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As films about Ginger Baker and the Stone Roses are released, here's our pick of the movies in which film-makers focus on the drama behind the songs
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"Our band could be your life," sang the Minutemen in History Lesson Part II – a line that embodied the fierce love the audiences of the Us indie underground held for their bands. The Minutemen were pioneers, coming out of the southern California hardcore punk scene, but to be tied to it, and living what they preached – "We jam econo," was a phrase bassist Mike Watt coined to describe a commitment to doing everything cheaply and independently. More than a history lesson, though, We Jam Econo is a deeply moving love letter from Watt to his friend – and the Minutemen's leader – D Boon, who died in »
- Michael Hann
Cheltenham Festival | Comic Relief – Funny For Money | Piers Morgan's Life Stories – Bruno Tonioli | The Mentalist | Totally British: 70s Rock'n'Roll | Treme | Graham Parker: Don't Ask Me Questions | Tosh.0
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup has become one of the biggest events in the racing calendar and, lately, the most prestigious in the jump season. Trainers, owners and riders, if not the horses, will be focused on this event to the exclusion of all others. How long before it captures the public imagination the way the Grand National does? Favourites this year include Bobs Worth and Sir Des Champs. Clare Balding is again on presenting duties, assisted by ex–jump jockey Mick Fitzgerald. David Stubbs
Comic Relief – Funny For Money
It's been 25 years since the first Red Nose Day brought amusing people together to do jokes and ask for your charitable donations, so there are some »
- David Stubbs, Rebecca Nicholson, Hannah Verdier, Hannah J Davies, John Robinson, Ali Catterall, Ben Arnold
Westcliff-on-sea, England — Living has been full of surprises for Wilko Johnson. So has dying.
Four decades in the rock `n' roll trenches have brought the British guitarist obscurity and fame, followed by turmoil, more obscurity and rediscovery. Now the greatest rock star you may not have heard of – songwriter for rabble-rousing 1970s band Dr. Feelgood – is embarking on a farewell tour. Unlike some musical goodbyes, this one is permanent. Late last year, Johnson was diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer and told he had just months to live.
He says he has never felt more alive.
The 65-year-old musician says that in the weeks since his diagnosis, he's been unexpectedly happy – "In fact it amounted at times to euphoria."
"I suddenly found myself in a position where nothing matters anymore," he said. "I'm a miserable so-and-so normally ... I'd be worrying about the taxman or all the things that we worry about »
3 items from 2013
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