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What is it with modern musicians and painting? What spurious orthodoxy now decrees that no rock star of note reaches his/her 50th birthday without having an exhibition of scratchy-dauby artworks launched in a major gallery? Did Schubert or Liszt or Beethoven pause in their labours at the keyboard to knock off charming watercolours of the scene from their music-room window? No. Today, you can't throw a paintbrush across Cork Street without hitting another ageing rocker mounting canvases onto a whitewashed wall.
US singer Bob Dylan will embark on a 33-date tour of Europe starting in Oslo on 10 October and ending at London's Royal Albert Hall on 28 November, a statement on his website confirmed today.
Ahead of a new compilation of James Brown shows, Robert Webb lists the best live records
A newly discovered 6ft lizard that is up to 40 million years old has been named after The Door’s frontman Jim Morrison – adding a whole new meaning to the words ‘musical scale’.
Is Bob Dylan “unworthy” of the Légion d’honneur, France’s highest civilian award? The head of the institution which decides on the recipients appears to think so.
A never-before-released Bob Dylan song lyrics are to go to auction in London next month, after being discovered in a drawer in Sweden.
Andy Gill recalls how Richie Havens, who died this week, was a supremely talented musician who put his mark on an entire era
Curt Kirkwood describes Rat Farm as “real blown-up folk music”, and it's as good a description as any – if by “blown-up” he means “spaced out” or some similar druggy epithet.
Tumblr blog of the day (if not the year so far): Jim’ll Paint It. A man, presumably Jim, possibly with a lot of time on his hands, takes commissions for original artworks and posts several a day created using Microsoft Paint.Jim has an eye for the bizarre – and more detail than Paint should allow.
Amy Winehouse will be one of the first names to be immortalised in a monument inspired by Hollywood
Beyoncé’s second inaugural performance didn’t have the impact of her version of Etta James’s “At Last” in 2009. Singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” this time, she still inevitably stopped the show.
New research reveals what followers of the notorious '27 club' have known for years - that a fast-living rock 'n' roll lifestyle results in premature death
An obscure outpost of psychedelia is about to get some exposure. Light in the Attic's latest discovery is South Korean visionary Shin Joong Hyun.
Number of incidents make police believe that a gang or copycat arsonists may be responsible