... and four other things you should know about this week, including Monsters in the Middle East, spies in the Seventies and a Rolling Stone in delicate knitwearMore
Blur’s Damon Albarn and Graham Coxon are one of the great musical love affairs of the 20th – and now 21st – centuries. Like all good creative collaborators it has not been without serious friction, and the band went their separate ways in 2003 before reuniting six years ago. But now they’re mates again, and what’s more they’ve recorded one of their perkiest albums in age (and their first full album for 12 years, in fact).
It reaps the benefits of Albarn’s magpie ear, Coxon’s jittery energy and sounds like a band who are up for revisiting and celebrating some of the earlier innovations while also sounding like they’ve got a lot of new territory to tread.
Out today, blur.co.uk
Image by Linda Brownlee
We’re not sure what kind of diary you kept when you were in your teens, but chances are it didn’t document your time in one of Britain’s most beloved rock bands of the Sixties as Ronnie Wood’s does – and that’s before he even joined the Rolling Stones.
How Can It Be? A Rock & Roll Diary, which is published in June, is a facsimile of the diary 17-year-old Ronnie Wood kept in 1965 when he was in The Birds, which has been annotated by 67-year-old Ronnie Wood in extended asides. Pre-empting its publication is this reader event in London in which Wood will be interviewed by BBC presenter Bob Harris. We’re hoping he’ll also be wearing the fetching yellow sweater pictured above.
8pm, Wednesday, Ambassadors Theatre, West Street, WC2H, ronniewood.ambassadorstheatre.london
Image by Ross Halfin, copyright Genesis Publications