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The Loved One, INXS’ Michael Hutchence – Documentary +Tributes
Eddie Vedder sings ‘Imagine’ in response to criticism
The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler (Live NYC) – OFFICIAL
Ke$ha Enters Rehab for Eating Disorder + Interview: Ke$ha Talks Vaginal Exorcism and Dr. Luke Controversy
Fifteen Years Without Michael Hutchence, INXS’ Singer
Unruly Hearts – Curious Musical Minds
Pro-federalization activists take over govt buildings across Eastern Ukraine (April 2014)
Interview: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
Missouri gov. declares state of emergency ahead of Ferguson verdict
Cameron Says Britain’s EU Membership Not Carved in Stone
What Happened To Michael Hutchence’s Fortune? Hutchence millions kiss dirt, leaving family with zilch
‘Material Evidence. Syria. Ukraine’ comes to NYC
The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year
Why Is Europe Staying with the Leading Fascist Power, That’s Now Turned Nazi?
What Makes a Good Drummer?
400 US mercenaries ‘deployed on ground’ in Ukraine military op
Obama: U.S. to train, arm Ukraine national guard in 2015
German embassy employee expelled from Moscow
IN EXCESS – The Sunday Times Magazine
Madman Poroshenko threatens to traumatize children forever!
The Daily Beast interviews pro-Kiev militia commander Yuriy Bereza
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Opening Titles [ Vimeo Staff Pick ]
Fiona Apple Breaks Down After Being Heckled Over Her Appearance
Unruly Hearts – Ainhoa Aristizabal’s Channel
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Brilliant Disaster
Bleecker Street Record Store moved to its new location in the West Village, NYC – NO Starbucks!
European Union to Lose 40 Billion Euros Due to Economic Sanctions imposed on Russia- Lavrov
German foreign minister speaks out against Ukraine joining NATO
NATO has no money, capability to buy out Russia-bound Mistral warships – source
Kissinger warns of West’s ‘fatal mistake’ that may lead to new Cold War
Malaysia must take leading role in MH17 investigations, says Suaram
German Foreign Ministry plays down intel report claiming Ukraine militia downed MH17
Material Evidence – Learn More About What’s Going On
New Russia is on the Verge of a Humanitarian Catastrophe Peak
Russian companies ‘de-dollarize’ and switch to yuan, other Asian currencies
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‘Donbass’ International Brigade
Ukraine and the UN Resolution against “The Glorification of Nazism”: The US Vote at the UN is “Holocaust Denial” – Here’s Why
How Russia and Germany may save Europe from war – By Pepe Escobar
Ryan Adams Solo and Acoustic Performance @ Carnegie Hall (NYC) – Get Tickets Now!
Western sanctions are aimed at regime change in Russia – Lavrov
An Evening With Mark Knopfler
Member of the U.S. Foreign Affairs Committe demand termination of cooperation with Ukraine
The Times of India: U.S. increasing non-lethal military aid to Ukraine
Lame duck out of the Silk Road caravan
Chomsky to RT: US and its NATO intervention force may spark nuclear war
Defying the dollar Russia & China agree currency swap worth over $20bn
Pussy Riot desperately tries to keep their dead meme alive with dumb Westerners – Via Hipster Runoff
Putin’s shawl chivalry gets blanket coverage from Western media, Chinese censors
Lame-duck Obama’s brave new world
Ukraine’s President, to the People He’s Bombing: “Go to Hell”
Boston’s Morphine Band – They told simple & profound tales about the human condition
Ukrainian Neo-Nazi Commander: “The U.S. is Training and Funding Us”
What are the greatest key changes in Rock?
Worst Bands Ever: Singers, Rappers, Pop stars and Bands that suck
The 12 Most Over-Hyped Bands of the Decade
Stream: Pink Floyd’s new album, The Endless River
Gojira On The Road – Tour 2012 Part 4 – Pictures
Report: U.S. Air Strike in Syria Kills 27 civilians including Six Children, Zero ISIS Members
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BBC Documentary: Blondie One Way Or Another 2006
‘How Ukraine was turned into a failed state in a year’
“Green Light” to War on Russia, Legislation in US Congress: Say No To War with Russia under H. Res. 758 “Russian Aggression”
Ezra Klein: Obama Afraid To Rip America Apart With Ferguson
INXS Michael Hutchence’s hauntingly prophetic words, days before his death
Ukraine crisis & corruption: Joe Biden “warns” Russia faces ‘isolation’
Obama’s Ukrainian War: Viewpoint of President Putin’s Advisor Sergei Glazyev
I saw a UFO and an extraterrestial but nobody believes me
A Rock Star Remembered: Michael Hutchence
What Is Being Blacked-Out ?
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
Russia preparing new package of documents for MH17 crash probe
Duma calls for international community to investigate Ukrainian atrocities
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In a subservient manner to the U.S, France suspends Mistral delivery to Russia
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem talks about his moving to Brooklyn
Donbass elections: Chance for peace in Ukraine
Thom Yorke released a new album distributed via BitTorrent (download it now!)
Does Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album live up to their own standards?
‘New’ Pre-Pearl Jam Eddie Vedder Demos Discovered – Download CD Free
U.S. Vice President Biden Says U.S. Forced EU Countries to Impose Sanctions Against Russia
A Conversation with Pearl Jam’s Warriors
Upcoming Concerts – New York City 2012
Coldplay announce “final” album A Head Full of Dreams
Watch MGMT Play “Plenty of Girls in the Sea” and “Alien Days” on “Jimmy Fallon”
Kindness shares video for Robyn-aided “Who Do You Love?”, announces US tour dates
Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore: Moving on from the Chaos
The Naked and Famous / No Way [ Video ]
Bryan Adams “The Bare Bones” ongoing tour of North America and Canada
Remembering Kurt Cobain: Why People Kill Themselves
The History of Rock Music by Piero Scaruffi
President Petro Poroshenko, “Our Ukraine Insider” for the U.S. State Department
Breaking News: Entire Ukraine Military Brigade Abandons the Battlefield and Surrenders to Donbass Militia
Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge Interviewed in Australia and Paris
What happened to Michael Hutchence in Room 524
Alter Bridge’s new album ‘Fortress’ leaves the listener with a message
Fiona Apple contributes new song “Container” to Showtime’s The Affair — listen
The Times’ Obsession with Russia: Russia Continues to Train and Equip Ukraine Rebels, NATO Official Says
The Fall of Poroshenko’s Kingdom is near…
Edward Droste – The founder of the band Grizzly Bear reflects on his musical education, songwriting and the band’s history.
“LILA” – A Short film by Carlos Lascano [Vimeo – Staff Pick]
Malaysian Airlines MH17 Downed by Ukrainian Military Aircraft. Kiev Regime False Flag
Women at War in Ukrainian Conflict – Photo Gallery
Rising Scottish Band Neon Waltz
Interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier
Washington and the Ukrainian Puppet Regime Prepare New Fascist Slaughter in Odessa
Media Blackout as U.S. Sponsors Genocide in Southeastern Ukraine
How Neo-Nazi Thugs Supported by Kiev Regime Killed Odessa Inhabitants. Photographic Evidence[May 2, 2014]
Putin warns western media against one-sided coverage of Ukrainian crisis
River Phoenix the last 24 hrs – Documentary
‘Take Me Home’ – Tom Waits’ song from soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola film ‘One From The Heart’
The Rock Star and the Mullahs – The Film [PBS Wide-Angle]
The Calling singer Alex Band reportedly kidnapped, beaten and left by train tracks after gig
Q&A: Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on Big Ambitions, Bonding With Fans
Video: ZAIN band – Aitzakiak / Excuses
Birds of same feathers flock together: “We are satisfied”
Europe may become irrelevant due to short-sighted policies – Gorbachev
Scandal: Last Seconds of MH17 Flight Were Snapshot by a US or UK Spy Satellite
Arctic Monkeys extend 2014 North American tour
“Pardon Us For Our Country’s Existence in the Middle of Your Military Bases” – Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov’s Speech at the UN
Elected Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko: DPR Elections in Line With Minsk Agreements
It’s official: drummers are smarter than you (and everybody else)
Watch: R.E.M. members and Joseph Arthur cover Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side” on Letterman
Liz Phair On Self-Titled Album – Interview
Nazi NATO, Atrocities Committed in Eastern Ukraine, But No War Crimes Tribunals? Why?
Ben Deily of The Lemonheads
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz at Chicago’s The Vic (11/18)
Watch The Ramones Play Their 13th Concert in the Summer of 1974 + Documentary + New Box Set
BIG NEWS! Ryan Bingham is excited to share that he is doing the soundtrack to his lovely wife Anna’s first feature film “A COUNTRY CALLED HOME”
Professor Cornel West arrested in DC
How did Odessa’s fire happen?
12 Things We Learned From Howard Stern’s Interview With Neil Young
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Julian Casablancas of The Strokes – Interview
Phoenix in Studio with Philippe Zdar: Great insight into process and production
The BBC: Masters of Black Propaganda
The world’s most beautiful metro stations – in pictures
Listen: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ new song “American Dream Plan B”
L’Osservatore Romano Releases “Decent Best Rock Albums List”
90yo US WWII vet vows to defy arrest for feeding homeless
Pink Floyd reveals details of new album, The Endless River
Julian Casablancas + The Voidz confirm ‘Tyranny’ album details
‘Washington, the Hollywood of politics’: story behind Hagel’s exit
Haim interested in politics? The girls dedicated song to Prime Minister David Cameron as they meet on politics TV show.
‘Cologne protests caused by government’s ignorance of migration and Islamism problems’
Rob Sheffield’s Bizarre Review of The Strokes New Album
Kiev Regime Atrocities in East Ukraine: The Bombing of Slavyansk, “You kill women. You are killing children”. Video Evidence
Armoured Forces of Ukraine were dislodged from military base in Avdeevka, and the enemy sustained big losses in the airport
Beautiful Minds – Schizotypy, Flow, and the Artist’s Experience
Should 66-Year-Old Cher Be Wearing an Outfit Like This?
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The bullying of Hungary – the country that dared to disobey the US and EU
Poroshenko handed Ukraine out to Foreign citizens to Supervise Unpopular Policies, Control Money Flows etc…
Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers
The Tragic End For Iranian Rockers Seeking Musical Freedom In The U.S.
The Rise of German Imperialism and the Phony “Russian Threat”
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner doesn’t miss a chance to mingle with the rich and famous…
Washington’s Frozen War Against Russia
Crimes of Ukrainian Aidar battalion confirmed in Amnesty Int’l report – Russia
American Indie Metal Band Gaza’s New Album
Watch Pink Floyd release short trailer for new album ‘The Endless River’
Kremlin Spokesman Peskov’s Response to Putin’s Alleged Cancer: Bite Your Tongue!
Pearl Jam in South America 2013 – FULL SHOWS + Two Shows SET for July
Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin’s Drummer John Bonham (aka Bonzo)
Haim Drama @ Glastonbury: Haim bassist says she ‘almost died’ onstage at Glastonbury
Julian Casablancas interview in Australia
How rock concerts work – Tech Hive
Vive La Ressistance! Philippe Zdar: The Mastermind Producer behind Cassius
Homage to Catalonia: People defy Madrid casting ballots in symbolic independence vote
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German news site Spiegel Online interviews Ukrainian fascist Yarosh
Led Zeppelin On Stage
Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge – Interview
Any Name Is A Legend: God Is An Astronaut
Rasmussen Sings a Different Song: “Russia ‘Not an Imminent Threat’ to NATO Members”
Facebook shutting down a key path Obama used to reach voters
Evidence of heavily damaged civilian homes by Ukrainian mortars.
Framing Russia, Fabricating a Pretext to Wage War: Flight MH-17 and “Operation Northwoods”
In Memoriam: Michael Hutchence Of INXS
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Bands To Check Out At SWN
Wales, Catalunya and the Basques May Follow Scotland in Its Search for Independence
Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
VMAs backlash as One Direction are booed
Terror Against Civilians in Pervomaisk, Luhansk Republic – East Ukraine
Listen to “Liberty Street”, unreleased Bob Dylan song performed by Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith
Pictures: Jimmy Page performs with Led Zeppelin in 1975
Kiev Regime Escalates War in Eastern Ukraine
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Amy Winehouse: only now can we glimpse her legacy
Legendary Bob Seger’s Still The Same
The Emperor Signals Putin Not to Move Against New NATO Members
Modern Drummers: Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers
The Fall of the Berlin Wall and the Multiplication of Western Walls
The Paradox of Passion – By Reena Jana
Desperate MH17 “Intelligence” Spin by Ukraine Secret Service: Pro-Russian Rebels had Targeted a Russian Passenger Plane. “But Shot Down Flight MH17 by Mistake”
More Ukrainian Servicemen Switch to Militia Side – Donetsk Prime Minister
Videos: The Compose Yourself Songwriter Course
Beatles At EMI Studios
Full details emerge of Pink Floyd’s new album, The Endless River
Disinformation and Xenophobia in Western Media / The Marriage of Heaven and Hell
The Strokes’ Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70
NATO Prepositions Weapons In Poland for Attack on Russia
Tame Impala – ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ Directed By Special Problems
Slash’s Hollywood – A Short Interview By Mojo
For Vogue Magazine, Palestinian Is the New Israeli
Russian president Vladimir Putin believes that the meaning of life is love.
Russia Negotiates Ceasefire In Ukraine: NATO Responds With Troops, Warships, and Sanctions
Jack Bruce, Cream’s Adventurous Bassist, Dies at 71
Vladimir Putin Marginalized at G20 in Brisbane? – Imagine – Mr. Putin Takes Center Stage
Ukraine: French Military Adviser Gaston Besson in Charge of “Foreign Fighters” in the Neo-Nazi National Guard Azov Battalion
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Is Pop Music Fake?
Bryce Dessner of The National & The Long Count – Interview
3,000 Europeans to Commemorate Victims of Odessa Tragedy on Thursday
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Daft Punk: Helmets For Sale!?
Ситуация в Донецкой области
Kramatorsk city center is getting shelled mortars by Ukraine army near Slavyansk Donbass
MOSCOW SLAMS NATO OVER RASMUSSEN’S STATEMENTS ABOUT RUSSIA HUMANITARIAN CONVOY
Ukraine Neo-Nazis Trained by NATO to Commit Atrocities: NATO’s ‘Gladio’ Army in Ukraine
Moment of Truth: “Fascism As It Is” in Ukraine – A film by Andrey Karaulov
China President Xi Jinping Slams U.S. about Protests in Hong Kong
Dawes – “If I Wanted Someone” – Lollapalooza 2012
U.S. soldiers deployed in Latvia perform during a drill at Adazi military base
NATO plane arrives in Ukraine with $4.5 mn worth of military aid for Kiev troops (VIDEO)
Pearl Jam’s Concert @ Madison Square Garden, NYC
Cannes Film Festival: Beyond Memories – Lexus Short Films (+ Behind the scenes)
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Breaking news Poroshenko: Ukraine, Russia fail to reach agreement on gas dispute
Dr. Craig Spencer recently returned from Guinea where he was treating patients with Ebola.
DAFT PUNK: THE BEGINNING
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Behind the Filth and the Fury: Rarely Seen Sex Pistols Photos
Woody Guthrie: I Am Out To Fight Those Songs To My Very Last Breath Of Air And My Last Drop Of Blood.
Is There a Creativity Crisis? – By Steven Pfeiffer
Peach protest: Spanish farmers burn EU flag in anger over Russia sanctions war (VIDEO)
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If the Public only Knew – US Aid to Ukraine Monsters. Atrocities Committed by Ukraine National Guard Azov Battalion
The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download
NATO attacks! – Another masterful essay by Pepe Escobar
HOLY Star-Studded collaboration this weekend @ Grammys
Philippe Zdar: Recording The Beastie Boys’ ‘Make Some Noise’
Foreign Minister of Russia Sergei Lavrov: No haste in MH17 tragedy probe, despite media hype
Tony Blair, Phantom of the Opera – By Pepe Escobar
The Gaslight Anthem’s Top 10 Songs
Pink Floyd – The Endless River
JOBS: Looking For Reporters Based in Vienna, Central and Eastern Europe – The Vienna Review
“Fake News” on Palestine, Ukraine, Syria, Iraq: Support Global Research’s Battle against The Mainstream Media
Ten more questions Russian military pose to Ukraine, US over MH17 crash
Hell yeah Ryan Bingham totally Rocks!
The United Nations to verify information about helicopters with their logo in east Ukraine
COACHELLA WEBCAST – LIVE ON YOUTUBE APRIL 12-14, 2013 / Day 1 Review
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Biden says US ‘embarrassed’ EU into sanctioning Russia over Ukraine
‘US troop buildup in E. Europe symbolic gesture to Russia over Ukraine’
Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant – Video
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The National ‘Lean’ The Hunger Games Catching Fire Soundtrack
Islamic State: Germany Struggles to Deal with Returning Fighters
Breaking News: Eric Holder, a Top Liberal, to Quit as U.S. Attorney General [New York Times]
Krist Novoselic Comments on Israel-Palestine Conflict, Defends Vedder
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EI (État Islamique) : Qui est le véritable Daech ?
Ukraine’s election: Behind the looking glass
Human Rights Warch blames Kiev army for indiscriminately killing civilians with missiles
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Kiev & self-defense forces in Donetsk and Lugansk ready for Friday ceasefire if Minsk talks successful
Joe Duplantier Recalls Gojira’s Early Days
Ukrainian Soldiers Unwilling to Fight Find Refuge in Tent Camp in Russia
Protesters dump Ukrainian deputy in rubbish bin (PHOTO, VIDEO)
Band of Horses “Knock Knock” 09/25/12 – CONAN on TBS
PREMIERE : The Gas Light Anthem’s New Single ‘Get Hurt’
Russian lawmaker asks Nobel Committee to strip Obama of Peace Prize
Tom Waits’ Anti-War Video: ‘Hell Broke Luce’ – What is next?
Anglo-American Indie Rock Band The Killing Floor
Ryan Bingham – Live Review @ Scala London
Iraq crisis: How Saudi Arabia helped Isis take over the north of the country
Rap Lyrics on Trial
Pearl Jam’s Musician and Activist Eddie Vedder : ‘Black’ + Interview
Alex Turner reacts to Glastonbury accent comments
Hear Julian Casablancas + the Voidz’ Wonderfully Bizarre New LP ‘Tyranny’
Why Putin Is Winning The New Cold War?
10 Of The Worst Modern Bands
Ukraine: Coup-Government Acknowledges Defeat – Moon Of Alabama
Watch GRIZZLY BEAR (Live At Radio City) + Cemetery Gates
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Finally, Woody Guthrie Comes Home: Tulsa Center Opens
DPR’s Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko submitted documents to the Central Election Commission.
Thom Yorke: Spotify is “the last desperate fart of a dying corpse”
Roger Waters’ ‘The Wall’ Tour Documentary Premieres in Toronto
Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers 2013
The Stones’ 50th Anniversary Tour Kicked Off in London With Special Guests
Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.
Kindness (Adam Bainbridge): ‘World, You need a change of mind’
Blondie: Success And Sexism
‘Facebook a gift to intelligence agencies’ – Laura Poitras
Queen Announce Live At The Rainbow
Brooklyn’s Tom Krell (How to Dress Well band) tweaks and tailors R&B to deliver diaphanous indie-soul kitted out in gorgeous melodies
Taylor Swift Describes Color of Heartache on ‘Red’ Title Track – ‘RED’ Album
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Metal bassist ruptures testicle on stage, keeps playing
Dozens dead, morgues overflowing after siege turns one of Ukraine’s largest airports into a war zone
Old Slayer and Fresh Fruit: Gojira Frontman Joe Duplantier’s Metal Musts
Will NATO annex Ukraine?
Fighting Continues – Donetsk in Ruins
War over? Both sides in Ukraine conflict sign treaty banning military action
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More International Press for WAITS/CORBIJN ’77 – ’11
Alex Turner bans his mum from coming to festivals Arctic Monkeys play
The Space Project: Listen to Individual Tracks from the Album
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Coldplay – Paradise (Live 2012 from Paris)
Remembering Gustavo Cerati With The Artists He Influenced
Quiet Riot’s Rudy Sarzo & Anthrax’s Frank Bello – Part 1: Metalhead to Head
US Congressional Black Caucus Endorses Israeli Apartheid and Current War Crimes in Gaza
It is (almost) Pure Joy @ Bonnaroo 2013
Philippe Zdar To Produce The Rapture Album
Russia ready to recognize Ukraine parliament election – Lavrov
Meet Music’s Next Superstar: Shia LaBeouf
Destroyed buildings are pictured, after the cessation of fighting between rebels and forces loyal to Syria’s President Assad, in Homs city
Breaking News: Obama authorizes use of National Guard to fight Ebola in W. Africa
Hertzainak: The Last Concert
German MP: “Germany Has No Evidence of Who Shot Down MH17, Sanctions Russia Anyways”
U.N. Chief Offers Stark View of Gaza Devastation
‘Who the F&^% Is Flume’ and How Did He Beat One Direction on the Charts?
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Five Reasons Rock Bands Break Up
Tom Waits (Rockpalast 1977) [15]. Tom Troubert’s Blues (full concert)
What Russian invasion?
Ukrainian soldier stands guard near the Kramatorsk airport in eastern Ukraine
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Tears For Fears to reissue Songs From The Big Chair
Cuba leads in the fight against Ebola in West Africa
No data on ISIS plots against US – Obama
Ukraine Crisis: 300 German Intellectuals Support Putin, Criticize US-NATO Influence in Europe and Mainstream Media Propaganda
Remarks by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the XXII Assembly of the Council on Foreign and Defence Policy – Posted to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Russian Federation
Music needed in several styles and genres for an up-coming indie feature comedy film [MC]
The New Madison Square Garden – Picture Gallery
Fox News Blast Rolling Stone over the magazine decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on cover
“Non-Official Cover” – Respected German Journalist Blows Whistle on How the CIA Controls the Media
The REAL Looting Is Happening On Wall Street … Not In Ferguson
NATO Forces in Eastern Europe May Lead to Endless War, Hostilities – Expert
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
Incumbent Donbass leaders Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky win elections – final results
Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live) – Enjoy!
Elizabeth Woolridge Grant and her cat on the cover of the Rolling Stone magazine – finally…
US President Barack Obama praises Led Zeppelin @ Kennedy Ctr Honors
Watch: Mars One Way – Vita Brevis Film
U.S, soldiers deployed in Latvia with the 1st Cavalry Division 1st Brigade Combat team, attend a rotation ceremony at Adazi military base
Ukraine used phosphorous incendiaries, cluster bombs against cities – Russian military
Obama’s Legacy: At least 41 killed in Odessa, Ukraine, most in arson fire, some in street clashes; 123 injured
Pearl Jam: The Band in Pictures
Echo & The Bunnymen’s ‘Bright And Beautiful’ Pete De Freitas Remembered
Aftermath Footage: Overnight anti-ISIS airstrikes devastate village in Syria (New Video)
Unruly Hearts’ 20 Top Albums of 2012
RAT Vs POSSUM ‘FAT MONK’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.
Arctic Monkeys interview – Part 1, 2
50 Things You Never Knew About The Clash
People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk’s leadership to hold vote on Sunday
What a Prank by the Kiev Junta! : Ukrainian Bill on Donbas’ Special Status Can Be Revoked in 6 Months!
Eastern Military District Troops Moved to Highest State of Combat Readiness
WORLD PREMIERE: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Moth To A Flame
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The Untold Story Of A Great American Band: Pearl Jam Twenty (12 videos)
Who is blocking MH17 probe? Why? by Finian Cunningham
A New Cold War? Ukraine Violence Escalates, Leaked Tape Suggests U.S. Was Plotting Coup
Malaysia MH17 crash: 10 questions Russia wants Ukraine to answer
The myth of Hamas’ human shields
Dawes: The Favorite New American Band
United Nations Reveals Close Links Between Israel and Al Qaeda Affiliated Terrorist Organizations in Syria
‘Go’ For Grimes – Claire Boucher’s First New Song in Nearly Two Years
Foxygen Announce 2014 Summer Tour, Nearly Finished with New Album
Short Film: Smile
Is Quitting Your Job to Join a Band at 35 the Best or Worst Idea Ever? Ask Lola Palizza
Stream Queens Of The Stone Age ‘Like Clockwork’
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War Crimes Committed by Ukraine Military in Donbass: From Illegal Arms Trafficking to Human Organs Trade
Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’
Canada: Babies’ Bodies Found in Locker
My Bloody Valentine concert @ Hammerstein Ballroom w/ Opening Act Dumb Numbers
PHOTO EXHIBIT ‘MATERIAL EVIDENCE’ SYRIA, UKRAINE – EXHIBITION LAST DAY TOMORROW OCT 11 !
The Strange Death of Gram Parsons: 1973
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Dozens of Bodies Found in Mass Graves in Eastern Ukraine
Clashes, water cannon as 100,000+ march in Brussels against austerity (PHOTOS)
Daft Punk’s Top-Secret ‘RAM’ Is Streaming Now
Supreme Court puts extremist tag on Ukrainian far right groups
Germany’s intel agency says MH17 downed by Ukraine militia – report
Kasabian Crush New York: Behind the U.K. Band’s Terminal 5 Invasion
Brook Candy : The Next Pop Superstar? Hmmm… déjà vu
The Gaslight Anthem – Get Hurt
NATO Plans for Ukraine is ‘a Joke’
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Ukraine: The Waiting Game by Pepe Escobar
Revelations of German Pilot: Shocking Analysis of the “Shooting Down” of Malaysian MH17. “Aircraft Was Not Hit by a Missile”
Target ISIS: First batch of Russian fighter jets arrives in Iraq
Memorandum to Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel, by Veterans of U.S. Intelligence
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Ukraine launches criminal probe against lawmakers for their visit to Russia
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Founding Alt-J Bassist Gwil Sainsbury Leaves Band
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An Open Letter to Rolling Stone
Pink Floyd: “The Endless River Will Be Our Final Album”
Foreign Observers Surprised With Kiev’s Intention to Declare Them Pesona Non Grata
The 15 most hated bands of last 30 years
Angst Endures for a Pioneer of Grunge [Lightning Bolt album review]
German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk pose for photos during a press conference
EIR – Executive Intelligence Review – Press Release
LED ZEPPELIN’S Jimmy Page answers questions from fans at L’Olympia Theatre, Paris
Russia Opposes ‘Inadequate’ UN Draft Statement on East Ukraine Vote
Ukraine Troops Suffer Catastrophic Defeat in Novorossiya. Kiev Regime in Disarray
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Beirut, New York child prodigy
European help to Ukraine ‘unprecedented’ €11bn-EU representative
Salmond: “The Dream Shall Never Die”
Ryan Adams – New Album
Listen: GRMLN’s new song “White Lung//Black Lung”
The Strokes to star working on new material in January
Arcade Fire Put Church Studio up for Sale, Asking $325,000 [£205,000]
In Memoriam of Andrey Stenin – ‘Do Not Stand By My Grave And Weep’
MGMT – Live on David Letterman (Full Performance) + MGMT Legal Dispute with Sarkozy over a song
Ukraine: 3,660 Killed, 8,756 Wounded Since April – Kiev Forces Violate International Humanitarian Law, UN Report Says
Russia Increases Gold Reserves for 6th Month Running, IMF Says
Rory Gallagher: Irish Guitar Maestro
The Beatles in Mono
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Marina Diamandis has a new alter ego to go with her new musical direction. Unfortunately, it’s a rather déjà vu
10 Outstanding Performances @ Glastonbury 20013
Belgium: Odessa massacre remembered outside European Parliament
Ukrainian President Poroshenko’s Major Decisions in Office
Russia at the gates? US State Dept, Pentagon grilled over NATO expansion
Mark Knopfler soundtracks re-issue
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The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl – Animals
To Celebrate The Release, Stream Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Album!
Brian Eno – 1971-1977: The Man Who Fell to Earth
Watch: Kevin Drew’s video for “Good Sex”
Interview with Marc Ribot – The Village Voice
Caine’s Arcade: a Beautiful Story About a Boy and His Creativity
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Breaking News: Residential Areas in Central Donetsk Under Heavy Artillery Bombardment
JOBS: Very Successful Indie Record Label Considering New Rock Acts
Incumbent PM Zakharchenko leads in Donetsk elections – early results
NYPD caught dumping gloves, masks from Ebola site into street garbage can (VIDEO)
Le Butcherettes: ‘Cry Is For The Flies’
Watch Mac DeMarco Video for first single “A Little Bit of Pussy” – NUDE CONTENT!
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Barclays Center
‘High Violet’ Album – The National
Willis Drummond’s Latest Album is Brain Boot Camp – Review
Lugansk update
Watch Blondie Performing at CBGB in the Summer of 1975
Nobel Peace Prize laureates call on Obama to release CIA torture report
The Most Exciting Bands of 2013
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Atoms For Peace – AMOK + Radiohead documentary 10/10
Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk among bookies’ favourites for NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas
One Nation Under SWAT: The Militarization of U.S.’s Police
Harley Streten, Australian prodigious producer
New York Times Discovers Kiev’s Neo-Nazis at War in Eastern Ukraine
Kiev Forces Defeated in East Ukraine. Could Obama’s Legacy Be Destroyed by His Ukraine Policy?
Kevin Shields of MBV upset over his band’s lack of nomination for the Mercury Prize – A Bias Against Indie Artists
New Anti-Russia Sanctions Could Put ExxonMobil Investments in Jeopardy – NASDAQ
Ebola hysteria soars to new heights in US schools
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Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped – Ask A Record Label
Palma Violets Interview – Chilli
Scottish National Party to Oppose UK Military Action Against IS in Iraq: Leader
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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2014 Induction Ceremony at Barclays Center
Pearl Jam-Black – Awesome performance by Pearl Jam
Dark clouds over Novorussia as Ukraine appoints war criminal as minister of war
Argentina cries death of its legendary rock star Gustavo Cerati
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Roger Waters calls on fellow musicians to boycott Israel
The Beloved Wall Mural of Joe Strummer is gone after being power blasted out of existence
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Arctic Monkeys headline Friday at Glastonbury
A-Trak Boiler Room DJ Set + Thom Yorke 30 min Boiler Room DJ Set
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The Times: Ukraine Rebels Keep Power in Elections in Breakaway Regions
Top Posts for August 2014
Militia Says No Evidence of Missing Russian Journalist Found Dead in Ukraine
50 Of The Greatest Bands From New York – NME
Watch: Alice In Chains – Layne Staley’s Last Show (7-3-96) (Full Concert)
Yellow Dogs Benefit Concert and Memorial
Every single day, Every word you say, Every game you play, I’ll be watching you…
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EU ready to restore trust with Russia if peace settlement in Ukraine progresses
“Support MH17 Truth”: OSCE Monitors Identify “Shrapnel and Machine Gun-Like Holes” indicating Shelling. No Evidence of a Missile Attack. Shot Down by a Military Aircraft?

Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-07-02 (June 2014)

 

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2014-06-02 to Today

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Michael Hutchence “Hutch” – The most read subject in June 2014
Ke$ha Enters Rehab for Eating Disorder + Interview: Ke$ha Talks Vaginal Exorcism and Dr. Luke Controversy
Fifteen Years Without Michael Hutchence, INXS’ Singer
Brian Jones – ‘A Story of Our Time’ BBC 1971
Fiona Apple Breaks Down After Being Heckled Over Her Appearance
The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler (Live NYC) – OFFICIAL
Interview: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year
Remembering Kurt Cobain: Why People Kill Themselves
Unruly Hearts NYC – Curious Musical Minds
The 12 Most Over-Hyped Bands of the Decade
Bleecker Street Record Store moved to its new location in the West Village, NYC – NO Starbucks!
The Loved One, INXS’ Michael Hutchence – Documentary +Tributes
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Rising Scottish Band Neon Waltz
Listen: Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ new song “American Dream Plan B”
IN EXCESS – The Sunday Times Magazine
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What Makes a Good Drummer?
Gojira On The Road – Tour 2012 Part 4 – Pictures
Washington and the Ukrainian Puppet Regime Prepare New Fascist Slaughter in Odessa
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner doesn’t miss a chance to mingle with the rich and famous…
What Happened To Michael Hutchence’s Fortune? Hutchence millions kiss dirt, leaving family with zilch
Julian Casablancas of The Strokes – Interview
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
NYC Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 – Lineup
River Phoenix the last 24 hrs – Documentary
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem talks about his moving to Brooklyn
Tour Mac DeMarco’s Brooklyn Apartment
Pearl Jam – North American Tour This Fall
A Rock Star Remembered: Michael Hutchence
Worst Bands Ever: Singers, Rappers, Pop stars and Bands that suck
What are the greatest key changes in Rock?
Listen: Fucked Up’s new 18-minute single “Year of the Dragon”
I saw a UFO and an extraterrestial but nobody believes me
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A Young Girl from Slavyansk Ready to Defend Her Hometown against the Kiev Regime
Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Catalunya
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl – Animals
The History of Rock Music by Piero Scaruffi
An Open Letter to Rolling Stone
Upcoming Concerts – New York City 2012
Watch Alter Bridge Perform ‘Addicted To Pain’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO) From New Album
The Tragic End For Iranian Rockers Seeking Musical Freedom In The U.S.
Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’
Haim Drama @ Glastonbury: Haim bassist says she ‘almost died’ onstage at Glastonbury
Paul Weller’s retro-Modernists plaster go-faster stripes over Beatles B-side. Watch it now!
BIG NEWS! Ryan Bingham is excited to share that he is doing the soundtrack to his lovely wife Anna’s first feature film “A COUNTRY CALLED HOME”
Allah-Las – “501-415″
The self-contradiction of Lizzy Grant (Lana del Rey)
Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County – music & lyrics by John Mellencamp
Interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier
Vive La Ressistance! Philippe Zdar: The Mastermind Producer behind Cassius
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Watch “Echoes” directed by Special Problems + behind the scenes – Another Lexus short film
Brooklyn’s Tom Krell (How to Dress Well band) tweaks and tailors R&B to deliver diaphanous indie-soul kitted out in gorgeous melodies
Pussy Riot desperately tries to keep their dead meme alive with dumb Westerners – Via Hipster Runoff
After Fifteen Quiet Years, Rodan’s Jeff Mueller and Tara Jane O’Neil Speak
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Why Was the FBI Investigating Michael Hastings’ Reporting on Bowe Bergdahl?
Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground
Ke$ha: I had sex with a ghost + Die Young (Official Lyric Video)
An Evening With Mark Knopfler
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VMAs backlash as One Direction are booed
Bands That Changed The Sound That Made Them Famous
Harley Streten, Australian prodigious producer
The United Nations to verify information about helicopters with their logo in east Ukraine
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Watch: Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and Josh Homme’s uncut Grammys rehearsal
Ryan Adams announces the release of new, self-titled album set for release on September 8
The Strokes’ Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70
Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.
John Cooper Clarke On Alex Turner’s Lyrics And Writing ‘I Wanna Be Yours’
Japandroids – ‘The House That Heaven Built’ for… Ayrton Senna
Obama’s Legacy: At least 41 killed in Odessa, Ukraine, most in arson fire, some in street clashes; 123 injured
Pictures: Jimmy Page performs with Led Zeppelin in 1975
BBC Documentary: Blondie One Way Or Another 2006
Boston’s Morphine Band – They told simple & profound tales about the human condition
Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo @Babelec Festival
Live Review: Pearl Jam at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/19)
Ex-Hole Guitarist Claims Kurt Cobain Was Recording Solo Album
The 10 Worst Songs So Far
DRAMATIC: Ukraine army and self-defense militia exchange bodies (VIDEO)
Ben Deily of The Lemonheads
What happened to Michael Hutchence in Room 524
The Privatization of War: Mercenaries, Private Military and Security Companies (PMSC)
How Neo-Nazi Thugs Supported by Kiev Regime Killed Odessa Inhabitants. Photographic Evidence[May 2, 2014]
The Fateful Triangle: Russia, Ukraine and the Jews
Haim interested in politics? The girls dedicated song to Prime Minister David Cameron as they meet on politics TV show.
Live: Catch Goldfrapp on ‘Tales of Us’ 2014 Tour
A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Rock Icon Bob Mould (trailer)
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Brilliant Disaster
“Deux jours, une nuit” – Cannes Film Festival 2014 [Review]
Memorable Liam Gallagher Quotes
Who Killed Michael Hastings?
Mick Jagger turns 69 today: Happy Birthday Dude!
The 21 Biggest Egos in the History of Pop Music
NYC Rockers The Strokes announce they are looking to ‘return to the scene’ in 2014.
First Listen – Jack White Returns With The Scorching ‘Lazaretto’
The Most Overrated Rock Bands
10 Outstanding Performances @ Glastonbury 20013
Actor & Musician River Phoenix’s Final Film ‘Dark Blood’ Gets September Premiere
Alex Turner reacts to Glastonbury accent comments
Explore Coachella 2013: Watch Two-Dimensional Panoramic Versions of 5 Videos
Led Zeppelin: Vintage Footage Of The Band Performing LIVE in 1969
JOBS: Independent Label With A Long History Seeking New Talent
Firefly Music Festival 2013 – June 21-23, 2013 Dover, Delaware
JOBS: Alternative Independent Record Label Seeking New Acts
Modern Drummers: Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers
The Beloved Wall Mural of Joe Strummer is gone after being power blasted out of existence
“Globally, there are hundreds of artists under far greater threat to their freedom and lives who deserve the same attention.”
Bands On Rolling Stones – ‘They’re Going To Own Glastonbury’
Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
Kiev’s army shelling kills 5yr-old boy & his mom in Slavyansk
Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup
Mark Knopfler soundtracks re-issue
Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped – Ask A Record Label
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PERFECT SOUND FOREVER: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine – Interview
It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil
Brit Soul Singer Sam Smith’s Debut Album ‘In the Lonely Hour’
The Vinyl Countdown – Why Is Everyone Buying Records Again?
The Rock Star and the Mullahs – The Film [PBS Wide-Angle]
Can’t Follow The Beat? Just Add Butter!
The Rolling Stones show support for Mick Jagger following death of L’Wren Scott
Video: nevermind – someone like you [ John J. Raven’s ]
“Getting Away with Murder”: Immunity of the US Intelligence from Criminal Prosecution
Legendary Bob Seger’s Still The Same
Should 66-Year-Old Cher Be Wearing an Outfit Like This?
13 Things You Need to Know About Bowe Bergdahl
Alter Bridge’s new album ‘Fortress’ leaves the listener with a message
Top Posts [ May 2014 ] – Most Read Artists / Bands / Other Articles
Blondie: Success And Sexism
Liz Phair On Self-Titled Album – Interview
Interpol’s new album, El Pintor, to be released in September
Video: James Franco Talks ‘Palo Alto’ and River Phoenix
Grand Geopolitical Project: Russia’s Gazprom signs Agreement to Abandon the Dollar
Soul Legend Bobby Womack (1944-2014)
Pearl Jam’s Concert @ Madison Square Garden, NYC
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Somewhere in Viet Nam – By Menassier Gabriel
Interview + New York Gives a Cold Welcome to Pussy Riot delegation.
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10 Of The Worst Modern Bands
Watch: Alice In Chains – Layne Staley’s Last Show (7-3-96) (Full Concert)
Lana Del Rey – Ultraviolence
JOBS: Music Supervisor and Latin Rap Songs Needed for Short Film – Music Clout
GOLDFRAPP live in Cologne – (2014 TOUR)
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner explains why he is not on Twitter
Q&A: Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on Big Ambitions, Bonding With Fans
Ryan Bingham talks ‘Tomorrowland’ and writing a new soundtrack
The Strypes in New York, Jan 22, 2014 – The Studio @ Webster Hall
The New York Times: Daft Punk Gets Human With a New Album
“LILA” – A Short film by Carlos Lascano [Vimeo – Staff Pick]
Lonely Roads with Ryan Adams
CHVRCHES Band – GUN // Director’s cut [ Music Video ] Vimeo Staff Pick
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Slash’s Hollywood – A Short Interview By Mojo
Arlo Guthrie: Alice’s Restaurant – Video
A Conversation with Pearl Jam’s Warriors
Unruly Hearts – Ainhoa Aristizabal’s Channel
Kings Of Leon: Return Of The Prodigal Sons
Cannes Film Festival: Beyond Memories – Lexus Short Films (+ Behind the scenes)
Song Premiere: Robert Plant’s Bold New Band
PART TWO: Why Do People Have Beef With Poptimism? Because It’s Winning
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Arcade Fire – “Reflektor” Video Directed By Anton Corbijn
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Poroshenko’s Phony Peace Plan. Selling out Ukraine to NATO and the EU
Gojira – Global Warming [Spectacular & Stunning]
Gone But Forever In Our Hearts
Rock Stars on Film: 20 Musicians Moonlighting as Actors
Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ debut album – iTunes Chart Performance in 7 countries
Guns N’ Roses first show with Duff McKagan in 17 years: Setlist + Tour Dates
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The 10 Top Metal Albums of 2012
Watch trailer: Academy Award Nominee Best Short Documentary 2014 ‘Cave Digger’ – A Must See Film
Watch Video “Process” from HelloPluto
Vampire Weekend @ Roseland Ballroom NYC
Nicolas Jaar Boiler Room NYC DJ Set at Clown & Sunset x RBMA Takeover
Ukraine: The War in Slavyansk as Seen by its Residents. Save the People of Donbass!
Putin Scores Another Historic Victory: Austria Signs South Stream Pipeline Deal in Defiance of Europe
Jake Bugg, Shangri La – First Listen Track-By-Track
Watch video ‘Recurrence’ by Vladislav Solovjov
Watch: Kurt Cobain, John Lennon, and Tupac star in the greatest TV commercial ever
‘Take Me Home’ – Tom Waits’ song from soundtrack for Francis Ford Coppola film ‘One From The Heart’
Gojira Joe Duplantier im Interview (2012, Rock Im Park) – warnermusic.de
Kasabian – Victoria Park, Leicester – 21/06/2014
Kings of Leon played Live @ Letterman Show for a packed crowd in NYC! [Exclusive Online Concerts)
Hell yeah Ryan Bingham totally Rocks!
Vidéo -Ukraine : Secteur Droit du mouvement Euromaïdan
Watch Tom Waits Perform @ Bridge School Benefit Concert over the weekend – the musician’s first live outing in all of five years.
A Big Band Is Back
Lana Del Rey’s New Short Film ‘Tropico’ Is So Bad It Might Be Good
The Last Shadow Puppets / Alex Turner, Miles Kane Britain (UK)
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner on His Band & Townes Van Zandt
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Arctic Monkeys interview – Part 1, 2
Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin’s Drummer John Bonham (aka Bonzo)
The Welcome Contradictions of Ella “Lorde” Yelich-O’Connor + U.S. Debut Concert
Kan Wakan’s video for “Like I Need You”
The Controversy Surrounding Neil Young Carnegie Hall Concert Taping – Interview with Tom Adams
Death of Rolling Stone “Muckracker”: The Michael Hastings Wreck–Video Evidence Only Deepens the Mystery
Pearl Jam in South America 2013 – FULL SHOWS + Two Shows SET for July
MGMT – Live on David Letterman (Full Performance) + MGMT Legal Dispute with Sarkozy over a song
How rock concerts work – Tech Hive
Preview Songs: A Perfect Circle’s Three Sixty (Deluxe Edition) + Album Art Work Video
Panda Bear – Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper
Willis Drummond – A Rock Band To Keep An Eye On
Jim Morrison Documentary Begins Production
New Label Looking for Bands And Artists
Arctic Monkeys extend 2014 North American tour
PBS’ American Masters: Pearl Jam 20 – Documentary Film
Foxygen Announce 2014 Summer Tour, Nearly Finished with New Album
Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage: The European Tour 2012 [Part 1]
Video: Primal Scream – Goodbye Johnny [Released by the band Nov 3, 2013)
Democracy Landslide in Eastern Ukraine: Lugansk and Donetsk Declare Independence
Ukrainian soldier stands guard near the Kramatorsk airport in eastern Ukraine
Letter to President Barack Obama by Nobel Peace Prize Winner Adolfo Perez Esquivel
Video: Alex Turner On The Lyrics He’s Most Proud Of
Short Film: Smile
Stream The GOASTT’s Midnight Sun Album
My Bloody Valentine adds more dates to their WORLD TOUR, playing 2 nights at Hammerstein Ballroom!
CIA, FBI Agents Dying for Illegal Junta in Ukraine
In Memoriam: Michael Hutchence Of INXS
Top Posts for 30 days ending 2014-03-31
Refuting President Obama’s Lies, Omissions and Distortions
‘New’ Pre-Pearl Jam Eddie Vedder Demos Discovered – Download CD Free
Michael Hastings, ‘Rolling Stone’ Contributor, Dead at 33
Four Myths About the Bowe Bergdahl Swap That Must Be Destroyed
22 Great Music Videos
Pro-Federalism fighters in Donetsk People’s Republic down army helicopter, 14 killed
Fan Sites for Pop Singers Settle Children’s Privacy Charges
Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge Interviewed in Australia and Paris
Beautiful Minds – Schizotypy, Flow, and the Artist’s Experience
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Pulp’s Documentary With Live Hometown Q&A
Debunking the Mozart Myth – By Michele and Robert Root-Bernstein
Life Advice From Alice in Chains – Take It of Leave It
EU Elections – Democracy’s Deep Crisis and the Rise of the Populist Right
Arctic Monkeys refer to Brits controversy at NME Awards: ‘I used my best shit last week’
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Goldfrapp TONIGHT at Beacon Theater, NYC
The National Debut Two New Songs on ‘Fallon’
The American Songwriter Interview: Lou Reed
London Grammar – Sights (Tourist Version)
The Killers’ Brandon Flowers criticises ‘retarded’ US pop + The Killers reveal new song ‘Just Another Girl’ – listen
“Are you the police?” “No ma’am, we’re musicians!” – “And on a mission from God”
Album Stream – The Orwells’ ‘Disgraceland’
Russia to sue Ukrainian junta at The Hague Tribunal for Genocide
Ryan Adams’ Twangy ‘This Is 40′ Track Shines ‘Through The Dark’ on ‘Conan’
Preparing To Split, The Beat Decide To Save It For Later
Watch the Trailer: In Your Eyes from Bellwether Pictures
The Strokes – Comedown Machine – (full album + playlist)
Coldplay – Paradise (Live 2012 from Paris)
Chelsea Wolfe- Lone & House of Metal | A Take Away Show
Kanye West interviewed for Interview Magazine
Justice – Civilization (directed by Edouard Salier)
Heart: Fanatic – Album Review
Half Moon Run, a band not to be missed – Watch video ‘Full Circle’
LED ZEPPELIN’S Jimmy Page answers questions from fans at L’Olympia Theatre, Paris
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Incubus Guitarist Working on Pearl Jam Album
Listen: New Julian Casablancas track unveiled [correction added]
Alert! Tom Waits Joins Bridge School Benefit Line Up Sunday Oct 27th. Get Tickets Before It’s Announced to General Public!
PART FIVE: Music We All Love Has Done Way More Harm Than Miley Ever Will
A Dicky Riot in Florida? In Act Of Protest, Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum
Nirvana_Nevermind
JOBS: Largest American High School & Middle School Touring Agency Seeking New Artists – Music Clout
Voodoo Experience Festival in New Orleans – 2012
American Indie Metal Band Gaza’s New Album
Tame Impala & Opening Act The Growl @ NYC Terminal 5 – Galleries
Setlist for Damon Albarn’s first solo performance, plus watch it in full
The Art and Music of Mother Nature: Starlings’ Dazzling Airshow Photos by Matthew Taylor/REX
Watch American band Caveman band performing @ Baeblemusic Concert Music Videos
Radiohead Drummer Philip Selway Issues Statement About Stage Collapse Victim
NATO Allegations of Russian Tanks in Ukraine based on Fake Evidence
Disney’s Maleficient: Anyone cares that Disney is still raping the library and not being original?
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R.I.P. Nelson Mandela – All flags in South Africa to fly half-mast until after the state funeral of a Real Life Hero.
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A New Band To Watch: Palma Violets, England
Glastonbury 2013 – Line-up
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Kiev Regime Atrocities in East Ukraine: The Bombing of Slavyansk, “You kill women. You are killing children”. Video Evidence
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Bingham: Western Shore + Tour Dates
Tame Impala – World Tour Dates
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President Petro Poroshenko, “Our Ukraine Insider” for the U.S. State Department
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Rock the Mullahs – Can heavy metal music help transform the Middle East?
Is Josh Homme a Badass? Yes, he is!
Shia LaBeouf Wears Paper Bag While Promoting ‘Nymphomaniac’ in Berlin
Interview with UN Peace Envoy Brahimi: ‘Syria Will Become Another Somalia’
Fox News Blast Rolling Stone over the magazine decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on cover
Nirvana played a surprise show in Tiny Brooklyn Club
Watch: Kevin Drew’s video for “Good Sex”
Gojira, Winner of the Golden Gods 2013 Best Live Band
Watch: The Black Keys – “Bullet In The Brain” | Album de la Semaine 2014 (Live)
Governors Ball 2014 – NYC
Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band – Barclays Center
Edward Droste, Daniel Rossen, Christopher Bear
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The iconic L.A. ‘X’ punk band – The Unheard Music: Silver Edition [short film]
The Biggest Idiots of 2013
Phoenix in Studio with Philippe Zdar: Great insight into process and production
Gas Pipeline Wars: The EU Threatens to Obstruct Gazprom’s South Stream Project
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Tips For Engaging Your Fans – Music Clout

Top Posts [ May 2014 ] – Most Read Artists / Bands / Other Articles

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Most Read Artist / Band :  Michael Hutchence – INXS
Ke$ha Enters Rehab for Eating Disorder + Interview: Ke$ha Talks Vaginal Exorcism and Dr. Luke Controversy
Fifteen Years Without Michael Hutchence, INXS’ Singer
Brian Jones – ‘A Story of Our Time’ BBC 1971
The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler (Live NYC) – OFFICIAL
Interview: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year
Fiona Apple Breaks Down After Being Heckled Over Her Appearance
IN EXCESS – The Sunday Times Magazine
Unruly Hearts NYC – Curious Musical Minds
The 12 Most Over-Hyped Bands of the Decade
The Loved One, INXS’ Michael Hutchence – Documentary +Tributes
Rising Scottish Band Neon Waltz
River Phoenix the last 24 hrs – Documentary
Bleecker Street Record Store moved to its new location in the West Village, NYC – NO Starbucks!
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner doesn’t miss a chance to mingle with the rich and famous…
Boiler Room London: Lord of the Mics
Washington and the Ukrainian Puppet Regime Prepare New Fascist Slaughter in Odessa
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What Makes a Good Drummer?
A Rock Star Remembered: Michael Hutchence
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
Julian Casablancas of The Strokes – Interview
What Happened To Michael Hutchence’s Fortune? Hutchence millions kiss dirt, leaving family with zilch
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem talks about his moving to Brooklyn
Interview with GOJIRA frontman Joe Duplantier
Gojira On The Road – Tour 2012 Part 4 – Pictures
Nuland Testifies to House Foreign Affairs Committee: “No Neo-Nazis in Ukraine”
Rob Sheffield’s Bizarre Review of The Strokes New Album
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New Music: PREMIERE: Unreleased Track By Lost Psych Legends Ramases
The United Nations to verify information about helicopters with their logo in east Ukraine
What happened to Michael Hutchence in Room 524
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Lonely Roads with Ryan Adams
What are the greatest key changes in Rock?
Primavera Sound Festival – Barcelona, Catalunya
Album Stream – The Orwells’ ‘Disgraceland’
I saw a UFO and an extraterrestial but nobody believes me
BBC Documentary: Blondie One Way Or Another 2006
10 Of The Worst Modern Bands
“LILA” – A Short film by Carlos Lascano [Vimeo – Staff Pick]
Spain vs Basques Independentists
Interview + New York Gives a Cold Welcome to Pussy Riot delegation.
How Neo-Nazi Thugs Supported by Kiev Regime Killed Odessa Inhabitants. Photographic Evidence[May 2, 2014]
The History of Rock Music by Piero Scaruffi
MGMT – Live on David Letterman (Full Performance) + MGMT Legal Dispute with Sarkozy over a song
Watch: The xx share behind-the-scenes video for Park Avenue Armory residency
Japandroids – ‘The House That Heaven Built’ for… Ayrton Senna
Alter Bridge’s new album ‘Fortress’ leaves the listener with a message
The 10 Worst Songs So Far
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl – Animals
The 21 Biggest Egos in the History of Pop Music
Memorable Liam Gallagher Quotes
Actor & Musician River Phoenix’s Final Film ‘Dark Blood’ Gets September Premiere
Free Download: The Muse July Sample – By American Songwriter
Pearl Jam’s U.S. Tour Dates
A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Rock Icon Bob Mould (trailer)
Bob Dylan: Hear New Track, Full Moon And Empty Arms
Krautrock: The Obscure Genre That Changed the Sound of Rock
Obama’s Legacy: At least 41 killed in Odessa, Ukraine, most in arson fire, some in street clashes; 123 injured
Watch trailer: Academy Award Nominee Best Short Documentary 2014 ‘Cave Digger’ – A Must See Film
Le Festival de Cannes 2014 comme si vous y étiez
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The Killers’ Brandon Flowers criticises ‘retarded’ US pop + The Killers reveal new song ‘Just Another Girl’ – listen
Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County – music & lyrics by John Mellencamp
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INXS Michael Hutchence’s hauntingly prophetic words, days before his death
Southeast Ukraine Referenda Show Strong Support for Secession from the Coup Regime in Kiev
An Open Letter to Rolling Stone
Watch MGMT Play “Plenty of Girls in the Sea” and “Alien Days” on “Jimmy Fallon”
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Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped – Ask A Record Label
Watch Alter Bridge Perform ‘Addicted To Pain’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO) From New Album
Watch Mac DeMarco Video for first single “A Little Bit of Pussy” – NUDE CONTENT!
Remembering Kurt Cobain: Why People Kill Themselves
Ukraine: The Waiting Game by Pepe Escobar
List of Free Summer Concerts in NYC, 2013
Bands To Check Out At SWN
Live Review: Pearl Jam at Chicago’s Wrigley Field (7/19)
Boston’s Morphine Band – They told simple & profound tales about the human condition
After Fifteen Quiet Years, Rodan’s Jeff Mueller and Tara Jane O’Neil Speak
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Watch: Finding Welkin, film by Jay Salbert, music by Abby Gundersen
Atoms For Peace – AMOK + Radiohead documentary 10/10
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Pussy Riot desperately tries to keep their dead meme alive with dumb Westerners – Via Hipster Runoff
The 15 most hated bands of last 30 years
Foxygen Announce 2014 Summer Tour, Nearly Finished with New Album
Some Of The Best Artists and Bands Without a No. 1 Album
Der Spiegel – ‘Prepared to Die’: The Right Wing’s Role in Ukrainian Protests
Ryan Bingham talks ‘Tomorrowland’ and writing a new soundtrack
Guns N’ Roses first show with Duff McKagan in 17 years: Setlist + Tour Dates
The Strokes: Elegantly Wasted
Thom Yorke – Interview
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Le Butcherettes: ‘Cry Is For The Flies’
The Strokes’ Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70
Who Killed Michael Hastings?
Vive La Ressistance! Philippe Zdar: The Mastermind Producer behind Cassius
JOBS: Music Supervisor and Latin Rap Songs Needed for Short Film – Music Clout
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Pearl Jam – North American Tour This Fall
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Modern Drummers: Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers
Short Film: Smile
Premature US Victory – Dancing on Ukraine
Lady Gaga, Bruce Springsteen, the Black Keys and John Mayer join the Rolling Stones for final show @ Prudential Ctr New Jersey
LED ZEPPELIN’S Jimmy Page answers questions from fans at L’Olympia Theatre, Paris
Is Your Band Having Issues? Ask Lola Palizza For Advice
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Watch: Daft Punk and Ron Burgundy tour Amsterdam, eat cupcakes
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Homeless in New York: A Public Art Project Goes Underground
Half Moon Run, a band not to be missed – Watch video ‘Full Circle’
“Deux jours, une nuit” – Cannes Film Festival 2014 [Review]
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Listen: New Julian Casablancas track unveiled [correction added]
Live: Catch Goldfrapp on ‘Tales of Us’ 2014 Tour
Panda Bear at Chicago’s Thalia Hall (5/21)
Fox News Blast Rolling Stone over the magazine decision to put Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on cover
An Evening With Mark Knopfler
Unruly Hearts – Ainhoa Aristizabal’s Channel
Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin’s Drummer John Bonham (aka Bonzo)
Germans, too, demand referendum – for independence from U.S. yoke
Phoenix in Studio with Philippe Zdar: Great insight into process and production
Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’
Neil Young and Jack White to perform together on ‘The Tonight Show’ next week
Worst Bands Ever: Singers, Rappers, Pop stars and Bands that suck
WORLD PREMIERE: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Moth To A Flame
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Haim interested in politics? The girls dedicated song to Prime Minister David Cameron as they meet on politics TV show.
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It is (almost) Pure Joy @ Bonnaroo 2013
Tame Impala – ‘Lonerism’ Album
In Memoriam: Michael Hutchence Of INXS
BIG NEWS! Ryan Bingham is excited to share that he is doing the soundtrack to his lovely wife Anna’s first feature

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Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers 2013
The Beloved Wall Mural of Joe Strummer is gone after being power blasted out of existence
Led Zeppelin: Vintage Footage Of The Band Performing LIVE in 1969
The National: A New York Institution
Justice : “Nous ne sommes pas des rockers !”
Ben Deily of The Lemonheads
Blondie: Success And Sexism
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The iconic L.A. ‘X’ punk band – The Unheard Music: Silver Edition [short film]
Russia to sue Ukrainian junta at The Hague Tribunal for Genocide
Bands On Rolling Stones – ‘They’re Going To Own Glastonbury’
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Dozens dead, morgues overflowing after siege turns one of Ukraine’s largest airports into a war zone
OBN III’s new track “Uncle Powderbag”
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Is ‘Heartbeat’ The New Kind of Peace Talk for Israel and Palestine?
Arctic Monkeys play triumphant at Finsbury Park
Arctic Monkeys interview – Part 1, 2
Watch The Ramones Play Their 13th Concert in the Summer of 1974 + Documentary + New Box Set
Pete Townshend Let’s One Direction’s “Baba O’Riley” Homage Slide
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Watch: The Kooks reveal ‘Down’ video
PERFECT SOUND FOREVER: Kevin Shields of My Bloody Valentine – Interview
Oasis – Definitely Maybe
Upcoming Concerts – New York City 2012
Governors Ball’s 2013 lineup was insane: Gun N’ Roses, Kings of Leon, and just about everyone else
An Ex-Byrd’s Album Is Given New Flight – The NYT
Watch Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker plays gig with disco side-project.
The Art of Singing – Discovering and Developing Your True Voice (Vocal Instruction) [Paperback]
Daft Punk: Helmets For Sale!?
Black Keys Get Intimate at NYC Super Bowl Week Gig
Listen: Ryan Bingham — “Until I’m One With You” + Interview
Bands That Changed The Sound That Made Them Famous
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Jim Morrison Documentary Begins Production
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Beautiful Minds – Schizotypy, Flow, and the Artist’s Experience
Being Successful Doesn’t Mean Being the Most Talented: American Music Awards Crown Justin Bieber Artist of the Year
Explore Coachella 2013: Watch Two-Dimensional Panoramic Versions of 5 Videos
Changing of the Seasons – Two Door Cinema Club’s New EP
The National Debut Two New Songs on ‘Fallon’
Self-evident’s ‘Endings’ is Emotionally Tempered Rock’n’Roll with Thought
Brooklyn Is Getting Some Satisfaction From The Rolling Stones!!!
EU Elections – Democracy’s Deep Crisis and the Rise of the Populist Right
London Grammar – Sights (Tourist Version)
The American Songwriter Interview: Lou Reed
Bryce Dessner of The National & The Long Count – Interview
Lykke Li’s new song “Gunshot”
“Are you the police?” “No ma’am, we’re musicians!” – “And on a mission from God”
Arctic Monkeys and Daft Punk among bookies’ favourites for NME Awards 2014 with Austin, Texas
Arctic Monkeys refer to Brits controversy at NME Awards: ‘I used my best shit last week’
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Somewhere in Viet Nam – By Menassier Gabriel
Black Keys Plan Massive North American Tour This Fall
Goldfrapp TONIGHT at Beacon Theater, NYC
Ke$ha: I had sex with a ghost + Die Young (Official Lyric Video)
Heart: Fanatic – Album Review
Hell yeah Ryan Bingham totally Rocks!
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The Strokes ‘Comedown Machine’ – Review
Ryan Adams Gets New Band, Serenades Loaf Of Bread
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Cannes Film Festival: Beyond Memories – Lexus Short Films (+ Behind the scenes)
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Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo @Babelec Festival
‘New’ Pre-Pearl Jam Eddie Vedder Demos Discovered – Download CD Free
Red Hot Chili Peppers Headlining ‘Big Hello to Brooklyn’ Party !
Tips For Engaging Your Fans – Music Clout
Video: ZAIN band – Aitzakiak / Excuses
KEXP Presents: Lykke Li
The Rolling Stones’ Last U.S. Concert @ Prudential Center, Newark, New Jersey
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JOBS: Alternative Independent Record Label Seeking New Acts
Gojira’s Joe Duplantier Interview with The Offering 2012
The Strokes Are Back Headlining gig at England’s Isle of Wight
Stream The GOASTT’s Midnight Sun Album
Watch: LAMB OF GOD “Vigil” music video premiere – A True Gem!
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Mick Jagger turns 69 today: Happy Birthday Dude!
Watch: Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and Josh Homme’s uncut Grammys rehearsal
Beach House – “Wishes” – Forever Still [short film]
The Strokes – Comedown Machine – (full album + playlist)
The Controversy Surrounding Neil Young Carnegie Hall Concert Taping – Interview with Tom Adams
The War on Drugs add 2014 U.S. tour dates
[HD] Kiss – Hell Or Hallelujah – David Letterman NYC OCT-10-2012
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Daft Punk’s Top-Secret ‘RAM’ Is Streaming Now
Willis Drummond – A Rock Band To Keep An Eye On
Evan Dando and Juliana Hatfield of The Lemonheads reunite in Brooklyn
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Listen to Led Zeppelin’s unreleased demo tapes for Physical Graffiti
Gojira, Winner of the Golden Gods 2013 Best Live Band
Harley Streten, Australian prodigious producer
Tom Waits – ‘Lie to Me’
Lollapalooza 2013 day 1 review (Nine Inch Nails, New Order, Father John Misty, Ghost B.C. & more)
Listen: L.A. Band Terror – Live By The Code (Full Album, 2013)
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Jake Bugg to play London’s Alexandra Palace
Arcade Fire to perform in Brooklyn Oct 18 and 19
Dawes: The Favorite New American Band
Watch GRIZZLY BEAR (Live At Radio City) + Cemetery Gates
CHVRCHES Band – GUN // Director’s cut [ Music Video ] Vimeo Staff Pick
Why the EU Can’t Isolate Russia – The $1 Trillion Dollar Game-Changer
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Ukraine Crisis Goes Nuclear. The Storming of Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant by Neo-Nazis
An All-Star Grammy Tribute To Joe Strummer
Nobel Peace Laureates to Human Rights Watch: Close Your Revolving Door to U.S. Government
Chilean filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Dance of Reality (Trailer)
Judge Allows Military to Force-Feed Guantánamo Detainee
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Brilliant Disaster
PBS’ American Masters: Pearl Jam 20 – Documentary Film
Interview with Marc Ribot – The Village Voice
Whole Lotta Love As You’ve Never Heard It Before
Queens of the Stone Age Rock Brooklyn
Alex Turner reacts to Glastonbury accent comments
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Watch: Mars One Way – Vita Brevis Film
Listen: This Heavy-Metal Ballad Will Break Your Heart
Fiona Apple Talks to Audience About Her Drug Arrest
Philippe Zdar To Produce The Rapture Album
The Strokes will release a new album before they play live again
Marina Diamandis has a new alter ego to go with her new musical direction. Unfortunately, it’s a rather déjà vu
Canadian Band to Watch: Half Moon Run
From Wrinkles to Rap, a Rock Award’s Shifting Cast: 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes supergroup to headline End Of The Road
Democracy Landslide in Eastern Ukraine: Lugansk and Donetsk Declare Independence
Edward Droste – The founder of the band Grizzly Bear reflects on his musical education, songwriting and the band’s history.
The Strypes in New York, Jan 22, 2014 – The Studio @ Webster Hall
Disney’s Maleficient: Anyone cares that Disney is still raping the library and not being original?
Coldplay – Paradise (Live 2012 from Paris)
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St. Vincent On Her New Album – Interview + Videos
William Shakespeare and the New World Order: “Hell is Empty and all the Devils are Here”
Women Who Rock: In the Pages of Rolling Stone
Free Muse Global List of Artists Censored, Prosecuted, Jailed, Kidnapped, Tortured, Killed…
New Label Looking for Bands And Artists
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Bingham: Western Shore + Tour Dates
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MOST READ POST:   Fifteen Years Without Michael Hutchence, INXS’ Singer
The Rolling Stones – Midnight Rambler (Live NYC) – OFFICIAL
Ke$ha Enters Rehab for Eating Disorder + Interview: Ke$ha Talks Vaginal Exorcism and Dr. Luke Controversy
IN EXCESS – The Sunday Times Magazine
The Loved One, INXS’ Michael Hutchence – Documentary +Tributes
Bleecker Street Record Store moved to its new location in the West Village, NYC – NO Starbucks!
Brian Fallon of The Gaslight Anthem talks about his moving to Brooklyn
The Best Albums Pitchfork Hated This Year
Fiona Apple Breaks Down After Being Heckled Over Her Appearance
What Happened To Michael Hutchence’s Fortune? Hutchence millions kiss dirt, leaving family with zilch
Unruly Hearts NYC – Curious Musical Minds
Interview: Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam
The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger Sean Lennon & Charlotte Kemp Muhl – Animals
What happened to Michael Hutchence in Room 524
A Rock Star Remembered: Michael Hutchence
The 12 Most Over-Hyped Bands of the Decade
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Nirvana played a surprise show in Tiny Brooklyn Club
Julian Casablancas of The Strokes – Interview
Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner doesn’t miss a chance to mingle with the rich and famous…
The Killers to play Glasgow Summer Sessions
What Makes a Good Drummer?
Guns N’ Roses first show with Duff McKagan in 17 years: Setlist + Tour Dates
Rising Scottish Band Neon Waltz
“LILA” – A Short film by Carlos Lascano [Vimeo – Staff Pick]
Remembering Kurt Cobain: Why People Kill Themselves
Watch MGMT Play “Plenty of Girls in the Sea” and “Alien Days” on “Jimmy Fallon”
Fred Mills: Remembering Joe Strummer (interview)
The History of Rock Music by Piero Scaruffi
I saw a UFO and an extraterrestial but nobody believes me
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
Haim Drama @ Glastonbury: Haim bassist says she ‘almost died’ onstage at Glastonbury
Watch Mac DeMarco Video for first single “A Little Bit of Pussy” – NUDE CONTENT!
INXS Michael Hutchence’s hauntingly prophetic words, days before his death
River Phoenix the last 24 hrs – Documentary
Alter Bridge’s new album ‘Fortress’ leaves the listener with a message
Haim interested in politics? The girls dedicated song to Prime Minister David Cameron as they meet on politics TV show.
The Rock Star and the Mullahs – The Film [PBS Wide-Angle]
Upcoming Concerts – New York City 2012
Foo Fighters Are Coming Back with New Album, Says Guitarist
Worst Bands Ever: Singers, Rappers, Pop stars and Bands that suck
How To Dress Well – Words I Don’t Remember
BIG NEWS! Ryan Bingham is excited to share that he is doing the soundtrack to his lovely wife Anna’s first feature film “A COUNTRY CALLED HOME”
Japandroids – ‘The House That Heaven Built’ for… Ayrton Senna
What are the greatest key changes in Rock?
Rob Sheffield’s Bizarre Review of The Strokes New Album
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Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers 2013
Gojira On The Road – Tour 2012 Part 4 – Pictures
Legendary Bob Seger’s Still The Same
St. Vincent covers Nirvana’s “Lithium”
Q&A: Gaslight Anthem’s Brian Fallon on Big Ambitions, Bonding With Fans
After Fifteen Quiet Years, Rodan’s Jeff Mueller and Tara Jane O’Neil Speak
10 Of The Worst Modern Bands
Vive La Ressistance! Philippe Zdar: The Mastermind Producer behind Cassius
Stream: Deerhunter’s Lockett Pundt’s new Lotus Plaza cassette
Ryan Bingham talks ‘Tomorrowland’ and writing a new soundtrack
The Beloved Wall Mural of Joe Strummer is gone after being power blasted out of existence
Phoenix in Studio with Philippe Zdar: Great insight into process and production
“Globally, there are hundreds of artists under far greater threat to their freedom and lives who deserve the same attention.”
Police Release Previously Unseen Photos From Kurt Cobain’s Death Scene
Boston’s Morphine Band – They told simple & profound tales about the human condition
French Duo Cassius Create Summer Soundtrack on ‘Sunchild’ – Song Premiere
The Strypes in New York, Jan 22, 2014 – The Studio @ Webster Hall
Watch: Finding Welkin, film by Jay Salbert, music by Abby Gundersen
Watch Alter Bridge Perform ‘Addicted To Pain’ (OFFICIAL VIDEO) From New Album
The Strokes’ Julian mourns death of father John Casablancas, aged 70
Mick Jagger turns 69 today: Happy Birthday Dude!
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Ryan Adams’ Twangy ‘This Is 40′ Track Shines ‘Through The Dark’ on ‘Conan’
Brilliant Video: Verknipte tijden / Distorted times by Gideon van der Stelt
Anton Corbijn To Open “Waits/Corbijn ’77 – ’11″ Exhibition On May 5th In Amsterdam
Gabriel García Márquez, Literary Pioneer, Dies at 87 – The New York Times
The Biggest Idiots of 2013
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Angst Endures for a Pioneer of Grunge [Lightning Bolt album review]
Jack White Announces New Album, Lazaretto
Setlist for Damon Albarn’s first solo performance, plus watch it in full
CHVRCHES Band – GUN // Director’s cut [ Music Video ] Vimeo Staff Pick
Blending of Art & Music: Best Creative Album Covers
Lonely Roads with Ryan Adams
The Tragic End For Iranian Rockers Seeking Musical Freedom In The U.S.
Bon Iver, The Black Keys, Tame Impala, The National, Wavves, Charlie XCX, And Other Musicians Customize Converse For Charity Auction.
Gojira, Winner of the Golden Gods 2013 Best Live Band
Pearl Jam hits Pittsburgh like a lightning bolt with tour kickoff! Amazing Concert!
Haim – ‘Days Are Gone’ debut album – iTunes Chart Performance in 7 countries
Why the EU Can’t Isolate Russia – The $1 Trillion Dollar Game-Changer
JOBS: Music Supervisor and Latin Rap Songs Needed for Short Film – Music Clout
Dave Grohl Confirms Foo Fighters Hiatus
Pink Floyd: Empyrean rock pioneers, with Syd and without. Plus their 10 greatest albums.
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Unruly Hearts – Ainhoa Aristizabal’s Channel
Bands To Check Out At SWN
The Most Exciting Bands of 2013
The Most Overrated Rock Bands
Interview + New York Gives a Cold Welcome to Pussy Riot delegation.
In Memoriam: Michael Hutchence Of INXS
50 Things You Never Knew About The Clash
MGMT – Live on David Letterman (Full Performance) + MGMT Legal Dispute with Sarkozy over a song
Pussy Riot desperately tries to keep their dead meme alive with dumb Westerners – Via Hipster Runoff
Watch: The xx share behind-the-scenes video for Park Avenue Armory residency
Lykke Li’s new song “Gunshot”
The Controversy Surrounding Neil Young Carnegie Hall Concert Taping – Interview with Tom Adams
The New York Times: Daft Punk Gets Human With a New Album
Should 66-Year-Old Cher Be Wearing an Outfit Like This?
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Listen: Arctic Monkeys – ‘Stop The World I Wanna Get Off With You’ (Official Audio)
Lies and Consequences in U.S Past 15 Wars
Harley Streten, Australian prodigious producer
Tame Impala – ‘Half Full Glass of Wine’ Directed By Special Problems
Thom Yorke – Interview
Modern Drummers: Ronnie Vannucci of The Killers
BBC Documentary: Blondie One Way Or Another 2006
Jake Bugg – There’s A Beast And We All Feed It, Live In Seattle
Daft Punk: Helmets For Sale!?
The Killers show off their private jet , talk about their upcoming show at Wembley & more
Obama Pivots, China Profits – Radiate Me with Trade Deals, Baby
New Music: PREMIERE: Unreleased Track By Lost Psych Legends Ramases
Dawes: The Favorite New American Band
Daft Punk: Wall Street Journal Award, Super Models, and Kids dressed as Daft Punk
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Coachella’s 2014 Lineup
Pearl Jam in South America 2013 – FULL SHOWS + Two Shows SET for July
Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From ‘In Utero’ [NPR]
The iconic L.A. ‘X’ punk band – The Unheard Music: Silver Edition [short film]
Memorable Liam Gallagher Quotes
Nicolas Jaar Boiler Room NYC DJ Set at Clown & Sunset x RBMA Takeover
It is (almost) Pure Joy @ Bonnaroo 2013
A Celebration of the Music and Legacy of Rock Icon Bob Mould (trailer)
COACHELLA WEBCAST – LIVE ON YOUTUBE APRIL 12-14, 2013 / Day 1 Review
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Watch Daft Punk Preview “Give Life Back to Music” Song on Their Spaceship
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon: Ryan Bingham: Western Shore + Tour Dates
Oasis: Definitely Maybe Reissue & Rarities Incoming
John Cooper Clarke On Alex Turner’s Lyrics And Writing ‘I Wanna Be Yours’
Does Arctic Monkeys’ fifth album live up to their own standards?
The Strokes ‘Comedown Machine’ – Review
Jake Bugg On Writing & Recording ‘Shangri La’ video [NME]
Characteristics of Highly Creative People
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An Interview with Roger Waters: The Artist and His Activism for Justice Around the World, Including in Palestine.
Arctic Monkeys interview – Part 1, 2
Actor & Musician River Phoenix’s Final Film ‘Dark Blood’ Gets September Premiere
Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin’s Drummer John Bonham (aka Bonzo)
The Strokes – Comedown Machine – (full album + playlist)
Alter Bridge Announce UK Arena Tour Dates – 2013
Arrivals At The Brit Awards 2007
DAFT PUNK: THE BEGINNING
Twelve Things You Were Not Taught in School About Creative Thinking
Watch: The Beatles’ last show ever on its 45th anniversary
Heart: Fanatic – Album Review
Watch Tame Impala @ KCRW Studios – 2013-04-11 Morning Becomes Eclectic
Listen to new Arctic Monkeys: “2013″
Ginger Baker was rock’s first superstar drummer and the most influential percussionist of the 1960s.
JOBS: Independent Label With A Long History Seeking New Talent
Watch Tom Waits Perform @ Bridge School Benefit Concert over the weekend – the musician’s first live outing in all of five years.
Arctic Monkeys headline Friday at Glastonbury
Beach House, Grizzly Bear and Fleet Foxes supergroup to headline End Of The Road
‘Farewell Transmission: The Music Of Jason Molina’
To Tug At the Heart, Music First Must Tickle The Neurons
Pete Townshend Let’s One Direction’s “Baba O’Riley” Homage Slide
Coldplay – Paradise (Live 2012 from Paris)
Thom Yorke’s Atoms for Peace shakes up Brooklyn’s Barclays Center
Upcoming Releases
The 10 Best Concerts in New York This Weekend, 6/7/13
The Strokes: Elegantly Wasted
Arcade Fire Put Church Studio up for Sale, Asking $325,000 [£205,000]
Awesome Video: Turn up the volume, turn off the lights and make full screen.
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Arcade Fire surprise fans by performing on a secret stage at Brooklyn gig
Portrait of a Sound Design Artist – By Storm + Shelter
Half Moon Run, a band not to be missed – Watch video ‘Full Circle’
Ben Deily of The Lemonheads
Brian Jones – ‘A Story of Our Time’ BBC 1971
Alter Bridge – Fortress ‘Track By Track’
Album Review: The Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger, ‘Midnight Sun’
Bands On Rolling Stones – ‘They’re Going To Own Glastonbury’
Listen to Led Zeppelin’s unreleased demo tapes for Physical Graffiti
Red Hot Chili Peppers have denied reports they will cover Led Zeppelin @ Barclays Center Concert
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Queen Turns 40: How rare was Freddie Mercury?
Alex Turner bans his mum from coming to festivals Arctic Monkeys play
PART FOUR: Don’t Front
Members of Brooklyn indie band The Yellow Dogs shot and killed by ex-bandmate
The Rolling Stones Rock Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York City
Watch: The Kooks reveal ‘Down’ video
CAVEMAN BAND – TOUR 2014
50 Best Films of 2013 – Film Society Lincoln Center NYC
Interview d’Erik Truffaz
How rock concerts work – Tech Hive
Chelsea Wolfe- Lone & House of Metal | A Take Away Show
From Wrinkles to Rap, a Rock Award’s Shifting Cast: 2013 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction
Coachella Live – Festival Highlights
HEADS by CLOSE TALKER VIDEO BY NATHAN BOEY and MARIO FORERO
Album Review: Sam Smith – Nirvana EP
Jake Bugg, Shangri La – First Listen Track-By-Track
Fan Sites for Pop Singers Settle Children’s Privacy Charges
Watch: Mars One Way – Vita Brevis Film
Blondie: Success And Sexism
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Ex-Hole Guitarist Claims Kurt Cobain Was Recording Solo Album
JOBS – Prestigious Record Label Considering New Artists
JOBS: Alternative Independent Record Label Seeking New Acts
Austin City Limits Music Festival 2013 – The Lineup + Video
Red Hot Chili Peppers music used to torture prisoners in Guantánamo Bay.
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Listen: New Julian Casablancas track unveiled [correction added]
Ryan Adams Producing and Drumming on New Lemonheads Album
Project Artist – Who Are You? What Moves You? What’s Your Approach? What’s Your Dream?
RAT Vs POSSUM ‘FAT MONK’ OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO
Guns ‘N’ Roses’ Brilliant Disaster
Free Download: The Muse July Sample – By American Songwriter
Hundred Waters Shines A Strange Light In Darkness
An Open Letter to Rolling Stone
The Strokes Are Back Headlining gig at England’s Isle of Wight
Five Great Albums That Got Scrapped – Ask A Record Label
Video: Alex Turner On The Lyrics He’s Most Proud Of
Dawes Cover Creedence Clearwater’s ‘Someday Never Comes’
Ghost Brothers Of Darkland County – music & lyrics by John Mellencamp
Daft Punk – Money and Fame in this Bullshit Game for Life
Watch Kid Cudi – Pursuit Of Happiness ft. MGMT & Ratatat
Krautrock: The Obscure Genre That Changed the Sound of Rock
Pop Act Haim’s ‘Days Are Gone’ Album Reviewed
Mark Knopfler soundtracks re-issue
Unruly Hearts YouTube Channel: Gojira’s L’Enfant Sauvage Video
WORLD PREMIERE: The Ghost Of A Saber Tooth Tiger – Moth To A Flame
Drenge On Making One Of The Greatest Debut Albums Of The Year video
A Dicky Riot in Florida? In Act Of Protest, Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum
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Interview with Marc Ribot – The Village Voice
Willis Drummond – A Rock Band To Keep An Eye On
Voodoo Music Experience 2013 New Orleans: Top Acts and Photos
Watch: Dave Grohl, Trent Reznor, and Josh Homme’s uncut Grammys rehearsal
The Calling singer Alex Band reportedly kidnapped, beaten and left by train tracks after gig
PART TWO: Why Do People Have Beef With Poptimism? Because It’s Winning
Bryce Dessner of The National & The Long Count – Interview
The New England Film and Music Festival Considering Artists For Performances
Bands That Changed The Sound That Made Them Famous
Free Muse Global List of Artists Censored, Prosecuted, Jailed, Kidnapped, Tortured, Killed…
Gojira – Mario Duplantier Drum Solo @Babelec Festival
Rock the Mullahs – Can heavy metal music help transform the Middle East?
Artscape – The creative forces behind many of the world’s headline stories
The Rolling Stones Unearth Vintage Clips for ‘Crossfire Hurricane’ Trailer
A Guitar Maker Aims to Stay Plugged In
The Space Project: Listen to Individual Tracks from the Album
Gojira’s Joe Duplantier Interview with The Offering 2012
Incubus Guitarist Working on Pearl Jam Album
The Art of Singing – Discovering and Developing Your True Voice (Vocal Instruction) [Paperback]
Is Quitting Your Job to Join a Band at 35 the Best or Worst Idea Ever? Ask Lola Palizza
Suzanne Vega – American Songwriter
The Story Behind Arctic Monkeys’ Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’ – Official Video
Cannes Film Festival: Beyond Memories – Lexus Short Films (+ Behind the scenes)
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What happened to Michael Hutchence in Room 524

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Special thanks to Annie, for putting all this together.

Hutchence was 37 when he died in what a coroner later ruled as suicide. From fronting a band on Sydney’s northern beaches to international stardom, Hutchence was the ultimate rock icon and sex symbol to millions of fans who grew up with him.

Watch this YouTube tribute with special book extract below

What happened that night

To refresh your memory we are also presenting an extract from a book by UK journalist and committed INXS fan Matthew Brace that traces the night Hutchence died.

“Hutchence was the first Aussie I met,” Brace said. “When he bounced down to the front of the stage at a concert in Britain in 1990 and briefly gripped my outstretched hand.”

From Hotel Heaven by Matthew Brace:

Ten years ago Room 524 in the Ritz-Carlton hotel in the well-heeled Sydney suburb of Double Bay was booked in the name of Mr Murray River.

That booking and the events that took place in that room in the early hours of Saturday, November 22, 1997, proved that even the world’s most organised and luxurious hotels have moments they cannot control.

That night also proved that there’s nothing like a bit of global scandal to help put your hotel on the map and ensure everlasting fame.

Despite suffering the headaches, the press clamouring at the door, and the vice squad detectives in cheap suits camped out in the lobby for a week or two, almost every hotel that undergoes a big scandal becomes an overnight success.

Their names are on everybody’s lips, and their pictures and logos are everywhere.

The managers and staff at the Ritz-Carlton in Double Bay had more than your average cleaning job on their hands in Room 524 that day in November, 1997. They had a body to remove, and a very famous one at that.

Mr Murray River was none other than the rock god Michael Hutchence. The front man for INXS, Australia’s most successful band, was dead.

Battling his demons

Hutchence had been preparing for INXS’s 20th anniversary tour and that morning the rest of the band members were waiting for him in the rehearsal studios, for a final run-through of songs prior to the first concerts, when they learned the dreadful news.

He had also been battling a clinically diagnosed depression, which was being exasperated by a child custody row in London over his daughter Tiger Lily. He wanted her and her two sisters, Peaches and Fifi Trixabelle (whose father is Sir Bob Geldof) and their mother (Hutchence’s partner, the British TV personality Paula Yates) all with him in Australia for Christmas.

According to the inquest reports Hutchence had returned to his hotel at 10.30pm the previous night, after an evening out with his father, Kell, who later reported that Hutchence had been in a jovial mood despite worries over the court case, and had even danced his way through the entrance of the hotel when he dropped him off.

Inside Room 524

Hutchence continued a low-key party with his friend the actress Kym Wilson and her boyfriend. All three went to his top floor harbour-view room where he asked them to stay as emotional props as he was expecting a phonecall from London regarding the case.

They hit the mini-bar and Hutchence took some cocaine as it was found in his system during the post mortem, but this was not a boozing session – more a casual couple of drinks. The coroner’s report would later state that “all three persons consumed alcohol, including vodka, beer and champagne together with cocktails during this time”.

Oddly, rather than the large suite that you might expect a multi-millionaire rock star to stay in, Room 524 was just a room. It was certainly luxurious, as one would expect at a Ritz-Carlton, and had the best aspect, facing north offering a harbour view rather than the rooms on the south of the hotel which looked at the rooftops of cafes and clothes shops. But it was not excessive or extravagant and neither was the trio’s behaviour.

They talked about Hutchence’s plans for a career as a Hollywood actor (there had been interest from Miramax and others, and detectives later found a film script in the room) and they listened to his fears over the court case.

They stayed with Michael until the summer sun began rising out of the Pacific Ocean and climbing over the The Heads just before 5am. After they left, Hutchence was alone in his room with the depressive thoughts massing around him. A series of phonecalls was made to and from the room, at least one of them heard by Gail Coward, a guest staying in the room next to 524 who was awoken shortly after 5am by the rock god arguing loudly.

Final calls

This was the call from Yates in London and it was clearly not good news. The custody matter had not been finalised and was adjourned until December 17, so Yates would not be bringing the children to Australia. A few more phone calls followed before 6am – to Geldof and Yates – and then silence.

Almost six hours later, at 11.50am an unsuspecting chambermaid pushed her cleaning trolley down the hushed, carpeted corridor of the 5th floor and arrived outside 524 to make up the room. Her knocks on the door went unanswered. When she tried to open the door she found it jammed, and needed to push with all her might to move it. Hutchence was lying naked on the floor, dead. Clothes were scattered around the room and his bed was half-made.

The coroner’s report said he had been kneeling against the door with a leather belt nearby. In the room was a Becloforte ventolin inhaler, along with Nurofen painkillers, Zoviorax 200 tablets, Prozac capsules, and other pills.

Police said a leather belt was found inside the room but there were “no suspicious circumstances”, which is police-speak for suicide. Hutchence, stressed and depressed by the news from London and further affected by alcohol and drugs (both prescription and the other variety) had been pushed over the edge.

The report from the New South Wales Coroner, Derrick Hand, stated: “He had apparently hanged himself with his own belt and the buckle broke away and his body was found kneeling on the floor and facing the door.”

Rumours that an extravagant autoerotic stunt had gone horribly wrong were scotched, much to the annoyance of the tabloid press because it would have made a far juicier story.

The coroner’s report continued: “An analysis report of the deceased’s blood indicates the presence of alcohol, cocaine, Prozac and other prescription drugs.

“On consideration of the entirety of the evidence gathered I am satisfied that the deceased was in a severe depressed state on the morning of the 22nd November, 1997, due to a number of factors, including the relationship with Paula Yates and the pressure of the on-going dispute with Sir Robert Geldof, combined with the effects of the substances that he had ingested at that time.

“As indicated I am satisfied that the deceased intended and did take his own life,” said the coroner.

Drama unfolding

As the elderly blue-rinse matriarchs of Double Bay were packing their little dogs into handbags and making their stately way to the manicurist on this summer morning, a major international news story was unfolding behind the sandstone walls of the Ritz-Carlton on Cross Street.

Up until this point luxury hotel schools were not running seminars on ‘What To Do If You Find a Dead Rock Star Blocking the Door and Hindering Your Cleaning’ but they did after this.

The maid did the right thing securing the room and calling her manager, who called the police.

The news sped around the globe in minutes. Hutchence’s face, full of vigour but hiding trauma, was on the front pages of newspapers and magazines for days along with that of the grieving Yates. Adding to the tragedy was the news that the two were to be married in Bora Bora the following January.

The managers of the Ritz-Carlton went into emergency session, fielding calls from journalists around the world. The hotel had to get this right in the media to maintain their image as edgy – it had a strong reputation as Sydney’s rock ‘n’ roll celebrity hotel, having played host to Kylie Minogue, Kiss, Alice Cooper, Dionne Warwick, Engelbert Humperdinck and scores more. It had also served as a temporary Sydney address for Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Princess Diana and Bob Hawke but I doubt they had indulged in any in-room rock ‘n’ roll head banging.

The fear was, after Hutchence’s demise, the place would turn into a gawking shop for tourists (and travel writers) hell-bent on visiting the room where he died, and disturbing the other paying guests. Despite the fears of the owners and managers, Hutchence’s death did nothing but good for sales. The hotel continued to woo rock bands, some of whom might have chosen to stay there purely as a result of Hutchence’s death.

Inspiration

As I visit Shakespeare’s grave in England more than once a year for literary inspiration I can fully understand budding musos wanting to get a Hutchence vibe from Room 524 in this hotel.

The property changed hands in 2000 when the Singapore-based Stamford chain took over and the building was renamed the Stamford Plaza. But the stars kept coming. During the filming of Mission Impossible II at Sydney’s Fox Studios, the hotel was a temporary home for Tom Cruise. Add Madonna and Keanu Reeves to the mix (in separate rooms, thank you) and it is easy to see how the hotel’s celebrity reputation has survived.

The Stamford Plaza showed off its clientele with signed photographs and letters hanging in frames on the walls of the Winston bar. Tucked away in the cigar room, next to the humidor and its racks of Cubans, was a small gold frame containing a photograph of Hutchence on stage wearing a sleeveless denim jacket, and a little plaque as a mark of respect.

When I stayed last year I asked two staff members if this used to be the Ritz-Carlton where Michael Hutchence died. They politely smiled and confirmed it used to be a Ritz-Carlton but on the other matter: “I wouldn’t know about that Sir.”

Matthew Brace is a travel writer and foreign correspondent and the author of Hotel Heaven: Confessions of a Luxury Hotel Addict (Random House)

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IN EXCESS – The Sunday Times Magazine

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IN EXCESS
Originally appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine in May 1998
We know the details: he was naked, he was hanging from a hotel door. But we could not imagine what drove a man who seemed to have everything – fame, fortune, a woman and baby daughter he loved – to take his own life. Here, for the first time, is the chain of events that pushed Michael Hutchence over the edge.

NEVER TEAR US APART

Sydney, November 22, 1997. It is 11.45 am. On the fifth floor of the Ritz Carlton hotel, a chambermaid is having trouble. Even with a master key she cannot get into suite 524, where a heavy object is banging against the back of the door. When she uses all her strength to force her way in, the body of a man, naked except for a belt around his neck, crashes to the carpet. Michael Hutchence, 37, looks vacantly towards the ceiling. His face is blue and he appears to have hanged himself.

The hanging is a grotesque puzzle. There is no chair behind the door, and no feature in the ceiling that would bear a person’s weight. It turns out that the belt was attached to the door- closing mechanism, just above the frame and not much higher than the adult’s head, until the maid’s final thrust broke the buckle away.

The dead rock star is now on his knees. He is surrounded by photographs of his partner, Paula Yates. Also on the floor are his bed sheets, next to pills and empty glasses. When the news breaks, the suspicion is that this is a sexual act gone wrong. Was he trying to deprive himself of oxygen? It looks as likely as suicide. There is no note, and at dinner the night before he had shown no signs of despair. Although worried about a court hearing, the singer was bubbly. ‘Vintage Michael’, his father says.

A darker tone is sounded by Yates as she flies from London to her partner’s body. Drinking champagne on the 22-hour trip, and so distressed that she may not know what she is saying, she blames the death on her ex-husband, Sir Bob Geldof. ‘That bastard killed Michael’, she says. Tears roll uncontrollably as she wanders up and down the plane, until cabin crew lead her away. Eventually, a coroner rules that the hanging is suicide.

Four weeks later: London, December 19. One of the dead singer’s friends, a godparent to his daughter, Tiger, meets a writer for this magazine. She wants an investigative journalist to inquire into his death. Her eyes have the puffy pink of fresh bereavement, but I am uncertain whether to trust her.

I know that Yates and Geldof are in dispute over their three daughters. If I take on the story, and find evidence that reflects badly on Geldof, it may affect the court case, and no writer wants to be used. But the friend says two intriguing things. She admits with affection, that Yates is not the most reliable witness, and that in her grief over her partner she is sometimes unable to distinguish fantasy from fact. The friend seems objective, and her motive for the approach is interesting: it is what Hutchence wanted.

For more than a year, she says, he urged her to publish an account of his suffering, a campaign she did her best to ignore. One Sunday in March 1997, he made it impossible to refuse. “I was sitting on the bed,” she says, “Playing with Tiger and chatting to her parents. “Do you have a pen,” Michael asked. “And a notebook?.” He began dictating a list of witnesses and events he considered crucial to the story. She remained unenthusiastic. She had no idea he would kill himself. Now she lives with the guilt. And so we agree to work together: the insider and the outsider, one who loved Hutchence and a stranger whose task is to see if there is really a tale to be told. Later, other friends say that if this material had been published earlier, the singer might still be alive. Nobody can know that; but these are the events he wanted described.

Hutchence longed to make public the truth behind the famous drug bust, in which police found opium in the home he shared with Paula, Tiger and the Geldof girls, leading to a sense of persecution from which he never recovered. He believed the drugs were planted. He thought a former friend of Paula’s had publicized the police raid, to increase the damage; one of his inner circle later speculated that this friend might even have killed her nanny to stop her from revealing what she knew.

The whole story sounds unlikely; the bust was in September 1996; no charges were brought. Why would a rock star who once admitted taking heroin, and for whom recreational drugs were routine, be so affected by a police raid that he killed himself 14 months later? And what’s this about murdered nannies? Before going further, however, let us cleanse the mind of caricatures.

This is what you think you know about Michael Hutchence. He was the lead singer of INXS, an Australian band that at its peak could fill Wembley Stadium but was now in decline. He did drugs. He hit photographers. He was addicted to casual sex. At one time he took so much ecstasy and invited so many girls into the back of the INXS van that the group almost fell apart. He died in a sexual experiment that went wrong.

You would not know that he was shy and gullible in a way Mick Jagger, say, would never be. That he was still exploring his potential, working hard on a solo album while a career in Hollywood beckoned. It is true about the sex, or it was when he was younger, and about the temper. Yet, he had so little confidence he sometimes needed telling he was handsome enough to go out. He cried a lot, especially toward the end. He doted on his baby to a degree some found embarrassing. According to Yates – whom he really loved, even if at times he wanted to escape – he feared that nobody liked him.

That was bound to appeal to her. Here is her portrait of a man she once adored: “I just sat in the flat in Chelsea daydreaming about him; he had lost his mother when he was only six, which made me feel maternal, and he had these long, skinny legs, which I didn’t. I think it was the chaos in [his] childhood that drew us together in the first place; I wanted to have a perfect family and he wanted a real home, as he hadn’t really had one…”

It was Geldof, but the words could describe her reaction to Hutchence; the defining moment in the Australian’s early years was when his mother took him without warning to live in Hollywood, leaving his brother Rhett, who was close in age, with a family friend at the airport. Hutchence would later relate how his pleading brother slid down the airport glass, saying, “Mummy, I’ll be good for ever.” Their father, who knew nothing about the split until Rhett telephoned in tears, confirms that the story is true. Rhett became a heroin addict. Michael’s legacy was a vulnerability that, when combined with his talent as a performer and the way his crotch filled his trousers, exerted a pull Yates found irresistible.

The INXS star was building a family with Yates in a manner that would have surprised his Australian friends, whose understanding is rooted in an earlier part of his life. “When you’re a rock star, you can have all the sex kittens you want,” says Josephine Fairley, a Londoner who witnessed the relationship from the beginning; “What you don’t have is the home life. And when you’ve had a dysfunctional family like he has, a family is the sexiest thing of all. It’s what you crave”.

The union with Yates was sexually charged. She also had a maternal role, buoying him against his insecurities and teasing him into lighter moods. Sometimes it was turbulent: they could argue spectacularly, and at times he found it claustrophobic. By the end, under huge strain from outside, they were both close to madness.

But they were trying to make a family together. That is, Michael was trying to make a family with Paula. Nobody was forcing him to do this; it was his choice; even now, nearly six months after his death, it is something no outsider has recognized. Hutchence is fixed in the imagination as the wild man of rock. That is the perception that sells records. It has truth in it – he was not a complete softie – but it is not the whole story of any 37-year-old man.

What happened in the home of Yates and Hutchence is the key to understanding what happened in suite 524. For a moment, then, suspend your disbelief, and pretend that part of Michael Hutchence, the raiser of hell, wanted a family. Pretend, just for a moment, that he was your friend who is a first-time dad, or your father or your son.

This is going to be intimate, so it is time for first names. Paula and Bob were together 18 years, and for 12 there was a picture of Michael on the marital fridge. Now and then, Paula had to get a new photograph, as Bob would write “c…”on his rival’s forehead. But he was not too concerned. Paula was always having crushes. True, this one had lasted for years, since she interviewed the INXS singer for The Tube, but such passions were part of her.

By 1993 the marriage was in trouble. On Christmas Day, nine months before the meeting with Michael that was to give her the courage to leave her husband, Paula sat in the car of an old friend and talked for an hour and a half about wanting to separate. “We went over all the reasons why she should and why she should not leave,” says Josephine Fairley, who advised her not to go. “The ‘anti were that the world would hate her because she’d abandoned Saint Bob, and that she wouldn’t find anybody [a partner] to take on three kids. And that Bob would make her life miserable.” Fairley, who knew the couple as well as anyone, saw Bob as a Victorian figure who tried to control his wife and disliked her spending money. But she had no doubt he loved her. “He’s always been obsessed with her,” she says. “I don’t think he ever really envisaged a future without her. I honestly believe he would take her back tomorrow.”

The pain of losing Paula was made worse by needless betrayal. She and Michael bruised Bob in ways they could have avoided. They made love in places that were special to him, such as a particular room of the Chilston Park Hotel in Kent. Part of the affair was conducted at home, in front of his children. One evening Anita Debney, the family nanny, went pale as the youngest gave the liaison away. “Daddy,” Bob was told on the telephone, “Mummy’s been kissing Michael in your bed.” In February 1995 Mummy moved out, taking the three girls and leaving a two-line note on the mantelpiece. She told Bob nobody else was involved, only to be photographed with Hutchence at a London hotel days later.

It can’t have been easy for Geldof. Soon the man on the fridge was playing father to his daughters. In this, Hutchence confounded all expectations, as most people imagined he would have wild sex with Paula and then vanish. “He absolutely adored them,” Fairley says. “He gave them time their father never gave them. Bob would come home and turn inward: he’d go to his office or play his guitar. He would not get down on the carpet with Barbie and Ken and act out Brief Encounter, as Michael did from the beginning. And he showered them with gifts. I remember a consignment of dresses from America. Real princess dresses that he sent soon after they started the relationship, for the girls.”

Press interest was intense. In March 1995 the lovers were tracked to a hotel – the Chilston Park – where they came down for dinner unaware that journalists had booked every table around them. When they checked out, photographers blocked their path. The rock star lost his temper and threw himself into them, earning a conviction for assaults, a £400 fine and a following among the paparazzi, who knew that a picture of the singer getting violent would sell. They did their best to provoke one.

Nothing was now private. Newspapers and magazines printed pictures of the couple’s routines: trips to the shops, the delivery of a take-away meal, the run to school. Rubbish bags were torn open in the hunt of insights into their life together. For her 38th birthday, Michael gave Paula the present she wanted more than any other: an 8ft fence to keep the press out. The intrusions never went away. Even when he died, and Paula was in Sydney, friends found footprints at the top of the tall gate that protects the entrance to their home in Chelsea. And somebody had managed to fish the post out of the letter box and open it, no doubt hoping for a suicide note.

Hutchence was not the real target of the press barrage, although he was the one it hurt. The flak that punctured him was aimed at Yates. Her decision to walk out on the hero of Live Aid and take up with a “rabid dingo” (Daily Mirror) secured the loathing of liberal and tabloid columnists alike. She offended tabloid sensibilities by being older, shorter and less attractive than Helena Christensen, the supermodel Hutchence left for her. Commentators on the broadsheets noted Paula’s failure to age quietly, the breast implants and tight dresses, and accused her of betraying feminism. Here is Barbara Ellen on The Observer: “Yates’ biggest public relations problem is that, she is, to use the taxi driver vernacular, ‘a bit of a stupid cow.’ A consummate self-publicist, with no common sense or dignity to speak of, she has been wandering the corridors of showbiz in too-tight/too young clothes too damn long now to merit anything like automatic respect. What after all, can one say in defense of a woman who started out as a groupie and went downhill from there? In many ways, she is a born loser. Even when she did Penthouse, she ended up looking as sad and badly-lit as a Reader’s wife. And those ‘post-Bob’ new breasts. Oh Paula, Paula, Paula…”

Although surprised by the intensity of the feeling against her, Yates was better at dealing with it. She was at home. Hutchence, a foreigner, was baffled. When GQ magazine put a near-naked shot of his ex-girlfriend on the cover with the words, “Seriously, would you trade her in for Paula Yates?” he exploded. “Do you not realize what damage this does to Paula?” he demanded. “She’s already her own worst critic and this reinforces it.”

Much of what was written was untrue. It was assumed that Michael must be bored by Paula, perhaps trapped by a pregnancy he had not wanted. Therefore, the “incurable hellraiser” must be philandering. One photograph showed him apparently misbehaving with Patsy Kensit. The actress had her hand down the front of his leather trousers, spoiling Yates’ Sunday because she considered Patsy a friend. Then someone pointed out to her that the image had been manipulated. Although most of Kensit’s hand was down his trousers, two of her finger-tips were still magically attached to his arm.

Michael did not sue. Lawyers could tell him that he and Paula had reputations so low that nothing could be said to damage them. Besides, he was a rock star. Behaving badly is part of the job description. He could certainly play the star, just as he played the Aussie bloke: if bored, he might jump from one sixth-floor hotel balcony to another, or take you as passenger while he accelerated his motorbike towards a brick wall. But at the centre was a courteous man – or “big girl,” as Yates teased him – who read widely, worried about mortality, and was unsure about himself. “Anything said about me hurt him so badly,” Yates says. “The thing people didn’t realize about Michael was that he was so sweet, fragile and insecure. So while he would see people come up to me in the street and give me a hug, or builders shout funny, supportive things to both of us, he read and believed the press and it hurt him. He felt he was under siege, trying to support us emotionally, doing the school run every morning, and yet trying to cope with the wave of untrue stories, most of them being fed to the press but not knowing how to counter them.”

There were other complications. Yates lost her job in television soon after the affair became public – the program was made by Planet 24, a company founded by Geldof. Expecting a swift and amicable divorce, she borrowed heavily to buy a family house in south London. This was a mistake. The proceedings were slow and sour, further feeding media interest. As her debts grew, writs arrived threatening bankruptcy. Lawyers told Hutchence not to bail her out in case it affected the divorce settlement. After the drug bust in 1996, Yates also lost her column in The Sun, and did not work again. (On her partner’s death she was forced to sell interviews to pay the bills, setting off new tut-tutting. The will is in dispute.)

Hutchence was frustrated with INXS, which was burdened with a 1980s sound and lacked the will to reinvent itself. He was wounded when Noel Gallagher of Oasis called him a has-been at the Brit Awards, and was too sensitive to treat it as a joke. Meanwhile, the paparazzi competed to make him lose his cool. They baited him by insulting Yates, jostled him, shoved lenses in his face. On a good day there might be one or two snappers camped in cars outside their home. On a bad one, when a development in their lives was suspected, photographers marked out their pitches with stepladders, standing in rows of 10 or 20, three or four deep. Reporters offered the neighbours money for information; there would be a photographer across the bonnet as Michael drove off. Although baffled, he coped. He survived everything up to the bust, which, like Patsy Kensit’s wandering fingers, was not all it seemed.

One name comes up repeatedly when friends of the singer talk about his mental decline. Gerry Agar, a mother whose children were at the same London School as the Geldof girls, is vilified. She grew close to Yates for a while, then behaved in ways the couple found alarming. Only a few of his friends met her, since her time in their circle was brief. That she got there at all is revealing. “It says something about Paula and Michael and their judgment of people,” says Catherine Mayer, a friend who has supported Paula since the hanging. “The nastier the press were, the more they fell prey to just about anybody who was nice to them.”

Agar knew people in newspapers. Her star contact was David Montgomery, the man at the top of The Mirror and The Independent, whom she knew well enough to get to a dinner party. In late 1995, she started working on Paula’s behalf. There was no formal arrangement, and Paula says she was never more than a mother on the school run. This is unfair: Agar set up a meeting to discuss getting her friend back into television, and Paula did not object if she introduced herself as helping with public relations. Agar also placed a number of minor newspaper stories to embarrass Bob in the divorce case.

In fact she threw herself in the task. She saw Bob as satanic. “I thought he was the devil incarnate,” says Agar, who had heard Paula’s tales of injustice. “I thought, ‘You’ve got to die, you can’t be in this world. You’re too evil’.” She loved Paula; she worked hard to promote her, too. “She used to drive me crazy,” says Chris Mould, a television producer who was bombarded with faxes. “It was just tedious hearing how wonderful Paula was. Wonderful mother, wonderful wife, wonderful Michael, wonderful everything. Paula was the Virgin Mary incarnate and Tiger, the most perfect baby.” But Agar was having doubts and soon her theme changed.

A clue that something was wrong was a newspaper interview. Agar made the cover of The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, an unlikely achievement considering that her fame was based entirely on knowing Yates and Hutchence. (Her other clients, “from novelists to city designers,” were a mystery she wished to be discreet about.) She was described as having returned from a holiday with the rock couple that had not happened. And although she didn’t say so in this piece, she was beginning to claim that, as well as being Paula’s PR, she was becoming Michael’s manager. Hutchence was angry. He made sure she understood his position: she did not work for them, and never had.

It was August 1996. The singer’s refuge at this time was a stuccoed villa near Grasse in the south of France, standing in extensive gardens behind high walls. On warm evenings, meals would be served on the terrace, or by the small pool set away from the house among cypress trees. There were often visitors. On the only weekend that Agar was to stay, she was given a room at the other end of the building from Michael and Paula, who wanted as much distance from their guests as possible.

Agar had inveigled her invitation by saying that “her best friend,” a journalist called Robert Tewdwr Moss, had just been murdered. She begged to be allowed to visit. The hosts, intending to break off contact since her interview a fortnight earlier, felt compelled to relent. They had already invited Mould, after meeting him though Agar; the other guests were Josephine Fairley and her husband, Craig Sam, and Andy Gill, a guitarist and producer, and his girlfriend, Catherine Mayer.

Yates took to her room on Agar’s arrival, claiming exhaustion, which was believable as Tiger was not yet six weeks old. She confided to Fairley that she could not bear to be in the same room with Agar. Hutchence hid a similar aversion and treated Agar with his usual affability. The new visitor told them about the murder of Tewdwr Moss, producing a sheaf of newspaper clippings from her bag and describing the grief that had propelled her to France. She showed no distress. But at dinner she was out of her depth. “We’d be having a normal conversation,” says Fairley, “And then Gerry would tell some story that had nothing to do with anything any of us had just said. There would be a pause while we registered what she’d said, then we’d go on with what we were talking about.” It must have been a difficult weekend for Agar. She wanted to be accepted. Later, she would say that she longed to go home, to comfort herself with beans on toast.

All in all, Hutchence and Yates were proving a disappointment to her. Earlier that summer, she had tried to sell the rights to photograph the rock couple with their new baby. She says she got OK! to bid £160,000, arranging for herself a commission of £40,000. But the new parents refused to cooperate. It was Paul Craig, then Hutchence’s manager, who dealt with the pictures, and he went to the newspaper for which Yates was a columnist, for £8000. Money was not the only issue here. Yates was under contract to The Sun, and it was thought that if she and Hutchence did the paper a favour, one tabloid at least would allow them some peace. Agar also asked Paula for £5000 for her PR work. This, too, was refused. These rejections may have been unwise. On September 12 the couple left for Australia. While they were away, Agar telephoned Mould. She asked him what opium looked like. Mould takes up the story: “I said: ‘Why?’ and she said, ‘You will find out.’ I think she said, ‘You will find out, read the newspaper,’ and it was the following day or the day after that there was this drug bust. She later rang me and said, ‘Yeah well, what do you think?’ and I said, ‘If you’ve got anything to do with this, I think it’s disgusting…how can you do this to someone who was so hospitable to you a couple of weeks ago?’ She just freaked, got abusive, and said, ‘Well, I’ll leave you to your sad little life…”

The newspapers were now unrestrained. The custody case was widely, but sketchily, covered. Since reporting restrictions deprived the writers of fact, the vacuum was filled by opinion. Most pundits sympathized with Bob and sniped at Paula. For Michael, used to the adulation of fans, the role of public enemy was a shock. He had underestimated the nation’s natural sympathy for the abandoned husband and the esteem in which they held Sir Bob. Now he was being accused of putting drugs in a tube of Smarties in a house where there were four children. He was outraged. And he was convinced that Bob had something to do with it.

These days Gerry Agar lives quietly in a rented farmhouse in Somerset. There is a smell of incense in her sitting room, where she is busy with a new baby. Hearing the story brings a surprise. Although many parts strike the listener as improbable, others seem highly plausible. To judge which is which, you need some background on Paula Yates.

Most of Britain struggles to like Yates, who is trapped inside an image of her own making. She was television’s professional groupie, whose heart pounded for some of the musicians she profiled on the Tube, and who would later flash her knickers, and sometimes forget to wear them, while interviewing celebrities on a bed for Channel 4’s Big Breakfast. But she is much more complicated than that. She is a hopeless flirt, bright, funny, manipulative, vulnerable; in fact so insecure she is wonderfully close to insane. These qualities make her a delightful raconteur and friend. They also make her a frustrating witness. Nothing she says can be trusted. Even though much of it is true. Everything has to be checked. Some of what she tells you is the direct opposite of the truth.

Oliver James, a clinical psychologist who worked with Paula in television 11 years ago, calls her a borderline personality who took refuge in fantasy during unhappy childhood. Now she tends to blame external circumstances for internal problems. In some cases this can lead to full, deluded madness “where normal people have a stable, secure self,” he says. “Paula has an insecure, shifting void. She is liable to feel that she does not exist unless she is at the centre of a crisis which, despite protestations to the contrary, she wants the tabloids to chronicle because they make her feel significant.”

Paula finds these remarks hurtful, and perhaps they are unfair. James, who is also a journalist, is responsible for some of the most unpleasant words about Paula ever published. However, she told me twice that Bob is sleeping with her mother, which I do not imagine to be so. While researching this story, I would hear from unimpeachable sources – sad, frustrated sources, who love Paula and do everything they can to protect her – that she had behaved in a particular way and then get a different version from Paula, casting herself as victim. Her friends would later explain that she has been deeply vulnerable since Michael died. She was not like this before.

Even so, a new possibility arises. It is only a possibility, and the suggestion is tentative. Michael was gullible. He loved Paula. He grew to believe there was a conspiracy against them, masterminded by Bob. It is possible he shared Paula’s interpretation of events when sometimes he should have been more questioning. Was his growing sense of persecution fed by failing to remain detached? Do not make any judgments yet. Despite what you have just read, there is evidence that Paula and Michael were done an injustice; or, if not an injustice, a very rough justice, about which questions need to be asked.

Agar had been uncomfortable that weekend in France. When she got back she talked with Anita Debney, Geldof ’s nanny, who believed Michael and Paula’s drug use was out of control. The nanny was anxious about Tiger, who was breast-fed: she slept a lot and rarely cried.

In time, Debney told Agar the story of Bob, Paula and Michael from the beginning as she saw it. How Paula had manipulated the events, encouraging Michael to leave his supermodel by ensuring their affair became known. Michael might complain about the newspapers, but it was Paula who made sure they knew about everything in the first place! She had asked her nanny to tip off reporters that she was having a relationship with a member of Take That. This ensured she was followed, leading to the discovery that her affair was with the star of INXS. Going public helped her stay firm about leaving Bob, and the supposed pain of the publicity gave her reason to seek a comfort from Michael.

Then there was the story of Paula’s fertility pills. Debney describes to Agar how Paula had begun a treatment in November 1994, hoping for a baby with Michael. The nanny thought Paula had tried to get pregnant to encourage Michael to leave Helena. (To help assess what Debney says, you should know that Paula and Michael were close to dismissing her, and that she became a witness for Bob in the court battles. She is desperate not to lose touch with the children.)

Agar was already worried about Paula. She had come to believe that the tales of injustice she was offering the papers on Paula’s behalf were unfair to Bob or untrue. Now Debney’s words added to her fear that she had taken the wrong side in the couple’s marital dispute. Then, in the early hours of Sunday, September 15, the alarm apparently went off on Michael’s dark green Jeep. He was in Australia with Paula and Tiger; Debney searched for the car manual to silence it; in her employers’ bedroom it is said she found opium in a Smarties tube. Agar called round later that morning. Worried about the children, she persuaded a reluctant Debney to join her in what she calls a “rampage” through the house, looking for more drugs. Agar says she came across heroin, although unfortunately she threw it away, so there was nothing the police could do about it. But she and Debney kept the opium. Then they had to decide what to do.

“I had to weigh things up,” Agar says. “I’d just done a deal with OK! Magazine for the baby pictures, of which I was going to get 25%. And she [Paula] had no money, so I hadn’t been paid for all the work I’d been doing. So I was just about to land quite a lot of money. OK! was going up and up and then there were other things that were coming into fruition. So I literally spilled the beans two days before this money came in.”

By spilling the beans, Agar means that she went to Bob and told him about the drugs. It was a week before the police raid. “So I forgoed [sic] all the money. I think I forgoed 40 grand. And I didn’t have any money, I really did not have a bean. And I thought, okay, all right, I could have the money in the bank, but there could be a death. How could I face Bob with his eyes streaming with red tears because he’s been up all night because his child’s died because there are drugs in the house, and I’m all right because I’ve got 40 grand in the bank? I’ve got to meet someone one day at the end of my life and try and explain that. That I’ve put money as my priority to someone’s life.” Agar says she visited Bob at his temporary home round the corner, a house that had been Michael’s. She found him making jelly for his youngest daughter. Announcing nervously that Paula and Michael were on drugs and the children in danger, she apologized for pushing untrue stories about him on the press.

“I told him that I was the one who had set him up, that I was helping to make his life a bloody misery. And I vowed to him that day that I would always be completely on his side; and do it from a great distance. Because that’s my way of showing him friendship; because he might be going through another custody case and she has this weapon that it’s he and I together in cahoots against her. So I deliberately do not have anything to do with him so that she doesn’t have that on him. Because I made that promise to him.” Agar did more than tell Geldof about the opium. She took a piece of it and carried it round with her in her brown purse, trying to find out what it was. After a few days she put it back. And that, she says, is why the police found her fingerprints on the drug when, after a tip-off from an undisclosed source, they raided one week later. Police also found close-up pictures of Paula and Michael having sex. These had been hidden elsewhere in the house but were discovered by Agar and Debney on their rampage. According to Paula’s lawyers, when the drug squad arrived the pictures were in a box with the Smarties.

So Agar handled the opium and threw away the heroin. The next problem she presented the police was that, having given a statement about the drugs she and Debney found in the house, she withdrew it. (Debney withdrew hers, too.) Agar says she did this because her child was being threatened by someone who knew Paula.

Naturally the police questioned Bob to confirm that he had nothing to do with the drug find. He said he had not been in the house for some time. Paula’s legal team was astonished, therefore, when they went round on October 1, the day Paula get back from Australia, and found a box of prescription tablets on the hall table. The date on the box was September 23, two days before the bust, and the name on the box was Bob’s. Paula had to be restrained from running out into the street and showing the photographers.

Did Bob forget something when he spoke to the police – that he had crossed the threshold when picking up the children from Debney, perhaps? (Paula took only Tiger to Australia, leaving Fifi, Peaches and Pixie in London.) Later Paula found a letter written by Bob, which she says was inside a magazine in the bedroom where the drugs had been. Again it was dated September 23. Bob can explain the letter: he says he dropped it round to be delivered to a government minister who lived opposite. As for tablets, he seems truly mystified.

Nobody is saying Michael didn’t do drugs: he took ecstasy during the weekend in France, and cocaine was in his blood in Sydney. Sometimes he smoked heroin. But the case against him is odd. Much of Agar’s story makes little sense. Why would OK! magazine offer £160,000 for baby pictures that had been in The Sun two months earlier? Why do the telephone records for the house, which The Sunday Times has viewed, fail to show the calls to the Drug Hotline that Agar says she and Debney made from the bedroom to get advice on their find? Why, when I asked Agar if she had stayed the night and slept without Paula and Michael’s knowledge in their bed, did she hesitate for a long time before suddenly remembering that, yes, she had – two days before the opium turned up? It also transpires that other rock musicians were in the house while Michael and Paula were away (Debney’s brother came to dinner on the night Agar stayed over, bringing the lead singer in his band.) It is difficult not to conclude that Michael may have been right: the drug bust was suspect.

When Paula came back from Australia, she went into hiding from the press with her oldest friend. “We spent the whole time trying to be Miss Marples,” says Fairley, who says she had not seen Paula drink or take drugs in 15 years. (Before the bust was teetotal.) “I said to Paula, ‘Look, you can tell me if they were your drugs and I won’t be judgmental.’ And she said, ‘I promise you, I have never seen that Smartie’s tube, I have never seen those drugs, I don’t know where they came from.’ And, as you know, I was sure because if they had been guilty they would have shut the f*** up! They wouldn’t have gone on and on for 14 months before Michael died.”

It is instructive to ask why the Crown Prosecution Service failed to run a trial. “Do you know Gerry Agar?” comes the reply. “She was why we ended up without a prosecution; the Metropolitan Police were being manipulated, to a degree. In fact, the judicial system was. What occurred came about for the benefit of other proceedings.” Geldof was not the manipulator, says the source, an official with an intimate knowledge of the case. “He probably went with the flow. Foolishly, I would say. But I don’t think he was up to any skullduggery.”

In fairness to everyone, here are a few final acts about this period. Paula did begin her fertility treatment while Michael was still claiming to be with Helena, on November 2, 1994.

She is adamant that this was with his knowledge, even though the affair was only a fortnight old, and although she says herself that in January she was “desperate” for to make things work with Bob. She can prove, however, that Michael later went to the doctor with her to give semen samples, and friends recall him saying that he and Paula had bantered about having a baby when she interviewed him years earlier. Let nobody be in doubt: Tiger, conceived in November 1995, was a child he wanted.

The infant was soporific. Andrew Young, Paula’s Sydney-based barrister, says that this was because Paula was breast-feeding while on Prozac (and Rohypnol, the sleeping pill known as the date-rape drug.) Could Debney have innocently mistaken the effects of Rohypnol for those of heroin? When Bob became very worried about the couple’s drug use, could he have been acting on duff information?

After the bust, Agar continued to give interviews. She told journalists she had “quit ” as Yates PR adviser, prompting a new round of stories. (Yates, of course, says she was never such a thing to start with). “At the end of the day it’s the children that come first,” she told the Daily Telegraph. “I have had to make a moral decision which wasn’t very pleasant because it seems as though I’m turning against a friend. Once this is straightened out, of course, I will be there for Paula as a friend but right now, my main concern is for the kids.”

The very next day, there was a new tale for the front pages: she had seen Paula buying opium. “Troubled, Paula Yates carried out her sleazy drug deal in front of her greatest ally – her public relations guru Gerry Agar,” News of the World readers were told. “Ultra royal” Gerry had stood “just a few feet away as money for the opium changed hands.” “I have a reputation for being Paula’s staunchest protector,” Agar was quoted as saying, which was true, although the same energy was now going into rubbishing her. Later the paper printed an apology. Not to Yates: after all, she has no reputation. It was to Steve Strange, the “nightclub king” Agar had named as supplier.

Late last year, 15 months after the drugs bust and a month after Michael’s death, Agar was still at it. Britain was informed that, according to a friend who “had spent the summer” with Michael in the south of France, “Hutchence was wild until the end.” The account had a single source: Agar, whose time with Michael in France totaled one weekend in 1996. You would never guess, from reading her description of Michael behaving like a madman, that after this weekend, she wrote a letter thanking her hosts for “a wonderful and much needed rest,” adding that “a magic healing” had taken place.

Hutchence was never the same after the bust. Before he had been preoccupied by the battles with Geldof and the battering from the tabloids, but he had kept some perspective. Now he became obsessed with setting the record straight. He came to identify all his difficulties in Britain as having to do with Bob. The custody case, Paula’s drawn-out divorce, the drugs, the hostile press – all of it, he believed – was affected by Bob’s influence as “Live Aid hero” and founder of Planet 24. Paula and their friends introduced a rule that he was to spend only one hour each evening, known as “Bob Hour,” talking about Geldof. It failed. Michael was beginning to feel persecuted. The subject polluted every occasion, even Christmas Day, 1996, when he opened the door to friends promising not to talk about Bob, and then immediately did so.

A few weeks after the bust, Michael flew to New York to see his manager, Martha Troup. “And for an hour,” she says, “We were sitting at the bar and he was just crying. He said: ‘What did I do, Martha? Why are people attacking me? I just want to be with Paula. I just want to be with my baby.” The decision not to prosecute took another 6 months, and by then Michael was on tour.

From the outside, being a rock star looks enviable. There’s the money. There’s the adulation – the knobbing, as Geldof once called it. There’s all the travel. But it’s not true: a new album is an ordeal. First there are months locked in the recording studio, in Hutchence’s case up to 5000 miles from home. Next comes a grating round of press interviews and promotional work, and only then, the tour. On top of that, Hutchence was working on his solo album and trying to develop a film career. Although being away from home gave him freedom, he missed his family and fretted. He returned whenever he could, but by summer 1997 his mind was growing vulnerable.

In September Yates was planning to get back to court to try to overturn the property settlement she had reached with Geldof. “I really wanted her to,” says Fairley, who believed a sympathetic judge would order a new settlement, “But it was taking such a toll on Michael. He felt fantastically guilty that she was going through all this while he was away on tour. He felt completely powerless in the whole thing and it really got him. He hated the fact that she was suffering this, and he hated the fact that she would have to go to court again.”

There is no point asking what went on in the courts for Bob and Paula because the law says it cannot be reported. But the scale the conflict was taking on Michael’s mind can be seen in what each side was saying about the other. Paula’s people claimed Bob didn’t really want more time with his children, and that the aim of his maneuvers was to cause maximum disruption to the Yates-Hutchence household. They speak of deliberate prevarications and changes of mind. Those close to Bob say that Michael and Paula were drug users who could not be left in charge of youngsters, and that something had to be done. And that by the end, they lived in a world of paranoid fantasy. It is impossible to know what is true.

When the album Elegantly Wasted pushed Hutchence into a series of promotional interviews, he tried to communicate the pain and confusion he was experiencing. It made for good copy, but in Britain reviews for the album and for INXS’ performances were mixed. By this stage one could no longer distinguish between bad notices and personal attacks.

From time to time he would deliver a monologue. “Basically it was, why wouldn’t Geldof leave them alone?” Andy Gill says, who co-wrote Michael’s solo album and spent extended periods with him in France and London, witnessing the change in Michael’s attitude to his domestic problems. “He was being, oh, victimized by Geldof, and he also felt that the British media were against them: against Paula, against him. And he would quote things: ‘Did you see what they said in such and such and such last week? They called Paula this and that and the other’ – and it genuinely hurt him. After years in the public eye, he’d never come across the kind of vicious personal attacks that the British press is good at… and he’d just get in a very black mood and sit and get very depressed. Then, once he got out of his system, he’s be casual, happy, like he normally was.”

Michael was usually charming company; unlike many performers, he had no need to be centre stage. He was a listener, trawling conversations for ideas and pieces of knowledge in an endearingly uncritical way. He was easily impressed by, easily gulled. But now he was becoming a person who delivered monologues. When he went into a dark phase, friends would tried to lift him. “This will come to an end,” Gill would say. “The courts will reach a resolution. There will be a turnaround in the way people attack you and Paula in the papers.” “No, there won’t,” Hutchence would answer. “Why would there be an end to it? How is it ever going to end?” As Gill says now, “He was right.”

Being on tour does allow an escape, and at times he fled into older habits. In South Africa, he met a would-be model. He knew her for a matter of hours, but she followed him to London, got a job as a waitress, and described their encounter to the Sunday Mirror, claiming they had had sex, which Michael always denied. The effect of the story on Paula caused him anguish.

You can say that he had only himself to blame, but that’s an easy judgment. “He rang here,” says Mayer, speaking in the flat and music studio she shares with Gill at Tower Bridge. “He was crying so hard you couldn’t make out what he was saying. He started to talk and then he couldn’t get the words out. I had literally 10 minutes of him howling. When he did get the words out, what he kept saying was, ‘It was all so wonderful and they just want to spoil it. They just want to destroy it.’ He kept saying ‘they,’ it wasn’t Bob, ‘they are never going to let us be happy.’ And also, he kept asking me, over and over, how Paula was going to survive everything. He was so worried about her by that stage. I think that’s very much where the final slide was starting, the summer before he died. He was very, very worried about how much the strain was going to tell on Paula.”

Josephine Fairley recalls similar conversations, “He was going, ‘Don’t let my family break up. Don’t let them break up my family,” she says, explaining that by now “my family” meant all four children.

Hutchence knew Mayer had a demanding job as the London correspondent for a German magazine. But after coming off the telephone from Paula, he would regularly ask her to stop what she was doing and drive to Chelsea, as he was in another country and worried. He made similar demands of Fairley and another friend of Paula’s, Belinda Brewin. His instincts were rights. One day in September, Paula, who was not used to alcohol, swallowed enough Bailey’s and Valium to kill herself. Bob was in Ireland when his mobile rang: it was one of the girls saying “Mummy is unconscious on the carpet.” The attempted suicide was intended as a message to Bob. The person it really frightened was Michael.

And so the walls closed in. He hated being in England, mainly because of the press. He loved Paula, and didn’t want to live without her. He thought she was going to kill herself and felt powerless to save her. Like the Princess of Wales, with whom he identified, he thought their only chance of peace was to move abroad. Paula had talked of living in Australia for more than a year, since before the drug bust. But Michael knew that he could never ask her to choose between him and the children. They would have to come, which he wanted in any case. That depended on Bob. And Bob was a father too.

If you doubt Michael’s commitment to his family, listen to his manager, Martha Troup, to whom he was like a son. It was on her machine that Michael left the final, despairing message cried by the coroner, “Martha, Michael here. I f***** had enough.” On his fateful trip to Los Angeles and then Australia, they spoke twice a day until he died.

He was embarrassing, she says, like being a first time mother. Last year she went with him to more than 50 film meetings. None passed without a mention of Paula and Tiger. He was supposed to be seeking Hollywood roles. Troup got used to kicking him under the table. “Oh man,” she says, “We were at a table last February, a big boardroom, the heads of Polygram and all were there, and he takes out this clock with a picture of Tiger on it and says ‘You want to see?’ and every person had to pass the clock round with the picture of Tiger. I was sitting there, talking about big budgets and thinking, “He is showing a clock!” In one of the last film meetings we had, this guy had these great toys on his desk. So he goes, “Listen , I have this daughter, Peaches….”

And then, last autumn, Michael suddenly got dangerously optimistic. The INXS tour was coming to an end. He would be able to work outside the band again. He would finish his solo album and spend time in America, where his mother says he had two girlfriends (a point she made to Paula during an emotional exchange after Michael died.) His film meetings were paying off. Quentin Tarantino wanted him for a project, as did other big names. But first, he and Paula planned a trip to Sydney, lasting at least three months.

Paula had worked lined up for the first time in two years; they would arrange school for Pixie and a private tutor for Peaches, and send the girls back to Bob for Christmas. Fifi would stay at her boarding school. And they got the idea into their heads that Bob had consented. They believed it was going to happen. Perhaps they even hoped to get the three girls settled and to make the move permanent. But Bob changed his mind – partly because he’s a father too, and he was frightened he was going to lose them. He said no. Paula took him back to court.

You probably know someone who has suffered an injustice. The obsession takes over their lives. Michael Hutchence suffered rough justice, at the least, and was ill equipped to cope with it. Paula’s friends are adamant that Bob did behave badly, trying to disturb the household of his wife and the man she loved; but perhaps there are no true villains in this story. Even Agar, who says much that seems improbable and who sees herself as working on Bob’s behalf, believes she is doing what is right. She did not murder her nanny, as the inner circle wondered, by the way. Although 23, Agar’s nanny died of natural causes. But it was unfortunate for Michael that she and Paula ever met at the school gates.

In the end, we should hold on to this. Michael Hutchence really loved Paula Yates, and was extremely proud of Tiger. He would have married her and soon; two friends confirm he said so. Although at times he needed to escape, he was trying to create a family with his partner and the Geldof girls. What stopped him? In Greek tragedy, the end is brought about in part by the flaws of the hero. Everyone in this story is flawed, as everyone is human. Michael’s flaw was that he could not rise above the hostilities. It is a tragedy for all of them.

The last time Troup spoke to her star was at 1am Sydney time. He was in his hotel room with Kym Wilson, an actress with whom he once had a fling, and her boyfriend, Andrew Rayment. “He came back from dinner with his dad,” says Troup, who, like several others in this story, is making an exception to her normal policy of refusing to talk about Michael. “I called him up and said, ‘Hey’ and he goes ‘Martha,’ and he was in a brilliant mood, a very good mood, happy. You could tell he was drinking. And he said, ‘I’m here with some film people,’ and I said, ‘Film people?!’ “You know, always the mother. And he was just laughing and he goes, ‘No, no, no.’” “When you spend day in and day out with someone, you know what ‘no, no, no’ meant. Like ‘No, Martha, this is not a thing with a woman, I am with a couple’ and then we started talking about Quentin’s movie…” But Michael was also very nervous. He was waiting for the outcome of the court hearing. The couple were with him for nearly six hours, drinking vodka, beer, champagne and daiquiris. He wanted them to stay longer, in case the news from London was bad. But by 4.30 am Rayment was falling asleep at the foot of the bed. “Michael just looked at him,” Wilson says. “He looked at me trying to keep up the conversation, and said, “Oh, look, you two go home.” They did. They would wake up to the news that he was dead.

In London, the court was unable to hear the case, which was adjourned until the week before Christmas. The result was that the family that meant so much to Michael would not be coming. When Paula told him soon after 5 am, he howled. (She used the same word as Mayer.) He said he would ring Bob, and beg him to let the children go, doing so at 5.30. When that conversation made no difference – it was the courts that were refusing to let the children leave, said Bob, a fact Michael may not have realized. He was probably hit afresh by the belief he had expressed to Andy Gill: that there was no escape, it would never end, nothing was ever going to change.

Only one person knows what was said in that telephone call, although a second, the resident of the room next door to suite 524, was woken by Michael’s shouting. Bob will never talk publicly about Michael and Paula. But in private conversation he is willing to relate what was said, doing so in the singer’s accent and mimicking his soft voice; if what he says is true, the call turned bizarre. Michael would go off on tangential flights as Bob, feeling like Peter Mandelson, tried to keep him “on message,” returning him to the facts of the case: that it was they who had made the court application, that it was now out of his hands, there was nothing he could do.

One line, which Michael may or may not have spoken, sticks in the mind. “Your f****ing children hate you man, I’m their father, little man, when are you going to realize that.” The conversation lasted 20 minutes. Then Fifi, the eldest of the Geldof girls, got off her school bus on the Embankment, and ran up to hug her father hello. “Michael?” said Bob into his mobile, “Fifi is here, I’ve got to go.” There was no goodbye: the line was already dead.

Hutchence rang Troup and left his message. Later, he left a short series of calls on answering machines. This time, his voice was different: it was slow and deep. Hutchence made his last call, to an ex-girlfriend, Michelle Bennett, at 9.54.

He cried down the phone. Bennett said she would come to the hotel straight away. When she knocked on the door, there was no answer.

Nobody can know exactly what happened in suite 524. Paula needs to believe it was a sexual experiment because Michael would never have left his Tiger. There is no evidence either way. (The ‘certain information’ she refers to in interviews does not exist, as she acknowledged in quiet moments.) Among the few who knew the singer well, there is a majority for accepting that it was suicide.

“All they wanted was to be listened to by one person,” Fairley says. “They felt so victimized. They wanted somebody to listen to the other side of the story and not leap to conclusions. And they wanted some of their friends to stand up and speak out and be counted. That’s all they wanted. Just somebody to listen and believe them.”

In Britain, the newspapers reported that Michael Hutchence had died in a sex game, after an orgy of drink and drugs. The likely truth is sadder. Like many people with a difficult early life, he wanted the best for his children, his natural daughter Tiger and the Geldof girls. He wanted to protect Paula and make everything all right for her. But at the end, he was obsessively locked in another conflict. He was always uncertain about his talents. Early one morning last November, after waiting nervously for news from London, he came to an inescapable conclusion.

That he had failed.