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The 20 best music documentaries ranked!

We rate the best films on the music scene down the decades, from Bob Dylan to Blur, Anvil to Amy Winehouse 20. Starshaped (1993) This catches Blur on the brink of the Britpop explosion, looking keen but confused, and often the worse for wear. Car-crash highlights include Damon Albarn falling off a speaker and John Read more »

A rare interview with Comme des Garons designer Rei Kawakubo

High-concept, high-fashion and radical, designer Kawakubo is considered the queen of fashion. Jess Cartner-Morley meets the designer at her headquarters in Paris I am not here to ask Rei Kawakubo about clothes, because she no longer makes them, though this hasnt stopped her continuing to be probably the most important fashion designer in the world. Read more »

Mel B is watching flashing lights to help with trauma. But does EMDR therapy really work?

The singer is trying it, and while it was once controversial, it now has NHS approval. What is Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing, and how does it compare to CBT? In late 2016, Ben had a breakdown, triggered by someone getting too close to him on a crowded train. It brought on vivid flashbacks of Read more »

The limits of reason: Philip Pullman on why we believe in magic

The world of magic defies rational explanation, but beware dismissing it as nonsense. Like religious experience and poetry, it is a crucial aspect of being human, writes the Dark Materials author A new exhibition at the Rationalist Association as a supporter, and at the same time I think this exhibition is full of illuminating things, Read more »

Wellness: just expensive hype, or worth the cost?

From superfoods to yoga, this 500bn-plus global industry often comes at a high price Exhausted from working 15-hour days running her own marketing agency in London, Jo Millers evenings would consist of a cocktail of takeaways, Ubers and impulse purchases. Id end up spending 100 at Waitrose, grabbing a takeaway or going out for dinner Read more »

Macallan distillery review whisky and spectacle galore

Macallans new 140m distillery and visitor centre, by Richard Rogers and co, is a suitably subtle blend of hi-tech and theatre designed to put the beautiful business of whisky production centre stage In 2014, Sothebys Hong Kong sold Macallans Speyside home in quest of the limited release of a 495 bottle of whisky. Some of them Read more »

Louder than bombs: my journey in war and music

In this extract from his new book, Ed Vulliamy reflects on his life as a war correspondent and how music from Sarajevo to the Paris attacks can reveal truths when words fail Sarajevo, August 1993 The day before my 39th birthday, I was reporting on what came to be called the Dobrinja water-queue massacre in Read more »

Why Instagrams outfit of the day hashtag is bad for fashion and bad for the soul

There are already 2m of these posts, which showcase new outfits. The snap and send back culture is risky, warns activist Caryn Franklin Almost one in 10 Britons say they buy clothes online just to post an image on social media, before sending them back immediately for a refund; among those aged 35 to 44, Read more »

Magical thinking about machine learning wont bring the reality of AI any closer | John Naughton

Unchecked flaws in algorithms, and even the technology itself, should put a brake on the escalating use of big data Any sufficiently advanced technology, wrote the sci-fi eminence grise Arthur C Clarke, is indistinguishable from magic. This quotation, endlessly recycled by tech boosters, is possibly the most pernicious utterance Clarke ever made because it encourages Read more »

Behemoth, bully, thief: how the English language is taking over the planet

The long read: No language in history has dominated the world quite like English does today. Is there any point in resisting? On 16 May, a lawyer named Aaron Schlossberg was in a New York cafe when he heard several members of staff speaking Spanish. He reacted with immediate fury, threatening to call US Immigration Read more »