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MADMEN ACROSS THE WATER — How America fell in love with Elton John (and Bernie Taupin, right): Harvey Kubernik chronicles Elton's U.S. breakthrough in 1970. PLUS Melody Maker's Richard Williams reports on the former Reg Dwight's storming of the States and Circus' Jacoba Atlas talks to Bernie in the wake of Elt's Troubadour triumph…

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WHO PUT THE PUNKJohn Ingham's Sounds despatches from the punk frontline: "Jonh" introduces rockin' combo the Sex Pistols in April '76 and meets Patti Smith a month later. PLUS the Who Put the Bomp veteran looks back on his life as "Citizen Punk" for Q in 2005…

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