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One minute he was a humble punter trying to peek up Debbie Harry's skirt at a Hammersmith Odeon gig, the next he was the owner of the venue which was to steal the Odeon's crown. If Simon Parkes' autobiography – full of raucous tales and Geezer-speak – is ever made into a film, it will be fun trying to find an actor who can do him justice. When he wants to sound hard, he can sometimes come across like Ray Winstone. But would Ray Winstone ever have banked at Coutts?

Showstopper: Pavarotti sings 'Nessun Dorma'

Pavarotti posthumously tops the charts with lost recording

The first recording made by legendary opera singer Luciano Pavarotti has gone straight to the top of the classical artist album charts six years after he died.

DVD review: Beware of Mr Baker

Whether or not you're interested in Cream, Blind Faith and the rest of Ginger Baker's musical endeavours, this tragicomic tale of riotous bad behaviour and thunderous jazz-rock drumming is a must-see.

Cream rises: Beware of Mr Baker explores the rollercoaster life of British drummer Ginger Baker

Film review: Beware of Mr Baker and Fast and Furious 6 - Furious Ginger packs a punch, but Vin Diesel is out of gas

A documentary about a rock drummer might seem more suited to BBC4 than to your local cinema, but most rock-docs don't open with their subject – in this case, Ginger Baker – cracking the director across the nose with his walking stick. Not a man who has ever needed an excuse to assault someone, Baker is incensed to learn that said director, Jay Bulger, is planning to interview some of his old associates, but in the event he had nothing to worry about.

Ginger Baker in ‘Beware of Mr Baker’

Film review: Beware of Mr Baker (15)

Drummers are axiomatically the madmen of rock, but there's never been a mad drummer quite like Ginger Baker, subject of this hugely enjoyable documentary profile. It gets off to a magnificent start, with a scene of the 73-year-old Baker attacking the film's director, Jay Bulger, with his walking stick – and just gets better.

Adele has been asked to perform 'Skyfall' at the Oscars

Adele's producer gets early Brit Award

Adele's collaborator Paul Epworth has been handed an early Brit Award after landing the best producer prize.

Album: B.B. Sking, Ladies anmd Gentlemen... Mr B.B. King (Universal)

A four-disc retrospective (there's also a 10-disc one) of the great bluesman's epic recording career, which began in 1949 in Memphis, and snaked its way through every market variation to which the electric blues might adapt itself.

Sir Paul McCartney to stand in for Kurt Cobain at Nirvana reunion

Surviving members of the band will be joined by the Beatle at the 12.12.12 gig for victims of Hurricane Sandy tonight

District 3 gets the chop from X Factor

District 3 was eliminated from X Factor after losing the sing off against fellow group Union J in what was a battle of the boybands.

Page 3 Profile: Ronnie Wood, Rolling Stone

A new Stones album?

Bert Weedon wrote the best-selling 'Play In A Day' guitar books

Giants of rock bid farewell to father of all guitar heroes

Tributes pour in for Bert Weedon, the British musician whose tutorials inspired a generation

Guitar veteran Bert Weedon dies: Listen to his top hits

Guitarist Bert Weedon, who played with stars including Frank Sinatra and inspired millions to pick up the instrument with his Play In A Day books, has died at the age of 91.

Bailey and Shrimpton are played on TV by Karen Gillan and Aneurin Barnard

Pleased to meet you, hope you guess my name: The Swinging Sixties' great get-togethers

As the BBC recreates the pairing of Bailey and The Shrimp, Mike Higgins recalls meetings that defined the decade

Singer Cheryl Cole

Caught and social: The celebrity winners and losers

Yesterday we brought you some of the key parties and events from the UK this year, today here are some of big events of the celebrity world in 2011.

Polar Bear, The Vortex, London

In the six years since their second album, Held On The Tips Of Fingers, was nominated for the Mercury Prize, Polar Bear have become an institution on the UK jazz scene, without sacrificing one shred of the inquisitive spirit that brought them to widespread attention.

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Fashion editor, Alexander Fury, applauds a man who clearly has more important things on his mind
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Aches, pains and an inkling of mortality

So the male menopause is real, they say, but what would the Victorians, 'old' at 30, think of that, asks DJ Taylor
Man Booker Prize 2015: Anna Smaill - How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?

'How can I possibly be on the list with these writers I have idolised?'

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Art of the state: Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China

Art of the state

Pyongyang propaganda posters to be exhibited in China
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Vegetarian food gets a makeover

Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
The haunting of Shirley Jackson: Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?

The haunting of Shirley Jackson

Was the gothic author's life really as bleak as her fiction?
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Bill Granger's seaside-inspired recipes

These dishes are so easy to make, our chef is almost embarrassed to call them recipes
Ashes 2015: Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

Tourists are limp, leaderless and distinctly UnAustralian

A woefully out-of-form Michael Clarke embodies his team's fragile Ashes campaign, says Michael Calvin
Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

Andrew Grice: Inside Westminster

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HMS Victory: The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

The mystery of Britain's worst naval disaster is finally solved - 271 years later

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Survivors of the Nagasaki atomic bomb attack: Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism

'I saw people so injured you couldn't tell if they were dead or alive'

Nagasaki survivors on why Japan must not abandon its post-war pacifism
Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

The voter Obama tried hardest to keep onside

Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen