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Press "Play" and stand well back: RR+P's 1981 debut is still strong stuff, with a level of energy and experiment that shames today's boho fringe.

Album: Mavis Staples, One True Vine, Anti-

She won a Grammy in 2010 for her last collaboration with Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy. You get Grammys for uplift. But One True Vine tells a slightly different story, one of spiritual inquiry and trial. Well, almost. This is not Mavis Staples the hearty belter of gospel platitude but the quiet examiner of religious premise – there isn’t a shadow of doubt expressed here about where Mavis is going, but there is plenty of feeling that the journey, like all journeys, is bordered with darkness. It’s in the sound of the music and, even more so, in the recessiveness of Staples’ own performances. The gospel interior.

Album: Sam Sparro, Return to Paradise (Virgin/Positiva

Sooner than you could say "one-hit wonder", Sam Sparro sank from the public eye.

Village People: Jo creates confusion

Jo Johnson, brother of Boris, is Charles Darwin's MP, because it was in Down House, in Johnson's Orpington constituency, that Darwin wrote On the Origin of the Species.

Police clear Brian Haw's peace camp

Police have removed the late Brian Haw's 10-year-old peace camp in Parliament Square, claiming it amounted to "litter".

Protester became activists' hero

Anti-war protester Brian Haw was a very public thorn in the British Government's side.

Twilight revolt: MPs hit back at whips' demands for evening votes

For years they have been feared and loathed in equal measure, rumoured to have the ability to reduce errant MPs to tears and submission with a flick through their "little black book".

Album: Bootsy Collins, Tha Funk Capital of the World (Mascot)

TFCOTW is the first proper album from bass lunatic Collins in nearly a decade.

Album: Bootsy Collins, Tha Funk Capitol Of The World (Mascot)

In a world of shifting values, it's comforting to encounter an oasis of stability – which, despite his flamboyant musicality, is what one gets with Bootsy's Tha Funk Capitol Of The World.

Boris Johnson wins Parliament protest fight

The mayor of London has won his latest bid to evict veteran peace campaigner Brian Haw from Parliament Square Gardens.

Music & Me: Fred Ruddick, 6ix Toys

6ix Toys are a funk-laced seven-piece band based in Liverpool. Check out their eponymous debut album to hear why they are rapidly gaining acclaim as one of the hottest acts around.

MP claims self-defence after altercation in Parliament

A Labour MP today spoke of how he "wrestled" a man to the floor in "self defence" inside the Houses of Parliament.

Catfish Collins: Guitarist who laid down the rhythmic bedrock for James Brown, Parliament and Funkadelic

The Godfather of Soul, the late James Brown, was a hard taskmaster, fining his musicians for every mistake they made on stage. In March 1970, when most of his band quit after failing to get a pay rise, he didn't panic. He simply asked his right-hand man Bobby Byrd to put the Pacemakers, a young group from Cincinnati he had jammed with at King Records, on the next plane to Columbus, Georgia, where they backed him the following night. Among the musicians who became "the nucleus of a very good band" – as Brown put it – were bassist William "Bootsy" Collins and his older brother, the guitarist Phelps "Catfish" Collins.

Bettys Harrogate, 1 Parliament Street, Harrogate

Is Bettys in Harrogate still good enough to wash away all memories of queuing up in the rain to get in?

Garry Shider: Guitarist, singer and musical director for George Clinton in Parliament and Funkadelic

Intertwined, interchangeable even, Parliament and Funkadelic, the flamboyant funk outfits led by the crazy, visionary genius George Clinton, mixed soul, rock, psychedelia, satire and black power and made some of the most memorable and most sampled records of the 1970s and early '80s. They also played spectacular live shows, and influenced a range of musicians from Prince and the Red Hot Chili Peppers to rap acts like Ice-T and Public Enemy.

Boris Johnson begins action to remove Parliament protesters

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is seeking legal action to remove peace protesters camping in Parliament Square, it was confirmed today.

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