How we made Quadrophenia, by Phil Daniels and Leslie Ash

Riding the scooter along the clifftop at Beachy Head, I got too close and fell off Phil Daniels, played Jimmy I wasnt well when I went for the auditions at Shepperton Studios in Surrey. Id been in South Africa filming Beachy Head. Riding along the clifftop, I got a lot closer to the edge than I was meant to and fell off the scooter a couple of times. I remember the first assistant director, Ray Corbett, telling me: Listen, its the third day. If you fell off that cliff, dyou know what would have happened? They would have recast you tomorrow. Jimmys not a hero, hes just a normal boy next door, and thats what makes him work. He ultimately …

Muscle Shoals co-founder Jimmy Johnson dies aged 76

The musician and producer worked on recordings by Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones and George Michael Jimmy Johnson, co-founder of the celebrated Aretha Franklins Respect, has died age 76. His son Jay Johnson said he died on Thursday; the cause of death was not disclosed. Johnson and his bandmates in the Swampers founded the studio in Sheffield, Alabama, in 1969, after leaving the employ of Rick Hall and his nearby Fame studios. They were the first group of musicians to own a studio and later run their own publishing and production arms. As the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, guitarist Johnson, keyboard player Barry Beckett, drummer Roger Hawkins and bassist David Hood performed on hundreds of recordings, including albums by Franklin, …

British musicians and baby daughter killed in Swiss plane crash

Jonathan and Hannah Goldstein and baby were in light aircraft thought to be flying to Italy Two leading British musicians and their baby daughter have been killed in a plane crash in the Swiss Alps. The award-winning composer Jonathan Goldstein, his wife, Hannah, a prominent saxophonist, and seven-month-old Saskia were believed to have been on their way to Italy when the plane they were travelling in crashed at the weekend. A family spokesman said: We are all devastated by the news of Jonathan, Hannah and Saskias deaths. We loved them all so very much. They were so happy together and we will miss them terribly. We would ask the media to respect the familys privacy at this extremely difficult time. …

And the loser is … when award show hosts tank on stage

The backlash surrounding comedian Sebastian Maniscalcos performance as VMAs host puts him in good, or rather bad, company While MTV is no longer the vanguard of youth culture, the channel has gone to great lengths to keep their annual flagship event, the Video Music Awards, reflective of and subservient to young audiences. Which made it so baffling when they announced that this years ceremony, which aired this past Mondays night, would be hosted by stand-up comedian Sebastian Maniscalco. Though Maniscalcos rise to fame over the last year has made him arguably the biggest name in comedy at the moment, hes also a Gen-Xer whose material is aimed directly at members of his and his parents generation making him an odd …

Miley Cyrus: I was fired from Hotel Transylvania over penis cake photos

Actor-singer says Sony let her go from family animation after seeing images of her licking a phallic gateau bought for her then-boyfriend Liam Hemsworth Miley Cyrus claims she was fired from childrens animation Hotel Transylvania after posing with a penis-shaped cake purchased for her then-boyfriends birthday. Listing a series of her lowest points on Twitter on Thursday, Cyrus who started her career as a Disney Channel star said she was kicked off Hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake and licking it. Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) I got kicked off hotel Transylvania for buying Liam a penis cake for his birthday and licking it. comedian Sarah Silverman spoke about being fired from a recent film the night before shooting …

Teenage Fanclub: how we made Bandwagonesque

I was on the phone to lawyers and labels in New York while still living in a council flat and unable to afford the bus fare to rehearsals Norman Blake, vocals, guitar What was our life like back in 1991? Impoverished! But when youre young thats fine. Wed take the mattress out of my bedroom, stick it in the back of a rental van and off wed go on tour. Bandwagonesque captures that spirit. There werent many people at the time making melodic pop records that were kind of sloppy too. The vocals arent brilliant, the playings all right its not been tidied up like a lot of records are these days. It captures young people trying to find their …

‘The show needed to come back’: how Drake rescued the druglords of Top Boy

It was Britains answer to The Wire. But the gang drama was dead until the rapper stepped in and pitched it to Netflix. Its stars and writer talk grime, gentrification and Boris Johnsons Britain I told them I was on my way out to meet some singer called Drake, says writer Drake was a fan of Top Boy, Bennetts Channel 4 drama about the lives of drug dealers and residents on a fictional Hackney estate called Summerhouse. He had been recommended it while on tour and loved it so much, he began posting stills from the show on Instagram with clumsy attempts at London slang (real bod man). When he found out it had been cancelled, he decided to bring …

Peaches on her post-human sex toy art show: ‘It’s disturbing but a lot of fun’

The pop provocateur has created an artwork in which an army of fleshies, or masturbation devices, seek sexual liberation. She talks us through its deeper meanings Best known for her vagina bodysuits and sexually charged lyrics, Peaches seems an unlikely art-world darling. But in 2007, the French artist Sophie Calle asked the electropunk queen to respond, in the form of a song, to a breakup email Calle had received. The work was one of 100 that appeared in Calles show Cut Piece, letting audience members snip away at the singers clothes until they had entirely gone. Now, 20 years after unleashing her sex-positive signature song Fuck the Pain Away, Peaches finally has an exhibition of her own. I was like, …

‘It felt like a wonderful dream’ DA Pennebaker on making Monterey Pop

In a final, previously unpublished Guardian interview, the late great documentarian looks back at his groundbreaking film with Lou Adler, the legendary music festivals promoter Lou Adler, promoter and producer In 1967 there was a meeting at John Phillips of the Mamas and the Papas. He said: Why dont we do a festival, add more days, and get the acts to play for nothing? This was a chance to elevate how rocknroll was thought of. We had six weeks. Without Berry Gordy understood what we were doing. You had to really buy into it if your acts werent going to get paid. Not on my network Hendrix on stage at the festival in June 1967. Photograph: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images …

Mark Mawstons best photograph: Yoko Ono’s electrifying power

She came on stage with a black silk bag over her head and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures I took this shot of Yoko Ono 14 years ago, in 2005 at bagism a practice she and Lennon engaged in as a way to deindividualise speakers and emphasise their message by wearing a nondescript bag over their heads. So she came out with this black silk bag obscuring her vision, and walked straight into the mic stand. It didnt ruin anything though. The crowd were in raptures. In a split second when I managed to take my eyes off her, I realised that Sean Lennon, her and Johns son, was …

Noel Gallagher: I liked my mum until she gave birth to Liam

Jeremy Corbyn, the climate crisis, nuclear war and feminism: the former Oasis songwriter has opinions to burn. But its all a bit of a laugh until it gets to his younger brother This, says Noel Gallagher, nodding towards my dictaphone, is going to end in trouble. It always does. Well, lets hope so! An hour spent in Gallaghers company is thrillingly unfiltered territory. Interviews are an occupational hazard, he says, settling down with a cup of tea. But thats because theyre such weird situations. Youre sat in a room with some guy from Stockholm who youve never met and hes asking you about your mum. Its fucking preposterous. Because the honest answer to that is: Whats it got to do …

Philip Pococks best photograph: Miriam the Berlin punk and her rat Bestia

The punks were sceptical of my presence. One guy even headbutted me. In retrospect, I think it was a sign of acceptance I was in my mid-20s when Cornell Capa, director of the International Center of Photography in New York, recommended me for a job documenting life in the American sector of Berlin while the city was still divided. As a young photographer, I was so nervous. All of these senior German officials were swanning around my studio inspecting my work. I blurted out that I wasnt American, that I was born in Canada, almost like a confession. I felt I had to tell them. They just looked at me quizzically, laughed and started speaking in German. I have no …

Aquaman Director James Wan Is Making Secret Horror Movie

Greetings! Welcome to another edition of The Monitor, WIRED's culture news recap. The Democratic presidential debates occupied a lot of screen time this week, but that doesn’t mean nothing has been happening in the world of entertainment. Let’s dive in. Aquaman Director James Wan Making Secret Horror Movie First thing's first: Yes, James Wan is still set to direct Aquaman 2. But before he does, he'll be direct what Variety calls "an untitled secret horror project" for New Line. No plot details are known, but it's expected that Wan will cowrite the script and start shooting this fall before moving on to the Aquaman sequel in 2020. Woodstock 50 Is Officially Dead Whoever had July 31 in the Woodstock 50 …

Petula Clark: Elvis angled for a threesome he was raring to go

From child star to superstar, the singer is still performing at 86. She talks about being consoled by John Lennon, her friendship with Karen Carpenter and her close encounter with the King Petula Clark does not like to look back. She does not celebrate birthdays hates nostalgia. So spending several hours in a studio, listening to her early records as she was recently forced to do, for a compilation of songs from her seven-decade career was kind of torture, she says. She affects a groan, eyes rolling beneath their spidery lashes. Clark is among the bestselling British female artists of all time, with one of the largest chart spans of any artist in history. She has been on Desert Island …

Sleater-Kinney: Music has always been the playground of mens sexuality

The feminist punks new album, produced by St Vincent and inspired in part by a Rihanna song, is their most expansive yet. So why did their drummer just quit the band? By now, we know reunion culture is a con. The brief excitement of seeing a favourite band re-form is swiftly tempered by watching them resentfully trot out the hits and confront their mortality. Plus, the past is no longer a novelty but our perpetual groundhog day of recycled franchises and rebooted brands. Which is why Sleater-Kinneys surprise return, in 2015, nine years after they went on hiatus, was so refreshing. Not content to rehash old glories, the feminist punks had a brilliant new album, the riotous, new wavy No …

Harry Styles in talks to play Prince Eric in live-action The Little Mermaid

The ex-One Direction frontman is being touted to star opposite R&B singer Halle Bailey in Disneys new take on the animated romance Harry Styles is in talks to take on the role of Prince Eric in Disneys live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. The former One Direction singer is said to be an early favourite and is currently in discussions with the studio. Styles would star alongside the a user suggested that Styles would make the perfect choice for the character. The Little Mermaid will follow in the footsteps of a long list of mostly successful Disney remakes. This year has seen Guy Ritchies Aladdin make $961m worldwide while Jon Favreaus The Lion King is predicted to take as much …