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'Keith Richards is my favourite guitarist. It's amazing he's still walking'

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A murder inquiry into the Bloody Sunday killings 40 years ago in Northern Ireland could take four years, police warned.

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Supra-referential power-pop like this was fashionable in certain strata in the late-1970s, and you can see why.

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A lost recording of John Lennon and Yoko Ono celebrating the release of one of the Sixties' most famous "political" prisoners over the phone has come to light, just as he appears at an anniversary concert in London.

Observations: Outdoor performers to use their own shell-likes

Jason Flanagan, one-time employee of Norman Foster, and who is now a director of BFLS Architects, has just rolled out the prototype of Soundforms, a sophisticated, shell-like, soundstage, whose components can be set up in a few hours.

Bert Weedon wrote the best-selling 'Play In A Day' guitar books

Giants of rock bid farewell to father of all guitar heroes

Tributes pour in for Bert Weedon, the British musician whose tutorials inspired a generation

'Fender was too clean...': Marshall with his amps in 1999

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In the mid-1960s, the emergence of the powerful Marshall amplifiers enabled musicians to turn up the volume – and effectively transformed pop music into rock.

Four police officers suspended in Northern Ireland over 'sectarian texts'

Four police officers in Northern Ireland have been suspended from duty after the discovery of racist and sectarian text messages.

Jim Marshall launched his amplifier in 1965 and saw it conquer the world

Farewell to the 'Father of Loud' – it's been a blast

The rock world has promised to "crank it up to 11" to mark the death of Jim Marshall, the "Father of Loud", whose groundbreaking amplifiers gave the gift of extreme volume to generations of guitar heroes.

Album: Justin Townes Earle, Nothing's Gonna Change the Way You Feel About Me Now (Bloodshot)

You have to applaud the restlessness and drive of a talent such as JTE's. At its best (see Harlem River Blues), the results are a beguiling blend of demon-driven countryfied rock-gospel and Earle could easily have stuck in that groove/rut.

Sting at Hammersmith Apollo, London

“Sometimes I'm scared of being Ozzy Osbourne. But it could have been worse. I could have been Sting.”

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