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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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pop: john cale trio

Welshman John Cale (right), a co-founder of the Velvet Underground, begins a short UK tour tonight which marks his most extensive outing in this country for 15 years. Since leaving the Velvets in 1968, he's made 20 solo albums, produced the likes of Jonathan Richman, Nico and Patti Smith, and collaborated with other avant-gardists including Brian Eno and Terry Riley. These performances see him play grand piano and acoustic guitar accompanied by multi-instrumentalists Lance Doss and Mark Deffenbaugh. A busy month for Cale has also seen a major compilation of work from across his career released on Island, and the publication of his autobiography, What's Welsh For Zen?

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Pop: Great Covers 14. The Slits: "Cut"

The Slits were rock's perfect rebel girls. With hair back-combed through the brambles of late-Seventies punk and reggae, they radiated a tomboy sexuality that pastiched Patti Smith and Suzi Quatro and paved the way for other girls who just wanna have fun. On Cut, they shed their motley threads in favour of mud dredged up from the rivers of Babylon. This was an audacious thing to do - few other female artists, if any, have chosen to pose topless on an album cover. And The Slits are not trying to titillate or seduce, or even shock. If Madonna did this, it would be to say something quite different.

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The writer and the photographer

Today and for the next 10 days, some of the world's finest writers and performers will gather in Hay-on-Wye for a great literary celebration, sponsored this year by the Independent for the first time. To mark the event, Edmund White, acclaimed novelist, biographer and one of the festival's keynote speakers, recalls the reaction of some great names in literature to the photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

RIFFS / Everything but The Girl: Tracy Thorn of Everything But The Girl on Patti Smith's version of 'Gloria'

'GLORIA' was written by Van Morrison, but I never knew about his version when I first heard this in 1978. It's about six minutes long because she adds her own section at the beginning, this weird bit which is slow and languid, in which she declaims what are the opening lines of her album: 'Jesus died for somebody's sins, but not mine.' The track then builds up behind her, really slowly, with mounting excitement until it reaches a climax.
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