Mark E Smith

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The Blades. Photograph: Terry Thorp

“I came from England in 1978 as I thought there was a great opportunity in Dublin for punk to flourish, but instead I was confronted with a narrow-min(...)

RIP: Dolores O’Riordan, Aretha Franklin, Myrtle Allen and Stephen Hawking. Photographs: Tim Roney/Getty, Fred A Sabine/NBC via Getty, Eric Luke and Santi Visalli/Getty

Ireland Dolores O’Riordan in 2007. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien January 15th Cranberries singer Dolores O’Riordan February 9th Form(...)

“In the words of that great Northern Irish singer Van Morrison, it is time we all moved from the dark end of the street to the bright side of the road(...)

Damon Albarn: “I’ve always been very strong on finishing work at five and cooking dinner.” Photograph: Tom Jamieson/New York Times

With the honourable exceptions of The Traveling Wilburys, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, supergroups tend to b(...)

The characters look exactly as they did when they were quarrelling with George HW Bush

The folk behind Viz, the incorrigible adult comic that ruled the John Major years, used to joke that Mark E Smith, lead singer of The Fall, was the fi(...)

Dave Haslam: 'Mark E Smith always seemed to symbolise something beyond himself'

Studio 54, Cream, CBGBs – some places have delicious mythology battered into their very foundations. The Hacienda, likewise, was ground zero for a Man(...)

Mercury Rev: celebrating 20 years since Deserter’s Songs

Bryan Ferry Olympia Theatre, Dublin Saturday April 21st 7pm €71.50 (sold out) ticketmaster.ie;  Waterfront Hall, Belfast Monday April 23rd 7pm £7(...)

Mark E Smith. Photograph: Kevin Cummins/Getty Images

Mark E Smith died of lung and kidney cancer, his family have disclosed. In a statement on the Fall’s website, Smith’s younger sisters Barbara, Suzanne(...)

British singer Mark E Smith, of the band The Fall performs at the Primavera Sound 2010 music festival in Barcelona in 2010. Photograph:  Marta Perez/EPA

Part-Anthony Burgess, part-punk-Andy Capp, Mark E Smith was a fierce art intelligence and a hero of polar opposition. A weird anti-London diplomat for(...)

Mark E Smith of The Fall: “The three Rs are repetition, repetition, repetition.”

Of all the fascinating musical offshoots that sprang from mid-70s punk rock, the Fall proved the strangest and most durable. The group was a vehicle f(...)

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