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

Founder Pink Floyd member dies

Richard Wright, a founder member of Pink Floyd, died today at the age of 65 after battling cancer, his spokesman said.



My Bloody Valentine, Roundhouse, London

Lesser talents be warned – My Bloody Valentine are back, hunting a legacy frittered away by their own procrastination and lazier groups that took on their mantle. The group re-form here after a 16-year absence, during which band leader Kevin Shields scrapped an album and went into isolation. Fans would be forgiven for expecting to find the venue still being built. This is the band, after all, that took three years to record their 1991 masterpiece Loveless. Last week, Sony BMG was due to re-release the group's two albums, a project delayed since Shields is late with the sleeve notes to explain his remastering process.

Pandora: No smoke without fiery Love

Following in the volatile vapour cloud of Naomi Campbell – carried off a British Airways flight in handcuffs seven days ago after a screaming row which ended with the model allegedly spitting at a police officer – a fuming Courtney Love has had her collar felt by a British airline's security detail.

Norman Smith: Engineer for The Beatles, producer for Pink Floyd and, briefly, a pop star

When Norman Smith, a former Royal Air Force glider pilot and failed jazz musician, saw an advertisement in The Times in 1959 stating that EMI were looking for apprentice engineers under the age of 28, the 35 year old decided to lie about his age. At the interview, his cheeky criticism of Cliff Richard, the label's rising star, chimed with his interlocutor's views and also made Smith stand out among the hundred or so applicants. He was one of the three apprentices hired on the spot and began work at EMI's Abbey Road Studios.

Songs of love and hate: When musicians pen tracks to each other

Cat Power has just released a hymn to Bob Dylan. She's by no means the only musician to reference another

Warnock lets fly over rules

The Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock has criticised the game's rule-makers for taking no action against Aston Villa's Juan Pablo Angel over an alleged elbowing incident at Bramall Lane on Monday night.

Yesterday's rock is today's investment

Memorabilia of iconic bands from the Seventies and Eighties is fetching high prices, says Gwyn Jones

School's out

After a quarter of a century, the wall is finally coming down. Islington Green, the school that has become entwined in the public imagination with Pink Floyd's 1979 non-conformist anthem "Another Brick in the Wall", is to close. It will reopen as one of the Government's vaunted academies - but, alas, the famous bricks are to be removed.

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