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.

Pierre Perrone: Prog - a genre that still has a firm grip on the British psyche

As someone whose mind was blown by the theatre of Peter Gabriel's Genesis and Pink Floyd performing with the Ballet de Marseille choreographed by Roland Petit in the early 70s, I always enjoyed the ambition within prog. Forty years on, that spirit is still at large in the musical land.

Nick Clark: Ah, just the thought of watching Chelsea in one of London's greatest buildings

The possibility that we could actually call Battersea Power Station home is stunning

Album: The Future Kings of England, Who Is This Who Is Coming? (Backwater)

Suffolk-based rustic psych-rockers The Future Kings Of England offer on their fourth album the soundtrack for a creepy ghost story written in 1904 by M R James, in which a sceptical professor has his certainties rattled when he finds a Bronze Age whistle and with it summons up... who knows what?

Album: Air, Le Voyage dans la Lune (EMI)

Having revealed their sci-fi leanings on their Moon Safari debut, Air were the natural choice to create the soundtrack for the newly restored print of Georges Méliès' 1902 silent film, Le Voyage dans la Lune.

The Beatles performing All You Need is Love at the Abbey Road Studios

All you need is a big fat wallet to record at Abbey Road

Wealthy guests at the Savoy Hotel will be allowed to take over Abbey Road and add amateur recordings to its heritage in a move that will horrify Beatles obsessives for whom the recording studios are sacred ground.

Thorgerson says: 'To my shame, I was initially more interested in her chest than her portfolio'

How We Met: Jill Furmanovsky & Storm Thorgerson

'To my shame, I was initially more interested in her chest than her portfolio'

The deluxe side of the moon is record industry's answer to downloading

You've already got the album on vinyl, cassette and CD.

Electric Eden, By Rob Young

Those who experienced the musical annus mirabilis of 1967 will recall the brief flowering of the Incredible String Band, a group that influenced both the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. Paul McCartney chose their waxing 5,000 Spirits as his most treasured LP of 1967. Anyone too young or too old to turn on to the Summer of Love may be mystified by the appeal of this record. Though described by Young as "an infinitely more intimate and disorienting happening" than Sergeant Pepper, non-believers are liable to view it as self-indulgent caterwauling.

Album: Soft Hearted Scientists, Wandermoon (The Hip Replacement)

Whimsical psychedelia must be like mother's milk to the Welsh.

Sean O'Grady: What to do with our 14-year-olds

When Digby Jones says that disruptive 14-year-olds should be allowed to quit school and "go out and earn a few bob", he ought to know that this is not really what they want.

They're making their minds up: civil servants to rule who's real Bucks Fizz

For some music fans, one Bucks Fizz is more than enough. But now the original band members are locked in a legal battle to decide which of two rival acts are the real Eurovision winners.

Gilmour son jailed over rampage

The son of Pink Floyd rock star David Gilmour gave a final defiant wave to the press gallery today as he was led away to start a lengthy prison sentence for a drink and drug fuelled rampage during last year's tuition fees protests.

Album: The Horrors, Skying (XL)

This is the one. You may remember, in 2009, the clamour of critics lauding The Horrors for – shock, er, horror – actually making a good album with their second effort, Primary Colours. I was practically a lone sceptic, sulking and tutting on my own in the corner.

Vaughan Williams wins first 'Desert Island Discs' vote

'The Lark Ascending' tops poll of 25,000 would-be castaways for special edition of Radio 4 show
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Mau Mau uprising: Kenyans still waiting for justice join class action over Britain's role in the emergency

Kenyans still waiting for justice over Mau Mau uprising

Thousands join class action over Britain's role in the emergency
Isis in Iraq: The trauma of the last six months has overwhelmed the remaining Christians in the country

The last Christians in Iraq

After 2,000 years, a community will try anything – including pretending to convert to Islam – to avoid losing everything, says Patrick Cockburn
Black Friday: Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Helpful discounts for Christmas shoppers, or cynical marketing by desperate retailers?

Britain braced for Black Friday
Bill Cosby's persona goes from America's dad to date-rape drugs

From America's dad to date-rape drugs

Stories of Bill Cosby's alleged sexual assaults may have circulated widely in Hollywood, but they came as a shock to fans, says Rupert Cornwell
Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

Clare Balding: 'Women's sport is kicking off at last'

As fans flock to see England women's Wembley debut against Germany, the TV presenter on an exciting 'sea change'
Oh come, all ye multi-faithful: The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?

Oh come, all ye multi-faithful

The Christmas jumper is in fashion, but should you wear your religion on your sleeve?
Dr Charles Heatley: The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

The GP off to do battle in the war against Ebola

Dr Charles Heatley on joining the NHS volunteers' team bound for Sierra Leone
Flogging vlogging: First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books

Flogging vlogging

First video bloggers conquered YouTube. Now they want us to buy their books
Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show: US channels wage comedy star wars

Saturday Night Live vs The Daily Show

US channels wage comedy star wars
When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine? When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible

When is a wine made in Piedmont not a Piemonte wine?

When EU rules make Italian vineyards invisible
Look what's mushrooming now! Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector

Look what's mushrooming now!

Meat-free recipes and food scandals help one growing sector
Neil Findlay is more a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

More a pink shrimp than a red firebrand

The vilification of the potential Scottish Labour leader Neil Findlay shows how one-note politics is today, says DJ Taylor
Bill Granger recipes: Tenderstem broccoli omelette; Fried eggs with Mexican-style tomato and chilli sauce; Pan-fried cavolo nero with soft-boiled egg

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Bill Granger's cracking egg recipes
Terry Venables: Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back

Terry Venables column

Wayne Rooney is roaring again and the world knows that England are back
Michael Calvin: Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Abject leadership is allowing football’s age-old sores to fester

Those at the top are allowing the same issues to go unchallenged, says Michael Calvin