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Former chart star Charlotte Church has been chosen to deliver an annual lecture to the radio industry in honour of late broadcaster John Peel.

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Damages for musician whose career perished in disaster

A professional musician whose career with top pop bands was wrecked by the Marchioness riverboat disaster yesterday accepted pounds 150,000 damages.

Too old at 50? Too young to die ...

Elton John is 50. It's not too old to keep rocking. David Lister reports

Rock star speaks up for boat victim

Pete Townshend of the Who told a High Court judge in London yesterday of the "exceptional" style and virtuosity of a saxophonist whose career was destroyed by the Marchioness disaster.

Musician tells of ruined career after boat tragedy

A gifted saxophonist whose ability to control her breath helped her survive the Marchioness disaster will describe to the High Court in London today how her career with top rock bands was wrecked when she was plunged into the Thames.

Who are you?

Tonight, what's left of The Who play `Quadrophenia' at Earls Court. It's enough to make you weep - or smile.

Pere Ubu Datapanik in the Year Zero Geffen DGCD5-24969

This particular box contains some of the most harrowing, incendiary music ever made; its reissue offers a pertinent reminder of how rock music managed to drag itself out of the mid-Seventies progressive-rock malaise. Both the Boo Radleys and Kula Shaker could learn a lot from these five CDs, the first of which alone scales pinnacles subsequently left unattempted.

give us back our fashion heritage

Former shop owner Robert Orbach laments the demise of Carnaby Street

We gaze at our reflection in the back of a spoon and say, 'Look, I'm Pete Townshend.' Every night

We are on a two-week family holiday in Sardinia - an island populated entirely by glossy-haired beauties whizzing by on Vespas and withered nuns on their way to Vespers. We stare at the coltish girls and try not to look at the nuns. "I don't like them," whispers Mum. "It's so dopey. Marrying Christ." Dad is racing way ahead of us - he always does - turning now and then to say "keep up". We can't. Mum recalls their wedding day. "He walked too fast for me then, too. I had to say, 'Excuse me, I can't find the registry office by myself.' "

Tangled up in corporatism

The Who plus Bob plus Eric Clapton plus no booze in a bleak midsummer Hyde Park equals one damp squib. By Andy Gill

Refreshes the parts other beers can't reach No 128: GUINNESS

The pathetic beginning of the new Guinness commercial sets us up to guess Age Concern has scraped together enough for a tear-jerker. An old man makes his way home, in pyjamas and on a stick. In his cluttered flat, he does the things you'd expect: looks at photo albums of a family dead and dispersed; feeds the budgie and the fish; looks ready to nod off.

Musical: Tommy; Shaftesbury Theatre, London

The plot of Tommy is absurdity itself. A young boy witnesses the murder of his mother's lover by his war-hero father. He subsequently loses the ability to see, hear and speak, and spends his days staring into the mirror. He becomes a teenage pinball champion, regains his senses, is worshipped as a messiah and rock 'n' roll idol, then gets disillusioned with the world and is rejected by his fans. As big-budget West End musicals about autistic Christ figures go, the Who's wild (and wildly pretentious) rock opera sounds about as appetising as one of Pete Townshend's solo albums. Yet Des McAnuff's gaudy production is breathtakingly imaginative and, for a show built around such a flimsy conceit, almost insanely rousing. It feels crisp and new - the only thing that's dated is the idiom, but then I don't suppose "Pinball Wizard" would have the same pizzazz if it ran: "That kid with learning difficulties / Sure plays a mean pinball."

Fame and fortune await teenager from Tesco

A star is born: Unknown actor lands lead role in pounds 3m production of 'Tommy'

Instant thrills on the trans-European express

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