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

Album: Paul McCartney, Kisses on the Bottom (Mercury/Hear Music)

Why, Paul, why? The flinch-inducing title, lifted from Fats Waller's "I'm Going to Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter", suggests that McCartney lacks anyone to tell him when he's had a terrible idea.

Jim Sherwood: Core member of Frank Zappa's The Mothers of Invention

Jim Sherwood's ever-shifting role with The Mothers of Invention was emblematic of the unconventional and iconoclastic approach favoured by Frank Zappa, the group's maverick leader, guitarist and composer. Credited with "noises" on Freak Out!, the landmark debut on which Zappa and his cohorts waged a "low-key war against apathy" in 1966, Sherwood was promoted from "equipment handler" to full membership of The Mothers on their first European visit in 1967.

A Day That Shook The World: 'Beatlemania' greets The Beatles

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Comme des Garcons team up with The Beatles

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Leading article: Hello, goodbye?

"Money, that's what I want" sang the Beatles. It's a craving shared by the record industry, which is once again attempting to use the Fab Four to fill its depleted coffers. Re-mastered versions of the Beatles' albums were released yesterday along with "The Beatles Rock Band" game.

Remastered Beatles ushers band into digital age

The Beatles take a step closer to selling their music online on Wednesday with the simultaneous release of the band's re-mastered catalog and the MTV video game The Beatles: Rock Band.

BBC to broadcast rare Beatles footage

Unheard outtakes from The Beatles' final recording sessions in Abbey Road will be broadcast for the first time as part of a BBC Fab Four season, it was announced today.

The Beatles, By Hunter Davies

Any Fabs fan thinking of investing in this "40th Anniversary Edition" of Davies's biography of the band should hang on to their tenner. Though the cover trumpets "updated and revised", Davies states on the first page that "I have resisted the temptation to rewrite."

Paddy Delaney: Doorman at the Cavern Club during its Sixties heyday

First impressions count and during the Cavern Club's heyday in the 1960s, the first person you would see was the so-called "gentle giant", Paddy Delaney, standing in the doorway. He had come to the Cavern as its doorman in 1959 and after clearing out the rough element, he kept it trouble free during the historic Merseybeat years.

Beatles first contract for sale in London

Brian Epstein's copy of his management contract with The Beatles, a pact that proved to be worth millions, is being offered for sale in London next month.

Beatles for Sale, By John Blaney

The Beatles were musical geniuses, but financial innocents. Their music was so successful that they couldn't help but get rich, but the amount of money that they earned was only a fraction of the amount that got away. John Blaney's thoroughly researched book details the deals, the percentages, the disputes, and the roles played by Brian Epstein, Lee Eastman and Allen Klein – though there is such a thicket of detail that it's sometimes hard to work out exactly what was going wrong.

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