One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?
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Sunday 19 January 2014
Sasheer Zamata made a low-key but notable debut on “Saturday Night Live” this weekend as the first black female cast member since 2007.
Monday 13 January 2014
Having begun her career as a computer games journalist in her native Brazil, Ana De Moraes is to take on one of the most important creative roles at the BBC.
Saturday 11 January 2014
The steps of Tottenham police station became a platform for the family and supporters of Mark Duggan to pledge to continue their “fight for justice” today, after the 29-year-old’s killing was ruled lawful by an inquest jury on Wednesday.
Monday 02 December 2013
'Police and Thieves' became an anthem in British inner cities of the late Seventies
Thursday 28 November 2013
Thirty years ago today, the first Now That’s What I Call Music pop compilation was released in the UK.
Friday 22 November 2013
We’ve all got a friend who is a bit too fond of taking selfies as a part of their daily routine. But some celebrities are no better. As 'selfie' beat 'twerk' to be named word of 2013 by Oxford Dictionaries, here are some of the worst selfie offenders:
Tuesday 12 November 2013
Brixton Academy, London
Sunday 10 November 2013
MIA has, to state the obvious, cultivated a divisive reputation, and that’s not going to wither with a new album including a track called “aTENTion”. And yet Matangi reveals, more explicitly than ever, her terrible secret: that she’s also a quite brilliant pop star to boot.
Sunday 06 October 2013
For their third LP, the indie-disco group once known as New Young Pony Club have slimmed to the duo of Tahita Bulmer and Andy Spence and abbreviated their name to boot; their music, however, only gets richer. So, while opener “Hard Knocks” has the spry chantability of early hit “Ice Cream”, it proceeds in a more ambiguous register, with sinuous electronica matched by complex emotions.
Saturday 05 October 2013
Here are the answers to this week's quiz...
Sunday 29 September 2013
Reggae artist and producer
Tuesday 24 September 2013
Documentary-maker Nick Broomfield is one of those directors who's as happy in front of the camera as he is behind it. And that's putting it mildly. Fetishes, the film Broomfield made about sex workers, was set in a swanky "fetish parlour" on Manhattan's 5th Avenue and ended with him climbing a door frame, sound boom in hand, to escape the attentions of a bevy of randy dominatrix.
Monday 23 September 2013
There's the atmosphere of an end-of-term romp at The Lightning Child which is both the last show in the Globe Season of Plenty and the venue's first attempt at a musical. Playwright Che Walker and composer Arthur Darvill have joined forces on a crude, lewd, rumbustious remix of Euripides' The Bacchae which keeps hopping from ancient Thebes to contemporary London as it offers an updated low-down on the dangers of either denying or uninhibitedly indulging subterranean passions.
Saturday 07 September 2013
Ry Cooder once told me he’d stopped touring with a band because he just couldn’t make any money from it – which makes these isolated 2011 San Francisco shows all the more precious.
Friday 30 August 2013
Album of the Week: Rizzle dazzle with a fast-talking slice of everyday life
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Crisis? What crisis? A visiting US doctor gives the NHS a rave review
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again. It would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish Independence Referendum: Salmond described as 'arrogant, ambitious and dishonest' by Scottish women
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