I have become the sort of person who sits in Earls Court watching pop bands warm up and eating steak
The composer's operas delight in the the crazy, capricious side of human nature
<strong>Babylon's Burning: from punk to grunge</strong>
Clinton Heylin <em>Viking, 704pp, £20</em>
<strong>Tony Visconti, the autobiography: Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn boy </strong>
In a new film, artists from Bono to Damien Hirst pay tribute to Joe Strummer, the punk icon. By <em>
The rest of the band were smartly dressed for our meeting with Peter Hain. But I looked like a vagra
Music industry greed is stifling the technology that drives hip-hop
Massive Attack transformed British music in the 1990s - and now they are fundraising for Palestine.
Some of Britain's most credible indie bands have made children's albums. Jude Rogers finds out why
<strong>Wincing the Night Away</strong>
The Shins <em>Transgressive/Sub Pop</em>
These days "contemporary acoustic music" is all the rage - just don't call it folk
Monteverdi invented music drama, and in Combattimento (Virgin) Emmanuelle Haïm, as conductor, daringly invites Rolando Villazón, the most fiercely histrionic of today's tenors, to experiment with songs that are often over-chastely declaimed.
Karen Dalton comes from the Greenwich Village folk scene that also produced Bob Dylan, but her music lay almost entirely forgotten until her album It's So Hard to Tell Who's Going to Love You the Best (EMI/Megaphone Music) was reissued this year.
The most fun to be had this year was in the hyperactive presence of the Brazilian sextet
2006 saw the passing of some extremely fine musicians
The Tory leader should stop trying to be trendy, those pop queens Girls Aloud tell Sophie Heawood
At the beginning of 2006, the prospects looked bleak for strong, idiosyncratic female pop acts. Jude
Carmen's feminine power entices audiences from Covent Garden to Cape Town
<strong>The Best of Smash Hits</strong>
Edited by Mark Frith <em>Little, Brown, 193pp, £14.99</em>
Gilbert and Sullivan blew a raspberry at Victorian society's prized institutions
Kill Rock Stars
<strong>Electric Griot Land</strong>
A new wave of young musicians is pushing the boundaries of the genre
What do the tunes of Eminem, Aerosmith, Tupac Shakur and Meat Loaf have in common?
Answer: they h
We love contemporary art and literature. So why does music have such an image problem?
America's harsh copyright laws are ridiculed by an exhibition of illegal art