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  1. December 6, 2013

    Martin Sharp, artist and designer, 1942-2013

    The swirling, psychedelic posters of Martin Sharp became cultural icons for an era that frequently threatened, in the eyes...

  2. August 1, 2013

    Ebony, ivory . . . and timber

    When he is not fighting off groupies and chucking televisions out of hotel windows like any self-respecting rock star, Chuck...

  1. May 16, 2013

    Cinema reviews: The Great Gatsby, Beware of Mr Baker, The Liability

    After months of suspicious delay it finally comes off the shelf. We were right to suspect. For much of its length, Baz...

  2. March 22, 2013

    Eric Clapton: Old Sock

    When you’re acclaimed as one of rock’s greatest guitarists and have just sold a Gerhard Richter painting for £21m then I...

  3. April 20, 2012

    Obituary: Bert Weedon

    Bert Weedon, the man who taught a generation of schoolboys to strum the guitar, died at his home on Friday at the age of 91....

  4. March 20, 2012

    Paul Weller, Roundhouse, London

    There’s a song on Paul Weller’s new album called “That Dangerous Age” about middle-aged desperation to recapture one’s...

  5. March 8, 2012

    Guitarmaker Fender to list on Nasdaq

    Fender, the guitarmaker whose Stratocaster instrument was first made famous by Buddy Holly in the 1950s, is planning to...

  6. February 29, 2012

    Oxford university receives £26m

    Oxford university has received a £26m donation to fund more than 35 postgraduate scholarships a year from the widow of Ahmet...

  7. February 3, 2012

    Paul McCartney: Kisses on the Bottom

    Paul McCartney says he chose Kisses on the Bottom’s terrible title out of mischief and his record company begged him to...

  8. January 13, 2012

    Why I’ve stopped beating the kids

    We had a bit of a moment in the household last week when the boy beat his mother at tenpin bowling. Obviously it was his...

  9. January 7, 2012

    Christmas challenge 2011: the answers

    Thanks to everyone who entered the Life & Arts Christmas Challenge, published on December 24, and congratulations to Kathy...

  10. October 28, 2011

    20 questions: Paul Drechsler

    Born in Ireland and with a degree in engineering from Trinity College Dublin, Paul Drechsler was the first non-family member...

  11. September 20, 2011

    Coolabi approached by North Promotions

    Bagpuss, the cloth cat made famous by a TV series, may be about to take up a new career as a rock star. Coolabi, the...

  12. June 4, 2011

    My Morning Jacket: Circuital

    My Morning Jacket Circuital (V2/Cooperative Music) On their last album Evil Urges, Kentucky’s My Morning Jacket shredded...

  13. April 15, 2011

    The Rolling Stones in pictures

    Keith Richards, Anita Pallenberg and their son, Marlon, in Cannes, 1971. Photograph by Dominique Tarlé Devouring the...

  14. April 11, 2011

    Wynton Marsalis & Eric Clapton, Rose Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center, New York

    When Wynton Marsalis plays the blues he gives a modernist twist to the celebratory panache of classic jazz. There is modal...

  15. March 4, 2011

    Sale of the week: Eric Clapton guitars

    Sale: Eric Clapton Guitars and Amplifiers Location: Bonhams, 580 Madison Avenue, New York. Tel: +1 212 644 9001 Date:...

  16. October 2, 2010

    Jerry Lee Lewis: Mean Old Man

    Jerry Lee Lewis Mean Old Man (Verve) A Cold War scene comes to mind: a waxy, decrepit leader is propped up, apparatchiks...

  17. October 2, 2010

    Eric Clapton: Clapton

    Eric Clapton Clapton (Reprise) Talking of Clapton, here he comes with a wavy, let-it-all-hang-loose hairstyle and his 19th...

  18. FT Alphaville

    September 3, 2010

    Illusions, opportunity costs, and uneconomists

    Time for a bit of Friday fun before you depart for the long (US) weekend. Have a crack at this word problem (answer further...

  19. July 15, 2010

    BMG in deal to purchase UK rival

    BMG, the German music publisher, has agreed to buy UK rival Stage Three Music, increasing its foothold in a market BMG deems...

  20. May 3, 2010

    Pimlico to sell stake to Dyno-Rod's founder

    Two of the biggest names in British plumbing could soon be joined together after Pimlico Plumbers confirmed it was in talks...

  21. May 2, 2010

    Pimlico to sell stake to Dyno-Rod founder

    Two of the biggest names in British plumbing could soon be joined together after Pimlico Plumbers confirmed it was in talks...

  22. March 26, 2010

    A very English axeman

    During the making of his new album, Emotion & Commotion, Jeff Beck suffered an accident with potentially fatal consequences...

  23. March 19, 2010

    Money for old rock

    On November 12 1968, I wrote a letter to the BBC. It was a letter of complaint, responding to the latest television...

  24. February 17, 2010

    BB King/ Buddy Guy

    Valentine's Day was not yet upon us, but Buddy Guy and BB King - a line-up to make any blues fan's heart beat faster - were...

  25. February 16, 2010

    BB King and Buddy Guy, United Palace Theatre, New York

    A thrill there still: BB King Valentine’s Day was not yet upon us, but Buddy Guy and BB King – a line-up to make any blues...

  26. February 16, 2010

    After you, fellow guitar god

    The electric guitar solo is the ultimate baby-boomer art form: showy, self-indulgent and a strain on the patience of...

  27. February 15, 2010

    Jeff Beck/Eric Clapton, The O2, London

    Guitar gods: Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton The electric guitar solo is the ultimate baby-boomer art form: showy, self-indulgent...

  28. January 20, 2010

    John Mayer

    John Mayer is an axe hero for the iPhone generation. Photogenic, charming, a keen Tweeter with almost 3m followers - yet he...

  29. January 19, 2010

    John Mayer, Hammersmith Apollo, London

    Blues chops: John Mayer John Mayer is an axe hero for the iPhone generation. Photogenic, charming, a keen Tweeter with...

  30. FT Tech Hub

    January 15, 2010

    Beatles finally available on iPhone - sort of

    You may not be able to hear the Fab Four on iTunes  and the iPhone, but you will be able to see them with the licensing of...

  31. November 13, 2009

    John Mayer: Battle Studies

    John Mayer Battle Studies Columbia “Who Says” opens with the bold line “Who says I can’t get stoned?” but there’s nothing...

  32. August 8, 2009

    A girls’ guide to walking in high heels

    The desire to wear high heels is in our genes. Or so thinks Chyna, a former Eric Clapton backing singer turned vertiginous...

  33. June 5, 2009

    Enthusiast who remade the world of model railways

    The name C.J. Freezer is to model railway enthusiasts what P.D. James is to lovers of crime novels. Freezer, who has died...

  34. May 30, 2009

    Scott Trust man

    Taking advantage of a slow mergers and acquisitions scene, Freshfields lawyer turned Rothschild banker Anthony Salz...

  35. May 18, 2009

    Eric Clapton, Royal Albert Hall, London

    The first song in the set presented Eric Clapton, not at all convincingly, as a decrepit bluesman tottering down the great...

  36. May 16, 2009

    Clapton and the fate of virtuoso guitar solos

    Eric Clapton returns to his spiritual home at London’s Royal Albert Hall tonight for the start of an 11-night run of...

  37. September 27, 2008

    Pop Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

    BB King One Kind Favor Universal-Geffen "I ask one kind favor," the 83-year-old BB King gruffly pleads on One Kind Favor :...

  38. September 6, 2008

    Don't get the risotto blues

    The big debate in the 1960s centred around the question of whether white men could sing the blues. The conservative,...

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