British celebrities including Dame Vivienne Westwood, Paloma Faith and Duffy have snapped a series of 'selfies' in support of the launch of a new website, which enables members of the public to ask politicians about fracking. The stars have come together for MyFrackingQuestions.org, an online platform which allows U.K. citizens to ask Minister for Energy Matthew Hancock MP about the controversial gas-extraction method.
In the photos, each celebrity holds up their own question about fracking, with singer Faith asking, "How can you be sure that our health will not be put at risk by fracking? I am concerned about the health risks to the population and the long-term repercussions (of fracking)."
Duffy calls on Hancock to attend a Talk Fracking debate to address the public's concerns, and says, "I would like to call for a National Moratorium. A 'stop the clock’. No more intrusive fracking until we, as a country, can assess whether this is the most sustainable, economic and safest source of energy".
Meanwhile, fashion mogul Westwood, who has previously been outspoken about the shale gas drilling projects in the U.K. and led a group of anti-fracking protesters through the streets of central London earlier this year (Mar14), adds her support for the new website.
A statement from her reads: "MyFrackingQuestions.org is asking the key questions that the public has told us they want answered definitively by the current government. We are acting now to empower the next generation, preventing them from having to deal with the potentially devastating effects of fracking should it go ahead in this country.
"This debate belongs to the British people but, without any solid and reliable information, they cannot take part in this most critical of conversations. Until these questions are answered and until there is open public debate, there can be no social license and no democratic mandate."
Also snapping selfies for the website are Westwood's son Joe Corre, Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie, musician Jools Holland, Olympian Andrew Triggs Hodge, and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell.
MyFrackingQuestions.org is launched in connection with Talk Fracking, a U.K. initiative spearheaded by Westwood, which raises awareness of fracking and government officials' fast-moving plans to introduce it to the country.
Talk Fracking has already found support from over 150 celebrities including Sir Paul McCartney, his daughter Stella, Yoko Ono, Helena Bonham-Carter, Jude Law, Russell Brand, Thom Yorke and Vanessa Redgrave, among others.
Stars including Kate Moss, Courtney Love and Bobby Gillespie have all donned Pussy Riot's signature masks to film a protest video in support of the gay community in Russia. The project in support of Amnesty International features a collection of short films in which a celebrity participant is shown wearing a black balaclava, in the style of the Russian punk stars. At the end of the footage, they pull the mask from their face to reveal their identity.
Moss, Love and Gillespie all filmed clips, along with actor Colton Haynes, models Liberty Ross and Erin O'Connor, and members of the fashion industry including milliner Philip Treacy and designer Gareth Pugh, who helped put the project together with celebrity snapper Nick Knight.
A statement about the project reads, "Pugh and Amnesty International (have joined the) fight against the prejudice and violence directed towards the LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) community in Russia. Pugh and longtime collaborator Nick Knight... asked respected figures from across the fashion community... to demonstrate their opposition to homophobia by participating in striking 20-second short videos."
Russian officials have come under fire in recent months over the country's stance on gay rights and members of all-female rock collective Pussy Riot have been vocal opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
British funnyman Russell Brand has received a further boost in his campaign for a global uprising against democracy after Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie threw his support behind the star. The Get Him to the Greek actor made headlines in his native U.K. last month (Oct13) by branding the country's political set-up unworkable and calling for a revolution to end capitalism.
Now Gillespie has joined singer Morrissey in throwing his weight behind Brand's controversial campaign, telling NME magazine, "Good on Russell. You've got (British Opposition leader) Ed Miliband talking about responsible capitalism - there's no such thing as responsible capitalism. By its very nature it's irresponsible and exploitative. So I can understand why Russell said what he said."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie paid tribute to rock icon Kurt Cobain during the band's concert in Italy this week (beg22Nov13) by singing classic Nirvana track Heart-Shaped Box. The Rocks hitmakers were performing at the Alcatraz venue in Milan on Wednesday (20Nov13) when Gillespie took time out from an encore to dedicate a song to Cobain, who died aged 27 in 1994.
Gillespie sang a verse from Nirvana's 1993 single Heart-Shaped Box before performing Primal Scream track Higher Than The Sun in honour of Cobain.
British rocker Pete Doherty has set up a shop in London to sell off his personal items and memorabilia from his bands Babyshambles and The Libertines. The singer is working as a sales assistant in the store, which has opened in the U.K. capital's Camden area.
Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection is filled with a collection of bizarre items including the butts of cigarettes smoked by famous pals including Doherty's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and late singer Amy Winehouse.
A journalist from Noisey.vice.com reports, "There's enough Libertines, Babyshambles and Doherty memorabilia in there to fill a ballroom... I asked him (Doherty) where it's all come from. He shrugged and said 'I've brought it all out of storage, these are just the things that I wanted to sell'... It sells almost nothing of worth, for prices that are extraordinary. There are cigarette butts for £100 and wrapping paper for double that."
Doherty first discussed the shop with journalists from NME earlier this year (13), saying, "I've got fag (cigarette) butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (soccer star) sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t, basically."
The Rolling Stones turned up the nostalgia on Saturday (06Jul13) as they played to a packed crowd in London's Hyde Park, 44 years after their last performance at the open-air venue. The rockers were joined on the tree-lined stage by blues star Gary Clark, Jr. and former member Mick Jones, who played his first gig with the band during their last performance at the central London park in 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones.
Speaking before the landmark show, guitarist Keith Richards told Andy Bush of Britain's Absolute Radio, "Well, I'm not emotional but I feel very excited about it. And also, we will have Mick Taylor with us and that was his first gig with the Stones, so there is a kind of a full circle being drawn here as well."
Richards also revealed the band didn't choose the set list for the big gig until just hours before taking to the stage in Hyde Park, adding, "There is still a bit of juggling going on, but I mean those things can be decided on the night."
Celebrity guests including new parents David Walliams and supermodel Lara Stone, actress Gemma Arterton and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie watched on as Sir Mick Jagger, who is preparing to mark his 70th birthday in three weeks' time, led the legendary rockers through a string of hits including Start Me Up, Gimme Shelter and Honky Tonk Woman.
The rockers closed the show with their anthem (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and a fireworks display.
The concert marked the first of two gigs at Hyde Park, the second will take place on Saturday (13Jul13).
The Libertines star Pete Doherty is preparing to sell off his unusual rock 'n' roll memorabilia, including cigarette butts smoked by late pal Amy Winehouse and his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss. The British rocker opens up about his plans in the latest issue of NME magazine, revealing he wants to set up a market stall in Camden, London - the borough where Winehouse lived before her death in 2011 - for the sale.
Doherty says, "I've got fag butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (retired soccer goalkeeper) Steve Ogrizovic sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t basically."
Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie are among the stars who have signed up to host a series of radio shows in Britain over the summer (13). The two musicians will be among a number of famous faces who will take over BBC 6 Music's Sunday Service slot from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker while he takes a summer (13) break.
Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood will also be among those sharing their favourite records with listeners on the airwaves throughout June (13) and July (13).
Gillespie says of his new radio gig, "It's so important to get people back into record stores discovering new music, so I'm looking forward to spending a few hours on 6 Music playing new stuff from the likes of Savages, Deerhunter, Nick Cave, Parquet Courts, My Bloody Valentine, Kurt Vile and Allah Las."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie decided to get clean following years of drug abuse after realising his addictions were putting his life at risk and wrecking his music. The Scottish musician admits he indulged in heavy drug use in a bid to "obliterate" himself and finally tackled his problems five years ago when narcotics started to ruin every aspect of his life.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "It put my life in chaos and caused me and everybody around me a lot of pain and difficulties. I don't want to get all American about this. It's not for me to tell other people how to live their life. Most people can have a couple of drinks or lines (of cocaine) and they might say the odd stupid thing or make a pass at somebody, but they don't endanger their lives or put themselves in risky and humiliating situations.
"I just know that they are too powerful for me, and they change my personality for the worse. When you're drinking and drugging, you kind of shut yourself down. It wasn't really about having a good time. With me and my friends, were were trying to obliterate ourselves. The band suffered creatively."
Primal Scream's new album, More Light, is the first material Gillespie has recorded completely sober, and he believes the band's psychedelic style of rock is even better than when the band was high on drugs.
He adds, "We are trying to create transcendent, euphoric, ecstatic experiences. That's always going to be part of our aesthetic. We like making druggy-sounding psychedelic music. It's just that since we stopped taking drugs we got better at it."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie would have joined the London riots in 2011 if he believed protesters were rallying against a real political cause. Thousands took to the streets and smashed shop windows, looted goods and set buildings on fire in the U.K. capital, before the violent scenes spread to cities across the country.
Gillespie is convinced the unrest was nothing more than vandalism, but admits he would have joined in if demonstrators were targeting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
He tells Britain's Q magazine, "When you start smashing up shops, it isn't political, it's just vandalism... It's just a mob. The anger is being directed at their communities, it's not being directed at the government.
"Had they been down to 10 Downing Street (the British Prime Minister's official residence), trying to lynch the f**king prime minister, I'd have been cheering them. I'd have been there with them."