Johnny Rotten

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Billy Bragg: the singer thinks the age has passed when music can act as a vehicle for social change. Photograph: Alan Betson

This week the veteran English protest singer Billy Bragg joined us for a chat on the Irish Times politics podcast (which, I am contractually obliged t(...)

Dead Dog in a Suitcase (and other love songs) runs until Saturday. Photograph: Steve Tanner

DEAD DOG IN A SUITCASE (AND OTHER LOVE SONGS) Bailey Allen Hall, NUI Galway ★★★★☆ “Who’d shoot a dog?” somebody wails early in Kneehigh’s splenetic(...)

Bob Dylan during his 1975 tour, from Martin Scorsese’s  documentary ‘The Rolling Thunder Revue.’ Photograph: Ken Regan/Netflix

It’s a bit early for Oscar predictions. I can nonetheless confirm that Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (that really is the(...)

Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s Brexit. Illustration: Angelo McGrath (with apologies to Jamie Reid)

If you are English and in your 50s or early 60s, two things are likely to be true of you. One is that in 2016 you voted to leave the European Union: 6(...)

File photograph: Boris Johnson speaking at a rally for the Vote Leave organisation during the Brexit referendum campaign on March 11th, 2016 Photograph: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

On Friday morning, trying to get away from Brexit, I got on an exercise machine to mortify the flesh. Fleeing the radio, I turned my iPod on to shuffl(...)

A spectator wears clothing in the colours of the US flag during a practice session ahead of the 42nd Ryder Cup at Le Golf National Course south-west of Paris on September 26th. Photograph: Lionel Bonaventure/AFP/Getty Images

The nondescript hall, the accented oaths, the rivulets of tears across cheeks of all colours: citizenship ceremonies differ little. You can see this r(...)

Béatrice Dalle: ‘I don’t have a car, I don’t own my place, I don’t have a house in the country.’ Photograph: Didier Baverel/WireImage

Can it really be true, I ask Béatrice Dalle, that you seduced the English actor Rupert Everett? “Bah ouais,” she replies as we chat in a cafe near her(...)

John Osborne: angry young man

In the Gate Theatre, an institution still reeling from allegations of abuse of power, we now find a man on its stage bullying, demeaning and harassing(...)

 Mick Jones (left), Joe Strummer and Paul Simonon of punk  band The Clash performing in about 1980. File photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty Images

‘This was a baptism of fire.” Paul Tipping is remembering his time as the entertainments officer of the students union in Trinity College Dublin in 1(...)

End of an era: Johnny Rotten (centre) at his last Sex Pistols concert, in 1978. Photograph: George Rose/Getty

Imagine if some contemporary artist described himself as a Renaissance painter. You’d kick him in the pants and tell him to pull himself together. Rig(...)

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