The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
Live albums are generally reserved for the most hardened of fans.
This is no exception for this recording from more than 20 years ago, which coincides with the band's reformation and 2012 tour across Britain.
The release has also been put out alongside a live recording of their gig at Brixton Academy and a tokenistic "best of."
But a group as seminal as the Happy Mondays are probably best seen live rather than simply heard, especially as they've now got that most beloved of nutters Bez back in the fold.
Their inimitable sound, coming in the midst of Manchester's acid rave scene and a reaction to the post-punk craze that went before it, is still wonderful even after all these years.
The real test, however, will be what they come up with on their forthcoming album - their first in 20 years. So stop taunting us and get back to work.