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GRIME RATENick Hasted befriends rising star Dizzee Rascal (Independent, 2003) and Ian Gittins meets da boy six years later (Wonderland, 2009). Plus MOJO's Lloyd Bradley reports on Dizzee and other exponents of London's Grime explosion in 2004…

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WHEN HE WAS FAB — The very Fabulous Keith Altham (left) meets Pete Best, the Beatle that got away (Fabulous, 1964), feels emasculated by the newly-engaged Marianne Faithfull (New Musical Express, 1965) and experiences the "extraordinary" Jimi Hendrix (NME, 1967).

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“My first words to Prince were, ‘I’ve got to kiss you for my mother… she loves you and she’s 70 years old!’”

— The mighty Mavis Staples to Paolo Hewitt (NME, 1989)

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