Paul Weller

The rapacity of the record revival

Music labels are trying to cash in on a resurgence in the popularity of vinyl, putting often-inflated price-tags on albums, says Nick Hasted

Leader of the pack Wiggins dedicated to fashion for Tour de France à

It's probably fair to say that Bradley Wiggins can't really experience all the elements of Mod culture. If he were to regularly stay up until 3am at the Twisted Wheel, dancing to Northern soul and necking amphetamines, it's fair to say that the Chorley-based cyclist wouldn't be leading this year's Tour de France.

Not just rock'n'roll

A live show from the 22-year-old singer-songwriter is always a joy to watch, from her delicate finger-picked folk songs to the country stomp of newer numbers such as "Sophia".

Japan Disaster Benefit, Brixton Academy, London

Boasting a line-up more suited to the Glastonbury main stage than the Brixton Academy, Liam Gallagher, Paul Weller and Primal Scream were among the cream of British rock acts who performed a one-off gig in aid of relief efforts for victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

Diary: Paul Hewson for PM

While Blair was long convinced that Brown would be a poor prime minister, he seems to have no such compunction about recommending Bono for a similar role. The U2 frontman, Blair writes (on page 555), "could have been a president or prime minister standing on his head. He had an absolutely natural gift for politicking, was great with people, very smart and an inspirational speaker... motivated by an abundant desire to keep on improving, never really content or relaxed. I knew he would work with George [W Bush] well, and with none of the prissy disdain of most of his ilk". Bono's nationality (not to say his tax arrangements) would preclude him from leading a British political party. One assumes he would also have to revert to his real name, Paul Hewson, to be taken seriously in high office. But familiarity with the world of finance would surely qualify him for leadership in Ireland: his investment fund, Elevation Partners, has been described as "arguably the worst run institutional fund of any size in the United States".

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The Small Faces - a fanbase that's alive and kicking

It’s more than 18 years since Steve Marriott died after fire swept through his 16th century Essex home and yet, with the help of Facebook, the greatest of mod icons has become a hero to a fanbase more international than he ever had when he was alive.

Lawrence Watson - Ever changing moods

It was when Paul Weller replaced the artwork for the Style Council’s 1988 album ‘Confessions of a Pop Group’, with photographs taken by Lawrence Watson, that the young photographer’s career took off.