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One year after Kurt Cobain's suicide, Ryan Gilbey meets young fans still grieving and wonders what makes rock tragedies so peculiarly painful

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ROCK / The what, where, when and how good: Ben Thompson listens to a new boxed set of The Who, and talks to Roger Daltrey

'WHEN I got close up to him, I could see he was wearing my true face . . . the face I always wanted.' This, according to The Who's scrupulous biographer, Dave Marsh, is how hard-core fan 'Irish Jack' felt when he first saw Pete Townshend on stage at a Shepherd's Bush church hall in 1962. The epiphanous effect might seem to be undermined by Jack's qualifying statement - 'Everything would have been perfect if I had a nose like this geezer' - but it actually isn't. It was The Who's very distance from picture-book pop- star ideals that would make them so important to people.

GLOSSARY / When a geezer turns to crim-speak

'I can't help thinking that had they remained free, the London of today would be a safer place.' 'They' being those community-spirited boys the Kray twins and 'I' - the author of this fatuous speculation - being Mike Reid, comedian and star of EastEnders.

Letter: Flying the flag for Sinead

I WAS surprised to discover in the piece about Sinead O'Connor ('The life of Saint Sinead', Review, 29 November) that I had reportedly 'whooped with laughter' along with (supposed pop cronies - give me a break]) Rick Astley and Roger Daltrey, while Simon Bates played a cynical 'tribute to Sinead' in the form of Whitney Houston singing 'The Star Spangled Banner'.

TELEVISION / Kissing and telling

'Generally speaking it makes a good read . . . it doesn't harm anybody', said PR man Max Clifford about his professional habit of making things up. You couldn't help wondering whether David Mellor found time last night to watch Present Imperfect (BBC 2) and if so what words might have passed his lips as this placid self- judgement emerged. Max Clifford works for Antonia de Sancha, among others, taking scandal and refining it (or perhaps crudifying it) into pure publicity.

ROCK / I'll be your substitute whenever you want me - or who replaced whom

Duran Duran 1978: Vocalist Stephen 'Tin Tin' Duffy leaves believing the band have no future. 1979: His replacement, Andy Wickett, quits for much the same reasons. 1980: Simon LeBon joins. Within 12 months they are the biggest group in the UK; two years later the biggest group in the world.
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