<strong>The Best of Smash Hits</strong>
Edited by Mark Frith <em>Little, Brown, 193pp, £14.99</em>
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
Gilbert and Sullivan blew a raspberry at Victorian society's prized institutions
A new wave of young musicians is pushing the boundaries of the genre
Kill Rock Stars
<strong>Electric Griot Land</strong>
The music schedules are a swamp of cheesy easy listening
<strong>Number One in Heaven: the heroes who died for rock 'n' roll</strong>
Jeremy Simmonds <em>P
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
John Lennon was never a political animal - so a new film claiming that he brought down governments a
The Pet Shop Boys have proved that intelligence can go hand in hand with mass appeal. Lynsey Hanley
<strong>Back to Black</strong>
Amy Winehouse <em>Island</em>
<strong>Matilde di Shabran; La Fille du régiment</strong>
Juan Diego Flórez <em>Universal/Decca</e
<strong>World Circuit Presents . . .</strong>
Various artists <em>World Circuit</em>
The trick the music industry has pulled off is to make teenagers crave the smell and feel of vinyl.
Unlike the Sex Pistols, Crass never sold out - and their influence is still visible today
Steve Reich is the musical visionary whose repetitive, morphing sound gave birth to techno. But his
Scrounging music industry executives will soon be a thing of the past
The West End is full of American musicals . . . but where is all the British talent?
I start dreaming of a cabinet to serve Gordon Brown: Diane Abbott, Martin Amis, Damon Albarn, Harold
Forget the liberal blather: the makers of <em>Gaddafi</em> are as cynical as Simon Cowell
As summer draws to a close, the airwaves are just hotting up
<strong>I Let the Music Speak</strong>
Anne Sofie von Otter <em>Deutsche Grammophon</em>