, but it brings me down

Drugs, so much a part of the club scene, can destroy a relationship when one partner is a user and the other abstains. Is there a way to compromise ? By Annabelle Thorpe

Leading article: Forget the lectures. Young people need facts

What decisions are young people qualified to make? On sex, drugs, rock 'n' roll and voting, our attitudes are often inconsistent. This week young people were told by politicians what to think about Noel Gallagher's claim that taking drugs is like "having a cup of tea". They are always being told by politicians not to have sex, although politicians themselves seem to enjoy it in all sorts of prohibited circumstances. And this week another group of politicians asked for their votes, although under-18s don't have them.

What's the story? Mourning Tories!

Forget Luvvies for Labour, now it's Britpoppers for Blair. Ten years after Red Wedge, Nicholas Barber analyses the latest obsession of pop's aristocracy Barber

Jarvis vs the common people

Who cares about Oasis? Jarvis Cocker is the best thing to have happened to popular music since I was 17, which is at least 21 years ago. Different Class was not only the best album of last year, it is one of the best ever. Anyone who thinks otherwise either hasn't listened to it, or utterly lacks taste. And anyone who thinks assertions like that are idiotically adolescent - well, that's their problem.

Essex a rosy shade of red

Lancashire 186 Essex 57 Lancashire win by 129 runs

Urbane cowboy of the subtly subversive melody

Odd thing, hero worship, and this week it provoked a medley of surprise guest acts to pay homage and grab limelight on other people's stages. No one blamed them. It's just ... well, choose your moment, because some performers can't be topped.

Letter: Who needs the 'new Beatles'?

Sir: Andy Gill's article asks "Are Oasis the new Beatles?" (19 June). Yes, they are the "new Beatles", and they can have that title for as long they want, because they are a carbon copy, not something new.

Girls at their worst

Female pop idols get a raw deal in the media. Or are they asking for it? By Emma Cook

League of their own

Some 80,000 Oasis fans packed out Maine Road to celebrate the Zeitgeist. Mike Hargreaves joined in

Rock stars, he says, are just expensive call girls. Mr Loaf is a modest man, but he would like to teach Noel Gallagher a thing or two

the interview MEAT LOAF TALKS TO BEN THOMPSON photograph by david sandison

Mum puts dent in rock band's wild man image

A burgeoning row over claims by two members of the top rock group Oasis that they once burgled houses and stole car radios took an unexpected turn yesterday when their mother entered the fray to insist that they were nice thoughtful boys who, as far as she knew, had never been involved in crime.

Rolls unfazed by imitation model

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Blur and Oasis in clash for Brits

JOHN McKIE

Strum machine

The company sensed that a guitar called the Gibson Polfus may not grasp the public imagination... so the Gibson Les Paul was born
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Paper trail: the wedding photograph found in the rubble after 9/11 – it took Elizabeth Keefe 13 years to find the people in it
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