From West Yorkshire to the WWE: Drawing your way to the squared circle

How do you get from scribbling with gold pen on homemade video sleeves to working for the WWE?

A guide for budding illustrators, or anyone wanting to work as a freelancer in the creative industries, Ben Tallon’s new book Champagne and Wax Crayons sets out a framework.

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The Moody Blues Justin Hayward interview: ‘I’d have done X Factor’

After a few years of R&B-flavoured hits, including a storming version of ‘Go Now’ belted out by Denny Laine, The Moody Blues shook things up a little.

Exit Laine, enter Justin Hayward and a classical rock revolution, capped by his 1967 single ‘Nights in White Satin’ and its parent album Days of Future Passed.

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Sexist chanting at WWE events has to stop

It’s been an amazing long weekend in California for the WWE. From Axxess and NXT, to the Hall of Fame ceremony and of course WrestleMania 31 itself.

And the full stop on WrestleMania weekend is always that all-important first Raw after WrestleMania.

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Listen to Terry Farley’s top five Frankie Knuckles productions

Tomorrow (March 31) marks the first anniversary of the death of the Godfather of House Frankie Knuckles.

Underworld vs the Misterons have recorded a special charity version of ‘Baby Wants To Ride’ to mark his passing – which has been remixed by Terry Farley and Peter Heller – with all proceeds going to the Frankie Knuckles Fund (part of the Elton John AIDS Foundation).

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Rebel Rebel book review – Essential for any David Bowie fan

If there’s one thing the world doesn’t lack, it’s books about David Bowie. Nicholas Pegg’s definitive The Complete David Bowie is a must – a reference book with heart and soul. Paolo Hewitt’s Album by Album is a thing of beauty.

LDavid Buckley and Paul Trynka have added their works to the canon, while Dave Thompson’s To Major Tom gave an utterly charming spin on the whole idea. And the pyramid goes a long way down from there.

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Laura Marling: Short Movie review – Crackling with electricity

You’re probably quite bored of hearing us prattle on about how Laura Marling is the best singer-songwriter of her generation. We’re almost bored of saying it ourselves. But what else can we do?

After flashes of promise on her debut, Marling released the best break-up album of the decade five years ago (Sorry, Björk). She followed it up with the more conceptual if slightly less melodic A Creature I Don’t Know and the sprawling and dense – but ultimately rewarding – Once I Was An Eagle.

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Ride live at the 100 Club for War Child: Tremble with a sigh

In the nearly two decades since Ride split, Andy Bell and Mark Gardener have kept busy. Bell filled theatres with Hurricane #1, and arenas and stadiums with Oasis, before his stint in Beady Eye.

Gardener stuck with Loz Colbert and formed The Animalhouse, and after their split kept his hand in with solo records and production work.

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18 greatest ever break-up songs: Taylor Swift to PJ & Duncan

Forget love and happy ever after. The very best pop songs are borne of heartbreak, tears, recrimination and rage.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our favourite break-up songs from the last 50 years, along with the key lyric and the all-important lessons in love we learnt from listening to each and every one.

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Blondie, Ramones, Dolls: Luke Haines’s verdict on New York in the ’70s

This year, Luke Haines completes the third chapter in his recent concept trilogy with New York in the ’70s, described by its author as a “mythic re-imagining of the New York Rock n Roll scene 1972-1979”.

It swiftly follows 2011’s 9½ Psychedelic Meditations on British Wrestling of the 1970s and Early ’80s and last year’s Rock and Roll Animals (“I’m getting off on work at the moment,” Haines admits).

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Shane Meadows on ‘Made of Stone’: ‘The Stone Roses were just like us’

This week sees the release of Shane Meadows’s The Stone Roses documentary Made of Stone.

The film has won rave reviews, but has also drawn criticism for refusing to dig too deep into the backstage fallings-out of the combustible foursome – both past and present.

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