Kate Mossman is the New Statesman's arts editor and pop critic.
People have trained themselves to look for the riddles and tricks in Bowie's music, but this time he was hiding nothing.
After being diagnosed with terminal cancer, the former Dr Feelgood member began a very public goodbye. Then an oncologist went to a farewell gig - and spotted a misdiagnosis.
The question, “What’s it like being a girl in a band?” has dogged female rock musicians for decades. I wanted to make a programme in which they tell their own stories.
Terence Trent D’Arby’s 1987 debut album sold a million copies in three days. The music press went mad for him. Where was there to go but down?
I've always bought colouring books – but these new, "therapeutic" offerings make me feel faintly distressed.
This film laments the way Winehouse's life was intruded upon while relying on the same methods to create drama.
Segregated Mardi Gras in Alabama tells us a lot about life in the South.
Nile Rodgers is responsible for $2bn worth of hits – with Chic, Madonna, David Bowie – but he can’t switch off the noise in his head.
The Albarn-Coxon concoction sounds surprisingly robust.
From the Grateful Dead to Arnold Schoenberg, via Tossers Wood.
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