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Books: Gospel according to Paul

PAUL McCARTNEY: Many Years from Now by Barry Miles, Secker pounds 17.99

Pop: Old values, new treats from Cornershop

Backed by a glittering review in `Rolling Stone', Cornershop could soon receive recognition that is long overdue at home, writes Ben Thompson.

Obituary: Derek Taylor

Derek Taylor, the Beatles' press officer, brought calm, authority and a sense of dignity to the chaos of the Sixties. As spokesman for the band during their heyday and later with their Apple organisation, he coped with the daily madness with a charm that disarmed the most frenzied Beatle hunter. Besieged each day by reporters, hippies, musicians and hangers- on, his muttered asides and gentle sarcasm contained a relentless barrage of inquiry.

Beatles' `beautiful' PR man dies aged 65

Derek Taylor, who was press officer to The Beatles at the height of their fame, has died at the age of 65, it was announced last night.

Womad Festival Rivermead Leisure Complex, Reading: Live review

"Silence, please." It was a strange request to make at a music festival. But it was for the sake of Ravi Shankar and his troupe warming up on their Friday night recital. One of the venerable inaugurators of Anglo-Indian pop musical crossovers, having worked with Yehudi Menuhin and George Harrison, Shankar's Womad appearance was just right. He and other weekend performers demonstrated that the Anglo-Asian fusion is one of the most resilient and vital of all the current cross-cultural musical hybrids.

Lucky chants

Flower-power guru Ravi Shankar has put the Sixties behind him. So why is George Harrison producing his new album and editing his autobiography ?

Obituary: Harrison Marks

Harrison Marks was a byword for the softest kind of soft pornography, a smut pedlar who became a self-perpetuating legend. He was twice bankrupt, twice arrested and four times married, a vaudevillian at heart who pioneered porn in Britain and lived all his life in the same house where he was born.

Final credits for soft-porn pioneer

As an epitaph, it was probably what soft-porn movie-maker George Harrison Marks would have wanted: "George's films were basically Carry On movies with tits and bums."

More, Mr Beadle Brown

Labour is committed to not raising income tax. But the way the benefit system operates, the poor continue to be hit by hidden `taxes' which are a disincentive to work. Paul Vallely and Conal Walsh explore the poverty trap

By George! The Beatles are Bjorn again

Rock: It's official; Kula Shaker prove that George Harrison is now to be taken seriously. So how long till Ringo gets a tribute band?

Another brick in the bank

The other week Forbes magazine published a league table of pop stars' and other entertainers' earnings in the United States, detailing the tens of millions of dollars that stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and (would you believe it) The Eagles still generate. Last year, an analyst did the same for British rock stars, using published company accounts. Sixth on the list was David Gilmour of Pink Floyd at a sliver under pounds 5m. Tenth was Roger Waters, also of Pink Floyd before their acrimonious bust-up in the early 1980s, at pounds 3.8m. How do they do it?

Pop Live: Kula Shaker London Astoria

For anyone sitting an A-level in Nineties psychedelic pop, here are your Kula Shaker pass notes: 1) "Tattva", the title of the group's recent top-five single, refers to an ancient Indian script that claims to contain the secret of life. 2) Singer Crispian's mother is Hayley Mills but he doesn't like to talk about it (Why? Offspring of Hayley Mills have long been missing in rock - it's where Black Grape always fall down).

Beatle's shrine reprieved

Hare Krishna devotees can continue to worship at a Hertfordshire country manor house, the Department of the Environment announced yesterday.
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