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Thursday 07 January 2010

On today's Strand a review of 'Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll' the new biopic of the English singer Ian Dury. We take a look at Jonathan Lethem's new book 'Chronic City' and The Strand hears some of the latest and grooviest sounds with DJ Rita Ray in a global music round up.

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  • Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

    Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

    We review the new biopic of the English singer Ian Dury. With his band the Blockheads, Dury had a string of hits during the late '70's and early '80s with songs such as Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, What a Waste and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. He cut a colour figure on the music scene of the time with his distinctive look, quirky lyrics and word play, explosive behaviour, and live shows which incorporated elements of vaudeville and music hall.

  • Jonathan Lethem

    Jonathan Lethem

    Jonathan Lethem's new book Chronic City has been hailed by the critics as "stunning" and "brilliant". On The Strand he discusses his story of an alternative reality Manhattan where a bizarre fog is engulfing Wall Street, a character is stranded aboard a Space Station and a Tiger is prowling the streets.

  • Global Music Round Up

    Global Music Round Up

    The Strand looks at some of the latest and grooviest sounds with DJ Rita Ray. Music from:



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