The frontman has called for a halt to medical advances which could extend mortality well beyond the age of 100
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Sunday 08 January 2012
The better half of a poet's life
Friday 06 January 2012
It's hard not to feel somewhat let down by The Maccabees' follow-up to 2009's Wall of Arms.
Monday 19 December 2011
Laura Marling has dropped the obligatory encore. Other acts should too, says Elisa Bray
Friday 02 December 2011
The week in culture
Tuesday 01 November 2011
With his trademark windmilling strumming arm, penchant for smashing up expensive guitars live on stage and pioneering love of rock opera, Pete Townshend has had little regard for the conventions of the music industry during his 50-year career.
Tuesday 01 November 2011
Thursday 08 September 2011
It was such an innocent letter that poor Jackie Keene had the temerity to write (5 September). Jackie dared to question the Olympic organisers’ choice of aged rockers The Who to headline next year’s closing ceremony.
Friday 02 September 2011
With the Faustian frenzy of the first "Mephisto Waltz" and the macabre extravaganza of the Totentanz, tonight the BBC Proms winds up its celebration of the music of Franz Liszt. Born 200 years ago, the son of a farm manager on the Esterhazy estates in Hungary, the piano virtuoso and revolutionary composer debuted aged nine. At 11, he played for Beethoven, who kissed the boy's forehead and blessed him as "one of the fortunate ones" who bring "joy".
Friday 12 August 2011
Sunday 07 August 2011
Without The Pirates we wouldn't have had Dr Feelgood, let alone Johnny Kidd. Maybe not The Who. The Pirates permitted all manner of things to occur. And for a brief period in the late 1970s, they staged a comeback, sounding like the Feelgoods sans Brilleaux, sans psychosis, sans a little swing. Here are their finest moments, many of them live, all of them demonstrating why Mick Green plus Fender Tele Custom should be taken as the sound of British electric guitar. Rockin'.
Wednesday 29 June 2011
One of Britain's most famous seaside attractions, Brighton Pier, has been put up for sale, its owner has disclosed.
Wednesday 15 June 2011
An album signed by John Lennon hours before he was shot dead has fetched £23,750 at auction.
Thursday 02 June 2011
The news that British artists have suffered their worst showing in the six-decade history of the UK singles chart will come as no surprise to students of post-war history. The Americans invented popular music, both as an industry and as a cultural phenomenon, but by the 1960s it had become an Anglo-American enterprise, with the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and The Who among the most popular bands on the planet.
Friday 27 May 2011
Wednesday 25 May 2011
George Davis is as innocent as he will ever be. A brief court hearing yesterday ended the 27 year saga of the notorious miscarriage of justice that spawned the most famous slogan ever to have come out of the London gangland.
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Tunisia beach attack: How can British Muslims respond to the latest outrages?
- 1 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 2 Iain Duncan Smith's expenses credit card is suspended after he runs up £1,000 debt to taxpayer
- 3 German ethics council calls for incest between siblings to be legalised by Government
- 4 French woman dies in freak bungee jumping accident
- 5 Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck to divorce and end their 10-year marriage