Alexis Petridis

Alexis Petridis

    The streetwise, tough image was matched by songs of real tenderness and fragility. Lou Reed always did the opposite of what he was expected to do.

    In an era of gossip websites and Twitter rumours, one of the world's biggest stars can still surprise ... by doing nothing more than making an album.

    Never one to give 'em what they want, Robert Plant goes his own way again and Alexis Petridis approves.

    Among the rock stars recently given another chance is Grace Jones, promoting her first new album in 19 years.