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IAN McLAGAN: The (Small) Faces’ Hammond hero holds forth to Mark Paytress on lost millions, Stones epiphanies, Howlin’ Wolf, Don Arden’s meal ticket and keeping a key under the mat for Rod.
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DAVID BOWIE: It may be the Dame’s most important transformation, from bubble-haired pop also-ran to pre-Raphaelite songwriter of Changes, Kooks, Oh! You Pretty Things and Life On Mars? Bowie biographer Paul Trynka loses himself in Hunky Dory.
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TOOTS & THE MAYTALS: False imprisonment could have ended their career. Instead it revitalised them as the soul-influenced sound of ’70s reggae. David Katz talks to Toots Hibbert about the triumphs, defeats, rip-offs and returns of reggae’s funky kings.
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