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The keyboard-player, guitarist and songwriter Allen Lanier was a founder-member of Blue Öyster Cult, the thinking man's heavy metal band best known for the spectral anthem "(Don't Fear) The Reaper''. Included in the John Carpenter horror film Halloween in 1978, two years after its original release on the group's fourth studio album Agents Of Fortune, and referenced in The Simpsons, "Reaper'' tends to overshadow the rest of BÖC's mercurial oeuvre.

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When the playwright Sam Shepard met aspiring rock star Patti Smith in 1971, the result was an intense affair and a play which hasn't seen the light of day for years. Why revive it now, asks Samantha Ellis

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