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Arts+Culture Longread

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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Fashion Longread

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

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Paul Nelson: word perfect

Before turning his back on journalism, Paul Nelson helped Bowie, Dylan, and Cohen on their way to the big time. In 2006 he starved himself to death, his press clippings and record collection the only witnesses