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Whiplash: the cult of the drummer

telegraph.co.uk — His hero is Buddy Rich, by general consensus not only one of the greatest drummers in the history of jazz, but also the most ill-tempered. Rich had a reputation for splenetic temper tantrums, one of which was once captured by a member of his band on a widely circulated tape.

Luise Rainer on Hollywood's golden era

telegraph.co.uk — Photographs of Luise Rainer as a Hollywood star show a gamin beauty, with soulful eyes and rosebud lips - a face to stop hearts. "I was nobody to make a pass to," she says. "I was very thin like a boy and I was very un-sexy." But this is dissembling.

Angelina Jolie: 'Many times I haven't wanted to watch my movies at all'

telegraph.co.uk — In 1943 another plane in which he was flying crashed into the sea. Eight members of the crew died. Zamperini was trapped underwater in the wreckage, but somehow floated free.

Bhopal gas disaster: the legacy lives on

telegraph.co.uk — Twenty-five years since lethal gas escaped from the Union Carbide pesticide plant in Bhopal, killing thousands and injuring hundreds of thousands, the poison still lingers. Mick Brown travelled to India to meet the victims of the world’s worst industrial accident who have not given up the fight for compensation, justice and their lives.

Nick Drake: the fragile genius

telegraph.co.uk — Not long before his death, Drake went into a recording studio. Such was his condition, his lack of equilibrium, that he was able to record only four songs. Heard now, they have the ethereal quality of the last breath of a dying person captured on glass.

Manson: the Life and Times of Charles Manson, by Jeff Guinn, review

telegraph.co.uk — Manson was 5ft 4in and softly spoken, but prison had given him the skills to manipulate people, and an uncanny knack for nosing out the vulnerable. Using a pitch cobbled together from Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People ("Begin in a friendly way..."), half-digested scraps of Scientology and the hippie platitudes of the day, he began to gather a following, scavenging food out of rubbish dumps and living on drug deals.

National Lottery turns 20: meet the millionaire winners

telegraph.co.uk — The country will be a lot richer because of the lottery,' the then prime minister John Major declared, launching the first National Lottery in November 1994. Well, some of us, at least, have become so.

Today's musicians have to be covered

timeslive.co.za — Insurance? The Rolling Stones? Who in their right mind would ever think of insuring the Rolling Stones? Well, 12 companies at least. That is the number of London insurance-market insurers and syndicates involved in the dispute arising from the postponement of the Australian and New Zealand leg of the Stones' 14 On Fire tour earlier this year, following the death of Mick Jagger's partner, L'Wren Scott.

The Rolling Stones: rock is now a premium package

telegraph.co.uk — Insurance - it's an ugly business. But for the Rolling Stones - and indeed any rock performers - a necessary one. By the time the 14 On Fire tour ends in Auckland, New Zealand, next week, the group will have performed to some 689,000 people at 29 shows and grossed around $120m.

Benedict Cumberbatch on Alan Turing: 'He should be on banknotes'

telegraph.co.uk — He has an army of adoring female fans that style themselves as 'Cumberbitches' - a term to which Cumberbatch himself has taken vocal exception in the past. 'It sets feminism back so many notches.' He apparently would prefer the term 'Cumberpeople'.
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Jan 24, 2015

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Jan 22, 2015

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