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Various Artists, Ace: An entertaining and inspiring collection

The ascent of Manchester (from the Hollies to the Hacienda)

Dave Haslam tells the story of how Wigan Casino Man evolved into an Oasis fan, by way of Morrissey and Happy Mondays

Records: Soul

Various Artists: Marvin is 60 (Motown)

The joy of sex at sixty

Profile: Peter Stringfellow The BBC has uncovered new talent in this veteran of the bedroom.

Jazz: Any which way you can

Kyle Eastwood got a good start in jazz - his dad's an aficionado of no small fame. But that's where the family ties end. Eastwood Jr really can play bass.

Music: Some guys have all the luck

Robert Palmer is the boy from Batley who made it big. A new album, a wardrobe full of smart suits and a sumptuous international lifestyle - his only worry is whether he'll have to loosen his belt.

Accidental Heroes of the 20th Century: 30: Marvin Gaye, Soul Singer

MARVIN GAYE'S melodramatic death in 1984, at the age of 45, had the inevitability of a Greek tragedy. There was nowhere else for him to go. Truly, nobody knew the trouble he'd seen.

Peter York On Ads No 253: Weight Watchers - You don't have to be fat ...

Deep Fried Potato Wedges, with a figure like yours? Mais bien sur, when it's Heinz Weight Watchers Mexican Chilli. Weight Watchers have gone for the woman thing in their new commercial, with swirly whirly moody images, a variety of filters - red, blue, gold and green - and a variety of big thoughts about the elemental wonderfulness of women. It's got something of the look of the Red magazine launch ad, but prettier and less crazed.

Christmas books: Pop - A couple of thousand Pink Floyd fans can be wrong

Cole Moreton reviews the year's best rock books (and Ian Gillan's)

SINS OF THE FATHER

Marvin Gaye's father prophesied greatness for his son and yet he hated him - and, in 1984, he killed him. A fortnight after the father's death, here is the first full account of their tangled relationship, and of the singer's last days

Marvin Gaye's father and killer is dead

THE FATHER of Marvin Gaye has died, 14 years after he shot dead the legendary soul star during an argument. Marvin Gay (as his name was spelled) died in hospital last Sunday after developing pneumonia at his retirement home in Long Beach, California.

Classical Music: Still hooked on 'classics'

They're built up as icons. But are so-called seminal albums actually an y good? By Nick Coleman

Jazz review: The silent treatment works best

St Lucia Jazz Festival

Meet the new bossa

After years lounging in the middle of the musical road, Marcos Valle is riding the bossa nova to a cool renaissance on its 40th birthday. Phil Johnson talks to the master

Music: Going back to his roots

Mark-Anthony Turnage likes funk? Can't be true... Nick Coleman unravels an unlikely raft of influences

Lyric Sheets: Tamla's Golden Years

The Motown Chartbusters Collection has been re-released for Christmas. The famous Hitsville Studio, which was situated in one room of a Detroit bungalow, has now been opened as a museum.
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