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

Beatle to play at Cavern Club

Beatle to play at Cavern Club

Leading Article: Mersey beat

THE LIVERPOOL Democracy Commission wants the city to have a directly elected mayor, just like the one in London. Liverpudlians should be made up at the news.

Lyric Sheets; The Beatles' Last Single

The Beatles are to release their last song ever. The song was lost during the `Yellow Submarine' sessions at Abbey Road in 1968. As yet untitled and featuring John Lennon on vocals, it will go on sale this autumn un-remixed and in its original form

exhibition: from the bomb to the beatles

Meander down memory lane - be it yours or your granny's - as The Imperial War Museum launches a major exhibition focusing on post-war Britain. "From the Bomb to the Beatles", designed by Sir Terence Conran, chronicles changes in Britain between 1945 and 1965; from post-war austerity to "you've never had it so good". Memorabilia includes stage costumes worn by John Lennon and Marilyn Monroe, a pink sapphire ring which belonged to Elvis, and art and sculpture by artists Henry Moore and Peter Blake. Also highlighted are classic domestic items such as tin baths, washing powder and Minis. A complementary programme of demonstrations and talks addresses the development of the consumer lifestyle, from fashion to food and film.

Pop: Tall stories, tight trousers and elves

Rock Family Trees returns to our television screens tonight, with another batch of pop secret histories. James McNair celebrates the rockumentary series which reminds us that, regardless of pedigree, most bands have had their Spinal Tap moments

Revelations: Julian Lennon, Barbados, Christmas 1997 - I had to grasp the mantle

I'D ALWAYS thought 30 was just a number until I reached it and started digging up the past, worrying about the future and how long I had left. I've always been pretty analytical, but it struck me harder than I ever thought possible. I'd been manipulated a lot, there had been a lack of respect towards me as an artist in my own right. I had always been promoted as "the son of". But what about me? It bleaches you of your own personality. Being extremely shy, painfully shy, I was always too quiet and polite, never able to confront or find the courage to say No. From day one I never felt the presence of "the shadow", but everyone wanted me to have one, and so I had to struggle and fight to get out from under their preconceptions.

Bunhill: Nice Christmas Day at the office, dear?

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McCartney tells of Linda's cancer battle

Sir Paul McCartney, whose wife, Linda, is recovering from a two- year battle with cancer, told how the 12-steps of Alcoholics Anonymous helped them cope. In an interview with Sir David Frost, Sir Paul described how the diagnosis of a life-threatening disease "focuses you on the things you think are important in life" and "stops you messing around." That was "about the only good thing you can say about it."

Beatles for sale: Only the rich need apply

Lennon and McCartney lookalikes Gary Gibson (left) and Lawrence Gilmour modelling two of the Fab Four's guitars up for auction today.

Beatles put Oasis in the shade

Beatles put Oasis in the shade

Beatles get back to where they once belonged

Radio 1 is to devote an hour of prime-time listening to The Beatles today - using the band's latest single as the grand finale to the showpiece session.
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