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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Glastonbury 2013 - review: A laid-back Sunday to follow the Rolling Stones' show - from Rufus Wainright to John Lydon
Sunday 30 June 2013
So how can you possibly top that set from The Stones? A dream Saturday night headline set from the biggest rock band in the business was always going to a tough act to follow. Respect then to Bath-based The Heavy whose midday set on The Other Stage was a perfect start to the final day of this year's Glastonbury festival.
Wednesday 26 June 2013
Liz on Rihanna
Friday 21 June 2013
With three Grammy Awards and multi-platinum American sales, the Zac Brown Band are the coming thing in outlaw country music.
Wednesday 12 June 2013
48-year-old singer died from a single knife wound
Wednesday 12 June 2013
Forget pyrotechnics, dancers and crazy hydaulics - Rihanna's Diamonds tour is essentially one long celebration of her lady-parts
Friday 31 May 2013
With Mercury-nominated 2011 debut Peanut Blues & Melancholy Jam, Ghostpoet rewired something very British into his own bleak, bruised sound.
Thursday 30 May 2013
Nick Grimshaw said there is no place on the Glastonbury stage for his One Direction pal Harry Styles and his bandmates.
Saturday 25 May 2013
With Girls Aloud gone for good and two rival Sugababes fighting it out, there's a vacancy for a Great British Girl Group. (The Saturdays? Behave.)
Monday 20 May 2013
In 1973, the Jamaican saxophonist and composer Cedric “Im” Brooks issued a wonderful album entitled From Mento to Reggae to Third World Music.
Friday 03 May 2013
Gun incident leaves one dead at airport
Wednesday 01 May 2013
I’m standing by a stage, watching one of my teenage idols, Carlos Santana, tear up a guitar barely 10 feet away from me. Nothing unusual in that – the Mexican-American rock legend still tours frequently – what’s unusual is the setting, a dusty field in a small country town on the edge of the Australian Outback. .
Friday 26 April 2013
If you want your house painted orange, Peter Andre is your man.
Thursday 18 April 2013
It remains to be seen whether Snoop Dogg's Rastafarian incarnation is a permanent change, or just one of a series of character-roles, following the George Clinton-influenced DJ Snoopadelic.
Tuesday 09 April 2013
"This song is very special to me," says Emeli Sandé. It’s something you’ll hear her say a lot tonight. The night, of course, is also special, and it goes without saying how special we, the fans who have made all this possible, are.
Friday 05 April 2013
Electric Soft Parade
New UK station Russia Today gives a very bizarre view of Britain
By performing as African Americans or Indians, white people get to play act a kind of 'imaginary liberation', writes Michael Mark Cohen
New essay by JK Rowling went live on Pottermore site this morning
Top Gear presenter is no stranger to foot-in-mouth controversy
Pope Francis declares evolution and Big Bang theory are real and God is not 'a magician with a magic wand'
Huge surge in Ukip support after EU funding row, according to new poll
Ukip ‘exploiting grooming scandal’ to secure party’s first police chief
Nigel Farage: 'There’s nothing wrong with white people blacking up'
Maureen Lipman says 'she can't vote Labour while Ed Miliband is leader'
Muslims, immigration and teenage pregnancy: British people are ignorant about almost everything
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- 2 Topshop at centre of row over body image as 'shocking' skinny mannequin photo goes viral
- 3 Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson criticised for beer tweet
- 4 The bubble bursts for Sodastream
- 5 If you think Russell Brand’s new book is confused, you should read what his critics have to say about it