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Rebel Rebel book review – Essential for any David Bowie fan

If there’s one thing the world doesn’t lack, it’s books about David Bowie. Nicholas Pegg’s definitive The Complete David Bowie is a must – a reference book with heart and soul. Paolo Hewitt’s Album by Album is a thing of beauty. David Buckley and Paul Trynka have added their works to the canon, while Dave Thompson’s To Major Tom gave an utterly charming spin on the whole idea. And the pyramid goes a long way down from there.

Rebel Rebel - Bowie by Chris O'Leary

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Laura Marling: Short Movie review – Crackling with electricity

You’re probably quite bored of hearing us prattle on about how Laura Marling is the best singer-songwriter of her generation. We’re almost bored of saying it ourselves. But what else can we do?

After flashes of promise on her debut, Marling released the best break-up album of the decade five years ago (Sorry, Björk). She followed it up with the more conceptual if slightly less melodic A Creature I Don’t Know and the sprawling and dense – but ultimately rewarding – Once I Was An Eagle.

The big tease with Short Movie has been “Marling Goes Electric”. There’s been that striking press shot of the singer caressing an electric and gigs in rock dive bars, but that’s not really what’s happened.

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Ride live at the 100 Club for War Child: Tremble with a sigh

In the nearly two decades since Ride split, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener have kept busy. Bell filled theatres with Hurricane #1, and arenas and stadiums with Oasis, before his stint in Beady Eye. Gardener stuck with Loz Colbert and formed The Animalhouse, and after their split kept his hand in with solo records and production work.

It’s not their later excursions that have caused the dizzy excitement for this reunion though. The pair’s work for a couple of years at the start of the 1990s has grown and grown in stature. After some words from Xfm DJ John Kennedy, a brief set from Fake Laugh (terrible name – perfectly pleasant electric singer-songwritery twang) and a War Child video, Mark and Andy step onto a live stage together for the first time in a long time.

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Blondie, Ramones, Dolls: Luke Haines’s verdict on New York in the ’70s

This year, Luke Haines completes the third chapter in his recent concept trilogy with New York in the ’70s, described by its author as a “mythic re-imagining of the New York Rock n Roll scene 1972-1979”.

It swiftly follows 2011’s 9½ Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early ’80s and last year’s Rock and Roll Animals (“I’m getting off on work at the moment,” Haines admits).

To mark its release, Digital Spy caught up with the ex-Auteurs frontman and rattled off a list of the biggest New York names from the 1970s, asking him for his verdict on each, while giving you a Spotify playlist to listen along.

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