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How I Shot The Iconic Cover To NWA's 'Straight Outta Compton'

The cover to NWA’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’ helped set the tone for the most important, blistering and downright essential gangster rap album of all time. Featuring all six members of the "the world’s most dangerous group" as towering figures, with scowls etched across their faces as leader Eazy-E points a pistol directly at the camera, it summarised an angry, rebellious record the rang loudly through South Central Los Angeles’ African-American communities, bottling a disenchantment that would boil over a few years later with the LA Riots.

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Soundtrack Of My Life: Giorgio Moroder On Loving Rihanna And Nearly Producing The Rolling Stones

Over his illustrious, 50-year career, 75-year-old Italian dance pioneer Giorgio Moroder has done more for disco than almost any other. Credited with essentially inventing synth disco, Moroder was the man behind many of Donna Summers' iconic hits including 'I Feel Love' and also co-wrote tracks with Blondie, Bowie and countless other heroes. More recently, Moroder has re-emerged in the limelight with a guest spot on Daft Punk's recent LP 'Random Access Memories', telling his life story on 'Giorgio By Moroder'. Here, he tells NME about the tracks that have shaped his career, from getting into Elvis to becoming obsessed with Rihanna...

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8 Famous Clashes Between Musicians And Security Guards At Gigs

Spare a thought for the guy who had to lug Damon Albarn offstage at Roskilde in Denmark this weekend. Poor dude probably thought he'd be home by midnight - just another day at the office. Instead the Blur frontman, bringing his Africa Express project to the festival, was in such high spirits, he didn't stop playing till 4am, stretching his set to a marathon five hours. It all came to a head at when, in a mini-referendum, he started singing The Clash’s ‘Should I Stay Or Should I Go’. The crowd cheered for the former, but Roskilde’s security chose the latter and ended up literally carrying him offstage. Here's some other musicians who ended up on the wrong side of security guards at gigs...

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Get To Know Hippo Campus, The Minnesota Braniacs Taking Inspiration From Brit Cult-Rock

The hippocampus is the seahorse-shaped part of your brain that processes long- and short- term memory. You can expect Hippo Campus, four young scamps from Minnesota, to be taking up residence in it very soon. But that’s just a coincidence. “Nathan [Stocker, guitarist] was in psychology class and saw the word in one of his textbooks,” laughs frontman Jake Luppen. “Honestly, it was just the least-worst band name we could think of.”

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Mumford And Sons' Rockier New Sound Has Transformed Them As A Live Band

It’s a couple of hours before Mumford and Sons take to the stage at Open’er Festival in Gdynia, in the north of Poland, and Marcus Mumford is ruminating on how well the songs on new The National-influenced album ‘Wilder Mind’ have slotted into their well-oiled festival folk set. “I definitely think it’s taken us up to about now to figure it out,” he admits. He says the band have essentially been trying to ‘put two sets together’, by combining the exuberant hoedown that served them so well at Glastonbury in 2013 with the more conventional rock sound they debuted at a series of club shows earlier this year. “That was just warming them up live, really,” grins Mumford. “It was a sort of ‘fluffing’ tour.”

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