Voices Anti Clause 28 March and Demonstration, London, 1988

During the 15 years in which Section 28 was law, no local authority was prosecuted

Wretch 32, XOYO, London

It's no secret that the success of MCs like Dizzee Rascal, Tinchy Stryder, Tinie Tempah et al has inspired record labels to frantically snatch up as many of these underground stars as possible, with Wretch 32 being the latest kid on the block to be tipped for the big time. Back in January, he landed a No 5 single with "Traktor", a pounding tune so wickedly addictive, Diddy insisted on performing it with the 26-year-old at his Last Train to Paris party earlier this year. Then, Ian Brown gave him his blessing by allowing him to use a sample of The Stone Roses' "Fools Gold" for his most recent single, "Unorthodox". Exciting times, then, for Jermaine Sinclair, especially for a guy who grew up on a Tottenham estate but can now stamp "wooer of rap moguls and rock legends" on his CV, and has shown he's got a lot more going for him than being another mix-tape rapper with a ghetto backstory. Musically, he infuses soul and a real sense of poetry into his observational lyrics, and on stage he's fun, energetic and chatty, leading the chant: "forget about violence, I rather be cool!"

The Stone Roses to 'reunite'

The Stone Roses are set to reunite.

Beady Eye make live debut

Beady Eye made their live debut last night in Glasgow.

First Night: Beady Eye, Barrowlands, Glasgow

Life after Oasis– and Liam's still a rock'n'roll star

Stone Roses gig to be resurrected on film

The celebrated Spike Island show by the Stone Roses is to be immortalised in a new movie. The 1990 concert was a high point in the indie rock band's career, with nearly 30,000 people flocking to the outdoor gig near Widnes, Cheshire. It will be the backdrop for a film being made by Tom Green, director of Channel 4's Misfits.

Ex-Stone Roses singer Ian Brown has driving charge dropped

Former Stone Roses frontman Ian Brown was told he was "free to go" by a court today after prosecutors dropped a driving charge against him.

Story Of The Song: Fool's Gold, The Stone Roses, 1989

"Fool's Gold" lolloped out of the backend of the Eighties with a loose-limbed strut and an attitude to match. Merging northern English, pasty-faced guitar rock with urban American dance music, it was recorded a world away from the Stone Roses' native Manchester, at Cornwall's small Sawmills studio, a 17th-century stone building set in its own tidal creek.

Curse of The Charlatans strikes again as drummer is diagnosed with brain tumour

They should have been celebrating two decades of defying the odds as one of the most enduring features of British indie rock. But instead The Charlatans, who once described themselves as "the unluckiest band in pop", announced yesterday that their drummer had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Imagine no new artists, just endless re-releases

As revenues crash, record labels are opting to repackage classics by Lennon, Hendrix, and others, rather than invest in new artists. Fiona Sturges wonders where it will all end

Guitar greats honoured at Mojo music awards

A trio of guitar greats - Jimmy Page, Duane Eddy and Richard Thompson - were honoured tonight for their inspirational contribution at a major music awards event.

Stone Roses' John Squire: I've given up music for art

Former Stone Roses guitarist John Squire talks to The Independent Online about why he exchanged his guitar for a paintbrush ahead of an exhibition of his artwork, alongside that of Sanchita Islam, at Bristol's The Square Gallery next week:

James, Royal Albert Hall, London

Did we all sit down? Well, no, everyone stood up – and stayed standing – from the moment lead singer Tim Booth emerged from the back of the Albert Hall singing "Sit Down" before mounting the mixing desk, only to fall backwards on to the floor. Booth accepted the pratfall with dignity, emphasising the line "those who find themselves ridiculous". It was bold of the re-formed Mancunian seven-piece to kick-off with "Sit Down", an anthem that (in my day) encouraged students (usually chemistry) to sit down on nightclub floors. It was a promising start and the intense 50-year-old Booth threw shapes and contorted his stick-thin body like it was 1992. And his voice was clearly in sensationally good shape, relishing the high notes.

The Alternative Hero, By Tim Thornton

Clive Beresford is a music fan. And how. In his thirties, he is still in the grip of the obsession that ruled him in his teens – an obsession with alternative music in general and the Thieving Magpies in particular. (The Magpies are a fictional band but slot in so neatly beside the Stone Roses, Violent Femmes, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine and all the other bands name-checked here, that one almost believes in them.) When Clive discovers that Lance Webster, the former frontman of the now-disbanded Magpies, lives just around the corner, he starts plotting to befriend him and solve the tormenting question once and for all: why did the Magpies break up?

Better than the Brits: <i>The IoS</i> offers an alternative selection

On Tuesday, the nation's premier music awards will announce the best British album of the past 30 years. The shortlist, though, has been met with derision. We asked the experts for some more fitting suggestions

Madchester: the resurrection

Manchester's new Ha&ccedil;ienda has opened. Benjamin Halligan attends and finds much more than the ghosts of Tony Wilson and Happy Mondays
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Mussolini tried to warn his ally of the danger of bringing the country to its knees. So should we, says Patrick Cockburn
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Prince Charles the saviour of the nation?

A new book highlights concerns about how political he will be when he eventually becomes king
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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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She may be in charge of minimising our risks of injury, but the chair of the Health and Safety Executive still wants children to be able to hurt themselves
The open loathing between Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu just got worse

The open loathing between Obama and Netanyahu just got worse

The Israeli PM's relationship with the Obama has always been chilly, but going over the President's head on Iran will do him no favours, says Rupert Cornwell
French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

Fury at British best restaurants survey sees French magazine produce a rival list
Star choreographer Matthew Bourne gives young carers a chance to perform at Sadler's Wells

Young carers to make dance debut

What happened when superstar choreographer Matthew Bourne encouraged 27 teenage carers to think about themselves for once?
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Dame Harriet Walter: The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment

Dame Harriet Walter interview

The actress on learning what it is to age, plastic surgery, and her unease at being honoured by the establishment
Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Critics of Tom Stoppard's new play seem to agree that cerebral can never trump character, says DJ Taylor
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Salads aren't just a bit on the side, says our chef - their crunch, colour and natural goodness are perfect for a midwinter pick-me-up
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George Ford: Cool head ready to put out dragon fire

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