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Celebrities. They're everywhere. Packing out Desert Island Discs, emoting on the interview shows, attached like a lucky charm to every programme proposal. Don't you sometimes think, 'What do actors and singers have to say that's so special?' There are times when you wish Celebrity Culture could be replaced by Clerical Culture, or Science Culture or I don't know, Poet Culture. In Shelley's time, poets were the "unacknowledged legislators of the world", but now it's the celebs who rule the airwaves. Given, though, that we must exist in Celebrity Culture, thank heaven for celebrities like Bob Geldof and Michael Sheen.
With the royal nuptials fast approaching, Gillian Orr picks a dozen classic wedding songs – but will they make next Friday's playlist?
Not sure what music to buy as a present? Andy Gill helps you decide with his guide to some of this year's best albums
You had to be there? Maybe, but these live LPs still thrill
A new poll has named the top 20 guitar riffs of all time — the timeless classics that rock star wannabes practice in front of the bedroom mirror with a tennis racquet when nobody else is around.
Since the success of his acclaimed band The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has earned plenty of public recognition – but he'd rather have his anonymity back, writes Nick Hasted
Getting involved in fisticuffs with your former mentor, who also happens to be one of the heroes of the garage rock scene, may raise your profile, but when it becomes the one thing everyone knows you for – as happened when The Von Bondies' Jason Stollsteimer was attacked by Jack White of The White Stripes in 2003 – then it is unlikely to prove a recipe for long-lasting success.
It would be a lie to say that The White Stripes and The Raveonettes don't come to mind when listening to Blood Red Shoes. But instead of vintage blues or Fifties rock'n'roll, this Brighton band's primary sources come from Seventies rock and punk.
We know how you feel: you need a holiday. Summer is fast approaching, beckoning you to make some plans, here are some of the best options.
Danger Mouse is partly responsible for another of this week's strongest releases, his production of The Black Keys' fifth album adding layers of character and mystery to the duo's core blues-rock.
Despite the porkie in the title – “Your Host Bob Dylan” actually makes no audible appearance on this 2CD compilation of tracks played on his radio show – this is still a superb anthology of folk, blues, rock’n’roll and country, ranging from the 1930s blues of Leroy Carr & Scrapper Blackwell to The White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army”.