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Robert Plant, the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, performs in Hamburg, Germany in 1973. Heinrich Klaffs

Plagiarists or innovators? The Led Zeppelin paradox endures

How can a band so slavishly derivative – and sometimes downright plagiaristic – be also considered radically innovative and influential?
Rock and roll legend Chuck Berry performs in 1980. AP Photo

Was Chuck Berry the lone genius he’s made out to be?

In 2000, Berry’s longtime piano player sued him, claiming he never got any credit for songs he had co-written. Even though the case was dismissed, a St. Louis lawyer decided to investigate further.
MC Ren, Dr. Dre, Ice Cube and DJ Yella of NWA pose for a picture onstage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Eduardo Munoz

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a closed shop with a hopeless task

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s recent induction of both Chicago and NWA has sparked a debate about the definition of rock music. But should we be surprised? The Hall is an industry behemoth, not the voice of the people.
From Jesus Christ Superstar to the Pirates of Penzance, Jon English rocked it all. Youtube

Remembering Jon English: a risk-taker with a raspy voice

From Judas Iscariot, to a string of pop hits, to the Pirate King, Jon English defied easy categorisation. With his distinctive gravelly rasp, he straddled TV, stage and the pop charts.

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