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One of the highlight’s of Glastonbury 2010 was the secret gig performed by Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood at the Park Stage on Friday evening.

Here is a recording of their performance that evening of one of the standout tracks from In Rainbows; Weird Fishes/Arpeggi.  If the gig itself wasn’t enough I had a really nice chat with Michael Eavis about the excellent sunny weather just before Yorke and Greenwood came on stage.

Malcolm McLaren, the godfather of punk rock  has died in Switzerland aged 64, from mesothelioma, a rare fom of cancer.  He had been suffering from the disease “for some time, but recently had been full of health, which then rapidly deteriorated” said his spokesman Les Molloy.

McLaren achieved notoriety as the sharp-witted, acid tongued, manager of the Sex Pistols.  McLaren claimed in the film, The Great Rock ‘n’ Roll Swindle that he master minded the entire road to fame of punk’s trail blazers.   He was born in North London, and married Vivienne Westwood with whom he opened a clothes shop on the King’s Road called ‘Let it Rock’ later renamed SEX.  He fought bitterly with Johnny Rotten over the rights to the ‘Sex Pistols’, name and the pair did not speak in the 10 years before McLaren’s death.

It’s cool to slag off the Mercury awards, and the winners.  Today on the morning after the night before, the media made much of the Gomez factor and the unfulfilled promise of several of the Mercury winners. Well so effing what. Speech Debelle may not be everybody’s cup of hip hop but she won and that’s a fact.

What is truly brilliant about the Mercury Awards is that it raises the profile of a range of artists.   Speech had only sold 3000 albums before the event but now the world opens up to her music and vice versa.  My discovery of the year via Mercury was The Invisible.  The fact they didn’t win means nothing to me.  They are a class act and a playlist fixture  from now on.  It would be cheesy to big up The Mercury Awards for making The Invisible, visible.  So I won’t do that. No I won’t.

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