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Bruce Springsteen: born to write

Bruce Springsteen (with Max Weinberg in background on drums) in concert

Virtually all rock memoirs follow a similar pattern of rise and fall, before ending with acceptance – brought on by sobriety, spirituality, the death of peers, or just the plain realisation that it’s not worth hating your bandmates any more.

Gene Wilder obituary

Gene Wilder in Amsterdam

After more than 30 years in show business, the frizzy-headed comic actor Gene Wilder, who has died aged 83, was most associated with his second film role, that of Leo Bloom, the hyperneurotic accountant in Mel Brooks’ comedy The Producers (1967). It established Wilder’s screen persona – an initially well-balanced individual transformed by even the most minor crisis into a whining bundle of nerves.