My 2,700-mile bike ride into Bowie’s Life on Mars?
Do you remember the first time?
Jonathan Coe, Róisín Murphy and more on their artistic debuts
What drew Howardena Pindell to painting circles? Is the album Sleaford Mods pressed just 50 copies of any good? And which TV spoof sent Kiell Smith-Bynoe viral? Writers, musicians, artists and actors recall their earliest works – warts and all
‘John Lennon was violent. He’d fight about anything’
The inside story of Merseybeat, the UK’s early pop explosion
Early 1960s Liverpudlian pop may have been dominated by the Beatles, but it was a thriving scene whose acts filled the charts. Its artists explain why wild success gave way to heartbreaking failure
‘We made horse semen into little shakers’
The quest for music’s most extreme sounds
‘Touch mic and shell it!’
How British freestyle rap videos became a global phenomenon
Anarchy in Hertfordshire!
The real story of the Sex Pistols’ earliest gigs
‘We are the great unwashed!’
Iron Maiden, Metallica and more on 20 years of Download
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