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Bobby Womack, The Preacher, boxed set review: 'superb'

telegraph.co.uk — After enjoying early success as a member of the Valentinos, working as guitarist for his mentor Sam Cooke - and then being cast into the wilderness for marrying Cooke's widow Barbara three months after Cooke's death - Bobby Womack built his reputation as a session musician and a songwriter, not least for Wilson Pickett.

The Complete Stax Soul Singles review: 'a poignant catalogue of broken dreams'

telegraph.co.uk — Founded by Jim Stewart, a Memphis bank-manager and country music fan, Stax had originally founded to record country music, only moving into rhythm and blues when Stewart noticed the enormous pool of black talent on his own doorstep.

The Rothschild treasures given centre stage at the British Museum

telegraph.co.uk — Funded by the Rothschild Foundation, under the direction of Lord (Jacob) Rothschild - the 4th Baron Rothschild, head of the British branch of the dynasty - and his daughter Hannah, the new gallery will provide an unparalleled opportunity to view one of the most extraordinary private collections of artworks ever assembled in Britain.

BB King: last of the great bluesmen

telegraph.co.uk — The bus is one of those luxury items, with custom-built everything; it's the back that is King's home - a cocoon of buttery leather, deep-pile carpet, high-tech equipment. He punches a button and the window slides open behind him. 'Let's have a little air.'

The election that caught fire: How the quiet campaign finally exploded

telegraph.co.uk — In short, it was a series of diligently - one might almost say brilliantly - stage-managed photo opportunities at which real people, with all the fissile unpredictability that implies, were kept at a safe distance.

The rise and rise of professional video-gaming

telegraph.co.uk — On a stiflingly hot March day in Los Angeles he was to be found in a darkened, cavernous auditorium at a venue called LA Live, where 32 teams from Europe and America had assembled for three days to compete in the Call of Duty World Championship for $1 million in prize money.

Inside London Auction House Christie's

esquire.co.uk — One day in January, a few weeks before the Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale at Christie's in London, a handful of the auction house's resident specialists gathered in a storage area at the back of the company's headquarters in St James's for a ritual known as "hilling".

Percy Sledge: nobody’s voice broke as many hearts as his did

telegraph.co.uk — Percy Sledge was a struggling 25 year-old soul singer, making ends meet by working as a hospital orderly, when, on the recommendation of a patient, in February 1966 he walked into a small studio in the town of Sheffield, Alabama, owned by a local disc jockey named Quinn Ivy to make his first record.

Backstage secrets of American Buffalo: 'We're acting out hidden desires'

telegraph.co.uk — Tom Sturridge, centre: "The more you read the play, the more you see a reflection of all the ugly traits in all of us" American Buffalo tells the story of three small-time hustlers who gather in a junk shop owned by one of them, Donny (played by Goodman), to plot a heist of rare coins from a local collector.

Jose Mourinho: 'I have a problem. I'm getting better at everything'

telegraph.co.uk — José Mourinho's 10 best put-downs When, at the end of the session, everyone gathers round a laptop to examine the photographs, all eyes look expectantly to Mourinho for his verdict. "Not bad," he says. Not bad? Does this mean "excellent", "terrible"? Or simply, as he says, "not bad".
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May 29, 2015

Inside the private world of London's ultra-Orthodox Jews/. My piece from 2011 telegraph.co.uk/news/religion/…

May 28, 2015

The weird and wonderful at the Butch Anthony show at 15 Bateman St W1 pic.twitter.com/ySF7WIPztd

May 26, 2015

@rwilliams1947 Cheers Richard, much appreciated. Love the David Porter too. But still no better Stax track than I Forgot To Be Your Lover..

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