A very nervous Patti Smith initially stumbled through A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall in Stockholm on Saturday in a performance given to mark Bob Dylan’s N(...)

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“They sat together in the park as the evening sky grew dark. She looked at him and he felt a spark, tingle to his bones.’Twas then he felt alone and w(...)

Bob Dylan performing in 1993: he “widened the scope of poetry more successfully than many of the Beat poets”. Photograph: EPA

I’m listening to Billy Joe Shaver And I’m reading James Joyce Some people they tell me I got the blood of the land in my voice For those still wond(...)

Axl Rose of Guns N’ Roses performs at the O2 Arena in London in 2010. the band are to play Slane Castle, Co Meath in 2017. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Would you pay good money to stand in a hilly field in Co Meath to watch Guns N’ Roses? In 1992, tens of thousands of Irish people were prepared to do(...)

Jane Jacobs:  many on the left saw her as an inspiration of how an organised community can take on capitalism and come out victorious. Photograph: Keith Beaty/Toronto Star via Getty Images

This year cannot be allowed to pass by without reference to its being the centenary of Jane Jacobs, the renowned American thinker and writer on citie(...)

 Nobel Prize for Literature winner Bob Dylan:  “He wishes he could receive the prize personally, but other commitments make it unfortunately impossible”. Photograph: Jeffrey R Staab/CBS via Getty Images

Bob Dylan will not attend a ceremony in Stockholm next month to pick up his 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature, the Swedish Academy has said. Dylan to(...)

Donald Trump: at his most ludicrous and vulgar he embodies the crisis of masculinity. Photograph: Lucas Jackson/Reuters

When something as strange as Donald Trump’s victory in the US presidential race happens it’s not because there is a crisis. It’s because there is a c(...)

 Ted Nugent performs  prior to the arrival of  Donald Trump and Mike Pence for their final campaign event of the 2016 presidential election. Photograph: Jeff Kowalsky/AFP/Getty

When Donald Trump was asked about his position on the arts during his campaign, his answer revealed a lot. He replied by referencing the decorative pl(...)

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The late Leonard Cohen was not much associated with the concept of “crack”, in the Irish sense of that term. But as people who attended any of his glo(...)

Leonard Cohen takes a bow on stage in  Toronto in 2008. Photograph:  Aaron Harris/AP Photo/The Canadian Press

Vona Groarke “Dear Vona Groarke, I’m happy you exist.” July 18, 2000. Signed (in blue ink), ‘Leonard Cohen’. We were two poets trying to make a g(...)