The band's 50-year shows don't mean it's the last time. John Walsh salutes rock's elder statesmen
There is one candidate for Director General who would really ruffle Murdoch feathers
Hollywood is no place for pus, needles, bodily excretions and mouth sores
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A military hearing into the case of Bradley Manning – the soldier accused of passing American secrets to WikiLeaks – heard new details yesterday of the failure by his supervisors properly to note signs of emotional instability and revise his security clearance or even block his deployment in the first place.
A military hearing into the case of Bradley Manning, the soldier accused of passing American secrets to WikiLeaks, heard new details yesterday of the failure by his supervisors to note signs of emotional instability and revise his security clearance or even block his deployment.
Did 2011 pass you by or were you making mental notes along the way?
Next year will be the first since 2003 with no US troops in Baghdad. But are Iraqis ready to go it alone?
MPs last night demanded an overhaul of extradition laws after the battle between Britain and the United States over the alleged computer hacker Gary McKinnon intensified.
The fall from grace, constant allegations and sharp artistic decline that affected Michael Jackson's last two decades until his death in 2009 often overshadow how talented and groundbreaking he was before the self-aggrandising and his ascent to the throne of The King Of Pop. On Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad, the three multimillion-selling albums that defined him as a solo artist, he was superbly seconded by Quincy Jones, the producer extraordinaire. The other person who helped turn Jackson into a superstar was Frank DiLeo, his manager during five glory years between 1984 and 1989, and the closest the singer came to a father figure to banish the memory of his real-life father, Joe Jackson.
In 1956 the transatlantic passenger liner Andrea Doria was travelling to New York when it was struck on the side by another ship, doing immense damage and rendering many lifeboats unusable. Forty-six lives were lost and the songwriter Mike Stoller and his wife were amongst those who found themselves adrift in the Atlantic. They were rescued the following day and when they arrived in New York, Stoller's friend and songwriting partner, Jerry Leiber, was waiting on the quayside. The Stollers were exhausted but relieved to have survived, and Leiber burst out his greeting: "Great news, Mike, Elvis Presley's recorded 'Hound Dog'!"
The musical impresario Bob Marcucci discovered and launched the careers of both Frankie Avalon and Fabian.
Carl Gardner was the last surviving member of the hit-making line-up of the Coasters which had success with "Searchin'", "Yakety Yak", "Poison Ivy" and many other titles in the late 1950s. The Coasters were dubbed the Clown Princes of Rock'n'Roll and the wit of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's songwriting, and the humour of their performances, made their work unique. Their records have not dated as no one made records like theirs either before or since. The Coasters made great records, and gave you a laugh as well.
The last time Brian Wilson threw a punch, he tells GQ.com, was in 1976. "At Elvis! He knew karate, right, so as soon as I raised my hand he [chopped] it out of my way. It was in a recording studio in Los Angeles," explains the former Beach Boy, in London this week to appear on Later With Jools Holland. "He had a really long burgundy cape on and kept calling everyone 'Duke'." The memory is sweeter for the knowledge that both men were in questionable shape in 1976, thanks to hamburgers and a combined drug intake to rival any East European weightlifting team.
As an exhibition of his collection of curios opens in Bath, the veteran Pop Artist tells Simon Tait why this 'junk' is his inspiration