Why the ageing Madonna could do with going Zen like Len

“You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old.” The comedian George Burns, who made it two months past his centenary, understood...

Creative talent and good taste: it appears that Rumer has it

Adele is taking over the world, Amy Winehouse is taking her twelve steps back to the charts, and Duffy has floundered – but...

THE SINGING BRAVEHEART

In the 'Roman de Fergus', the hero must travel to Dunnottar to retrieve a magic shield Scotland has a new hero. He’s called Fergus and...

How not to follow hard acts to follow

Straight from the Bumper Book of Bad Ideas (foreword by Jeffery Archer) comes the news that The Faces are to reform but with a...

It’s alright, Ma (he’s only ageing) – 20 facts to mark Dylan at 70

"May you grow up to be righteous, may you grow up to be true. May you always know the truth and see the lights...

Why the Proms don't save the best til last

Plastic bowler hats. Union jacks. Land of Hope and Glory. Audience nodding out of time to the music. It might sound like the more regrettable...

6 is one of the Best…but Does it Have a Future?

It’s a remarkable piece of radio - Jarvis Cocker’s Valentine’s Day show for 6 music (listen to it before Sunday). Kicking off with the...

Summer and Gibb have gone, but these are not the last days of disco

Country and western, rock’n’roll, punk, bhangra, indie, soul, acid house, R’n’B, d’n’b, grunge, hip hop, metal, jazz, baroque classical, folk… even those with the...

Not-so-new Labour, not-so-new soundtrack

Ed Miliband. The verdict is in. I'm not talking about the unimportant stuff like the speeches (pretty unilluminating - he appears to be a "one-fist...

Eurovision: the common agricultural policy with hairstyles

By Stewart Weir The Eurovision Song Contest means something to everyone. No, don’t argue. It does. Oh you can ignore it, dismiss it, even deny all...