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Nick Cave: 'The greatest feat of artistic honesty would be to retire'

It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave – tanned and beautifully suited – is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming gastropub in Brighton's Kemptown. Born in Australia and variously resident over the years in Berlin, London and São Paulo, he has spent the past decade becoming one of …

Nick Cave: from Birthday Party boy to Bad Seed and beyond

On the morning of 12 January 1989, I had arranged to meet Shane MacGowan outside the Pogues' management office in Camden Town at 11am. He arrived just after midday, besuited and freshly shaven, with razor nicks all over his chin to prove it. He was carrying a pack of Kraft cheese slices and a …

Nick Cave: pass the sick bag

When you’ve personally witnessed Nick Cave nodding out on heroin and slowly lowering his head into a candle flame – his mass of dyed black hair igniting as you rush over with a tea towel to extinguish the blaze – you are likely to do a minor double-take when, years later, you hear that he’s been …


Seneca, the fat-cat philosopher

Income inequality is one of the most important social issues of our time. There are vast gaps between the economies of different countries around the world: the poorest countries (Malawi, Burundi, Central African Republic) have GDPs per capita that are several hundred times smaller than those of …

Central African Republic

They’ve been cab drivers, mystics and ornithologists. One was even a prime minister. Meet music’s greatest multi-taskers<p>To become a leader in any field, specialisation is obligatory. The risk of spreading oneself too thin is drilled into those with multiple interests. “You cannot hunt two hares at …


David Lynch,Exhibitions,Art,Street art,Art and design,Film,Twin Peaks,US television,Culture,Television & radio,Television,Brisbane,Annastacia Palaszczuk,Australia news,Arts policy,Arts funding,Queensland<p>Twin Peaks director calls for a championing of the arts, but says graffiti has ‘pretty much …


The 10 best operas by women

In honour of International Women’s Day on 8 March – when BBC Radio 3 will offer a mostly female playlist – here is my selection of essential operas by women, from 17th century works up to the present day. There is some astonishing music that opera companies ought to produce more often. (Looking …


When Brecht met Weill: a dazzling but doomed partnership

Some historical periods immediately conjure up the sound made by their orchestras. Think of high imperial Vienna and a Strauss waltz starts to sound, while Edwardian England calls up Elgar. Another is, surely, Weimar Germany. Its characteristic sound is a small orchestra, heavy on the brass and …

Royal Opera House

How to become a librettist

What is the librettist’s role in opera? The job is much more than creating the words to go with the music. Usually, the librettist produces the substantive ideas that inspire the composition, including the dramatic structure, characters and scenario of the opera. This role was obscured at the end …


Dear Snow White....

The Godfather - 1972


Cotton Club

James Lavelle - Presents UNKLE Sounds (The End, Part 01) - 19-07-2012

James Lavelle - Presents UNKLE Sounds (The End, Part 01) - 19-07-2012<br>Live Sets, DJ Mixes:<br>

Adrian Dunbar on Samuel Beckett: 'We are the boys of the lough'

It was 1981 and we all headed down into the dark of the Studio theatre of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We were going to see a second-year all-female student production of <i>Waiting for Godot</i>. My girlfriend, Anat, was playing Pozzo and Jenny and Amanda and Charlotte were in it. Up till then …

Explore natural wonders and world landmarks

Explore world landmarks, discover natural wonders, and step inside locations such as museums, arenas, parks and transport hubs.

Responder - Teeth Of The Sea

The Knife - Full Of Fire - Official video

Music Videos

Kraftwerk - The telephone call


Never, Never, Land (UK Version) - UNKLE

Martin Burlas - Smrť v opere

Martin Burlas: Seventh Day's Record (by VENI ACADEMY)

Holger Hiller - Das Feuer (Pilooski Edit)

Hey Joe - Charlotte Gainsbourg

A Snowflake - Peter Broderick

Arabian Horse V01

Gus Gus, Within You - Lulu Rouge Remix