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

College days remembered

In The autumn of 1969 I was a research student in the English department of Manchester University, a late entrant who'd intended to continue his studies at Hull. Despairing of the loneliness of postgraduate life in a new town, I was happy to fall in with a crowd of interesting, bar-based students, the nucleus being a fellow English researcher who'd just returned from a creative writing course at an American university and had been in the same class as reclusive novelist Thomas Pynchon. Cool.

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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Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
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The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
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New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

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The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

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