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Does the world need another indie band?
Across Britain Identikit groups of tight-trousered, floppy-haired boys with guitars take to the stage, to thrash out a homogenous jangle. Critics have dubbed their sound 'indie landfill'. Is it the death knell of a once-vibrant underground scene?

Bill Drummond
He founded one of the 80s' most anarchic bands, and famously burnt £1m in cash. But Bill Drummond's latest scheme is truly ground-breaking, as his diaries reveal...

Tunnel vision
100 artists dig deep to create their own versions of the iconic London Underground logo

Daniel Kitson
Master-storyteller wows audiences at the Edinburgh Fringe with his new show, 66a Church road – A Lament, Made of Memories And Kept In Suitcases

Leonard Cohen: his wit, warmth and wisdom

Leonard Cohen: Hallelujah!
Leonard Cohen is one of the most charismatic voices of our age - and wrote one of its greatest songs. As financial hardship forces his return to the stage, Neil McCormick celebrates a remarkable song and a remarkable man

Leonard Cohen: Live
The fans topped up Leonard Cohen's pension fund and were repaid with an evening of pure gold

Leonard Cohen live
Opera House, Manchester

Leonard Cohen
Out of the monastery and back on the road

Leonard Cohen
The high priest of minimalism

Leonard Cohen
His first show in Britain in 15 years is immaculate

Leonard Cohen live
Manchester Opera House - the Sunday Times review

Juan Muñoz: The suspension of certainty
In Juan Muñoz's strange, enigmatic sculptures, nothing is quite as it first seems...

Why is the Imperial War Museum celebrating James Bond?
So now it’s James Bond and cold-war lite. When did intellect head for the exit?

Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia, Tate Modern, London
Duchamp eclipses his fellow Dadaists – and yet, when all's said and done, this show revolves around a urinal

Duchamp, Man Ray & Picabia at Tate Modern
They drank, caroused and flounced about in drag - then they took art by the scruff of the neck and changed it for ever

Laurie Anderson
The renowned performance artist’s new show, Homeland, raises ideas

Laurie Anderson at the Barbican

Martin Amis - The Second Plane: September 2001-2007 (book review)

Martin Amis: The Second Plane
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Damien Hirst
Does Hirst's auction at Sotheby's mean the end of the gallery?

Tom Waits live
Edinburgh Playhouse - the Sunday Times review



Quiet, please
Britain is already one of the noisiest countries in the world. And every time you think it couldn't get worse, another racket - ear-splitting train horns, antisocial neighbours, inane 'public service' announcements - proves you wrong.

My mum went to the Tate and all I got was a pair of Andy Warhol oven gloves
Our museums and galleries are busier than ever but is anyone actually looking at the art? Paul Arendt on the rise and rise of the gallery shop

Thoroughly modern Millais
He might have created the schmaltz of Bubbles, but he was, in fact, an artist of considerable innovation and power

Louise Bourgeois
Her works of many-breasted beasts, lairs and primal lumps spread confusion, but Louise Bourgeois's uninhibited creativity is as impressive as it is rare

Yoko Ono
After decades on the fringes of rock, Yoko Ono has been embraced by the mainstream.

Tate Modern: Cracked!
Tate Modern's dramatic new installation - a great gash in the floor of the Turbine Hall - has already delighted both critics and the public. But the question everyone's asking is: how on earth did it get there?

Mercury Music Prize
How can you possibly choose just one winner from 233 albums? Mercury prize panellist Jude Rogers lifts the lid on the judging for the music industry's most prestigious award

Charlotte Gainsbourg
After years as a famous daughter, a new, assertive Charlotte Gainsbourg is hunting down cutting-edge directors and singing once again.

Think of England
From gardening, carnivals and dog shows to more eccentric pursuits such as bottle kicking or body painting, Blake Morrison reflects on what our photographic heritage reveals about our changing national character

Tate Britain's 'How We Are' is the gallery's largest-ever photography exhibition 
Covering more than 150 years, the show's 500-plus pictures by more than 100 photographers provide an extraordinarily rich portrait of British life. Siix famous Britons, from Beryl Bainbridge to Billy Bragg, select their favourite images

Days of our lives
Eating breakfast, sitting at a desk, watching the evening forecast ... our daily rituals reveal more than we think about our evolving social history

Bjork's Back!
After two introspective LPs, Björk is ready to sing out at the world again with her new album "Volta"

Bjork: Still crazy after all these years
jörk has a new album out and it's been hailed as 'a bit cuckoo' - will the macho world of rock ever recognise her eccentric genius?

Germaine Greer on surreal women
Surrealism's women thought they were celebrating sexual emancipation. But were they just fulfilling men's erotic fantasies?

Salvador Dali
Jonathan Jones travels to the coast of Spain to explore the landscape that inspired Salvador Dalí, the greatest surrealist of them all.

How Dalí lost his cutting edge
The Surrealist artist's startling film work declined as soon as his partnership with Luis Buñuel ended, says Richard Dorment

Germaine Greer on libraries
"Flashy libraries? I prefer to get my adventure out of the books not the building”

On mix-tapes & vinyl
In the days before iTunes, when you wanted to impress a girl you lovingly put together a compilation tape from your LPs. Now - thanks to the wondrous choice of digital music - mix tapes and vinyl are dying out. But is some of the mystery and meaning of music also disappearing?

The Good, the Bad and the Queen – CD review

The Good, the Bad & the Queen
Blur sold millions and Gorillaz sold even more – it seems that Damon Albarn can do no wrong. Will his new supergroup be touched by the same magic?

How Hirst got his bite back
Review of Damien Hirst’s  Re-Object at the Kunsthaus Bregenz, Austria

“It doesn't need tuning - just play it”
Mark E Smith eats musicians for breakfast. The irascible singer has got through more than 40 in 30 years with his punk band the Fall.

The legends of the Fall
Thinker, drinker, fighter— Fall front-man, Mark E. Smith reaches 50. We salute the last punk in town

Has Jerry Seinfeld lost his sting?
Jerry Seinfeld made a fortune from comedy about the mundanity of everyday life. Since quitting his revered sitcom nine years ago, his life has been far from mundane. But what about his comedy?

Open your ears…
Ivan Hewett on a campaign which emphasises how important it is to give music your full attention

Remembering Derek
Derek Jarman, artist, film-maker and radical, died of Aids in 1994. When Tate Modern recently screened his private Super 8s, our correspondent spoke to friends and associates

Joanna Newsom
Caught up in visions of Joanna - the ethereal singer and harpist comes firmly down to earth

Joanna Newsom’s harp of gold
How would Joanna Newsom's eccentric sound hold up against a full orchestral backing?

Damon Albarn has written an opera, in Mandarin
Will Gorillaz to Monkey be a natural evolution or a China crisis?

Steven Berkoff: The real East Enders
In his latest play and in an exhibition of photographs, Berkoff revisits his past in the vibrant melting-pot that was riverside London

Anjani: Songs of love and Leonard Cohen
The jazz singer Anjani is a success after decades of trying. She explains how her famous boyfriend's songs helped

Philip Glass: Leonard Cohen & me
What happened when a classical music iconoclast encountered the king of miserabilist pop? The composer Philip Glass reveals how his friendship with the songwriter inspired a poetic new work

Amis on Blair: Ten years at number ten
The Downing Street door has nearly closed on Tony Blair. Martin Amis has been shadowing the prime minister on his farewell tour

Martin Amis: Come on, bin Laden, make my day
At a debate in London, Martin Amis posed as the Dirty Harry of the Western liberal tradition, telling Islamic terrorists: ‘I want to be a target.’

The shock of the two Chapmans
Ever since defacing their first Goya etching, Jake and Dinos Chapman have been among the most original of artists. As a new work is unveiled, Louise Jury pays tribute to a most singular duo

Please do touch the works of art
From toddlers' expressionism to giant slides at the Tate Modern: 'interactive art' is turning galleries into mindless playgrounds.

Jeremy Paxman: MacTaggert Memorial Lecture 2007

Joan Bakewell: What is Kylie Minogue doing at the V&A?

Finding Time
THE FOUR HORSEMEN OF MY APOCALYPSE are called Efficiency, Convenience, Profitability, and Security, and in their names, crimes against poetry, pleasure, sociability, and the very largeness of the world are daily, hourly, constantly carried out.

Phil Spector: Off the wall
The tortured genius behind some of pop's greatest hits is about to stand trial for the murder of an actress at his LA home. In this extract from his definitive new biography of Spector, Mick Brown traces the origins of his dreams and his demons

Rachel Whiteread: Sculptures of people who aren't there

What a shocker
Brian Sewell on the Turner Prize

Virtual Friendship and the New Narcissism 
The rise of online social networking

The art of Leonard Cohen
It looks like the darkness has finally lifted for miserable genius Leonard Cohen – his new art show in Manchester sees a lighter side shine through


Websites that changed  the world
The web is 15 years old and in that short time it has revolutionised the way we live...the Observer's Net specialist tells the story of the 15 most influential websites to date...
John Betjeman
Griff Rhys Jones has made a television programme about John Betjeman...
John Betjeman
Tennis, trains and toffs: on the trail of the bard of suburbia
Edinburgh Festival
Sixty Fabulous Festival Facts

Ron Mueck
Despite their monumental proportions and meticulous detail, Ron Mueck's sculptures are also understated. It is this that gives them their unsettling power...

Ron Mueck
Ron Mueck's art has been called both big and clever. In fact, says Jonathan Jones it's blank, empty, brainless...

Ron Mueck
From Muppets to motherhood (Observer profile)

Simon Armitage
Simon Armitage was never a great fan of opera - so writing a libretto was a steep learning curve...

Green Gartside
Scritti Politti man back in the Pop game...

The Return of Cerys "Catatonia" Matthews (The Daily Telegraph)

The Return of Cerys "Catatonia" Matthews (The Guardian)

Is Tintin the key to modern literature?

Tintin & the enigma of academic obsession
Daniel Tammet
Daniel Tammet has savant syndrome, a very rare type of Asperger's syndrome (high-functioning autism)...
Michel Faber & Brian Eno
When you need someone to soundtrack your story set in the Arctic, who better than Brian Eno?
Lily Allen - the latest pop sensation (The Daily Telegraph)
Lily Allen - the latest pop sensation (The Independent)
Mike Skinner/The Streets
The Streets set to release third album...
Green Gartside
It's seven years since Green from Scritti Politti released an album...

Lily Allen
Miranda Sawyer meets pop's most precocious young star...
Undercover Surrealism (The Observer)
Just when you thought Surrealism had nothing new to say, here comes a delightful poke at some of its loftiest practitioners...
Undercover Surrealism (The Guardian)
Undercover Surrealism is a cabinet of curiosities that shows the art movement at its darkest...
Tate Modern Re-hang (The Guardian)
When it opened in 2001, Tate Modern jeered at 'isms' and refused to tell the story of modern art...
Tate Modern Re-hang (The Times)
It's all change at the world's most popular gallery...
Tate Modern Re-hang (Daily Telegraph)
The comprehensive re-hang of Tate Modern's permanent collections has - for the most part - worked wonders...
Why students are turning to philosophy
More and more young people are choosing to study philosophy at A-level and university...
Georges Bataille & Documents
Surrealist visionary Georges Bataille challenged our perceptions and influenced generations of artists with his journal Documents...
George Bataille: Ragbag of surreal wonders
A magnificent new show celebrates the bizarre insights of critic Georges Bataille
With essays on art, abattoirs and body parts, the controversial periodical Documents was conceived by Georges Bataille as an alternative to surrealism...

The Cure - Royal Albert Hall Review (The Guardian)
The Cure - Royal Albert Hall Review (The Daily Telegraph)
 The Cure - Royal Albert Hall Review (The Independent)
Prince is back with a major tour and album. After a lost decade, a new generation of artists has rediscovered him...
Thrilled by word of a new album, Morrissey fan and celebrated author Douglas Coupland flies halfway around the world to meet the singer in Rome...
Morrissey - Ringleader of the Tormentors (album review)
The Jam
As Paul Weller prepares to receive a Lifetime Achievement Brit, John Harris salutes a giant...
The artist known as Prince is back to his dazzling best...
What's the point of philosophy? (Discuss)
Bill Rammell, Higher Education Minister, believes there is nothing wrong with students spurning the study of philosophy...
For Arts Sake?
Munira Mirza challenges the modern consensus that the arts can transform society, and asks if the emphasis on producing art for the public good is causing long-term damage...
Damien Hirst
Sean O'Hagan talks to Damien Hirst on the eve of his first show in Mexico...
Anish Kapoor
Pigments of the imagination...
We Love the 1980s
Is it just me, asks Paul Morley, or are new bands such as the Arctic Monkeys more the heirs of Stock, Aitken and Waterman than Cowell, Osbourne and Walsh?
Arctic Monkeys - Whatever People Say I Am, That's What I'm Not (album review)

Arctic Monkeys
The return of brainy pop

The Welfare Show
Elmgreen and Dragset's bored security guards, abandoned babies and dysfunctional hospitals reveal the emptiness at the core of modern life...

Big Babies
Michael Bywater's four illustrations of how he thinks society has become overly child-like, Big Babies, is both thought-provoking and amusing

Jeremy Deller
Artist Jeremy Deller doesn't sell much work, and was embarrassed by the Turner prize

Robert Rauschenberg
Ignored by the establishment and derided by critics, Rauschenberg may just be the most important American artist of the last century, argues Robert Hughes

Scott Walker
If only people appreciated his sense of humour, Scott Walker tells Alexis Petridis, they might understand why he turned his back on pop stardom for existential angst

Francis Bacon
Ugly, obscene and terrifying - the grotesque figures in Bacon's paintings disturbingly evoke the claustrophobia and voyeurism of Big Brother...

Iain Sinclair
Sinclair describes the mysterious process of conveying the essence of a book by its jacket as he joins judges to find new photographs for four Penguin classics

Goth has risen from the dead...
...and the 1980s pioneers are (naturally) not happy about it. By Dave Simpson

Grayson Perry (The Guardian)

Grayson Perry: Little girl found

Steve Reich
The murder of American journalist (and violinist) Daniel Pearl has inspired composer Steve Reich to write the most political work of his career.

Chapman Brothers interview(The Guardian)

Chapman Brothers art review (The Guardian)

Selina Scott on TV
Former golden girl of primetime television launches a stinging attack on the medium that made her & explains why she barely bothers to watch the box these days

Not-So-New Towns
Sixty years on, is it time to embrace Basildon, Milton Keynes and co? Jonathan Glancey visits the land of housing estates, roundabouts and concrete cows

MySpace and the Fringe are great at creating a buzz...
...but when it comes to art, the mob are rarely right

Velázquez started out as a street painter and grew into a great philosopher-artist - as the National Gallery's new blockbuster exhibition shows

From their outlandish outfits to their habit of using typewriters on stage, Guillemots might be the oddest new band in Britain - even if they refuse to admit it.

More Guillemots...

Swimming against the tide

There's only one Leonard Cohen

Tribute projects may be worthy, but do the young have to be so brazenly respectful?

Jarvis Cocker
Former front-man of Pulp emerges from his Parisian exile to release a solo album

Thirty years on, Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr tell the story of how the world's biggest band began

Damon Albarn: Pop Goes the Casbah
Damon Albarn’s latest project: reviving threatened Algerian music

The release of a 'new' Beatles album has brought George Martin back into the spotlight

In an extraordinary move, producer George Martin and his son Giles have pulled apart the Beatles' finest songs and reconstructed them into one astonishing album

Can music make us happy?
It's a big question, but some people think they have the answer.

Modern Art: A load of old rot?
From Antony Gormley's self-portrait in mouldy bread to the ageing condoms in Tracey Emin's bed, much of modern art has a short shelf life. So what should galleries and collectors do when it starts falling apart?

Chapman Brothers: masters of modern horror
Their vision is hellish and disturbing, but Jake and Dinos Chapman are among our most original artists, says Richard Dorment

J.G. Ballard Interview

Gilbert & George
At home with art's oddest couple

The great sculptor's voracious sexual appetite is inseparable from his thrillingly sensuous work, says Richard Dorment

Pet Shop Boys at the Tower Of London

Frank Sinatra: Singing from beyond the grave
He made his first comeback in the 1950s - and then he kept coming back, again and again. Now Sinatra is singing from beyond the grave in a new West End show.

The Good, The Bad and The Queen
Damon Albarn revives the concept of the supergroup

Stevo: Still Some Bizzare after all these years
The maverick who gave the world Soft Cell, Depeche Mode & The The, is still going strong, oddly enough.

Music's secret weapons
Everyone has their special album: the one nobody else has heard of, the one to bring out when you want to amaze people. 49 musicians, producers and writers reveal their records to be reckoned with.

Martin Amis: The age of horrorism
On the eve of the fifth anniversary of 9/11, one of Britain's most celebrated and original writers analyses - and abhors - the rise of extreme Islamism.

Sole survivors: the legacy of shoegazing
Shoegazing is a half-forgotten musical genre, but its legacy lives on

Open University: A fond farewell to 'Televarsity'
Tomorrow the Open University will broadcast its very last television programme. Students will now rely on DVDs and the internet.

Daniel Kitson
Comedian turned storyteller captivates with his C-90 show at the Edinburgh Fringe

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