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An exhibition featuring some of the 20th-century’s most iconic figures in music, film and fashion opens at a London gallery on Thursday.

Flames, check. Wind machine, check. Beyoncé pulls out all of the theatrical stops on this tour

Music review: Behold Beyoncé, the cybernetic goddess of R&B

LG Arena, Birmingham

Yoko Ono is curating this year's Meltdown Festival

Yoko Ono's Meltdown Festival tribute to John Lennon

The last album released by John Lennon before he was murdered will be played in full live for the first time when his widow, Yoko Ono, takes over this year's Meltdown Festival.

DVD & Blu-ray review: The Rolling Stones: Crossfire Hurricane (E) Brett Morgan (142mins)

Brett Morgan's efficient documentary, sanctioned by the Stones, ticks off the main events – Keith Richards's incarceration and pardon in 1967, Brian Jones's demise, Hyde Park, Altamont and the heroin-fuelled recording of Exile on Main St in the French countryside – without delving too deeply into any of them.

Mick Jagger's love letters to Marsha Hunt reveal 'secret history' of the Rolling Stone

A series of love letters revealing a passionate and clandestine romance between Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger and American actress and original Hair cast-member Marsha Hunt (pictured) will go under the hammer next month.

Farewell, My Queen, Benoit Jacquot, Berlin Film Festival

The French Revolution has been portrayed many times before on screen but never in quite oblique a way as in Benoit Jacquot’s film.

Keith Fordyce: Unflappable host of ‘Ready Steady Go!’

The easy-going and avuncular Keith Fordyce was the highly reliable host of the chaotic live, beat music programme, Ready Steady Go!, which started in 1963. Part of its attraction was the potential for things going wrong and Fordyce was the ideal person to restore order.

Album: Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels (Dramatico)

Another year, another croaky signal from Planet Marianne.

Marianne Faithfull: 'Drugs are completely irrelevant to me now'

Marianne Faithfull has a new album out, laying bare her soul, and two films due in cinemas later this year. So is it any wonder she's fed up being asked about heroin, Mick Jagger and apocryphal Mars bars?

Album: Marianne Faithfull, Horses and High Heels (Dramatico/Naïve)

For this latest of their collaborations, producer Hal Willner has surrounded Marianne Faithfull with some great New Orleans musicians, and got her covering a few Crescent City soul numbers. But it's not territory she occupies comfortably: she doesn't have the abandon to animate Joe & Ann's "Gee Baby", and her delivery of Allen Toussaint's "Back in Baby's Arms" is painfully stilted. She's much better reciting the Shangri-Las' "Past, Present and Future" over a melodramatic arrangement of harp, strings and woodwind, and her "Goin' Back" has an arthritic grace that suits the song well. Of her own material, the title-track comprises observations from her Irish and Parisian homes, while "Eternity" finds her trying to "live within the space that's moving all the time... touching the divine", over a blend of Doobie-esque rhythm guitar and sampled Jojouka reeds.

Marianne Faithfull joins Jagger penis debate

Marianne Faithfull says rumours of Sir Mick Jagger having a small penis are "nearly" true.

Rolling Stones tour in doubt

The Rolling Stones' latest tour is reportedly in jeopardy following a row over the size of Sir Mick Jagger's manhood.

Terence Blacker: Rock 'n' roll is no guide to modern life

It must have been something of a shock for those attending a global-warming rally this week to find themselves caught up in an international debate about a dead rock star's penis. Before turning to the state of the planet, the governor of Florida, Charlie Crist, revealed that he had become increasingly concerned about a famous obscenity conviction of the past.

Keith Richards tells of 'unbearable' Mick Jagger

Keith Richards has revealed Johnny Depp was a frequent visitor to his home for two years before he twigged he was a Hollywood star.

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