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INTERVIEW; Stories from the Hollywood Observer

Movie star parents, drugs, riches, husbands: Carrie Fisher's life would make a good novel. Or three, and a TV series to come. By Daniel Jeffreys

Performance: WILLIAM ORBIT Royal Festival Hall, London

Reading between the lines of the concert programme,William Orbit (ne Wainwright) comes over as a kind of cross between Oscar Wilde and the Mekon. Satisfyingly, it turns out that he actually looks a bit like that too, a centre parting curtaining a cranium of egghead proportions. His record company, WEA, obviously believes there's an equivalent-sized brain lurking inside the mighty carapace, having bank-rolled a deal with his own N-Gram label that involves four separate projects, with an album for each, as well as this richly packaged showcase, collectively titled "In the Realm of the Senses".

Faith & Reason: The gulf between Radshop and Godshop

The tale of two neighbouring bookshops in Liverpool is a story of contrary cultures that make no sense on their own, and badly need knocking together, writes Chris Hardwick.

HOW WE MET ERIN PIZZEY AND BOY GEORGE

Erin Pizzey, 56, spent much of her childhood in the Far East. In 1971 she founded Britain's first refuge for battered women and their children. Twice married and divorced, she lives in Tuscany and the Cayman Islands and has written 10 novels. She has two chi- dren from her first marriage.

Was she a friend of Bill's?

Special Relationship

John, Paul, George, Ringo and Nick

So the Beatles are recording again. So we recall how fab the four were. So we worry a bit about the remaining three. So what's to live up to? They weren't so great first time round. By Nick Coleman

Getting vocal about criminal justice

What makes Elvis Costello go weak at the knees? You're wrong. It isn't posing for the picture on the cover of My Aim is True. It's listening to the creamy-rich voice of June Tabor(7.20pm R4). "Anyone who doesn't like June Tabor should stop listeni ng to music," says the punk rocker turned quartetmeister. Few who have heard it would disagree.

Arts: The ever-popular tortured artist effect: They said there was a problem with the voice. They said she preferred to paint these days. But finally, after all the rumours, here's a new Joni Mitchell album. Giles Smith talked to her

Before Joni Mitchell consulted a mystic healer on the matter of the bleeding lesion in her throat, she asked some conventionally qualified, AMA doctors about it and they informed her it was what Sammy Davis Jr had. The late Sammy Davis Jr. They told her it was caused by smoking and gave her five years.

Underrated: Drown out the sound of silence: The case for muzak

A colleague of mine was recently stuck between floors in a lift for over an hour. Soon after his rescue, I called him up to offer my condolences, and discovered that he was still strangely unsettled by the experience.

SHOW PEOPLE / A heart and soul sister: ANNIE ROSS

IT'S A story that would be hard to believe even in a novel by some latter-day Henry Fielding. Annabelle Lynch, sister to the Scottish comedian Jimmy Logan, is left as a child in the care of an American aunt by her vaudevillean parents. She grows up in a household where Duke Ellington is likely to call in for tea, goes to school with Elizabeth Taylor, plays Judy Garland's daughter in a film, and eventually becomes a famous jazz singer and friend of Billie Holiday. After many further adventures, including having a son by the bebop drummer Kenny Clarke and running the archetypal Swinging London nightclub, Annie's Room in Covent Garden, she becomes a Hollywood star in her sixties and returns to England once again in triumph.

Here Today: National Film Theatre: Desert Island Movies

Remember the scene in Bedazzled, where Peter Cook and Dudley Moore, dressed as the Fruni Green Eyewash men, swindle pounds 10 from the kind old lady? Nope, you probably don't. Despite its relative success, Bedazzled is hardly ever shown on television. Neither is Robert Altman's California Split, Martin Scorsese's Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore or Francis Ford Coppola's You're a Big Boy Now. Difficult to find on video, they are all films I need to see now or I think I may explode.

RECORDS / New Releases: Cassandra Wilson: Blue Light til' Dawn (Blue Note, CD/LP/tape)

Dark reworkings of blues roots, including Robert Johnson's 'Come on in My Kitchen' and 'Hellhound on My Trail', make this largely acoustic set the best jazz vocal album of the year. Wilson, whose output had dipped from the classic standards of Blues Skies a few years back, also breathes surprising new life into Joni Mitchell's 'Black Crow' and Van Morrison's 'Tupelo Honey'.

ALBUMS / The road to Hatfield

BILLY JOEL

RADIO / The moral is only too clear

EVERYTHING gets lost in The Moral Maze (R4): patience, self- control, wits and all sense of direction. It's made from leftovers of You the Jury and Week Ending, the bones of both just visible in the sticky goulash they have become. It involves a resident team of gurus chewing over a topical moral dilemma and spitting it out in disgust having roasted, grilled or lambasted several 'witnesses'. They interrupt each other, bring up ancient personal grudges, get absolutely nowhere. Nominally in charge is an increasingly tetchy Michael Buerk.

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