This week marks the 30th anniversary of BBC banning radio play of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax'
The Plastic Ono Band
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Monday 09 August 2010
John Lennon's killer will apply for parole for the sixth time this week.
Friday 06 August 2010
Don't hold your breath waiting for Beatles songs to go on sale at iTunes or other online retailers, Yoko Ono said yesterday.
Wednesday 16 June 2010
Friday 12 March 2010
For one so consumed by good design, Kanye West's pioneering website, kanyeuniversecity.com, had become rather dated looking of late. Last week, Kanye relaunched his web presence with kanyewest.com, and indeed, it's a far prettier and better laid out affair. He's split the site into various areas of specific interest, so now, if don't want to see the pictures he posts of scantily clad women or follow his musings on ergonomic chairs, but do want to see what he has to say about art or fashion, or indeed music, you can do so with greater ease. Kanye was also fond of all caps-based personal rants in the past, and this has been built this into the new site as a knowing aesthetic feature. A recent entry contained such an outpouring, which concluded with this statement (I've removed the excessive capital letters): "The music you turn up loud is your opinion. For most people it's easier to just agree. For me the hardest thing is to 'just' agree and that is what sparks creativitiy. The feeling that something can be better, the feeling that something's missing, the feeling that something's needed."
Wednesday 03 February 2010
John Lennon dismissively sang "God is a concept by which we can measure our pain" - but now his former Beatles bandmate Ringo Starr has revealed after decades of searching, he has become a believer.
Sunday 03 January 2010
Lawrence Arabia isn't his real name, of course: his real name is Dave Arabia. OK, it's James Milne, a 28-year-old from New Zealand who has served time with the Ruby Suns and Okkervil River, and wrote the score for Eagle vs Shark.
Friday 18 December 2009
Nowehere Boy, the biopic of a young John Lennon reaches UK cinemas next week and is reviewed in today's Independent.
Saturday 19 September 2009
Despite many efforts to reform it, this archaic "order of chivalry" survives, though how seriously it is taken even by those proudly waving their medals outside Buck House is debatable.
Friday 18 September 2009
Advancing age clearly poses less of a barrier to pop success than in previous eras, as the recent chart placings of Bob Dylan and the Beatles can confirm.
Alexei Sayle: Roll up for the magical mystery tour of Liverpool – but don't visit my old house
Saturday 12 September 2009
Sunday 06 September 2009
Wednesday 12 August 2009
Baggage handlers at a city's airport have voted to go on strike, their union announced today.
Monday 06 July 2009
The most infamous manager of the rock and pop era, Allen Klein looked after the affairs of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles in the Sixties and early seventies. A notoriously brash character and tough negotiator, Klein invented the role of business manager but his stance as the outsider siding with the artists, the enemy of the record companies, would have had a lot more credence if he hadn't succeeded in negotiating excellent, many would say extortionate, terms when he parted company with his clients.
Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band, Royal Festival Hall, London<br>Billy Bragg, Patrick Jones, Blackwood Miners' Institute, Gwent
Sunday 21 June 2009
Tuesday 16 June 2009
She may claim to revel in the role of outsider, but on this showing Yoko Ono has as much need of love as the rest of us. In the past, Ono has said that she thrives on brickbats, yet tonight, as part of the Ornette Coleman-curated Meltdown Festival, this spry 76-year-old admits some trepidation to a huge round of applause.
Scotland could still declare independence – even without referendum, says Alex Salmond
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Hilary Mantel 'should be investigated by police' over Margaret Thatcher assassination story, says Lord Bell
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Plebgate MP Andrew Mitchell called officer a 'little s**t', claim court documents 'exposing ex-Chief Whip's 'record of abusing police'
Archbishop of Canterbury admits doubts about existence of God
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