Soul survivor: How Bobby Womack overcame heart failure, drug addiction and even apparent Alzheimer’s

He gave the Rolling Stones their first Number One. Fifty years on, he’s Adele’s new label mate. But the really extraordinary thing is what happened in between…

Craig Mclean

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Backstage at Coachella, the international rock’n’roll A-listers are lounging in the cool air of the desert evening. Muse are kicking about, 24 hours ahead of their headline appearance at the Californian festival. Paul Simonon and Mick Jones, formerly of the Clash, are sporting what look like submariners’ caps. Damon Albarn buzzes between Portakabin dressing-rooms, checking on the inhabitants.

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