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"Johnny's going, 'You cunt, I've been boxing on the Holloway Road.' I just went, 'Have some of this...' and put one on him." Pete Doherty on scrapping with Johnny Borrell. Photo: James Quinton

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"Our new album is fucking incredible." Razorlight's Johnny Borrell displays the humility we've all come to love. Photo: James Quinton

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"She was doing admin." A spokesperson explains why Amy Winehouse was rushed to hospital, causing her to miss a string of gigs. Least convincing excuse of the year? Photo: Andy Willsher Photo: Andy Willsher

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"Squirrels mean nothing to me. I killed a couple last weekend, actually. They were eating my garden fence." The Fall's Mark E Smith. Photo: PA Photos

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"There's no pride in going out looking like a destitute horse in high heels." Noel Gallagher on Amy Winehouse. Photo: Dean Chalkley

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"If George Bush rode past me on a bike, I'd very happily take a ratchet to the back of his head.". Gallows' Frank Carter gets, er, 'political'. Pic : Tim Cochrane

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"There's nothing quite like running a marathon when you're off your head on E." (The Charlatans' Tim Burgess) Photo: PA Photos

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"Noel [Gallagher] was like 'You know what? No more cocaine!' and I thought, 'If he can do it, everybody else can do it'." Metallica's Lars Ulrich explains how Noel Gallagher inspired him to quit drugs. Photo: Phil Wallis

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"I'm upset because I wrote the song. Oh, I know exactly where it came from. It came [in] the middle of the night, on a piano." Chris Martin responds to accusations by Joe Satriani that Coldplay stole the melody for 'Viva La Vida'. Photo: Tom Oxley

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"Hang in there.". Joe Lean tells fans to be patient after his debut album is pulled at the last minute. Six months on, there's still no sign of it. Pic Guy Eppel

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"It's going to be like getting the A-Team back together for a job. We've got to bust (drummer Dave) Rowntree out of law school." Alex James confirms that Blur will be reforming for live shows. Photo: PA Photos

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"The fact of the matter is that girls, a lot of the time, smell much better than boys. We smell like vanilla. We smell like watermelon. We smell like strawberries. So, duh!" Katy Perry explains the appeal of kissing girls.

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"For those that didn't get the memo my name is Jay-Z and I'm pretty fucking awesome." Jay-Z addresses the Glastonbury crowd shortly after opening with a cover of Oasis' 'Wonderwall', June 28. Photo: PA Photos

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"Drugs are bad. There's a lot of self-delusion. I was in the toilet, a long time ago, with this person when they said, 'I've been clean for nearly 10 years.' And I'm like, 'What do you think we're doing here?'" Lily Allen discusses the perils of cocaine.

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"I've been in surgery after surgery. I have third-degree burns from my feet up to my waist and both hands. I'm just thankful to be alive. I'm just grateful to be here at all." Ex-Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker counts his blessings after surviving a plane crash in South Carolina, September 20. Photo: PA Photos

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"I'm going to retire from the music industry because I'm disgusted by it. It's run by rich white men. Now I'm gonna go to Venezuela and go on [Hugo] Chavez's [Venezuela President] TV show." Jon 'The Reverend' McClure quits music, August 2008. The following month he changed his mind, admitting "I got a bit mental".

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"We are surprised and very happy to have the support of Dr Pepper." Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose responds to Dr. Pepper's offer to provide everyone in America with a free can of soda if the band released 'Chinese Democracy' in 2008 as promised.

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"Everyone's got to eat." Robert Plant comments on rumours that Led Zeppelin are planning a reunion tour without him. Photo: PA Photos

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"I've never been good with music during "sexy time". Although once an ex put on Ravel's 'Bolero' as a joke. What started as a sensuous tease ended up as a sticky, intense crescendo for all involved." Bloc Party's Kele Okereke: too much information. Photo: Tom Oxley Photo: Tom Oxley

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"There should be at least one offensive statue on everyone's mantelpiece." Muse's Matt Bellamy vows to give his Shockwaves NME Award for Best Live Band to his mum as a Mother's Day gift. Photo: Ed Miles

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"It just became un-Libertine." Carl Barat explains why he decided to call time on Dirty Pretty Things. Photo: Joe Plimmer

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"It was scary as hell. I lost half a stone. I couldn't sleep. All those bands that said they were our friends who turned around and said, 'Ah, Glastonbury's over now'." Michael Eavis on the struggle to sell tickets for Glastonbury 2008. In the end, good weather and an acclaimed headline performance from Jay-Z ensured the best Glastonbury in years. Photo: PA Photos

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