Janis Joplin

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A 1970s Mercedes Benz: the Merc is a traded good, sold in the competitive international market, where its price is determined by competitive international forces. Photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty

Few songs capture the power of branding, commercial manipulation and consumer yearning like Janis Joplin’s Mercedes Benz. With her opening lines “Oh (...)

Johnny Depp: Excellent in ‘Ed Wood’

The grim soap opera that is Johnny Depp’s career – less Dynasty, more a gothic telenovela – took another swerve last week with the publication of a fa(...)

They don’t make them like Rod Stewart anymore. Fifty-four years after an idle bit of harmonica-playing at Twickenham Station led to his first professi(...)

Wixen  is seeking damages of $150,000 per song, for more than 10,000 songs. Photograph: iStock

Music streaming service Spotify has been sued by a music publishing company for $1.6 billion (€1.3 billion), for hosting songs it allegedly doesn’t ha(...)

French poet Charles Baudelaire, who died 150 years ago this week. File photograph: Étienne Carjat/Getty Images

If Charles Baudelaire had lived a century-and-a-half later, I suspect he would have been a rock star. A tormented genius, like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hend(...)

Leonard Cohen: lyrics of mystery and magic.   Photograph: Eloy Alonso/Reuters

In an interview with The Irish Times from 2012, Leonard Cohen described his lyric-writing process as a form of “sacred mechanics”. “It is a mysteri(...)

Tommy Hilfiger  with models backstage at his show  during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Park Avenue Armory. Photograph: Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Tommy Hilfiger

The lobby of my fancy New York hotel is filled with fashionable people staring at their phones. They are largely dressed in black and have studious e(...)

Released on DVD and Blu-Ray, “What’s Going on - Taste Live at The Isle of Wight” will be screened at The Cork Film Festival on Wednesday.

Irish blues and rock guitarist Rory Gallagher almost played the legendary Woodstock Festival alongside the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Ba(...)

There is much about this Young-Adult weepie that seems designed to kick up fury and disgust in any right-thinking adult. In a scenario purpose-built f(...)

Al Spx burst into the wider consciousness through one of those heart-stoppingly arresting performances that Jools Holland’s BBC show still throws u(...)

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