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Maureen Cleave, British journalist who championed the Beatles, dies aged 87
After befriending the band, Cleave influenced their lyrics and prompted John Lennon’s infamous comment that they were ‘more popular than Jesus’

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

08, Nov, 2021 @3:49 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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Broken covers: collector puts world’s worst album art on show
Steve Goldman’s first rule is ‘it has to make me laugh’, and he is sharing the fun with public in Huddersfield

Mark Brown North of England correspondent

08, Nov, 2021 @1:15 PM

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Pen-banging crooners and songs about broccoli: TikTok’s outlandish take on pop
Huge stars like Justin Bieber have made singles designed to go viral on TikTok. Yet the platform’s pop scene is far weirder – from internet drama turned into 40-second tunes, to singers famous for making ‘adorable faces’

Alexis Petridis

08, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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BBC Phil/Schwarz review – Coult’s bewitching Pleasure Garden goes back to nature
The BBC Philharmonic and Daniel Pioro premiered Tom Coult’s enigmatic and original violin concerto, elegantly paired with Kurt Weill and Ravel

Hugh Morris

08, Nov, 2021 @11:14 AM

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‘My karaoke go-to? Always on My Mind by Willie Nelson’: Craig Charles’s honest playlist
The Red Dwarf star and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter gets nostalgic about the Bay City Rollers – and recommends music to get a party started

Rich Pelley

08, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Vera Lynn secretly ordered to sing at Queen’s 16th birthday
Previously unseen letter insists on strict secrecy over command performance for then-Princess Elizabeth

Harriet Sherwood Arts and culture correspondent

08, Nov, 2021 @12:01 AM

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Clifford Grant obituary
Other lives: Operatic bass who performed key roles all over the world

Ruth Anders Grant

07, Nov, 2021 @5:41 PM

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Radiohead: Kid A Mnesia review – two classic albums, plus surprises
The band’s 20th-anniversary reissue of Kid A and Amnesiac along with unreleased material makes for fascinating listening

Phil Mongredien

07, Nov, 2021 @3:00 PM

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Up for Grabs review – Turnage’s deliriously unbuttoned score celebrates thrilling football history
Mark-Anthony Turnage has channelled his passion for the beautiful game into an electrifying musical tribute to accompany highlights from Arsenal’s 1989 title win over Liverpool

Andrew Clements

07, Nov, 2021 @2:04 PM

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Bluebeard’s Castle review – Bartók’s opera wields devastating power in contrasting performances
Gerald Finley and Susan Bullock are at their best in a disquieting small-scale reimagining for Theatre of Sound; while Edward Gardner and the London Philharmonic’s more traditional take is equally sensational

Tim Ashley

07, Nov, 2021 @1:08 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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