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Sophia Deboick

There's no omertà for Italian music

Music reflects society. For Italy, this has meant the birth of a genre that's rife with scandal.

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The movement and the music: #MeToo and its songs of revolution

Four years on from the hashtag that started a revolution, SOPHIA DEBOICK on the female performers who chronicled their experiences of harassment and hope for change in song

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The band that broadcasts Berlin's essence

Public Service Broadcasting captures Berlin's musical history with a magical new album - Bright Magic

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How Estonia sang its way to freedom

Three decades ago, dulcet tones from Estonia signalled the country's newfound freedom, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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Portugal's revolutionary music came in the form of folk songs

When the music arrived, it addressed a world, not only a country, in turmoil, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK.

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Germany returns to the forefront of European youth culture

A 22-year-old from Frankfurt has become one of TikTok’s biggest stars. SOPHIA DEBOICK explains the simple charm behind his success.. and what it says about his country.

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The year the Isle of Wight Festival became notorious

The Isle of Wight Festival is the foundation of British festival music. But in 1970, infamous events took place on 'Devastation Hill'

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Mikis Theodorakis: Zorba the Greek's rebel composer

The composer prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called the "universal Greek" died last week. Few have had the relationship with revolution that Theodorakis did, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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An alternative anthem gives Russians the golden touch

This summer, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 was reimagined on the Olympic field for Russian athletes, writes Sophia Deboick

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Tractors and Detractors: how Europe's last dictator became parodied by a ska punk band

President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus joins the ranks of dictators who have been musically mocked, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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Mathieu Boogaerts: The man teaching the English chanson

Mathieu Boogaerts has set himself an ambitious task: teaching the English about French chanson

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Esther Béjarano: The accordionist of Auschwitz

Esther Loewy lied when she told an orchestra conductor she could play the accordion, and it was a lie that saved her life, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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How Maneskin's glamorous escapism revived Italian rock

Maneskin, in typically restrained mood Photo: Marco Piraccini/Archivio Marco Piraccini/Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

Can the Eurovision winners continue their artistic progression as they climb the UK charts?

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Has Covid killed off the cheesy Euro summer holiday hit?

Covid travel restrictions have dealt a serious blow to the import of holiday tunes from the continent

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How Poland's Bjork escaped Pop Idol

How can pop respond to politics? With this year’s album BRUT, Polish alt-pop star Brodka has provided an object lesson, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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Cycle tracks: the music of the Tour de France

Long before Kraftwerk plugged in their synthesizers, the epic bike race has been an inspiration for musicians, writes SOPHIA DEBOICK

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The man who taught us how to eat

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The music of Venice: Sentimental Serenissima

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Can politicians really be saints?

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Ken Johnson and Eddy Grant: Guyana's music maestros

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The music of Marseille

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St Louis: The first city of rock and roll

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The political power of singing in Ukraine

The country's historical and recent anguish provides a strong undercurrent to its music

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Beyond the Beatles: Liverpool's musical story

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2 Tone: Lives & Legacies Coventry music fans exhibition

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How Turkey's culture war has played out in its music

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Great Danes: Copenhagen's musical story

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How Europe made Bob Dylan: His travels, influences & songs

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What if the Pope had been assassinated?

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Johannesburg: The land of hope and stories

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From the Beach Boys to NWA... LA's musical history

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Sounds of the Seychelles: The world's musical melting pot

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How rock 'n' roll took root in Mexico City

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How music found a way through Albania's isolation

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A Pope in peril: Can Francis lead his Church through crisis?

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Sunderland: A city of shanties, sass and Mákina Mackems

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Nuuk power: the music of Greenland

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From Gil Scott-Heron to hardcore: The music of Washington DC

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Baghdad - music's fertile territory

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Auckland: The city where things are done differently

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Glasgow's sensational sounds and its independent spirit

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The rocker who pushed back against China's communist rulers

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The astonishing musical heritage of Georgia

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Wish Liszt: How Budapest has laid claim to the composer

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Manchester - the city that raved on and on and on

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Cuba: The place where pleasure and politics meet

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Memphis: City of kings

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Stockholm: the place that went pop

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Bethlehem: the little town with tunes

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A City in Music - African pride and its temporary fall

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Amsterdam: The musical city without limits

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The songs that sustained a city under siege

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Cardiff's greatest musical exports

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Hamburg: Coming of age in the city of vice and culture

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Funkytown: Where rock and roll lives

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A city in music: Maastricht and its maestro of the masses

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David Bowie's American infatuation

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A City in Music: Cape Verde and its disparate culture

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Tromsø: The city with one of the unluckiest Eurovision contestants ever

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The women who put bloke city on the musical map

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Jacques Brel's influence over music from Brussels

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The Black Sabbath records that ushered in a new era

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City in Music: Barranquilla

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A City in Music: Leicester - the underdog of the Midlands

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Songs of freedom in Hong Kong

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A city in music: Bucharest - a beacon of creative freedom

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Lucky Dube, the man who planted roots in Africa

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A city in music: Novosibirsk, the home of chill-out tunes

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A city in music: Juan-les-Pins

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Miami Nice: America’s real music hit factory

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The musical heights of Kathmandu - the city that is a highway to the Himalayas

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A city in music: Newcastle

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Brescia, Northern Italy: A city in music

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Londonderry: A city where music has been shaped by trauma

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Heart of smartness – DR Congo’s city united in music

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Israel Kamakawiwo?ole and Elvis Presley: Hawaii’s musical legacy

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The Vengaboys, Eurodance and beyond: is Rotterdam the port of pop?

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A City in Music: New York

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The two totems of Tokyo

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Brighton rocks: How music is deep-rooted in the city’s history

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Music and hedonism in Tel Aviv

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Mali and its wailers: How music unites this West African country

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A city in music: Rome - singing for a country’s soul

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A city in music: Reykjavík - mmusical notes from a small island

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Crime and creativity – Tijuana, a city on the edge

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From Bowie to Joy Division: Warsaw’s place in music history

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The dance that defined a city through the good times and the bad

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A city in music: Shanghai is finding its voice again

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‘Edginess-mixed-with-ecstasy’ - An iconic venue’s small-town home

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A City in Music - Leeds: Goth ground zero

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Mumbai: The home of Bollypop

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Where Aussie rock rules – a journey through Sydney’s musical history

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What makes Düsseldorf a carefully Krafted city for boundary-pushing music

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Music in Edinburgh - the city of pipers that calls the tunes

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London’s Calling: The city as a subject for song

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The Spector hanging over Christmas

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Kingston: The capital city that gave the globe ska, reggae and rocksteady

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A City in Music: Saint Petersburg

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Classic Finnish: what makes the Nordic nation rock?

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The Clash: Revolution rockers

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The Teesside town holding its own among musical rivals

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Oh Vienna... why there’s more than waltz to the Austrian music city

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Sounds of sin city: the music of Las Vegas

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The tunes of Gaborone...the unlikely heavy metal hub in Botswana

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How centuries of creative freedom made the chanson city a musical mecca

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Athens: A city in music

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Bombs and bankruptcy to the sound of Britain - Coventry’s sound regeneration

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A City in Music: Favela funk in Rio

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Salt Lake City - the home of hymns and muse for the Beach Boys

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Seoul music: Why there’s more to Korean pop than Gangnam Style

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Eurofile music: The Choral Nation of Estonia

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The city that gave us flamenco... and the macerena

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Steel city sounds

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SOPHIA DEBOICK: The sounds of freedom in Iran

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A City in Music: Nashville

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Surprise package: The remarkable story of the first modern all-inclusive holiday

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Berlin’s songs of freedom

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A Year in Music: The jazz invasion of post-war Britain marked a shift in sentiment that still resonates

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600 AD: The year the Saxons started singing

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A year in music: 1950, visionaries in the vanguard

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Musical beginnings in Ancient Greece

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Ode To Joy - the story of the European anthem

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A Year in Music: The peak of Baroque

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A year in music: 1927 - The year we got all jazzed up

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A Year in Music: 1850 - when national anthems came to the fore

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A Year in Music: 1998 when girl power grew up

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How the arrival of war shaped British music

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Our year of tears as we said goodbye to two music legends

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The most controversial Eurovision Song Contest ever held

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The year of 1904 in music

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A year in music: Mistrel monarch

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1948 An escape from easy listening

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YEAR IN MUSIC: Countdown ends with a pop

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A YEAR IN MUSIC: 1891, music hall’s boom-de-ay heyday

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SOPHIA DEBOICK: 80AD and its roman rhythms

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A Year In Music: 1909

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The screwball sounds of 1923

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A YEAR IN MUSIC: 2012, Britain before the fall

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1940; A year in music

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Like a prayer - the pioneer who showed that music was about more than just religion

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A Year in Music, 1988: When the screaming started

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YEAR IN MUSIC: A star at the height of his powers

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YEAR IN MUSIC: Last Christmas, the final big battle for number one

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1996: A year in music

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A year in music: Bowie the bombastic

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A year in music: A radical turn that resonates centuries later

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A YEAR IN MUSIC: The Tin Pan King

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SOPHIA DEBOICK: Apocalypse TV

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The year rock ‘n’ roll took control

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Pop’s last hurrah: 1986, a year in music

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Nuance takes centre stage

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A Year in Music - 1920: America gets the blues

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Hallydale heralds the New Wave: Sophia Deboick on the French pop pioneers

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How music got nude, lewd and a little bit scandalous

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A Year in Music: 1959, the beginning of the future

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Staging post on road to stardom

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How music recovered from the Second World War

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A Year in Music 1580 - The first stirrings of a musical island

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Death in Paris - Jim Morrison’s last few days in a city of sin and succour

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1975: A year in music

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1917: A year in music

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1970: A year in music

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1952: A year in music

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The Bee gees: Staying alive and being uncool

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1911: A year in music - Pop's big bang

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1981: A year in music - Synth, ska, Shakin' Stevens and Shaddap You Face

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Britain goes glam and Ziggy takes off – 1972 in music

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Elvis, Cliff and the birth of British rock and roll

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Britpop: A revolution draped in a union flag

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Alice Cooper met Salvador Dali and it was as weird as you’d expect

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Handel and Jimi Hendrix had more in common that you’ll believe

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