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It was the pop craze that lit up the 70s with a garish glow. But now Gary Glitter has stepped out of the definitive glam rock story for the benefit of Noël Coward. Once ridiculed as a teeny-bopper fad, the glam era is now rehabilitated with the release of a five-CD compilation and a 100-page …

As guitarist for Mott the Hoople, Mick Ralphs’ incisive guitar lines helped define the sound of 1970s rock, most notably on their enduring hit All The Young Dudes, written by David Bowie. Despite this, he was a laggard on the guitar, he explains. “I actually didn’t start playing until I was 18 because music when …