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Darby Crash: saint anger

As the lead singer of The Germs, Darby Crash was by far the most feral figure in LA's legendary mid-late 70s punk scene. But despite a suitably rock’n’roll suicide at 22, fate conspired to obscure his fame

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The woman who created hip hop

Number one in the US charts by the age of 16, writing hits for Ike and Tina by 26 and producer of one of the the first ever disco singles aged 40. And all that before Sylvia Robinson created the billion dollar industry we call hip hop

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Novel Approach: Peter Owen

Few people can claim to have published Henry Miller, Salvador Dali and Anais Nin in their lifetime. But renegade bookworm Peter Owen can – and he did it all from his kitchen table

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Dapper Dan: natural born hustler

Dapper Dan took 80s Harlem hustler style into the mainstream, pimping out everyone from LL Cool J to Mike Tyson with his glamorous garms. He tells us how he redefined high fashion for the streets