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

MONEY THAT'S WHAT I WANT

Last seen playing on the roof of Apple, their business headquarters, the Beatles disappeared in 1969 but Apple did not. Andrew Davidson anatomises an empire and a reunion 'We just pretended that John had gone on holiday, or out for tea, and had left us the tape to play with. That was the only way we could deal with it and get over the hurdle, because it was really very emotional' Ringo Starr

And, can you believe it, they called me a hippy

Sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll? For Ravi Shankar, the Sixties were just a bad dream. And, now he's turned 75, he's not so happy about the future either. By Robert Cowan

INSIDE THE HOUSE OF KRISHNA

ONE OF the longest-running feuds in Britain - the battle of Bhaktivedanta Manor - may finally be approaching its conclusion. It began in 1973, when George Harrison, hardly a typical Home Counties villager himself, donated his 19th-century mock-Tudor manor to the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (Iskcon). A community of shaven-headed mystics moved in, and the villagers of Letchmore Heath, in Hertfordshire, threw up their hands in horror. Then, it seemed a simple battle. Objections were raised about noise, traffic, crowds and amenities, but the real issues were more more basic, more fundamental: it was the exotic east versus the xenophobic west; Hindu spirituality versus stolid English rural traditionalism. But time has clouded the picture, hardening positions but also confusing them. The manor is now revered by Hindus as a temple - one of the most sacred outside India. Most of the villagers who originally objected have moved out: today,three-quarters of the 220 or so inhabitants of Letchmore Heath are newer to the village than Iskcon. And, after countless thousands of newspaper column inches, the 22-year-old dispute has become an English rural tradition in its own right.

Temple and villagers seek road to harmony

`If they get permission we'll have no control over the numbers' Andrew Brown on the row over a `centre for public worship'

Hindus join Krishna celebrations at controversial temple

SOME OF THE 25,000 Hindus who travelled to the controversial temple at Bhaktivedanta Manor in Hertfordshire yesterday to worship Janmashtami, during the celebration of the birth of Krishna.

The road to the temple is long, winding .. and very crowded: George Harrison's gift brought more holiness to a Hertfordshire village than it can stomach Report by Stephen Ward. Photographs by Paul Kelly

Barely 15 miles from Oxford Circus an English village has, as if by divine intervention, been preserved from creeping urban sprawl, growing by scarcely half a dozen houses in a century, and keeping still a blacksmith, a pub on the green, and a pond with flourishing ducks and geese.

Captain Moonlight: First visit?

THE TOURS, the screams, the music, the memories, indelibly written upon the pages of contemporary history, part of the common culture of the late 20th century . . . Shea Stadium, the concerts for peace and Bangladesh . . . the albums, the chatshows. Now George Harrison presents himself to immigration at Kennedy Aiport. A pleasant, fresh-faced official examines his passport carefully, then looks up and says brightly: 'And is this your first visit to the United States, Mr Harrison?' Oh, cruel time]

Modern technology allows for 'rebirth' of The Beatles

THE BEATLES have been re- formed, with the help of modern technology, to make a new record.

Leading Article: Token gesture for a worthy cause

ANYONE compiling a short history of pointless gestures might consider giving space to the 24-hour 'hunger' strike upon which the Labour MP Keith Vaz embarked yesterday afternoon. His gesture was one of solidarity with the thousands of Hindus protesting in London yesterday against the closure of a temple in Hertfordshire donated to the Hare Krishna movement by the former Beatle, George Harrison. The local council's decision was prompted by complaints from local inhabitants that thousands of worshippers were causing disruption by blocking roads in the vicinity at weekends.

Thousands protest over ban on Hare Krishna worship: Former Beatle's donation of a temple sparks a legal battle over right to practise religion in village

THOUSANDS of Hare Krishna devotees marched through the streets of London yesterday to protest against a ban on them worshipping at a Hare Krishna temple donated by former Beatle George Harrison.

'Fab Three' offer

The three remaining Beatles have been offered pounds 2.5m to appear in Britain to play their first concert in 20 years. The move follows reports that Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr will get together to record again for a documentary about their career.

I CONFESS / Jonathan Meades turns on the Electric Light Orchestra

I was dimly aware of ELO in the Seventies, but I only bought my first ELO tape in 1989 after I'd spent four weeks submerged in the Black Country culture for a documentary. It's my secret vice. Try playing their music in a room containing anyone over the age of eight and you can forget it. I listen to them in the car, and it's exhilarating. I am unashamed. Having missed out on them in my youth, it's not a case of nostalgia. I love their sheer mindlessness. It's low- level aesthetic bliss. They were the slickest pop group around: technical perfection and absolute vacuity. Apart from the basic falsetto voice and string sound, they are also winningly unoriginal.

Beatles come together and help rumours of reunion: TV documentary presents chance for Fab Three to join musical forces

RUMOURS that the three surviving members of the Beatles may get together again to record have created a wave of hype and nostalgia.

Beatles back in the recording studio

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr, the three surviving Beatles, will record together for the first time since 1971 next month, Reuter reports from New York. New Yorker reported yesterday that they will be working with their former producer George Martin.
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