Impossible dreams
By Victoria Segal - 24 April 13:00

Film - A documentary and a political satire chart idealism's decline, writes Victoria Segal


Fine tuning
By Zoe Williams - 03 April 13:00

Guitar Man

Will Hodgkinson <em>Bloomsbury, 304pp, £12.99</em>

ISBN 0306815141

South-west sound
By Jason Cowley - 27 March 17:10

Music - Jason Cowley traces the career of the troubled, unique collective that changed the face of B

Radio - Rachel Cooke
By Rachel Cooke - 06 March 12:00

Radio 3 rows are particularly delicious - like dons arguing in the common room

Highly strung
By Natalie Brierley - 27 February 12:00

Music - Natalie Brierley on the plucking excellence of ukuleles

Ghetto fabulous
By Alex Bellos - 27 February 12:00

Scarred by violence and political repression, Brazil's shanty towns have responded with an outpourin

Road trip among the dead
By Thomas Jones - 13 February 12:00

Killing Yourself to Live: 85 per cent of a true story

Chuck Klosterman <em>Faber & Faber, 245pp, £

Pandora's box
By Dan Hancox - 06 February 12:00

Music - Dan Hancox has fun with the "intelligent" radio station that knows what music you'll like

Dream ticket
By Mark Ellen - 30 January 12:00

Innocent When You Dream: Tom Waits, the collected interviews

Edited by Mac Montandon <em>Orion, 39

By Lynsey Hanley - 30 January 12:00

Pop - Lynsey Hanley wonders if the "biggest band since Oasis" aren't just a bunch of overhyped teena

The radio column - Rachel Cooke
By Rachel Cooke - 23 January 12:00

Sometimes an ad for a Saga holiday, or even a docile peal of pan pipes, is definitely welcome

Notebook - Rosie Millard
By Rosie Millard - 16 January 12:00

Theatre audiences, watch out: Maltesers, texting and iPods will earn you one of my death stares

Desperately seeking Mozart
By Rosie Millard - 16 January 12:00

Even by the standards of disaster-prone great composers, the catalogue of dramas in Mozart's life is pretty impressive.

Keeping time
By Nicholas Kenyon - 16 January 12:00

Fifty years ago, orchestras performed Mozart's music as if he were another Brahms or Beethoven. Then

An illicit pleasure in the library
By Will Montgomery - 16 January 12:00

Observations on tunes

Perfect profile
By Caroline Murphy - 09 January 12:00

Ivor Novello: portrait of a star

Paul Webb <em>Haus Publishing, 208pp, £16</em>

ISBN 1860570194

Seen, not heard
By Helen Chappell - 09 January 12:00

Theatre - Helen Chappell discovers that these days there's more to mime than French clowns in white

Pick of 2005: Opera
By Ian Irvine - 19 December 12:00

Giulio Cesare at Glyndebourne (and at the Proms)

Reading the cultural tea leaves
By Rachel Aspden - 19 December 12:00

2006 - the arts : The dregs of the old year hint at trends for the new

Pick of 2005: Rock Music
By Lynsey Hanley - 19 December 12:00

Best albums

Fiction - It's culture, darling
By Tom Webber - 12 December 12:00

The Kreutzer

Sonata Margriet de Moor <em>Duckworth, 156pp, £9.99</em>

ISBN 0715634054

Play on, players
By Clemency Burton-Hill - 12 December 12:00

Mozart in the Jungle: sex, drugs and classical music

Blair Tindall <em>Grove Atlantic, 318pp, £10.

Radio - Rachel Cooke
By Rachel Cooke - 12 December 12:00

Yes, Antony, you might be a star - but round this way we don't like a lot of splother, see?

Live 8: too late to say they're sorry
By Zoe Williams - 12 December 12:00

There's so much to regret, it seems, about Live 8. The organisers of the Philadelphia concert have just launched proceedings against a firm linked to Anna Nicole Smith, claiming she appeared at the event "intoxicated and scantily clad in revealing attire . . . totally inappropriate".

Birth of the cool
By Richard Cook - 28 November 12:00

Music - Jazz needs to rid itself of its obsession with its greatest icon

Park life
By Michael Coveney - 21 November 12:00

Dance - Slick moves and an eclectic soundtrack transform a scene of urban squalor, finds Michael Cov

Mauled by John Huston
By Nicholas Wapshott - 14 November 12:00

Encounters - Nicholas Wapshott meets Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, an overnight sensation at 69

From Prussia with hate
By Carolyn O'Hara - 14 November 12:00

Lynx and Lamb are Californian twin sisters hoping to become stars. But, as <strong>Carolyn O'Hara</s

Posh rock
By Lynsey Hanley - 07 November 12:00

The Dark Side of the Moon: the making of the Pink Floyd masterpiece

John Harris <em>Fourth Estate,

Beethoven who?

The Battle of Ideas is a series of debates presented by the Institute of Ideas. One of the fiercest