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According to reports, Cabinet Office papers disclose that Harrison turned down the “insensitive” offer of an OBE

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The legendary duo met at a railway station in Kent on 17 October 1961 when they were mere slips of teenage lads

A new Beatles album is being released to defy EU copyright law

Delight for collectors as Beatles release new album to defy EU copyright law

The album features 59 previously unissued recordings including outakes

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Led Zeppelin back catalogue comes to Spotify

The albums will be released onto the streaming service over the next four days

Olympic Studios: Restaurant review - The shrimps had a mysterious taste nobody could explain

Now this is a place with real pedigree. I don't mean it used to be owned by Pierre Koffmann or helmed by Marco Pierre White or picked up a Michelin star under Raymond Blanc. Oh no. In Edwardian times it was a theatre-cum-dancehall-cum-bioscope (an early form of cinema, where punters could watch footage of King Edward VIII's funeral).

Roy Harper performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin

Influential rock singer Roy Harper accused of sex offences against under-age girl

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

Lone parent for a week – how hard can it be?

Because my wife is off in Austria having her colon cleansed, I have been Mr Mum for the week. To my amazement, I realised that this is the first time I have looked after both my kids without Stacey for more than a day. This was quite shocking to me, but it was my kids who pointed it out. They were clearly concerned about the week ahead and how I would fare as sole carer. How hard could it be, I wondered? Wake up, make breakfast, drop them off at school, mess about all day, pick them up from school, make supper, and send them to bed. If only I'd known.

Album review: Tonbruket, Nubiam Swimtrip (Act)

After their pianist and principal composer Esbjorn Svensson died in 2008, the remaining members of e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio, geddit?), drummer Magnus Ostrom and bassist Dan Berglund, decided they could not continue without him and formed their own separate projects.

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What happens when you discover that you share the same taste in music and films as the Prime Minister?

The Bonus Track: Chas & Dave documentary, Laura White post-X Factor and Lorde (not Lordi)

A sideways look at the world of music

GTA 5 takes £500m in 24 hours making it the most successful entertainment property ever

Latest title in the Grand Theft Auto series also wowed the critics - becoming the highest ranked game for the Xbox 360 on review aggregator Metacritic

Paul McCartney, George Harrison (1943 - 2001), Ringo Starr and John Lennon (1940 - 1980) at the BBC Television Studios in London before the start of their world tour in 1966

The Beatles to release new album of rarities 'On Air – Live at the BBC Volume 2'

The record, out in November, features ten previously unreleased songs by the Fab Four

Video: Andy Gill's Mercury Music Prize

Watch the videos below to take in tracks from some of the 12 artists that Andy Gill believes should be recognised on the Mercury Music Prize shortlist.

Karen Millen snaps up David Bailey

Karen Millen has become the latest fashion retailer to sign up a celebrity photographer to promote its autumn and winter collection.

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