Blossoms, with singer Tom Ogden front and centre: “We’ve always been into pop music and catchy songs, and that’s what we do now”

‘I was playing pool with Pete Doherty at the weekend, after supporting The Libertines. That’s kind of mad,” says Tom Ogden, lead singer of Stockport (...)

The Ramones: Gold standard

‘Voice, guitar, bass, drums. Simple, speedy, stripped-down rock’n’roll.” Eddie Vedder’s description of The Ramones’ eponymous 1976 debut album mimicke(...)

By the letter: Neil Young’s covers album is only available on vinyl, and it’s  a stunner. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

‘An unheard collection of rediscovered songs from the past, recorded on ancient electro-mechanical technology” is the rather grandiloquent quot(...)

 Prisoners at Pentonville walk through an atrium –  “Considerations should be given to whether HMP Pentonville has a viable future,” said chief inspector of prisons Nick Hardwick  after a recent 10-day visit. Photograph: Getty

Singer Pete Doherty spent four nights in Pentonville Prison on the Caledonian Road in 2005, describing it later in song as “rough, wicked and h(...)

Alan McGee: ‘Sony hated me because I was horrible and took the piss all the time.’ Photograph: Alan Betson

It’s 1994 and Alan McGee is in a taxi on his way to the airport for yet another London to Los Angeles flight. Thanks to Oasis, Primal Scream and My Bl(...)