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‘Dancing kept me sane’: how black British youth found a home in northern soul
From winning dance competitions to confronting Nazis, black veterans of the 70s soul all-nighters share their stories – and counter the idea that the movement was exclusively white

Lanre Bakare

26, Nov, 2021 @10:00 AM

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Paul Weller’s 30 greatest songs – ranked!
Drawn from the Jam, the Style Council and his solo work, all of it powered by romance, storytelling and political vim, here is the best of a British songwriter unbounded by genre

Alexis Petridis

25, Nov, 2021 @3:29 PM

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Funk star Leo Nocentelli: ‘Segregation leaves an indelible stain on your brain’
The Meters guitarist recorded an album of exquisite unreleased solo songs in 1971 – and thought Hurricane Katrina had claimed them. Rediscovered at last, they cap a storied and sublime career

Dorian Lynskey

22, Nov, 2021 @8:04 AM

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Lizzie Emeh obituary
Other lives: Pioneering artist and songwriter who championed the rights of people with learning disabilities

Sandra Reynolds

21, Nov, 2021 @12:58 PM

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Rod Stewart: ‘I got Elton a fridge for Christmas. He got me a Rembrandt’
Answering Guardian readers’ questions, the singer discusses his epic railway modelling, his admiration of the Sex Pistols and the secrets of his hair regime

As told to Dave Simpson

18, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Adele: 30 review – the defining voice of heartbreak returns
While the topic of her divorce is all-consuming, the singer seems to be pushing gently at the boundaries of what people expect of her

Alexis Petridis

17, Nov, 2021 @1:09 PM

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Dave tops nominations at 2021 Mobo awards
Chart-topping rapper will compete in five categories, with Central Cee, Ghetts, Little Simz and AJ Tracey also in contention for prizes

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

11, Nov, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Dawuna: meet the nighthawk behind one of 2021’s masterpiece albums
Ian Mugerwa escaped hometown racism and a traumatic relationship to move to New York, where his electronic R&B has become a word-of-mouth triumph

Nathan Evans

08, Nov, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Allan Wilmot obituary
Other lives: Second world war veteran who served in the Navy and RAF, and in the 50s became a member of the Southlanders soul group

Marc Wadsworth

08, Nov, 2021 @12:22 PM

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Ronnie Wilson obituary
Musician and songwriter with the Gap Band whose funk-soul hits of the 1970s and 80s included Oops Up Side Your Head

Adam Sweeting

07, Nov, 2021 @1:02 PM

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Joan As Police Woman, Tony Allen, Dave Okumu: The Solution Is Restless review – subtle and slinky
This classy collaboration sounds familiar but unique at the same time, a jazzy musing on what it takes to live

Kitty Empire

07, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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The greatest songs about the climate crisis – ranked!
As Cop26 opens in Glasgow, we provide the soundtrack, ranging from Gojira’s metal fury to gorgeous environmental paeans by Childish Gambino, Neil Young and Joni Mitchell

Alexis Petridis

28, Oct, 2021 @12:30 PM

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