Vinyl revival: is there an environmental cost to record sales?

Many records selling at their highest rate for decades are PVC, which is to be banned in the EU For an event dedicated to the vinyl revival, the setting couldnt be more appropriate. In the mid-70s David Bowie sat in the same wood panelled room of Berlins Meistersaal, recording Low and Heroes. Hed look out on to the nearby GDR watchtower and the joke was that the border guards would be listening in on the recordings, Eduard Meyer, Bowies sound engineer recalls. A little over 40 years on, the big hall by the wall, as Bowie nicknamed it, is full of mostly greying men in suits discussing how to make vinyl great again. There are sessions on everything from the …

‘Punk never dies’: celebrating the revolutionary art of an era

In a new exhibition, the integral work of designers within punk music is placed on centre stage, from badges to posters to album covers When you think of the most memorable figures of punk music, rarely do graphic designers come to mind. Now, the unsung design heroes who defined a raw music movement with cut-and-paste posters are on view at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York. told Rolling Stone that he has no idea what they view as punk art, and so why not? Most collectors collect based on rock music history, but this collection is more sensitive to the graphic design behind it all, said Blauvelt. I wanted to make an exhibit of graphic design, there …

Bananarama: In Stereo review pop duo shimmy into the modern age

Sara Dallin and Keren Woodward update their sound with club bangers and electropop, while not forgetting the gleeful singalong choruses Its been a long time, announce Bananarama at the start of their first album in 10 years, which declares its arrival with a banger. Originally recorded by former Sugababes second departure and with longtime collaborator Ian Masterson co-writing and producing, Bananaramas 11th album doesnt try to recreate their 80s smashes but polishes the sound for todays pop market, swerving between club tracks and electropop a la Kylie. Back in Time does both, their chorus La la la dance music mingling with a vocoder out of Kraftwerks toolbox. The slick, processed pop production means things can get a bit identikit at …

Glastonbury 2019: Killers and the Cure announced as final headliners

US rockers and goth indie heroes take main-stage honours alongside Stormzy, while Janet Jackson confirms first UK show in years the Cure have been announced as the final headliners of the 2019 Glastonbury festival. Brandon Flowers Vegas band will headline on the Saturday, and Robert Smith and co on the Sunday. They join the previously announced headliner Miley Cyrus, among others. Christine and the Queens returns for her second Glastonbury, having provided a flash of European optimism with her debut at the 2016 festival, the day after the UK voted to leave the EU. Quick guide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? Show Hide Who runs the Glastonbury festival? The first “Glastonbury festival” was staged by the then 34-year-old Photograph: Guy …