Arts and Entertainment Red Hot Chili Peppers are headlining the Isle of Wight Festival 2014

The US rockers will join Calvin Harris and Biffy Clyro at the top of the bill

Baroque 'n' roll: Jimi hendrix and the Handel connection

Forty years after the guitarist's death, a new exhibition reveals how he found unlikely inspiration in the life and works of England's master composer. Jonathan Brown reports

Ex-Eastender Natalie Cassidy expecting first baby

Former EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy has announced she is pregnant with her first child.

Paul McCartney to play Isle of Wight festival

Sir Paul McCartney is to play a pair of festival dates this summer - including the Isle Of Wight - as part of a tour which takes in five shows in the UK and Ireland.

Album: Leonard Cohen, Live at The Isle of Wight 1970, (Columbia)

Now that Leonard Cohen is acknowledged as a musical treasure, it's fascinating to revisit this performance from a time when his star was in its early ascendancy.

Isle of Wight Festival, Seaclose Park, Newport

Old guard coast on pleasure island

Dirty Pretty Things - a band on the run

With their latest album, Dirty Pretty Things are finally emerging from the shadow of The Libertines. Nick Hasted talks to the group about a dark legacy

Buddy Miles: Flamboyant Hendrix drummer

Best known as the drummer with Band of Gypsys, the short-lived group put together by Jimi Hendrix at the end of 1969, Buddy Miles contributed two compositions – "We Gotta Live Together" and "Them Changes" – to the eponymous live album they released in 1970.

Tom Paxton, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London

"I believe in not looking back and staring," Tom Paxton tells us honestly, "but in remembering with affection." Though he was a follower of Woody Guthrie and a contemporary of Dylan on 1961's Greenwich Village folk scene, Paxton was also John Denver's favourite singer-songwriter, and his lyrics sometimes verge on the saccharine. But he retains a tough lyrical core worthy of Guthrie, when it matters.

Pop: Still rocking after all these years

THE WHO SHEPHERD'S BUSH EMPIRE LONDON

Call that a revolution?

It's taken 30 years to see the sitcom potential of the Sixties counterculture. At last, says David Lister

The Irritations of Modern Life: 57. Serious Campers

YOU MAY be happy making do with a two-man tent that's been sitting in the loft since you saw Hendrix at the Isle of Wight Festival, and a borrowed blow-up mattress... oops! Forgot the foot pump!

Pop: Apprentice to the stars

John Lennon, Marc Bolan and Paul Simon have all taken Nick Laird- Clowes under their wings. Now he's finally got round to releasing his first album.

Debate: Middle age

An American study last week claimed middle age as the prime of life.
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