M Train by Patti Smith is neither memoir nor autobiography, but an Orient Express ride through Smith’s thoughts, ideas, dreams and preoccupations, stopping off at some offbeat places along the way. Photograph: Dave Meehan

Punk-poet and rock icon Patti Smith doesn’t think like the rest of us. Though she seems to spend much of her time alone, her headspace is peop(...)

Tipp top: Fearghal McKee onstage with Whipping Boy at Feile '92 in Thurles, Co Tipperary. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

Myles McDonnell sighs at each passing compliment feted upon Whipping Boy’s second album, Heartworm. It’s not an impolite gesture. The former bassis(...)

 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Ringo Starr and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day perform with Sir Paul McCartney and Gary Clark Jr onstage during the 2015 ceremony. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist - the last of the four bandmates to earn the(...)

Jack Bruce: composer, singer and multi-instrumentalist has died of liver disease, aged 71. Photograph: Joel Ryan/PA Wire

Jack Bruce, who became famous in the 1960s as the bassist and lead vocalist for the hugely successful rock group Cream, and whose adventurous approac(...)

Kevin Thornton: when the chips are down, his cous cous is the biz. Photograph: Alan Betson

Such is festival goers’ love for and obsession with all things edible that the Electric Picnic have had a whole tent dedicated to gastronomy for th(...)

Lou Reed on stage during the Analog festival in Dublin in 2008. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Lou Reed’s estate is worth $20.3 million and is bequeathed to his wife - musician Laurie Anderson - and his sister.Reed’s executors valued musical ri(...)

Joan Wasser is mid-sentence when she suddenly pauses. A horrified gasp is quickly followed by a colourful expletive. Then another. And another.(...)

Always destined for stardom: Rufus Wainwright. Photograph:  Barry J Holmes

The music business is full of talented people. There are musicians, there are songwriters, there are singers. But then there are the Rufus Wain(...)

(From left) Nick O’Malley, Alex Turner, Jamie Cook and Matt Helders of Arctic Monkeys who lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. Photograph: PA

Arctic Monkeys lead the field for this year’s NME Awards with eight nominations. The annual music bash sees the Sheffield quartet competing for(...)

This concept record, postponed for several years, finally gets two kinds of releases – one last September and one this week. It straddles dissent a(...)