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"Don't talk to me about the rights of the IRA, UDA"
Anthem of gay liberation
The anthem of the Republic was penned by a Royalist who narrowly escaped the guillotine
"When will they ever learn?"
The piano used for the composition of this hippie anthem would later fetch $2m
"Blood on the leaves and blood at the roots"
"The revolution will be live"
Title track of Gaye’s groundbreaking 1971 Motown album, nearly performed by Joan Baez
"This is a show tune, but the show hasn't been written for it yet."
"This was definitely a song with a purpose" - Bob Dylan
"This machine kills fascists"
Composer Jerry Dammers admitted he had known little of Mandela’s situation until the previous year a
"You justify those that died by wearing the badge"
"Poor people gonna rise up and take their share"
Verdi offered the teenage Rufus Wainwright consolation and escape. Now, inspired by Callas, the spar
On “Never Be Your Woman" by Wiley and “Pass Out" by Tinie Tempah
“Nice boys” like Nick Kent wrote about the louche stars of Seventies music in a sharp but open-minde
Do you agree with the Political Studies Association's list?
On "Don't Stop Believin'" by the cast of Glee.
Does arts criticism have a future? An exclusive essay to mark the launch of our search for young mus
Two whip-thin creatures, blinking into the sunlight for an old man on the boardwalk, smile softly from the cover of this moving memoir.
About 15 years ago, I made a serendipitous discovery in an Oxford bookshop. At the back, in an old cardboard box, was a pile of bargain CDs - and among them, a recording of Bach's cello suites by Paul Tortelier for 50p.
The standout pop star of the year is young, gifted – and plays the harp. Jude Rogers explains why Jo
Iain Sinclair summons up the spirit of John Clare.
Why Leonard Cohen is the ultimate comeback kid.
On Helping Haiti's "Everybody Hurts".