Tracey Thorn’s first book Bedsit Disco Queen was an understated chronicle of life as a musician. It wasn’t overtly confessional, but what made it so c(...)

Cilla Black, who has died aged 72. In her long career she overtook Esther Rantzen to become the highest-paid female performer on British television. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The British pop revolution of the 1960s involved not only male guitar bands, but also a plethora of young female singing stars, including Cilla Black,(...)

 Ursula Halligan:  ‘I can’t believe I’m doing this. I  can’t believe I’m telling everyone I’m 54.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Nobody was thinking of the chickens yesterday. Waving their optimistic little wings from the corner. Begging to be counted. But universally shunned.Th(...)

Apparently – at least as the No side would have it – gay people will fall prey to rampant broodiness the instant they get a wedding ring on their finger. Photograph: Getty Images

Peace at last!The broadcast moratorium kicks in after lunch today. And the noise will stop. You can call the glazier to get the windows repaired and y(...)

Anatomy of an advert: Mobile phone company Three had their Christmas advert filmed in the Artic circle

At Offset, Dublin’s international creative conference, people from the animation, illustration, graphic design, film and comic industries flock to (...)

Lesley Gore performs at the She’s got the power! event outside Lincoln Center in New York in July 2011. Photograph: Michael Nagle/The New York Times

Lesley Gore, who was a teenager in the 1960s when she recorded hit songs about heartbreak and resilience that went on to become feminist touchstones,(...)

Heartbreak and heartache are music’s common currency. They’re emotions attached to records which arrive in a funk of blue and bring the listener ta(...)

There will never be another crew to compare wth the Wu-Tang Clan in their swinging pomp and prime – and it’s probably fair to say that the Cla(...)

Bobby Womack on stage during a concert at the Jazz Fest Vienna 2013. Photograph: Georg Hochmuth/EPA

US soul singer and songwriter Bobby Womack has died, his publicist said on Friday. He was 70.The cause of his death was not yet known, according to hi(...)

Cate Le Bon: Mug Museum

She came to prominence several years ago through her work with Gruff Rhys and Neon Neon, but Cate Le Bon steps out of the shadows in glorious fashi(...)