News Roy Harper performed with Pink Floyd and influenced rock band Led Zeppelin

Veteran folk and rock performer Roy Harper has been charged with a series of historic sex offences against an under-age girl.

Album review: Tonbruket, Nubiam Swimtrip (Act)

After their pianist and principal composer Esbjorn Svensson died in 2008, the remaining members of e.s.t. (Esbjorn Svensson Trio, geddit?), drummer Magnus Ostrom and bassist Dan Berglund, decided they could not continue without him and formed their own separate projects.

Music review: Roger Waters' The Wall tour - The crowd weeps during 'Comfortably Numb'

Wembley Stadium at night suits The Wall. It feels oppressive and chaotic up in the stands of this aircraft hanger of a venue, and Roger Waters’ most literally monumental achievement has more self-loathing, rage and disgust in its bones than any other rock show that’s filled stadiums worldwide with people wanting to hear it.

Tom Stoppard (centre) with Bill Nighy (far right)

Philosophy in psychedelic mash-up as Sir Tom Stoppard meets Pink Floyd, 40 years on

The play Darkside was commissioned by BBC Radio 2 to mark the 40th anniversary of the band's Dark Side of The Moon album

Earls Court Exhibition Centre - used for 1948 Olympic Games - to be razed

London Mayor Boris Johnson has approved plans to demolish the art deco Earls Court Exhibition Centre.

A recording studio in the garden: How creativity comes in shedloads

People like a shed – especially if they are creative. For writers it is often a peaceful bolt-hole.

Storm Thorgerson, the man behind Dark Side of the Moon cover art, dies aged 69

Storm Thorgerson, the artist and designer of some of the most distinguished album covers in history, has died. He was 69.

The cover of Dark Side of the Moon

Tom Stoppard writes radio play inspired by Pink Floyd

Playwright Sir Tom Stoppard has written a new radio play inspired by Pink Floyd's Dark Side Of The Moon to mark the album's 40th anniversary.

Simon Price on One Direction: One Direction - Before it all goes wrong, give Harry what he needs

A decent song, that is. Because it's only a matter of time before One Direction lose their way

Biffy Clyro have triumphed over bereavement and alcoholism to top the charts

Biffy Clyro on beating the booze and demons to reach number 1

After 17 years the Scots noise-merchants have triumphed over bereavement and alcoholism to top the charts. James McNair meets them

Roger Waters

Roger Waters' The Wall Live named third most successful tour of 2012

Only tours by Madonna and Bruce Springsteen were more appealing than the Pink Floyd co-founder's according to Billboard

Dr Dre tops Forbes magazine's list of highest-earning musicians

With an incredible $110 million in pretax earnings, Dr. Dre has topped the list of 2012's highest-paid musicians.

Teenage heartbreak, The Wedding Present and Labour MP Stella Creasy

Stella Creasy tells of the anguish of unrequited love that an indie rock album was able to heal

Hastings Pier to be resurrected

Hastings Pier, the seaside attraction that became an unlikely musical mecca in the 1960s by hosting performers from the Rolling Stones to The Who, is to be restored following an £11m Lottery grant.

Roger Waters

Roger Waters announces The Wall tour

Former Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters has announced a summer tour of The Wall in large open-air stadiums across Europe.

Last night's viewing - Wonderland: I Was Once a Beauty Queen, BBC2; The Great Train Robbery, ITV1

"Beauty queens belong to an era when everyone was sweet and lovely and nobody did anything wrong," said Tracy Dodds in Hannah Berryman's film about the heyday of the beauty contest. The remark turned out to be not quite as ingenuous as it sounded. Dodds was commenting sardonically on her own unexpectedly short possession of the Miss Great Britain title, which she relinquished when it emerged that she'd posed for topless shots before the contest. But the first time you encountered it, in the opening sequence to Wonderland: I Was Once a Beauty Queen, it was also undercut by a coincidence that Berryman surely couldn't have predicted when she made her film. As Dodds recalled her first steps on the road to beauty pageant glory – her parents had written to her school saying she'd got tonsillitis so that she could enter Miss New Brighton – you saw an image of the local newspaper reporting on her subsequent victory. And the celebrity giving her a congratulatory peck on the cheek looked uncannily like Jimmy Savile. Beauty contests were primetime family entertainment back in the Seventies, but I bet there were some backstage angles from which they didn't look anything like as cheesily guileless.

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