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In The Great British Dream Factory, historian Dominic Sandbrook looks at the strange, diverse and wonderful creative industries that have sprung up in Britain since the end of empire. In this extract, we find out about the unlikely beginnings of the Black Sabbath guitarist’s unusual playing style…

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Portraying one art form through another is a notoriously difficult task. Debate always rages when a book is adapted for the screen, and arguably depicting the visual or aural through the written word is an even more daunting task. Here we have a look at some of the best works of fiction themed around the joy of sound, from ivory-tickling primates to mixtape-ing pop fans.

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Airline pilot and author of Skyfaring: A Journey With a Pilot, Mark Vanhoenacker writes about the soundtrack to his flying in this exclusive essay.

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In this exclusive extract from the brand new Sons & Fathers, Bono writes about his father Bob Hewson.

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Today (7 April) marks 100 years since the birth of jazz legend Billie Holiday. Here, John Szwed – author of Billie Holiday: The Musician and the Myth – pays homage to the iconic singer with his five favourite tracks. As well as the videos in this post, we’ve put the songs into a Spotify playlist, so you can listen while you read.

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The long-awaited memoir by one of the music world’s most iconic and influential performers and songwriters, Elvis Costello, will publish in Autumn 2015.

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Stuck for a Father’s Day present? (It’s June 15th – that’s this Sunday, in case you were wondering.) Us Penguins are here to help… “People say they have dads that are like their best friends. I’ve never thought of mine like that, as even my best friends I don’t want to hang out with all […]