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‘You are out of it, so far out of it’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day two (Saturday afternoon)

So here we are at Monterey on Saturday morning, and what do you do while you’re waiting for the music to start this afternoon? Grace...

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‘The vibrations will be flowing everywhere’ … Monterey Pop Festival, day one (Friday evening)

It was 50 years ago today … when thousands of young people descended on the Monterey County Fairgrounds in California for the first...

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Stardust’s classic house track sounds better with this brilliant video, one of the best ever

Music Sounds Better With You, one of the all-time great house tunes, is a simple but compelling looped affair featuring a powerful bass...

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‘Kathy, don’t! Debbie doesn’t! Mary won’t!’ How we chose our name, by The Contractions

A three-piece power trio who considered calling themselves The Three-piece Power Trio, San Francisco’s The Contractions – Mary...

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Boogie Nights to Thriller: Rod Temperton, the soul genius most fans have never heard of

Along with the unbearably sad deaths of David Bowie, Prince and George Michael in 2016, we also lost a musician and composer whose songs...

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Band of the year: The Avalanches – it took them 16 years, but it was well worth the wait

What do you do after you’ve made the best album of 2000? If you are The Avalanches, you wait 16 years, then produce a follow-up that...

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10 Christmas songs that won’t make you think maybe King Herod had the right idea after all

Tis the season to be jolly fed up of hearing “simply having a wonderful Christmas time” or “Christmas time, mistletoe and...

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Don’t be an idiot: it’s Meat Loaf, two words. But my friends call me Meat

The New York Times, which once referred to the eminent Sex Pistols as “Mr Rotten” and “Mr Vicious”, would no doubt...

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School of Rock report: Andrew Lloyd Webber gets a B+ but it’s A-stars all round for the kids

School of Rock may be Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new West End musical, but the best song in it is not an Andrew Lloyd Webber composition....

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‘You won’t have heard of them. It’s by a group called The Beatles’

It was 55 years ago today – at around 3pm on Saturday 28 October, 1961 – that 18-year-old Raymond Jones walked into a shop in...

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