Listen: BBC radio documentary on the Fender Stratocaster

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David Stafford celebrates the Fender Stratocaster with the help of some of its key players including Hank Marvin, Pink Floyd's David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and Johnny Marr.

Listen: Power pop documentary on BBC radio

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Power Pop fanatic Katie Puckrik sizes up the genre with a bop through its history and highlights. Featuring commentary from Buzzcocks' Steve Diggle and actor Nick Offerman, plus key tunes from the likes of Shoes, Chris Bell, The Shazam and more.

Video: Frank Miller and Klaus Janson - 100 Years of Genius: The Life and Legacy of Will Eisner

New music releases May 12, 2017: Todd Rundgren; Neil Young; Mary Hopkin, more

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Mary Hopkin / Recollections

Neil Young / Official Release Series Discs 5-8

Neil Young / Official Release Series Discs 8.5-12

Paul Weller / A Kind Revolution

Todd Rundgren / White Knight

American Epic: The Collection

Dion / Kickin' Child

Pop Culture Roundup: G.I. Joe; Groot; Peter Blake; John Cleese

The man credited with creating the G.I. Joe action figure has died.
Stanley Weston, a former soldier who got into the advertising business after his draft service in the Army, saw the opportunity to pitch a boy-oriented doll line to Hasbro in the wake of Mattel’s groundbreaking success with Barbie in the early 1960s. Drawing on his own history in national service, Weston came to the toymaker with the idea for G.I.Joe, a line of military-based dolls with more poseability than Mattel’s Barbie and Ken dolls, to better use the troves of weaponry and other tools they would come bundled with.


The history of Groot, from Marvel monster to adorable movie character.


John Cleese is appearing in  series for five podcasts from BBC Radio 4.


See a series of alphabet prints by pop artist Peter Blake, creator of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper LP cover.