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.

Rock star's son faces quiz over Cenotaph protest

The son of Pink Floyd guitarist David Gilmour could be questioned by police after he admitted swinging from a Union Flag on the Cenotaph during the student protests.

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Richard Evans has designed albums for a huge range of musicians, from Abba's Agnetha to The Who. Here, he celebrates great sleeve art through the ages

Story of the song: Scissor Sisters, Comfortably Numb, 2004

"I've been singing it for the latter half of my life," said Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears of the 1979 Pink Floyd classic, "Comfortably Numb".

Album: The Orb & David Gilmour, Metallic Spheres (Columbia)

How tidy is this? Ambient-house collective enters studio with Pink Floyd guitarist and emerges with...Echoes II?

Album: The Bees, Every Step's a Yes (Fiction)

Though something of a letdown after the splendid Octopus, there's still much to enjoy about Every Step's a Yes, which as usual arrives steeped in a mulch of musical influences from the heritage era of rock classicism.

Anti-Semitic? Not me, says Roger Waters

Pink Floyd star responds after Jewish group criticised his use of Star of David

Album: Clinic, Bubblegum (Domino)

Bubblegum marks something of a shift for the always inventive Clinic: with its reliance on acoustic guitars and understated accompaniments, it has more of a folksy approach, the pastoral obverse to their usual surging psych-rock grooves.

The Orb enjoys new found fame as they collaborate with Pink Floyd's David Gilmour

Alex Paterson has every right to sound slightly tetchy as he points out: "You've ignored us for years, but suddenly everyone's interested just because of who we're working with." His ambient-house pioneers The Orb have been treated as whimsical irrelevances for much of their career; now they're getting to work with one of their heroes and the world is sitting up and listening. Paterson's latest album is Metallic Spheres, by The Orb featuring David Gilmour. The chill-out mavens have been paying tribute to Pink Floyd since their 1991 debut album The Orb's Adventures Beyond the Ultraworld, with its Battersea Power Station cover and a track called "Back Side of the Moon". Now they have worked the guitarist and vocalist's precise, bluesy style into their own dubby excursions.

David Lister: Whatever the art form, it's an obscene amount to pay

Suddenly the Royal Opera House looks downright cheap. Britain's biggest rock venue, the O2, is charging up to £400 for a pair of "Platinum" seats to see bands like Simply Red or Supertramp.

On the agenda: Notting Hill Carnival; Film4 FrightFest; Fabergé; Josephine Angelini; Otarian; Avalon

We've a place to chill at Notting Hill Carnival and a chill down the spine thanks to Film4

Album: Mt St Helens Vietnam Band, Where the Messengers Meet (Dead Oceans)

Something stirs over on the West Coast of the US... Until recently, it seemed that the indie-rocking youth looked no further back musically than to Animal Collective.

'Ayatollah, leave those kids alone' – Pink Floyd get an Iranian twist

A terrified young woman in a red headscarf bolts through a door into a darkened room. Chased by an angry mullah, she pulls out her phone and desperately tries to call for help, but there is no signal.

Pink Floyd duo reunite for charity gig

Fans had assumed their Live 8 collaboration was their last hurrah, but Pink Floyd's David Gilmour and Roger Waters have put their differences aside to perform on stage for charity once more.

Album: The Flaming Lips & Stardeath and White Dwarfs, The Dark Side of the Moon (Warner Bros)

The tribute album is often damned by the diffidence of disciples wary of offending against their holy musical text.

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