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The Austrian actor recorded a video message for demonstrators in the country which was posted via the opposition leader's YouTube account

Lawson: his first big gig was supporting the Jackson Five at the Michigan State Fair in 1969

Ricky Lawson: Musician

Leading session drummer who played with Jackson, Houston, Wonder, Clapton, Collins, Midler and Jarreau

George Barnett: 'I'd like Vanessa Paradis, circa 1988-90. I could listen to that voice sing anything'

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'I'd like Vanessa Paradis, circa 1988-90. I could listen to that voice sing anything'

Sam Rivers: Saxophonist at the cutting edge of jazz's avant garde

The avant-garde work of the saxophonist Sam Rivers was the most accessible free-form music for the general listener. The more prickly practitioners of the Sixties avant-garde saxophone treated their audiences with aggression, but Sam was almost without ego, a brilliant teacher and among the nicest of men.

UK museums warned over dealings with Saudi regime

Former V&A chief says contracts should be reviewed in the wake of Middle East instability

Snooky Young: Trumpeter regarded with reverence by his contemporaries

Any bandleader who had Snooky Young in his band could relax, knowing that he'd filled the most difficult role in the band with the best that there was. Young spent four decades leading the trumpet sections in the bands of Jimmy Lunceford, Count Basie and Lionel Hampton. He was infallible, and earned the respect and affection of all his fellows.

Story of the Song: Man in the Mirror, Michael Jackson 1987

It was an indication of how commercially viable Michael Jackson had become by the late Eighties that out of the 11 tracks on his album Bad, ten were issued as singles in various territories.

Album: Quincy Jones, Q: Soul Bossa Nostra (Qwest/Interscope)

Soul Bossa Nostra: the title, a pun linking Quincy Jones' emblematic '60s instrumental "Soul Bossa Nova" (of Austin Powers dance-routine fame) with intimations of his don-like hegemony over black American music of the last five or six decades, gives some impression of the producer's massive, mafioso-like presence in American music culture.

Unquiet soul: John Legend and the new generation of protest singers in America

Forty years ago, a generation of African-American protest singers challenged a country tearing itself apart. Now, as America heads back to the polls, can a new crop of musicians galvanise a nation divided over race, recession and the longest foreign conflict in its history?

Herman Leonard: Celebrated photographer whose work helped make jazz the epitome of cool

Photography has proved a crucial medium in spreading the popularity of jazz and making the music and its creators the epitome of cool.

Ivan Fallon: A day on the Blue Train with Naomi and Nelson

Our writer joined the luminaries for a train ride that has become central to the trial of Charles Taylor. These are his memories of it

Mark Ronson, Amy Winehouse and that special chemistry

Artists from Amy Winehouse via David Bowie to U2 have had musical masterminds in the control room. Fiona Sturges looks at their influence

Album: Various artists, Can You Dig It? (Soul Jazz)

"The Music and Politics of Black Action Films 1968-75," it says, which is a fancy way of saying "Blaxploitation Movie Soundtrack Music".

Story of the Song - Michael Jackson, Thriller (1983)

Michael Jackson's signature song was primarily written by a Cleethorpes-born songwriter, Rod Temperton, who had graced the charts with the home-grown disco combo Heatwave.

Michael Jackson: The ultimate song and dance man

Perhaps he couldn't lay claim to genius. But he was, quite simply, an incredible entertainer, who redefined pop stardom and whose influence remains impossible to ignore. Simon Price pays tribute

'Thriller' was the masterpiece that set tone for pop's next generation

Roused from sleep with the shocking, if not entirely surprising, news that Michael Jackson was gone, I was halfway through my bowl of cereal when the inevitable happened.

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