A women lays flowers at a mural of British singer David Bowie in Brixton, birth place of the late David Bowie in London, on Monday. Well-wishers have flocked to the  mural to pay their respects following the announcement of his death. Photograph: EPA

David Bowie is dead. The coldness of that statement, and the harshness of the reality that we will not be living in a world where somewhere his brain (...)

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Attractive myth: slinky starlets wear T-shirts portraying Amy Winehouse, Kurt Cobain or Jim Morrison. Photograph: Matt Dunham/AP

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French taxi drivers clash with riot police on the ring-road around Paris. Photograph: Ian Langsdon/EPA

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 Kim Gordon  and Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth perform  in New York in 2009. Photograph: Mark Von Holden/Getty Images

One of the most surprising things about Kim Gordon, when she picks up the phone on the American west coast, is how quiet she sounds. Seeing as she’s t(...)

Mark Lanegan: ‘It’s satisfying and gratifying to make your own music, but I personally don’t get the same enjoyment out of the music that I make as I do from somebody else’s music that I like’

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Bono on his critics: “They’re the haters; we’re the lovers. We’re never going to agree. People who would not normally be exposed to our music have got a chance to listen to it.  File photograph: Yui Mok/PA Wire

U2 singer Bono has said the blogosphere is “enough to put you off democracy”. The band’s decision to give their new album Songs of Innocence away free(...)

Alexander Wang ‘Parental Advisory’ sheer-panelled sweatshirt

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