John Cale

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Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, a Journey, a Song review – the inimitable mysteries of music
Daniel Geller and Dayna Goldfine’s respectful doc tells the story of the artist through the life of his 1984 song, by turns a modern prayer, symbolist poem and divine gift

Xan Brooks

03, Sep, 2021 @12:00 PM

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The Velvet Underground review – Todd Haynes doc gets under the art-rockers’ skin
With insights by the band’s former members and friends, this film takes its job seriously – even if it shies away from discordant notes

Peter Bradshaw

07, Jul, 2021 @10:05 PM

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The 50 best songs about Europe – ranked!
Brexit is delayed – so voyager avec nous on a trans-European tour of music, from Paris to Berlin via Finistère. Tout le monde à bord!

Michael Hann

11, Apr, 2019 @12:13 PM

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Dylan, the Fugs and rock'n'roll riots: the wild life of Larry 'Ratso' Sloman
He drank with Leonard Cohen, ribbed Bob Dylan and Joan Baez gave him his nickname. Now, 68 years into an extraordinary life, the writer is releasing his first album – with a little help from Nick Cave

Michael Hann

28, Mar, 2019 @2:00 PM

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Readers recommend playlist: your songs about deserts
Tinariwen, Robert Plant, Brand New Heavies and Big Country are among the artists making this week’s reader-curated list

Scott Blair

12, Jul, 2018 @11:00 AM

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Vampire Weekend, St Vincent and Feist to headline End of the Road festival
Julia Holter to play her only UK festival date alongside acts including Velvet Underground founder John Cale and Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy

Laura Snapes

31, Jan, 2018 @9:00 AM

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Why The Velvet Underground’s landmark debut album still resonates after 50 years
The Velvet Underground & Nico comes home this week, as John Cale and guests prepare to play it in its entirety in New York

Ed Vulliamy

12, Nov, 2017 @12:05 AM

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The Velvet Underground & Nico Reimagined review – thin echoes of a pop masterpiece
A live celebration of the album, masterminded by onetime band member John Cale and featuring young indie guests, was a muted and messy affair

Dave Simpson

28, May, 2017 @12:33 PM

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Girli, John Cale and Rhythm Method: this week’s best UK rock and pop gigs
Milly Toomey tours her girl-power tunes, the Velvet Underground man celebrates 50 years of their seminal album and the London duo load their indie with lols

Rachel Aroesti

19, May, 2017 @10:00 AM

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John Cale review – the Velvets' epic sound electrifies the Welsh valleys
The relentlessly innovative Velvet Underground star launched Cardiff’s Festival of Voice with the help of a choir, chamber orchestra and Charlotte Church

Ed Vulliamy

06, Jun, 2016 @2:26 PM

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'People thought we were on drugs – and we were!' … Tony Conrad, the great avant-garde adventurer
He inspired the Velvet Underground, thought Andy Warhol was a copycat, and met his wife while playing the mummy in erotic underground movie Normal Love. Tony Conrad talks sex, drugs and celluloid fry-ups in a power plant in Berlin

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Mar, 2016 @7:00 AM

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On my radar: Gordon Gano’s cultural highlights
The Violent Femmes frontman on a classic silent film, Lou Reed & John Cale’s Songs for Drella – and the best cheese enchilada in Denver

Jennifer Guay

21, Feb, 2016 @10:00 AM

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