Arts and Entertainment Paul McGuinness at the 'Breakfast on Pluto' film premiere in Dublin, 2006

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!

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

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

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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee
World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

The author talks about race, legacy and his Will Smith film option to Tim Walker
Why the league system no longer measures up

League system no longer measures up

Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system