Alex James

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Bruce Springsteen is a great songwriter – but that rarely makes for great memoirs
After 18 albums, the star is publishing his autobiography. Precedent suggests he’ll be hard pressed to make his book match the quality of his music

John Keenan

27, Sep, 2016 @7:00 AM

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Blur: New World Towers review – press-kit-style documentary
Concert bits get across the group’s charismatic energy as performers and evoke the rapture of live performance, even if the film is serviceably thin

Leslie Felperin

26, Nov, 2015 @10:23 PM

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Readers recommend: songs about farming | Peter Kimpton
Ranches of cows, horses or sheep? Fields of rice, tea or wheat? Organise your orchard and pick an agricultural crop of songs to make a mass musical harvest, says Peter Kimpton

Peter Kimpton

30, Jul, 2015 @7:00 PM

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Blur: 'We used to take it in turns to punch each other'
Back in Hong Kong, where they recorded their album The Magic Whip, Damon, Graham, Alex and Dave talk about falling out and making up, the state of British pop music and why 90s Britpop was a wasted opportunity

Tim Jonze

30, Jul, 2015 @6:27 PM

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Blur: The Magic Whip review – friends reunited for a beautiful comeback
Blur’s made-in-Hong-Kong album, their first for 12 years, overflows with lovely songs and touchingly reveals a band now happily reconciled

Alexis Petridis

22, Apr, 2015 @1:26 PM

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Blur announce The Magic Whip, their first new album for 12 years
Album features full quartet of Albarn, Coxon, Rowntree and James, and fans can celebrate with summer gig in London’s Hyde Park

Harriet Gibsone

19, Feb, 2015 @2:14 PM

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Sophie Heawood: please Madonna, step away from your smartphone
‘She never bothered with social media before, but now she’s all over Instagram and Twitter like a rash’

Sophie Heawood

10, Jan, 2015 @6:00 AM

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Thought the Chipping Norton set had disbanded? Along comes Alex James to shatter the illusion
Marina Hyde: After The Unpleasantness, one might have assumed David Cameron’s Cotswolds cronies would have gone to ground. But activity over the New Year indicates something far more disturbing

Marina Hyde

08, Jan, 2015 @5:56 PM

The Sun marks the World Cup by giving away 22m papers to English homes

Special issue distributed free across England

Roy Greenslade

11, Jun, 2014 @9:01 PM

Celebrities and their dogs, portrait auction – in pictures
Stars of stage and screen pose with their pets for The Company of Dogs – a portrait exhibition raising money for Dogs Trust

17, Mar, 2014 @8:30 AM

Music Weekly podcast: Dan Hancox's pick of Soca, Afrobeat and Zouk bass

We've got new music from Wild Beasts, Cashmere Cat and Neneh Cherry in Singles Club. Plus, Dan Hancox gives us a kick up the parochial backside with his pick of world beats

Presented by Alexis Petridis and Kieran Yates. Produced by Pascal Wyse

16, Jan, 2014 @6:21 PM

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Blur bassist Alex James plans to release drinks range called Britpop
Pop star turned cheese maker has applied for use of Britpop trademark to brand forthcoming range of drinks

Harriet Gibsone and Tim Jonze

14, Jan, 2014 @7:22 PM

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