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Band manager is stepping down at the age of 62. Nick Hasted looks back at an incredible career

Pandora: Blairites cramp Gordon's style in the Big Apple

If preparations for today's make-or-break speech at the Labour Party conference weren't stressful enough for Gordon Brown, his forthcoming trip to New York will also have had him rapidly reaching for the antacids.

From Sarajevo to Hollywood: Life under siege

Bill Carter, an American, didn't know much about the war in Bosnia, but somehow he ended up in Sarajevo, the city under siege for almost four years. Liam Neeson and Orlando Bloom are to play lead roles in his film about his experiences there. By Peter Popham

Dubliners' founder dies

Ronnie Drew, a founding member of the Irish folk group The Dubliners, died yesterday after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Jesse Helms, conservative known as 'Senator No', dies

The former US Senator Jesse Helms, a legendary isolationist and defender of “Southern values” who spent much of his life goading liberals, died yesterday.

Album: Coldplay, Viva La Vida, or Death and All His Friends (Parlophone)

Coldplay's X&Y, they've since explained, was the final part of a trilogy – a claim some might consider a cunning defence against accusations that they're a one-trick pony mining a stadium-filling formula to death. Whichever way one takes it, it leaves the globe-girdling anthem-mongers with quite a mountain to climb on Viva La Vida.

Brian Eno: As he turns 60, the professor of rock is as creative as ever

Eno has been the thinking person's producer since he collaborated with David Bowie and reinvented U2

The funny, peculiar world of We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists mix killer tunes with comedy shtick. But if there's one thing they take seriously it's music. By Tim Walker

Album: Various artists, In The Name of Love: Africa Celebrates U2 (Wrasse)

Not as bad as you'd expect. For one thing, much as I admire U2's songcraft, anything's preferable to Bono's mannered croon.

The rise of concert promoter Live Nation

The rap star Jay-Z is the latest artist to ditch his traditional record label in favour of an all-embracing deal with a concert promoter that is transforming the industry

U2's concert deal illustrates new face of music industry

U2 have signed a 12-year deal with the world's biggest concert promoter, Live Nation, to handle the band's merchandising, digital and branding rights.

U2 3D (U)

This concert film is compiled from the South American leg of U2's Vertigo tour, and if you've never warmed to their competent brand of messianic stadium rock, it will grieve you to note audiences going nuts for it in Buenos Aires, Mexico City and Sao Paulo. Por favor!

How music industry bosses have been left all at sea

Label bosses, managers, and publishers at the annual Cannes music gathering this week tried to work out how to get their hands on the missing money they believe they're due. In between, they listened to artists old and new. Pierre Perrone was there

When unreality bites can we turn to 'real films'?

As movies heavy with computer animation dominate the box offices, Geoffrey Macnab proposes a campaign for real films

Pandora: Return of the ultimate Sloane Ranger

Before the Hollywood stylists had their say, time was when Hugh Grant was the floppy-haired pin-up for aspiring Sloane Rangers everywhere. So it's nice to see him finally returning to his roots.

Bono urges renewed focus on world poverty

The anti-poverty campaigner and rock star Bono has told participants at the World Economic Forum of his disappointment at the lack of commitment to the Millennium Development Goals of driving down poverty in Africa and raising partnership aid to $50bn (£25bn) per annum by 2010.

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