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

And the dude played on

Ralph McTell's street cred may have taken a knock back in 1974, but he can still sing you a song that'll make you change your mind.

Dark deeds, diabolical liberties

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Burning ambition

DEAD PRESIDENTS Albert and Allen Hughes (18)

THAT SUMMER; No sex, no drugs - just rock

In '71, everybody staged festivals. So no one thought it strange that Clacton Round Table should join the rock bandwagon. Simon Calder continues our series on summers past

THE CRITICS ROCK: The not so smashing Pumpkins

When the Smashing Pumpkins' last album came out, they were lumbered with the unenviable epithet of "prog-rock band". It served them right. They had lumbered their album with the name Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness (Hut), and the 28 songs therein were called things like "Porcelina of the Vast Oceans", "Bullet With Butterfly Wings" and "Cupid de Locke". By the end of the two-hour record, anyone would yearn for the short, sharp, adrenalin spurts of Yes and Pink Floyd. Name and length aside, though, there is nothing very prog about Mellon Collie. It's more like reg rock: no goblins or aliens, just grunge alienation, as epic as a book of limericks. And all of it smeared with Billy Corgan's petulant squall, a voice that makes him sound as if he's permanently mid-strangulation.

Church finds life at Rainbow's end

The Rainbow Theatre, one of London's most historic venues, has been sold to a mysterious Brazilian religious organisation for pounds 2.35m.

Back to the field of dreams

ROCK HOLIDAYS Twenty-five years ago today, Simon Calder and Jonathan Glancey were at the Isle of Wight rock festival. Now Simon Calder (below) finds serenity - and golf - have taken over Devastation Hill, while Jonathan Glancey (bottom) recalls enjoying hte of real freedom in that grubby version of utopia

THE CRITICS : OVERHEARD

I saw An Inspector Calls. My daughter went to see Arcadia twice.

Revealed: squalid truth of IoW festival

THE HISTORY of Britain's biggest pop event, and largest ever hippie gathering, the 1970 Isle of Wight festival, will have to be rewritten when a hitherto unseen film of the occasion is shown in two weeks' time.

RADIO / Pass the hashish fudge, please

DR SAM HUTT is a gynaecologist these days. You could guess his job, when you hear him on the radio, by the brisk breeziness of voice that I bet he uses when planning to do unspeakable things to nervous women undressing behind a curtain. You know, 'Had a flutter on the Derby, did you?' - that kind of thing. This week, however, he regressed to his alter ego of Hank Wangford, country singer, doctor to the Grateful Dead and expert on hallucinogenic foods. Trust Me, I'm a Doctor was the very last gasp of Radio 3's appropriately kaleidoscopic and often gloriously daft 1968 season. It harked back to barmy days.
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