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.

Artists go to war over illegal file-sharing

Lily Allen accuses established stars of holding back new talent

Album: Soft Machine, The Soft Machine and Volume Two (Polydor)

Despite a reputation second only to Pink Floyd, Soft Machine struggled to make much of an impression outside of a small cognoscenti, until they became a full-blown jazz-rock combo in the 1970s.

The International Times archive launches online

The International Times, the underground newspaper that attracted big name writers in the 60s and 70s, has launched an online archive of its publications.

Album: Amazing Baby, Rewild, (V2)

Internet buzz, youth, good hair and being mates with MGMT will get you so far, but while Amazing Baby might be able to pull the neon-coloured headbands over some folk's eyes, this Brooklyn band's debut sounds derivative (everything from Tenacious D to Pink Floyd), predictable (too many lines about kids getting high) and, worst of all, dull (as Coldplay are to Radiohead so this lot are to their famous friends).

Conman found guilty of lover's Travelodge murder

A former British Airways steward was found guilty today of murdering his partner in a Travelodge hotel room.

Hugh Hopper: Innovative bassist with Soft Machine and stalwart of the Canterbury scene

The bass guitarist and composer Hugh Hopper was a pivotal member of Soft Machine, the Canterbury group which went through many incarnations and shifts in musical identity and proved more successful in continental Europe than the UK in the late Sixties and early Seventies. A friend and schoolmate of the founder-member, drummer and vocalist Robert Wyatt, Hopper contributed to the group's psychedelic debut in 1968 and was their road manager before replacing bassist Kevin Ayers on the jazzier Volume Two album the following year. Hopper was a mainstay of the Softs until May 1973, his trademark fuzz Fender Precision bass riffs and experiments with tape loops as important to the group's ever-evolving sound as Mike Ratledge's Lowrey electric organ through five albums, including the best-selling Third (1970) and Fourth (1971).

Album: Sigur Rós, Von (Smekkleysa)

Reissued for the first time outside of their native Iceland, Von is Sigur Rós's 1997 debut.

Album: Easy-Star All Stars, Lonely Hearts Dub (Easy Star)

They've done Pink Floyd and Radiohead. Now they're doing the really big boys: a complete Sgt Pepper, rub-a-dub style, featuring a stickbundle of premier reggae voices. Frankie Paul, Mighty Diamonds, U-Roy, Michael Rose, Luciano, Ranking Roger, Sugar Minott... not a bad list of gnarly old sticks. And, of course, the Beatles classic survives the translation in almost all cases, although some songs are more sympathetic to the idiom than others. Utterly charming.

Police search for missing florist and disabled daughter

A major police search was launched yesterday after a "vulnerable" and "emotional" woman went missing with her disabled nine-year-old daughter.

Album: Michael Mantler, Concertos, (ECM)

Michael Mantler is the forbiddingly cerebral Austrian composer and trumpeter who with his then-partner Carla Bley formed the revolutionary Jazz Composers Orchestra in 1960s New York before creating meisterwerks for an international prog/jazz elite.

The Aliens, Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, London

A down-to-earth sound that's worth waiting for

Syd Barrett's inner visions

Pink Floyd's founder turned his back on music and lived as a recluse. These paintings, seen here for the first time, give an insight into his troubled mind

Rick Wright: Interstellar overdrive

Rick Wright gave Pink Floyd their surreal, spacey sound. Andy Gill bids farewell to the man, and the band, who changed the face of rock

Richard Wright: Keyboard player with Pink Floyd

Although Rick Wright played keyboards for Pink Floyd, he never played the star. With his melancholy looks and gaunt features, Wright would be lost in a crowd, and he was happy that way. Making music as creatively as possible was what mattered to him and there are few moments more sublime than his measured playing on "Us And Them", his composition on The Dark Side Of The Moon (1973).

Pink Floyd founder member Richard Wright dies at 65

Richard Wright, the self-taught pianist and founding member of Pink Floyd whose keyboard playing and compositions were at the heart of the band's classic albums, has died from cancer.

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Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

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Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

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English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

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Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

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World War Z author Max Brooks honours WW1's Harlem Hellfighters in new graphic novel

Max Brooks honours Harlem Hellfighters

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Why the league system no longer measures up

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Jon Coles, former head of standards at the Department of Education, used to be in charge of school performance rankings. He explains how he would reform the system
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Diego Costa: Devil in blue who upsets defences is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

Devil in blue Costa is a reminder of what Liverpool have lost

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Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

Ashley Giles: 'I'll watch England – but not as a fan'

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Greece elections: In times like these, the EU has far more dangerous adversaries than Syriza

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Holocaust Memorial Day: Nazi victims remembered as spectre of prejudice reappears

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Fortitude and the Arctic attraction: Our fascination with the last great wilderness

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