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Al Spx burst into the wider consciousness through one of those heart-stoppingly arresting performances that Jools Holland’s BBC show still throws u(...)

Can you dig it: Shep Gordon and Alice Cooper chillaxin’ back in the day

Shep Gordon came to California with a sociology degree and a whole mess of savvy. Having checked into Hollywood’s Landmark Hotel, he was awakened in t(...)

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

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American artist Harry Smith in a room at the hotel in 1969. Photograph: Getty Images

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SXSW Film: Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau  in  “Chef”
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The South By Southwest festival gets most attention for its musical and interactive components, but SXSW Film has been running in Austin since (...)

David Baddiel: ‘The more famous you are, the less the version of you that’s out there is true. I am ridiculously obsessed with authenticity’

‘Fame is a silly thing that makes your life absurd,” says David Baddiel, once a quarter of The Mary Whitehouse Exp(...)

John Grant: he combines the “emotional turbulence of a 14-year-old’s diary entries with the gnarled wisdom of a Nick Cave or a Leonard Cohen”
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John Grant Olympia Theatre, Dublin ***** On a cold night, there was warmth aplenty in a packed Olympia as the crowd joined in on John Gr(...)

A medical examiner’s report found that Philip Seymour Hoffman died of ‘acute mixed drug intoxication’. Photograph: Reutes

Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who was found in his New York apartment on February 2nd with a needle in his arm, died of an accidental overdose (...)