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April 3, 2014

The golden age of the Midlands | @guardianletters

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Robert Shore (Let’s hear it for the Midlands, G2, 27 March), writing about the contribution the Midlands have made to Britain’s culture and industry, curiously made no mention of Burton upon Trent, which in the late 19th century was the most important brewing town in the world. Due to the remarkable waters of the Trent Valley, which are rich in natural sulphates, brewers in Burton were able to perfect the first pale beers in the shape of pale ale and its strong export version, India pale ale (IPA).

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From John Lennon to Michael Jackson: rock stars on their dead heroes

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With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death this weekend, Ozzy Osbourne, Blondie, Katy B and others talk about when they heard their musical hero had died

When Kurt Cobain killed himself in Seattle 20 years ago on Saturday , the death of Generation X’s reluctant figurehead triggered mourning across the world. Music fans frequently invest enormous emotional intensity in their relationships with their rock heroes, and their unexpected deaths can resonate like the loss of a family member or a close friend. Yet for fellow musicians, the relationship can be even more personal their idols are also influences, inspirations and frequently friends. So how do they react when such iconic figures pass away?

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March 29, 2014

The golden age of the Midlands

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Robert Shore (Let’s hear it for the Midlands, G2, 27 March), writing about the contribution the Midlands have made to Britain’s culture and industry, curiously made no mention of Burton upon Trent, which in the late 19th century was the most important brewing town in the world. Due to the remarkable waters of the Trent Valley, which are rich in natural sulphates, brewers in Burton were able to perfect the first pale beers in the shape of pale ale and its strong export version, India pale ale (IPA).

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March 27, 2014

Rewind TV: Coppers; Bouncers; Party Paramedics; My Child the Rioter; Protecting Our Children; God Bless Ozzy Osbourne review

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In a week where crime and social dysfunction filled our screens, a close study of social workers provided a much-needed glimmer of light

Coppers (C4) | 4oD

Bouncers (C4) | 4oD

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Black Sabbath: 13 review

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Black Sabbath’s first album with Ozzy in 35 years is a much better way to end things than the previous attempt

"Rewind the future to the past," sings Ozzy Osbourne on the opening track of 13. It’s a neat summation of what the first Black Sabbath album to feature Osbourne for 35 years attempts to do. Indeed, it’s a neat summation of what every legendary band who’ve not just reformed, but also re-entered the studio over the last decade or so, have attempted to do. It’s just that most of them haven’t been as open about it as Sabbath, tending to couch their new material in talk about progression and suggesting they are moving forward into hitherto-uncharted musical territories. In fairness, producer Rick Rubin made a game attempt to suggest that the intentions behind 13 were "not retro", alas a little undermined by the fact that the next thing he said was: "If this had come out in 1972, I think people would have loved it." Nonplussed, bassist and lyricist Geezer Butler revealed that, in the studio, Rubin had played their eponymous 1970 debut and announced that the band should "unlearn everything" from the subsequent 43 years: "That was his thing. Pretend this is your second album."

But in Black Sabbath’s case, rewinding to the past is a big ask. Aside from Tony Iommi’s downtuned guitar and the malevolence of Butler’s lyrics, the thing that set them apart from such peers as they had in the early 70s was the almost tangible sense of desperation that hung over their music. You didn’t have to have read Osbourne’s dismal pre-Sabbath CV of petty theft and dead-end jobs to know that he wasn’t a man overburdened with options: you could tell by the way he sang, that desolate wail. The rest of Black Sabbath matched him: on their debut album and 1970’s Paranoid, they sounded, to borrow Tony Wilson’s famous line about Joy Division, like people who were in a band because they had no choice. Even at the height of their success, something of the underdog clung to them. That was partly because of the sheer critical opprobrium they faced. "Any third-rate support act has a better chance of getting an album track played on Sounds of the Seventies or Whistle Test, or even a moderately sympathetic write-up in the music weeklies," noted one critic in 1973. But it was also because, like Dr Feelgood’s Lee Brilleaux, Black Sabbath seemed to believe that rock’n'roll was fundamentally "music about bad luck", a conviction they clung to in the teeth of vast commercial success. Indeed, if you’d only paid attention to their lyrics and not the enthusiasm with which the band’s members availed themselves of fame’s spoils, you would have thought vast commercial success brought Black Sabbath nothing but alienation, despair and joyless nihilism: it’s never mentioned in the same breath, but 1975’s Sabotage paints a picture of drugged-out superstardom every bit as grim as Nirvana’s In Utero.

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March 26, 2014

Beyoncé’s hair-raiser and seven other show must go on moments

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From One Direction’s bus crash to Billie Holiday’s headpinning, stars past and present show they’ll stop at nothing to get back on stage

Beyoncé had a hair-raising moment this week when her barnet got tangled in the blades of a fan while on stage in Montreal. The singer continued to perform even while security tried to extract her from the mechanical device. This may seem impressive, yet other musicians have faced far more taxing obstacles and decided "the show must go on". Here are a selection:

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At the Grammys in pictures

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All the best pictures of winners, performers and couples being married by Queen Latifah at the music awards

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January 27, 2014

At the Grammys – in pictures

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All the best pictures of winners, performers and couples being married by Queen Latifah at the music awards

Erin McCann


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Backstage at the Grammys – pictures

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The official telecast is all well and good, but what happens when the TV cameras are turned off? The artists have a little fun

Erin McCann


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January 22, 2014

Kerrang! celebrates the rock of ages

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Kerrang! magazine is celebrating its 1,500th edition with a special anniversary issue, out today. Billed as the world’s largest weekly music magazine, it was first published in June 1981.

Editor James McMahon is promising “untold stories” in issue 1,501 involving bands such as AC/DC, Rage Against The Machine, Nirvana, My Chemical Romance and Iron Maiden.

He says: “Even after 32 years, there’s still a whole bunch of great rock ‘n’ roll stories we’ve never shared. Fourteen pages worth, in fact, from hitching a lift on Metallica’s private jet to feeding raw meat to Paramore and on to drinking tea and eating scones with Ozzy.

“We’re celebrating passion, fun, giving a shit… in short, all the things that makes rock ‘n’ roll great and has lived in the pages of Kerrang! for over three decades.”

Kerrang!, published by Bauer Media, sold 37,603 copies a week according to the last ABC figures (January-June 2013). But it lays claim to reach 5m music lovers each month through its multiple platforms – online, radio, TV and print.

Roy Greenslade


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