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'As I entered my 45th year, I decided to write a book that contained snapshots of the world from where I was standing', says Bill Drummond on the opening page of 45.
As memories of apartheid recede and South Africa becomes an increasingly stable democracy, books such as this one become ever more important. A...
It is unlikely that the full history of ska, rocksteady and reggae music has been so well documented, hand in hand with the history of the...
Charming and ever so slightly camp, or retreating to the sexism of a bygone era? Judith Evans finds fault with the Iggulden brothers' recent publishing phenomenon.
Many would regard Brave New World as Huxley's most important novel. This may or may not be true, though it is undoubtedly his most popular....
A perfect coffee-table book for anyone who agrees that Dylan's canon of lyrics constitutes some of the most important poetry of the last half-century.
Not, as one might expect, the original metaphysical detective story of 1985 (which is old news – but good news). Instead, the tale translated,...
As foot and mouth ravages the animal population of this country, so one naturally takes a renewed interest in all things viral, cellular and...
Difficult second novel syndrome? This sophomore effort isn't quite the great American novel, but Foer should keep trying...
The first six chapters of From Hell were originally published in the excellent (and eventually banned) small press horror comic...
From handling rats on Werner Herzog's Nosferatu to a peek into Lana Turner's bedroom, the new Granta collection (somewhat heavily titled...
Humphrey Jennings (1907-50) has long been recognised as one of Britain's finest filmmakers on the basis of his wartime documentaries, which, for...
It's the first decade of the 19th century, and societies of theoretical magic exist all over England – studying the history of magic with...
Electronic music owes an incomprehensible debt of gratitude to Kraftwerk. Four electrotechpopmeisters from the Rhineland took their vision of music...
Everyone’s a DJ now. Although they may only ever have once played to a bunch of disinterested drinkers in some grotty bar, practically...
Self-publishers William Eckersley and Alexander Shields reveal the capital’s ragged edges and stale secrets.
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