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Shepherds Bush Empire, London

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The Music of DC Heath

Cafe Society: Hard act to follow

The Hard Rock Cafe deserves a chorus of boos for starting, way back in 1971, the trend that would become theme restaurants.

Rock'N'Roll: 'There's just me and jagger left'

Johnny Hallyday made his confession earlier this month in a sprawling two-page interview, incorporating something else rare in Le Monde - a photograph.

Preview: experience the recurring technicolor dream

On 29 April 1967, The Fourteen Hour Technicolour Dream Free Speech Benefit took place at Alexandra Palace to raise funds for the underground newspaper International Times, which had been closed down by the government. To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the event, the ICA is hosting what promises to be a day (and night) of hippie heaven, featuring 13 hours of speakers, performances, films, DJs and live bands spanning 1960s psychedelic rock to Detroit techno, from New Delhi ragas to trip-hop and freaked out acid garage. Highlights include legendary filmmaker Peter Whitehead, Jimi Hendrix biographer Charles Shaar Murray and Pete Brown from Cream. There will be fruit, water, milk and honey for sustenance as psychedelia takes on a nineties spin. Cool.

Christmas Gifts: Great sounds and gizmos

"There is actually a hi-fi buying season," says Brandon, an assistant at The Cornflake Shop as he wrestles with some speaker cables like Captain Nemo overpowering a giant squid. "From about October to April, the days get shorter and people think about new hi-fi."

Personal finance: At this price, it needs pluck

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Hendrix guitar fails to sell

An electric guitar which once belonged to rock legend Jimi Hendrix failed to sell at an auction yesterday. The Fender Stratocaster had been expected to fetch about pounds 180,000 at Sotheby's Rock `n' Roll Memorabilia auction in London.

Hendrix gets the blues (plaque, that is)

Pop stars from the past four decades gathered in London yesterday for the unveiling of a blue plaque to the legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix.

Pop / Everything's coming up Roses

Tim Rose 12 Bar Club, London

EDINBURGH FESTIVAL 97

In the third of an occasional series of poems, John Hegley takes the Edinburgh pulse

The week on television: Sixties nostalgia never dies...

A flick-through sequence at the start of Omnibus (BBC1, Sun) on Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais demonstrated photographically how long their scriptwriting marriage has endured. From the hairy, whey-faced hopefuls of the early Sixties, they have metamorphosed into casually jacketed fiftysomethings domiciled in Los Angeles. Although the programme was too polite to say so, there's a sense in which the comfortable set of their middle-aged features is reflected in their work: the wilder flights of inspiration have been reined in with the hair.

Official: those golden oldies were the best

The baby-boomers' refrain that pop music has gone down hill since the Sixties has been confirmed by a poll of pop experts that seems to show the art of the single peaked in 1966.

live reviews; Handel: Jeptha Westminster Abbey; Atalanta St John's, Smith Sq

London's planning committees must secretly cherish the work of the Luftwaffe and the efficiency of German high explosives. When pressed to justify the conversion of yet another venerable town house into offices, planners need only mention wartime destruction to soothe their consciences and claim a preservation prize. The Brook Street home of German-born composer George Frideric Handel, in which he composed Messiah and many of his greatest works, managed to survive the blitz (and the brief residency of Jimi Hendrix) yet narrowly escaped the full blast from a recent redevelopment scheme proposed by a leading insurance company. The Handel House Trust has raised the funds necessary to buy the lease, intending to restore the composer's rooms and open a museum and recital room to the public in 1999. But cash is still required to match the project's Lottery grant, and Handelians are being asked to help save the composer's house for the nation.

Review: Ben Harper Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Judging by his righteous performance tonight, Ben Harper must be on ethical steroids. If you could be breathalysed for moral stimulants, the 26-year-old blues/gospel singer would no doubt face charges of being in possession of a slide guitar without due self-pity. Don't let that put you off, though. Thankfully, he's no Henry Rollins, who'd nick his own dinner money just to induce a rush of injured self-disgust, nor is he Sinead O'Connor's damaged angel, taking to the stage for a spot of public exorcism.
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