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Legends of the Chelsea Hotel by Ed Hamilton

So there you have it. Ryan Adams at the Chelsea -- maybe.

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The Lost Generation and the Art of Living

Sara and Gerald Murphy inspired an astonishing array of the century’s greatest writers and artists; they helped float, inspire, and otherwise sustain the likes of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Picasso, Ferdinand Leger, Man Ray, Cole Porter, John Dos Passos and Dorothy Parker, to name but a few.

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Underworld

Karl Hyde is not intent on slipping into the comfy chair just yet. Instead, he's donning a sparkly, silver-sequined jacket that begs the question: is all that glimmers really gold?

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Factory Bloke: Tony Wilson 1950-2007

He was a (expletive) who incited invective, but he stuck to principle and remained true to his Factory ideal: "The artists own everything, we own nothing."

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Becks Chooses Life

As a football fan, you can’t help feel that, somewhere along the line, it didn’t happen on the field in quite the way that it should have.

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Louise Brooks at 100: Interview with Peter Cowie

"One learned to take with a pinch of salt some of her assertions about people from the silent period. Sometimes it wasn't just her memory failing, it was a liberal attempt to build history in her own image." PopMatters talks to Peter Cowie, author of Louise Brooks: Lulu Forever.

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Underworld: The Riverrun Project

Whether they've truly subverted the label dynamic by going online-only, or simply succumbed to the long fade of dance music, this three-piece-suite offers both the best and most dreary of Underworld's once-vital work.

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This Book Will Save Your Life by A.M. Homes

In any city except Los Angeles such characters grouped together might seem ridiculous, yet one of the ways in which this city undermines fiction is that it defies all attempts to invent the improbable.

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Veronica by Mary Gaitskill

Sex may be a physical act, but it's a psychological response. In this respect then, Gaitskill is an author of interiors.

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The Killing of Georgie

Remembering George Best, perhaps the most exciting -- and exasperating -- talent in soccer history. Best died on 24 November 2005.

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The Chemical Brothers: Still Working It Out

Ten years on, the Chemical Brothers haven't lost a beat. PopMatters interviews the Manchester beat masters.

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A Court of Their Own

Chris Evert vs. Martina Navratilova.

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Benzos: Morning Stanzas

Benzos - a New York narcotic, aimed at your head.

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David Bowie: David Live / Stage

Masterpiece Theatre: David Live, re-mastered, re-issued (again)... and why it's worthy of re-appraisal.

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Mark Farina: Mushroom Jazz 5

Away from the dance floor and onto the streets: Mark Farina's blunted beats struggle to make the transition.

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Kasabian: Kasabian

Twenty-years of dance-inflected British rock, surveyed through the eyes and ears of, erm, 'Kasabian'.

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In the Darkness with James' Tim Booth

Former James frontman discusses love, lust, and man's darker impulses.

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Tim Booth: Bone

The return of former James front-man, Tim Booth, finds him with much to say, working to the bone...

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Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music for Airports [reissue]

Music for Airports began life radically out of step with its own time. As it turns out, this was simply a result of it being out in the stratosphere, waiting for time to catch up.

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UNKLE: Never, Never, Land

While fashion has moved away from electronic music of late, and as it slips back underground and re-groups amidst a cacophony of scarcely original post-punk revivalists, its encouraging to find work such as this that continues to excite and develop.

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Gilles Peterson: Gilles Peterson in Brazil

Gilles Peterson may be a bit cooler-than thou, hipper than all of us -- but you only have to look at his record to see that it's earned.

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