Duran Duran bassist John Taylor has just released a book about his life in music. Titled In The Pleasure Groove: Love, Death and Duran Duran, he writes openly about the early years, his musical influences, relationships, his battle with booze and drugs and coming back from the brink of self-destruction.
They have sold more than 80 million records worldwide and still have a hold over their devoted fans who supported their most recent album All You Need Is Now making it number one in 15 countries.
Duran Duran head back into the studio next year with Mark Ronson to begin a 14th studio album. I met up with John Taylor to find out more about how he approached the book.
Yannis Philippakis from Oxford band Foals took part in a concert with 100 electric guitarists playing music by American composer Rhys Chatham.
The performance of his large-scale work A Crimson Grail took place in Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral at 7.30pm on 14 September and guitarists from all over the UK and further afield came together to be involved.
Rhys Chatham is best known for his guitar orchestras and has worked with artists including Philip Glass, Sonic Youth and Robert Fripp of King Crimson.
This will mark the opening of the Liverpool Biennial, which is the UK Biennial of Contemporary Art, the largest international contemporary art festival in the UK.
Here, Foals frontman Yannis tells yours truly what attracted him to getting involved with this project.
Here is one of the recent Secret Sessions I presented with the extraordinarily talented Natalie Duncan. It went up when I was away on my holibobs so I missed it. Well worth a posting. HER VOICE!
The twelve Mercury Music Prize nominees have been announced and you can hear from one of the acts in the running, London singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, as she speaks to me at 6 Music News about her journey from being a backing singer for Jack Penate to releasing her acclaimed debut album Devotion.