Arts and Entertainment They should have known better: the controversial cover of the Beatles' 1966 album 'Yesterday and Today', released by Capitol in the US

As a box-set of The Beatles' US albums is released, Andy Gill laments America's cavalier approach to the Fab Four's classics

The festival saw a performance from The Ghetto Youths International Crew, a band formed by the sons of reggae legend Bob Marley

The new Mersey Beat: Thousand flock to Liverpool's Sefton Park for four-day music festival

With tower blocks peeping above the tree line, Liverpool's Sefton Park is just a stroll from Penny Lane and a city steeped in a history of poverty and division.

The Rolling Stones (top) will go head-to-head with The Beatles Bootleg (bottom) at Glastonbury

The great Beatles Vs The Rolling Stones rivalry reignited at Glastonbury 2013

Tribute band The Bootleg Beatles will go head-to-head with Sir Mick Jagger and co during the Somerset festival in two weeks' time

Album: Beady Eye, BE (Columbia)

BE has already been touted in some quarters as Liam Gallagher's art-rock album.

Kevin McNaughton of Cardiff City celebrates with fans at the team's promotion to the Premier League

Cardiff City 0 Charlton Athletic 0 match report: Malky Mackay plans for Premier League as Cardiff end long wait for promotion

Cardiff become the second Welsh side to occupy the Premier League along with Swansea

This photo provided by Heritage Auctions of Dallas shows a a copy of The Beatles'

Signed Beatles album sells for record $290,500

A signed copy of The Beatles’ 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band has been bought for a record price of $290,500 (£191,000) at auction.

Sir Paul Ruddock to leave Lansdowne

Sir Paul Ruddock, one of the world's best-known hedge fund managers, is to step down from Lansdowne Partners later this year. The 54-year-old, who co-founded the company with Steven Heinz in 1998, will leave in June to focus on his work in the arts and on charity work.

Impossible: X Factor's James Arthur back at the top of the charts

The singer last week missed out on the coveted Christmas number one spot to the Justice Collective's 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother'

Marathon man: Ron Hill still pounds the roads near Hyde today

Ron Hill: The man who keeps on running

He has run every day for 48 years. That's 157,000 miles – or more than halfway to the moon. At this rate he might even reach it

McCartney: 'There was always something suspect about Savile'

Sir Paul McCartney has become one of the first rock stars to speak about Jimmy Savile and the sexual climate of the 1960s and 1970s.

Sir Paul McCartney: 'There was something a little bit suspect about Jimmy Savile'

The Beatle speaks to The Independent's arts editor David Lister about his friendship with the disgraced DJ

Licensed to trill: The Beatles, like Bond, heralded a new era

Rock'n'roll beats 'shaken not stirred'

Paul Vallely weighs up Sixties beacons James Bond and The Beatles

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Elton John reveals worries over son Zachary not having 'a mummy'

Sir Elton John has told how he believes his son Zachary's childhood is going to be "very difficult" as he battles homophobia and the impact of his father's world fame.

Michael (Pinnington), Gordon (Elsmore), Mike (Nichols) and Isaac (Shalam) try to convince talent scouts they should be cast as the Fab Four

Help! We need a Ringo... Wannabe Fab Fours audition for Beatles show

Hundreds flock to theatre for a part in a new musical, reports Charlie Cooper

The top 40 album releases reveals that the tastes of the British public are nothing if not eclectic

Well, it is jubilee year... Queen's 'Greatest Hits' is Britain's best-selling album of past half-century

Kings of camp rock join Beatles with two entries in Top 40 – but the Stones are nowhere to be seen

Sir Paul warns One Direction over becoming 'the next Beatles'

Sir Paul McCartney has warned chart sensations One Direction about the "pressure" of being the next big thing.

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