Blur

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Verse, Chorus, Monster! by Graham Coxon review – Britpop’s unlikely lad
In a disarmingly candid memoir, the Blur guitarist relates the madness of fame and addiction, his unease with Britpop, and how folk led him to greener pastures

Kitty Empire

02, Oct, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘I’ve denied it for years, but Taylor Swift really can write’: Ben Bailey Smith’s honest playlist
The actor and standup – AKA Doc Brown – cracks out Bowie at parties and wants the Beatles played at his funeral. But what does he unleash at karaoke?

As told to Rich Pelley

18, Jul, 2022 @6:00 AM

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Bakar: Nobody’s Home review – a spectacularly strong sense of place
The singer-songwriter’s eloquent if uneven debut album is stamped with the sounds of north London – Winehouse, Blur – where he grew up

Kitty Empire

26, Feb, 2022 @2:00 PM

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What links The Great British Menu to the underbelly of the 00s New York scene?
From Miquita Oliver via American Apparel to Oxfordshire cheese, we tumble down a five-course rabbit hole

Larry Ryan

19, Feb, 2022 @1:00 PM

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Damon Albarn: The Nearer the Fountain, More Pure the Stream Flows review – beautifully haunting
One of the most driven artists of the Britpop era, now unbothered by commercial success, is back with a second solo album that drifts along in a melancholy, stoned mist

Alexis Petridis

11, Nov, 2021 @12:00 PM

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From Beyoncé to David Bowie: 10 of the best Glastonbury sets ever
Ahead of a livestreamed version of the festival, here are some of the biggest and best performances from years gone by

Dorian Lynskey

21, May, 2021 @8:00 AM

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'It was like we'd gatecrashed someone else's party': how Britpop stars Menswear came apart at the seams
Back in 1994, the sharp-suited quintet could do no wrong as record labels fought to sign them. But in-fighting, drug abuse – and knocking a Coke can over on Peter Gabriel’s mixing desk – led to a rapid demise

Dave Simpson

23, Oct, 2020 @7:00 AM

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Damon Albarn in a facemask: Kevin Cummins' best photograph
‘He wanted to get on a train in Tokyo to see what they were like. He put on a facemask and did a shiver as a joke. Because of Covid-19, it now seems really prescient’

Interview by Tim Jonze

14, Oct, 2020 @2:51 PM

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'It reminded me I should not go quietly': readers' favourite UK No 1s
Guardian readers fill in the blanks in our countdown of the greatest UK No 1s of all time, with entries from Dusty Springfield to Desmond Dekker, Jimi Hendrix to Joe Dolce

Guardian readers

10, Jun, 2020 @9:00 AM

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The Good, the Bad & the Queen review – Albarn rages, but things might just get better
Damon Albarn jabs a finger at Brexit Britain’s divisions but the show turns bawdily riotous and, with the help of a male voice choir, inspirational

Dave Simpson

02, Dec, 2018 @11:23 AM

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Marianne Faithfull: the muse who made it on her own terms
As the singer prepares to release her 21st album, we look back at a singular career marked by creative restlessness, personal troubles and triumphant reinventions

Alexis Petridis

23, Oct, 2018 @12:30 PM

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Graham Coxon: 'I was a mardy brat in my 20s … I'm quite mellow now'
Blur’s guitarist reflects on the state of pop music, swearing, and why he’s glad he doesn’t have to wear makeup any more

Rebecca Nicholson

26, Sep, 2018 @11:23 AM

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