Cilla Black, who has died aged 72. In her long career she overtook Esther Rantzen to become the highest-paid female performer on British television. Photograph: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

The British pop revolution of the 1960s involved not only male guitar bands, but also a plethora of young female singing stars, including Cilla Black,(...)

Billie Holliday singing Strange Fruit: There will never be a protest song as potent and affecting

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Well-written, with his wry and arch sense of humour much in display, there is perhaps a bit too much score-settling at times in Morrissey’s Autobiography. Photograph: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

First it was being published by Penguin, and then it was pulled at the last-minute; then it was being published by Penguin Classic (home to Virgil,(...)