News Daltrey: 'We should all start to be a bit more aware of our mortality'

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Vocals - Iggy Pop
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Album: Bad Lieutenant, Never Cry Another Tear (Triple Echo)

Ironically, while younger bands strive to revive the sound and mood of Joy Division, Bernard Sumner's subsequent career has sometimes seemed like a desperate flight from his earlier group.

Quadrophenia, Theatre Royal, Brighton

These kids are more than alright

Ian Rankin: Dark and dangerous? It's time to tell a new story

Inspector Rebus was said to be a repository for the more sinister side of his creator – yet, as he approaches 50, Scotland's most famous crime writer has had counselling and gone teetotal. But can he really be thinking about jacking it all in 'before the books get bad'? Katy Guest meets Ian Rankin

Danny McBride: Guitarist with rock'n' roll revivalists Sha Na Na

Their appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969 might have gone against the grain of the "peace and love" generation, but the US group Sha Na Na started a rock 'n' roll revival craze which lasted through the Seventies and took in American Graffiti by George Lucas, the long-running Happy Days sitcom, and inspired British acts such as Showaddywaddy, Rocky Sharpe and the Replays and Darts. The guitarist "Dirty Dan" McBride was a mainstay of Sha Na Na between 1975 and 1980, the high-watermark years of the group, as they hosted their own series on American television and also became part of the Grease phenomenon.

Album: Woodstock 40, Various Artists, Rhino

With the 40th anniversary of the original Woodstock Festival looming, various commemorative releases are being prepared to markthe occasion.

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The space programme changed the way we live in more ways than even Nasa's boffins could have imagined during that first moon landing

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Is it possible to be both an icon and an iconoclast? Well, if anybody can have it both ways it is probably the singer Grace Jones.

Party like it's 1969: Woodstock forty years on

Four decades on, does Woodstock still define the festival experience? A raft of anniversary DVDs and CDs and a new film aim to keep the mood alive.

60 years old: happy birthday to the single

What was the first record you ever bought? As the 7-inch disc celebrates six decades, Jonathan Owen asks 60 celebrities for their musical memories

Album: The Who, The Who Sell Out: Deluxe Edition, (Polydor)

This is the baked bean-saturated work from 1967 that validated Townshend's vision of his group as an "art installation". Yep, it's psychedelic in parts and interleaves songs with advertising jingles.

David Lister: We don't need a Cultural Olympiad

This week I received a letter from some of the biggest worthies in the arts – the likes of Nicholas Hytner of the National Theatre, Kevin Spacey of the Old Vic, Michael Boyd of the Royal Shakespeare Company, Michael Grandage of the Donmar, and Mike Attenborough of the Almeida. They wanted to share their concern that in the present climate the arts were under real threat of losing much of their private sponsorship. Artistic output is likely to be affected. These are fast becoming financially difficult times for the arts.

Keith Moon gets plaque at last despite English Heritage snub

Fans organised accolade after refusal to honour hell-raising drummer

Pandora: Jo's keeping Ronnie in the picture

There is little doubt that Jo Wood has had her patience tested of late. What with her husband Ronnie's affair, then his claims that his mistress – a twentysomething Russian blonde – was responsible for his sobering up, few could blame the former model for wanting to sever all ties with the Rolling Stone.

Mitch Mitchell: child actor who drummed up a rock career

Mitch Mitchell has been described as one of the three great British rock drummers of the 1960s.

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