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Ray Manzarek was the key to the Doors
Tuesday, 18:59 21 May 2013
As a teenager, I stuck a picture of Ray Manzarek on my school pencil tin – no other musician could make you feel like you were just one small step from wildnessI arrived at the music of the Doors, a ..
Cannes 2013: Weekend of a Champion – first look review
Tuesday, 18:54 21 May 2013
This restoration of a 1972 documentary about racing driver Jackie Stewart is an intriguing insight into the cheesy glamour of the motor sport of the era, but is perhaps a little too in thrall to its s ..
Wagner anniversary revives German debate over controversial composer
Tuesday, 18:46 21 May 2013
New productions, statues and books commemorate Richard Wagner, who still divides Germany 200 years after his birthTo some he will never be more than a narcissist, an antisemite and a misogynist. To ot ..
Behind the Candelabra is tipped for Cannes success – but can't win Oscar
Tuesday, 18:27 21 May 2013
Director Steven Soderbergh says Hollywood studios refused to finance Liberace movie, thinking only gay people would watch itBehind the Candelabra – a lavishly rhinestone-encrusted story about the pi ..
John Cooper Clarke, poet – portrait of the artist
Tuesday, 18:12 21 May 2013
'Johnny Depp owes me – he pinched my whole look in Edward Scissorhands'How did you get into writing poetry?At primary school. I had a great enthusiasm for it, as did everybody in my class. We were t ..
Take five: John Fordham's month in jazz – May
Tuesday, 18:06 21 May 2013
In his monthly roundup of what's happening in the jazz world, our critic looks back at one festival and forward to another, and celebrates a 60th birthdayJohn Zorn's 60th birthdayEnnio Morricone put a ..
Fats Waller in Harlem - picture of the day
Tuesday, 16:41 21 May 2013
A photographic highlight selected by the picture desk. The legendary Jazz pianist Fats Waller was born on this day in 1904. Waller composed a series of hit songs including Ain't Misbehavin' and was kn ..
Ray Manzarek: keyboard maestro
Tuesday, 15:10 21 May 2013
Standing out in a band featuring Jim Morrison takes something special, yet people instantly identify Ray Manzarek's distinctive keyboard linesIt took a certain talent to attract attention if you were ..
Ray Manzarek: a life – in pictures
Tuesday, 14:53 21 May 2013
From playing with the Doors to hanging out with Alice Cooper, we look back on the keyboardist's life
YouTube Comedy Week day 2: Sarah Silverman, Reggie Watts and Scooby Doo
Tuesday, 14:46 21 May 2013
With plenty of mickeys being taken – including out of Rick Astley and Mumford & Sons – the musical content is the funniest so farReading this on mobile? Please click here to viewWhat have you been ..
Prince signs new record deal with Kobalt Music Group
Tuesday, 14:20 21 May 2013
Contract will allow singer who changed name over rights dispute to maintain ownership of his work and control distributionPrince has finally signed a new record deal, with Kobalt Music Group. Under th ..
Eurovision song contest: Russian foreign minister wades into voting row
Tuesday, 13:58 21 May 2013
Sergei Lavrov issues warning after reports that Russia's contestant was deprived of 10 points issued by AzerbaijanRussia's foreign minister has taken time out of a busy schedule that includes defendin ..
Michael Jackson promoter 'worked without a contract'
Tuesday, 13:28 21 May 2013
AEG's Kenny Ortega was hired on an agreement laid out solely via emails during ill-fated This Is It tour, court hearsAs the trial into Michael Jackson's ill-fated This Is It tour continues, it has bee ..
New band of the day: Breakbot (No 1,516)
Tuesday, 12:55 21 May 2013
A French man in a basement quietly creates an exquisite disco-pop companion piece to Daft Punk's Random Access MemoriesHometown: Paris The lineup: Thibaut Berland (voice, music). The background: Talki ..
Does George Michael have a problem with cars?
Tuesday, 12:51 21 May 2013
The star was hospitalised following an accident on the M1 which saw him tumbling out of his car at 70mph. Of course, it's not the first time he's had a mishap involving a motor vehicle …Age: 49.Appe ..
Beyoncé: Grown Woman – but no baby
Tuesday, 12:48 21 May 2013
Singer finally posts new track online, but husband Jay-Z denies speculation that she is pregnant with their second childBeyoncé has unveiled a new song. The studio version of Grown Woman has finally ..
Ray Manzarek of the Doors dies aged 74
Tuesday, 11:18 21 May 2013
Founding member of band was touchstone of hits like Break On Through to the Other Side and Light My FireRay Manzarek, a founding member with The Doors whose keyboard work was a touchstone of hits like ..
Glastonbury festival 2013: the Temple construction crew – video profile
Tuesday, 10:36 21 May 2013
Cameron Robertson: At the 2011 festival, the Bullring – also known as Campo Pequeno – hosted mock bullfights, tomato fights and wrestling. We meet Jake Owen and his construction team as they rebui ..
Cannes 2013: Behind the Candelabra – first look review
Tuesday, 10:25 21 May 2013
Steven Soderbergh's biopic of the pianist is a bizarre anti-Pinocchio parable in which toxic love transforms a handsome young man into a deeply unhappy latex dollAfter Side Effects, supposedly his fin ..
Ane Brun – Feeling Good: New music
Tuesday, 10:00 21 May 2013
Pretty much everyone's had a go at Feeling Good, but there's something magical about Ane Brun's subtle reworkingReading on mobile? Click here to listenWritten by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for ..
The Clash to release new box set
Tuesday, 09:01 21 May 2013
Sound System set to be accompanied by best-of album, sequenced to copy a 1982 Brixton showThe Clash are to release two new compilations in September – including a box set designed by bassist Paul Si ..
Fiat's YouTube hit shows adverts breaking down borders online
Tuesday, 08:13 21 May 2013
Arianna featuring Pitbull's Sexy People is perfect example of ad-promo hybrids that wouldn't be allowed on TVAs technology slowly removes the distinction between content watched on a television and co ..
Ane Brun – Feeling Good: New music
Tuesday, 08:00 21 May 2013
The world shouldn't need another cover of Feeling Good, but Ane Brun's reworking is subtly captivatingReading this on mobile? Click here to listenWritten by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse for the ..
In praise of … the Tim takeoff | Editorial
Monday, 23:45 20 May 2013
As the first official British astronaut, Major Tim Peake will surely rescue his first name from derisionThe sickly child in Dickens and the dog in Blyton – the literary canon was never especially ki ..
Placeta Joe Strummer inaugurated in Granada
Monday, 23:24 20 May 2013
New square reverberates to Clash songs as musicians gather in Spanish city to celebrateIt is a small square, set away on the far side of the magnificent Alhambra complex, but friends say the Placeta J ..