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(...)