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Biggie kept saying: ‘Is this where they dump the dead bodies?’ – Eric Johnson’s best photograph
‘I was told to get an iconic picture of hip-hop’s golden couple, Biggie Smalls and Faith Evans. So I photographed them under Brooklyn Bridge with the New York skyline behind’

Interview by Dave Simpson

11, May, 2022 @1:07 PM

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Eurovision winners Brotherhood of Man: how we made Save Your Kisses for Me
‘When we were shown the dance with the raised knee, we said: “Are you joking?” But the song reached No 1 in 33 countries – and is still the biggest-selling Eurovision winner ever’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

09, May, 2022 @1:45 PM

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‘People took so many drugs, they forgot they played on it’ – stars on Exile on Main St, the Rolling Stones’ sprawling masterpiece
Recorded during several hedonistic months in a fabulous Cote d’Azur villa, Exile on Main St is seen as the Stones’ epic, creative peak. As the classic album turns 50, stars tell us how it got their rocks off

Interviews by Dave Simpson

09, May, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Soft Cell: *Happiness Not Included review – synth-pop elders with an eye on the future
Two decades after their last album, the band return with a wryly hopeful record – and some trademark electro bangers

Dave Simpson

06, May, 2022 @7:30 AM

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‘We were gagging to experience life’: Foals on booze, becoming a trio and their love for Kyiv
Now one of the UK’s biggest bands, the trio talk about the impact of losing two founder members, fighting pandemic gloom with a euphoric seventh album, and why the climate crisis won’t stop them touring

Interview by Dave Simpson. Portraits by Linda Nylind

29, Apr, 2022 @9:36 AM

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Bryan Ferry: ‘I did a lot of whistling on my paper round as a lad’
The Roxy Music star answers your questions on his favourite Newcastle boozers, the influential mentors who shaped his thinking, and the temptation to overproduce everything

Dave Simpson

28, Apr, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘It means more to me now I’ve lost family’: how the The made This Is the Day
‘I’ve lost my two brothers, my mum and on the last tour, my dad died days before we played London. Singing it feels very emotional’

Interviews by Dave Simpson

25, Apr, 2022 @12:00 PM

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Devo: ‘Richard Branson almost killed us in the Jamaican mountains’
Gerard Casale and Mark Mothersbaugh on being bombarded by hippies at Knebworth in 1978, being told off by Neil Young and their unreleased jam sessions with Bowie and Eno in Cologne

As told to Dave Simpson

14, Apr, 2022 @1:00 PM

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‘I thought I’d end up running an upholstery shop’: Jack White on the White Stripes, bar brawls and fame
As one half of the White Stripes, the Detroit musician conquered the world. He has since played in other bands, opened record shops and worked with country legend Loretta Lynn. After a busy lockdown, he is back with two new solo albums

Dave Simpson

11, Apr, 2022 @5:00 AM

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Freddie Gibbs review – powerful raps that hurtle from the stage
The rapper’s banter with his DJ lightens the darkness in this charismatic and hard-hitting performance

Dave Simpson

01, Apr, 2022 @2:15 PM

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‘I experience joy very easily’: Patti Smith on Springsteen, the climate fight and the meaning of punk
The singer, poet and writer answers your questions about playing music with her children, being at her friend Allen Ginsberg’s deathbed and maintaining hope in a troubled world

As told to Dave Simpson

31, Mar, 2022 @2:00 PM

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‘A lot of stars are freaks or introverts’: Jim Kerr on Live Aid, ex-wives and four decades of Simple Minds
Two years after Covid cancelled his world tour, the singer is back on the road. He talks about his journey from a Glasgow tower block, life with Chrissie Hynde and Patsy Kensit, and the tough times of the early 2000s

Dave Simpson

31, Mar, 2022 @9:00 AM

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