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The unseen Sid Vicious: The last days of a punk legend

A new exhibition offers a revealing and intimate portrait of Sid Vicious, and includes many pictures never before seen of the most infamous of punk icons. Here, the photographer Eileen Polk, a close friend who was with Sid on the night he died, talks to Fiona Sturges about the last days of a music legend

Inside Features

How does it feel to make it big in music?

Friday, 30 May 2008

Pop stars and rock bands are always grumbling about the perils of fame and success, but once upon a time they were wide-eyed industry newbies, ready to embark on a musical adventure. A selection of young British artists tell us about how it feels to be in the early flush of accomplishment, and recount the tales of their own personal experiences of fame.

Dirty Pretty Things - a band on the run

Friday, 30 May 2008

Three years ago, at the Isle of Wight Festival, Dirty Pretty Things doggedly went through the motions, seeming unsure of who they were. Fresh from the Libertines' acrimonious split, Carl Barat had taken their drummer Gary Powell and New York guitarist Anthony Rossomando, the ousted Pete Doherty's replacement. Adding bassist Didz Hammond, they bashed out Dirty Pretty Things' debut album, Waterloo to Anywhere. Naturally, it sounded like The Libertines. The future looked murky.

Meet the fugitive from lion country

Friday, 30 May 2008

Wasis Diop, sipping beer in a London pavement café, guitar by his side, is a tall, urbane world citizen, reflected in more than 30 years of questing music.

Elisa Bray: Caught in the Net

Friday, 30 May 2008

The latest band to promote their new album with a free track are the Icelandic group Sigur Ros. They will be releasing their fifth album, Með suð í eyrum við spilum endalaust, which translates as "with a buzz in our ears we play endlessly", on 23 June, and the first track, "Gobbledigook", is now available to download free from their website,, with the album available to stream in full from 9 June.

Something to declare: New visa requirements are leading to cancelled concerts and tours

Thursday, 29 May 2008

When Konono No 1 could not get their passports in time to play an African event at Tate Modern over the Bank Holiday weekend, not only did they disappoint the fans who were going to be attending the show, but they also highlighted the problems for African artists trying to get their music heard in the UK. The Congolese band were booked to play an exclusive event which also featured two films by the acclaimed Senegalese film director Djibril Diop Mambety and, as well as a full live set from the band, the evening was due to feature them accompanying a screening of Mambety's 1969 short film Contras' City.

The 50 Best Festivals

Thursday, 29 May 2008

Is Julian Lloyd Webber trying to grab the headlines with his improvised BBC broadcast?

Wednesday, 28 May 2008

You'd think that the news was depressing enough without adding the mournful tones of a cello. But audiences turning up at Birmingham's New Generations Arts Festival on 5 June can expect this and much more from a performance that turns several conventions upside-down, and not only musical ones. The ever-popular cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is joining forces with composer Michael Wolters and an ensemble of students from Birmingham Conservatoire to present And Now, The News: the musicians will effectively improvise their way through a 7pm live news broadcast from BBC4 relayed into the hall.

Blue heaven: music mogul Marshall Chess

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

With beatific bemusement, Marshall Chess says that he never set out to be a music legend: "It's amazing. Chess Records, then The Rolling Stones, then the birth of hip-hop... I didn't go after one of those things. They just happened."

The 5-minute Interview: Jimmy Osmond, Musician

Tuesday, 27 May 2008

Jimmy Osmond achieved global fame as the youngest member of the US pop group The Osmonds. Now 45, his career includes a recent appearance on 'I'm a Celebrity ...Get Me Out of Here!'. The Osmonds' 'Live at Vegas' DVD is available now.

Prom king: French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard will take centre stage at this year's Proms

Sunday, 25 May 2008

Daniel Barenboim may resonate beyond the confines of the concert hall, Lang Lang may make more noise, but for sheer ubiquity, no musician can compare with the French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard: wherever you look, he's there leading the charge with his trademark grin. He's fronting the year-long Messiaen Festival in London, while leading a similar push in France, and he's about to front the Aldeburgh Festival as artistic director. Last year, the 50-year-old devised and led a highly original concert series at New York's Carnegie Hall, while doing a similar job in Vienna; meanwhile he was officiating as pianist-in-residence with the Berlin Philharmonic, and as artist-in-residence in Salzburg, Cleveland, and Lucerne, while at the same time holding professorships in Paris and Cologne. So who better to kick off both the 2008 London Proms?

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