John Harris

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Sleaford Mods: ‘Most days I’d only have enough money for a Mars bar and a can of Special Brew’

They may be the gobbiest band in the UK just ask Miles Kane but there’s a political fury behind their angry missives
Jason Williamson decides the best place for our interview is a central Nottingham branch of Caffè Nero, where we start talking about the kind of music perhaps a little too soaked in classicism and pastiche for its own good. There follows a brief exchange about Miles Kane, the Wirral-born, Arctic Monkeys-associated,…

The third Scotland won’t be denied – whatever the referendum result | John Harris

Outside Scotland’s two dominant parties a group of radical young voices is blazing a trail for a fresh kind of left politics
The session is titled Seven minutes to Yes. Seven supporters of the organisation Women for Independence take 420 seconds each to explain why they will be voting yes in September’s referendum, by talking not just about politics and ideals but about their own personal stories.
What follows is often very moving:…

Crowdsurfing in the Left Field: politics and debate thrive at Glastonbury

Billy Bragg led a massed tribute to Tony Benn and the stage witnessed its first-ever crowdsurf. It was a vintage year in Glastonbury’s dedicated arena for discussion and dissent
White-hot debate may have raged about the booking of Metallica, but elsewhere at Glastonbury, there was equally passionate discussion focused on things that may be almost as important: politics, history, the good society all that stuff. Debate is one specialism of Billy Bragg’s long-established Left…

Manic Street Preachers: Eurostars find a new strasse

The Manic Street Preachers are going to Glastonbury with a new album, Futurology, that’s full of European influences, from Russian avant-garde and Krautrock to early Simple Minds
See all our Glastonbury 2014 coverage here
It’s a wet weekday night in Brussels. Blacked-out cars are criss-crossing the city as European leaders gather for what amounts to a post-election crisis summit. Nigel Farage will soon be in town, to meet the Italian comedian-turned-politician

American Interior review a Super Furry Animal heads for the frontier

Gruff Rhys traces an American journey taken by one of his relatives in a book that brims with verve and fascination
The Welsh band Super Furry Animals released their first single in 1996, when the surrounding culture was dominated by so-called Britpop. The song on its A-side was titled "Hometown Unicorn", and by way of indicating that its creators had slightly more adventurous things in mind, it mentioned Franck Fontaine, a Parisian suburbanite…

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