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Prince interview: the act didn’t finish when he stepped off stage — Before meeting him I was given clear and explicit instructions. I would not ask questions about his personal life, or about his past. Our conversation would be restricted to "the music now, and in the future".

Yanis Varoufakis: 'Europe is too important to be left to its clueless rulers' — So, I say to Yanis Varoufakis, you were an obscure university lecturer, with a sideline in writing comment pieces about economics, who had also devised and plotted virtual currencies for computer games, but your only experience of political office was almost 40 years ago as secretary of the Black Students Alliance at the University of Essex (even though you're white) - how exactly did you end up for five months as one of the pivotal figures in the biggest economic crisis to engulf Europe since the Second World War?

Anita Brookner: the final interview — Booker prize-winning author and art historian Anita Brookner died on March 15, 2016, aged 87 . The bestselling novelist, who won the 1984 award for Hotel Du Lac, lived a reclusive life in her final years. This, her last interview, was conducted by Mick Brown in 2009, when it was first published in The Telegraph.

David Bailey: "Jack Nicholson turned me on to viagra very young" — David Bailey's studio is in a cobbled mews in the London hinterland between Clerkenwell and King's Cross. Through a storage and work room, bicycles leaning against the wall, and up the stairs, into a large, light space, the sound of Billie Holiday perfuming the air, and there is Bailey, sitting on a stool at a long counter.

Why George Martin was never really one of the Beatles — There is no other group or artist whose musical evolution over the years was so dramatic, and satisfying, and Martin's role in this was incalculable. He enabled their ideas to pour forth, providing the electronic effects, the string quartets, the cor anglaise, the trumpets and piccolos, that helped the Beatles transcend the limitations of pop and create music of sublime originality.

What Happened, Miss Simone? by Alan Light, review: 'tragic' — Despite her great talent, Nina Simone was thwarted by bad luck and her own instability. Mick Brown reviews Alan Light's illuminating new biography, What Happened, Miss Simone? "Life has its problems,/ And I get more than my share," sang Nina Simone in one of her most famous songs.

Astronaut Edgar Mitchell, Uri Geller and the Curious Case of the Reappearing Tie-clip — Reading the former NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell's claim that aliens exist, but that the truth is being covered up by the US government, reminds me of a remarkable moment during my own close encounter with Mitchell two years ago at his home in Florida. The focus of our conversation was the 34 hours that Mitchell [...]

Down to earth - Telegraph — Between 1969 and 1972, six American spacecraft landed on the moon as part of the Apollo programme. Twelve astronauts actually walked on the lunar surface. Nine are still alive. An extraordinary new film, In the Shadow of the Moon, released yesterday, recounts how the Apollo programme was driven as much by political imperatives as scientific ones.

Pop star or politician - who was the real Screaming Lord Sutch? — Thinking of the singular figure of David "Screaming Lord" Sutch, the self-ennobled 3rd Earl of Harrow, there are two images that come to mind. One is of Sutch the flamboyantly berserk rock singer, emerging from a coffin, armed with prop knives, axes and skulls, and belting out his song Jack the Ripper.

How never-seen-before letters reveal the inner world of Janis Joplin — When Janis Joplin toured America in 1970, just a few months before her death at the age of 27, a Rolling Stone reporter who was travelling with her took note of the contents of her handbag.
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Apr 28, 2016

RT @robnitm: Arthur English backstage at the Windmill Theatre, Great Windmill Street, August 1950.

Apr 28, 2016

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Apr 27, 2016

RT @holland_tom: Kudos to @NazShahBfd for her no-ifs-or-buts apology, & shame on whoever then bowdlerised it.…

Apr 27, 2016

RT @b_judah: Naz Shah was pretty keen to talk to me until she found out @tabletmag was a Jewish publication.

Apr 26, 2016

RT @BritComSociety: Sid James, actor and irreplaceable legend of British comedy, died after collapsing on stage 40 years ago tonight.

Apr 26, 2016

RT @MrHarryCole: Naz Shah there, tweeting congratulations to the new NUS president.....

Apr 26, 2016

@Escartefigue777 Mascot? It's our main striker. That's what you guys are up against in the final

Apr 26, 2016

Very interesting looking exhibition of calendar art, Bazaar Avatars, at Tenderbooks, Cecil Ct, London, from May 5th

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