Damon Albarn and Blur drew from England's rich musical past to create a witty and poignant postmodern masterpiece that defined the Britpop era.
Albarn traveled to Mali to play Festival Acoustik Bamako in the face of a state of emergency prompted by a November terrorist attack that killed 22 people.
Accompanied by Chrissie Hynde, the Blur and Oasis leaders played a set list that included the Clash, Gorillaz and the Good the Bad & the Queen.
During a year that prompted more than its share of soul-searching, musicians provided a soundtrack as introspective as it was eclectic.
Blur's reunion documentary, 'New World Towers,' will make its premiere in theaters across the U.K. on Dec. 2.
Nick Alexander worked with several bands on the road, and many of those artists have paid touching tributes to the late merch manager.
Sure, you've heard Nirvana's 'Nevermind' and Wilco's 'Summerteeth' before. But have you heard them the way true audiophiles (and Jack White) prefer?
'New World Towers' will run in theaters across the U.K. for just one night on Dec. 2.
Together, they played "Parklife," with Armisen delivering the spoken-word portions of the song.
Back in April, Blur made a comeback that was seven years in the making, and it will be captured in the upcoming documentary 'New World Towers.'