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Anguished-sounding Tennessee singer/keyboards player Whitlock followed Eric Clapton from Delaney & Bonnie into Derek and the Dominos.

Lost choral masterpiece finally finds a home... in the pop charts

Alessandro Striggio's 1566 mass, performed by 40 choristers, sees voices, strings and brass meld into a jaw-dropping harmony.

Last Night's TV: The Hairy Bikers: Mums Know Best/BBC2<br />The Big C/More4<br />Marchlands/ITV1

Rather like Ant and Dec, it's quite hard to tell the Hairy Bikers apart. This doesn't seem to matter. They move as one, enthuse as one, chomp and swallow and gurn as one. The only time they distinguish themselves is when arguing. Pretend arguing, that is. "It's tree-cal," hiccuped one (Si?), holding up a can of Lyle's Golden. "It's sirup, man," boomed the other (Dave?).

Apple - The short, strange blossoming of The Beatles' dream

As Apple re-releases its eclectic catalogue, Ray Connolly recalls chaos and creativity, and telling Paul about a naked John

Bob Marley and the Golden Age of Reggae

Rare and largely previously unseen photographs of Bob Marley at the height of his career have been published in a new book which hits shops next week.

Halfway to Hollywood: Diaries 1980-88, By Michael Palin

These diaries confirm Palin's TV image as intelligent and self-deprecatory, but can he be so modest if he's willing to publish diaries from 30 years ago? His entries from this distant era tend to bland geniality with spots of interest.

Vijay 49 Willesden Lane, London NW6

The décor is dire and the location nothing special. But everything else is making me feel so nice, says our critic

Tempus Fugit, Radio 4

Time flies in a riveting look at how to make life last

Dominic Lawson: Tracey gets her taxes in a twist

Few bleats are less attractive to people than threats by the rich to quit the country

Caught in the Net: Nu-folkers bare their teeth

You could call it the alt-folk answer to the 80s supergroup Traveling Wilburys. Bright Eyes' Conor Oberst, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, M Ward and the much-in-demand producer Mike Mogis have teamed up to form a new band called (with collective tongue in cheek) Monsters of Folk (left). The quartet's self-titled debut album arrives in late September. In advance of that, their first roar has arrived. Called 'Say Please', it largely dispenses with the folk and goes for more of a mid-tempo country rock feel. They're giving it away for free at www.monstersoffolk.com – all you have to do is say please, or more accurately, type "please". Granted, the Traveling Wilburys comparison is glib, but to compound it a little, consider this: for the group, Jim James is calling himself Yim Yames, for reasons unclear. It's a pseudonym he has also used for another recent project – 'Tribute To', a six-track EP of George Harrison covers, he of Traveling Wilburys among others. It gets a physical release on 4 August, but a digital version of it can be found at www.yimyames.com.

Meat Free Monday: What its supporters say

'This is something anyone can do, it is a tiny thing with a huge impact. MFM is about us all taking control of the environment we live in for the generations to come. Whether you eat meat or not you can be part of this decision to limit the meat industry destroying our planet's resources.' Stella McCartney, fashion designer

The Beatles, By Hunter Davies

Any Fabs fan thinking of investing in this "40th Anniversary Edition" of Davies's biography of the band should hang on to their tenner. Though the cover trumpets "updated and revised", Davies states on the first page that "I have resisted the temptation to rewrite."

A gentler side to Hendrix

A long-forgotten tape of the rock star could reach &pound;100,000 at auction next month

The weirdest Beatles track of all may be released, 41 years on

Experimental 'Carnival of Light' will be heard at last, thanks to Sir Paul McCartney

Beatles first contract for sale in London

Brian Epstein's copy of his management contract with The Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions, is being offered for sale in London next month.

Don Was: Mixmeister Flash

He watched Bob Dylan torment George Harrison &ndash; and reckons that Keith Richards has one of the sharpest minds in music. Don Was, producer of choice to rock's elite, talks to David Sinclair
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24-Hour party person

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Michelle Obama's school dinners: America’s children have a message for the First Lady

A taste for rebellion

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Jack Thorne's play 'Hope': What would you do as a local politician faced with an impossible choice of cuts?

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Ed Harcourt on Romeo Beckham and life as a court composer at Burberry

Call me Ed Mozart

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Phil Hughes head injury: He had one weakness – it has come back to haunt him

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'I am a paedophile'

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Putting the grot right into Santa's grotto

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'It just came to us, why not do it naked?' London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital

'It just came to us, why not do it naked?'

London's first nude free runner captured in breathtaking images across capital