Manic Street Preachers

In the first part of our exclusive interview with Stu Bennet aka Wade Barratt, we learned that not only does he have one
Anyone taking a casual look at the coverage the Stones gig is receiving in the British press would be forgiven for thinking they have broken new ground with their Cuban show. They haven't. The Manic Street Preachers did in 2001.
After reading and watching so much about it over the years it doesn't feel real until you're physically there, amid the bleak smokestacks and barbed-wire fences sprawled over hundreds of acres of barren land.
In an age when social media reigns supreme and our celebrities are subjected to having their nude, private photographs gleefully circulated online without their permission, it is important to be reminded that, once upon a time, some public figures were beyond the public's grasp. This separation allowed space for stories to emerge and idols to be born.
As the Manic Street Preachers ready themselves to release their new album Rewind The Film, on September 16, I had the chance to catch up with bass player, lyricist and unofficial band spokesman Nicky Wire at BBC Radio 2 live in Hyde Park.
It's a minefield when it comes to choosing the soundscape to your party conference. Do you go for chest-thumping patriotism
The Manic Street Preachers are said to be taking legal action against the English Defence League for using one of their hit
The press chose sides and bands featured in one mag would not be featured in another. Bands were tainted. Crossover between tribes was small. The Manic Street Preachers tried to play both sides of the fence. "We did have a plan," Nicky Wire told me: "We wanted to be in Kerrang! and the NME."
On 4 January 1960 Albert Camus, the writer, absurdist philosopher and beloved intellectual pin-up of post-war France, was returning to Paris from his home in Provence after the Christmas holiday. Just short of his destination, the Facel Vega in which he was a passenger skidded off the road and concertinaed into a tree, killing him instantly.
Before their guitarist suddenly disappeared and left a gaping hole in their lineup, before their Design for Life made them one of the UK's most successful bands, the Manic Street Preachers had already carved their mark as an antidote to the Britpop they despised. Here's how...