Gary Glitter

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Robert Plant and  Jimmy Page: rock nerds have long whispered about similarities between the opening of Stairway to Heaven and an interlude on the debut album from psych-rockers Spirit. Photograph:  Robert Knight Archive/Redferns

We got bad news from the US appeals court this week. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is not to be banned. I’m not certain if the judges actually had(...)

Conor Pope: ‘I look at my watch... and am amazed to see I have run further than I have ever run before.’ Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

“Do you wanna be in my gang, my gang, my gang,” screeches Gary Glitter as I run through the Phoenix Park gates. “Jesus, Gary, yours is the very last g(...)

Joker: this staircase in the Bronx in New York has become an unlikely tourist spot. Photograph:	Niko Tavernise

Move over, Rocky, there’s a new stairway to climb. A set of outdoor steps in the Bronx in New York has become a tourist attraction in recent weeks si(...)

James Brown was a brilliant stage performer, a major force in soul and funk music, and an icon for Black America. Yet, in the words of his daughter Yamma Brown, he was also a “monster”. Photograph: Frank Micelotta/Getty Images

The other day I bought a James Brown record. Early stuff, when he was lead singer with a group called the Famous Flames. They were all teenagers when (...)

Future zombie hunter Andrew Lincoln sinisterly stalks the impressively durable Keira Knightley in ‘Love Actually’

Oh, how we love the great traditions of Christmas. Just try and prise the Victorian confectionary from our greasy fingers once Advent has begun. The s(...)

My gang: The Boomtown Rats. I can vividly recall watching the band performing Lookin’ After Number One on The Late Late Show in 1977. Photograph: Fin Costello/Redferns

I miss mixtapes sometimes. I devoted years of my life to making them for myself and for girls who, I imagined, would surely fall in love with me after(...)

Toy Story: Its director John Lasseter has taken leave after admitting “missteps” in his behaviour towards staff

You don’t hear Gary Glitter’s records much anymore. Do you? Long after his high period ended, songs such as Rock ’n’ Roll Pt 2 and I’m the Leader of t(...)

David Bowie in his 1972 Aladdin Sane phase, one of the many personas he adopted and then discarded in his long career. Photograph: Isolar  -----------------------------------------------------

Glam is perhaps the most derided and disparaged form of rock music. Even calling it rock feels strange; it’s pure pop – sexy, sugar-coated and aimed (...)

Matt Berry(left) and Arthur Mathews, writers of Toast on Toast. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hamm on Toast . . . Toast on Bacon . . . Toast of London . . . Steven Toast is the comedy creation that keeps on giving – just help yourself to any b(...)

Former pop star Gary Glitter, who has been jailed for 16 years at Southwark Crown Court for a string of historic sex attacks on three schoolgirls. Photograph: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

Former glam rock singer Gary Glitter faces dying behind bars after being jailed for 16 years for sexually abusing three schoolgirls.The 70-year-old, r(...)

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