Alex James

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Blur’s Dave Rowntree: ‘I still wake at 3am thinking I’ve frittered my life away’
Drummer, lawyer, composer, politician… Blur’s busiest member on the troubled childhood that influenced his new solo album, and the band’s summer reunion gigs

Jude Rogers

15, Jan, 2023 @12:00 PM

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Blur to reunite for one-off Wembley show next year
Band will headline at the London stadium on 8 July for their 35th anniversary, supported by Slowthai, Self Esteem and Jockstrap

Shaad D'Souza

14, Nov, 2022 @2:10 PM

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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

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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

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