Top row: Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy and David Bowie; bottom row: John Coltrane, The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. Photographs: Fin Costello/Redferns, Suzie Gibbons/Redferns, Richard E Aaron/Redferns, Gai Terrell/Redferns and Estate of Keith Morris/Redferns, all via Getty Images

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The Lost Album: Ike and Tina Turner, 1965. Photograph: Dennis Hopper, courtesy of the Hopper Art Trust

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Live wire: Bob Marley onstage in London in 1980

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The Sylvers perform on Soul Train in 1976. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

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Ozzy a Border Collie/Kelpie crossbreed from Norwich in England, who has made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for the fastest crossing of a tightrope by a dog. Photograph: Guinness World Records/PA Wire

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Neneh Cherry: the Buffalo Stance lady has been working with Kieran Hebden (Four Tet) of late. Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

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