Bob Dylan in Woodstock, 1968
©Elliott Landy/Magnum Photos

Bob Dylan’s legendary Basement Tapes

Almost 50 years after they were recorded, the songs from the famous Big Pink sessions can now be heard in full for the first time


Fiona Woolf ©Rick Pushinsky
Last year Matthew Engel profiled the City of London Corporation, whose figurehead has stepped down from a UK child abuse inquiry following concerns about her suitability for the role
Emile Simpson ©Patrick Morgan
British forces and US Marines have ended combat operations in Afghanistan after 13 years. In August 2013 former soldier Emile Simpson spoke to John Thornhill about military strategy and ‘armed politics’
Richard Branson
©James Ferguson

Richard Branson

This interview was conducted before Virgin Galactic announced on Friday that a serious “in-flight anomaly” had resulted in the loss of SpaceShipTwo in a test flight in Mojave.

25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall

East Germany ranks as among the least lamented states in European history, writes Tony Barber

On the shores of Lake Peipsi, Estonia
©Jaak Kikas

On the shores of Estonia’s Lake Peipsi

Like the Amish in the US, the Old Believers, who broke with the Russian Orthodox Church, live a lifestyle cut off from the modern world

Elsa Schiaparelli in her quarters on the Place Vendôme in Paris

Elsa Schiaparelli’s shock tactics

A new biography by Meryle Secrest revisits the avant-garde designer who dared to be different

Katie Mitchell at the Jerwood Space in London last month
©Anna Huix

Katie Mitchell on ‘2071’ at the Royal Court

The director talks about bringing climate science to the stage, German radicalism and the joys of genre-hopping

A literary break in the Aeolian Islands

Suzi Feay combines spa sessions with studies of Dante’s ‘Inferno’ against a suitably sulphuric backdrop

Rachel Felder in Mini Boden, Crewcuts and Zara
©Grant Delin

Down with the kids?

Why increasing numbers of women are finding their wardrobe solutions in the children’s department

Detail of ‘Angels’ Tent’, at Mary Boone
©Neil Greentree

Francesco Clemente’s nomadic inspiration

Sex, death and tents – the painter talks about the main attraction of his latest exhibition in New York

Illustration for a review pf Richard Ford's book 'Let Me Be Frank With You'
©Nick Oliver

Richard Ford’s ‘Let Me Be Frank with You’

Frank Bascombe resumes his negotiations with the ageing process in a fine new story collection



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