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Bruce Springsteen performing at Hard Rock Calling Day 2 at the Olympic Park

You're the boss: Bruce Springsteen parking fine withdrawn by Leeds City Council

A parking ticket stuck on one of rock star Bruce Springsteen's tour trucks as he prepared to play the first gig at the UK's newest music venue will not have to be paid, a council has confirmed.

Cast members of the new Beatles musical 'Let It Be', whose producers are being sued by a rival production

Beatles tribute show Let It Be opens on Broadway amid copyright infringement lawsuit

The Beatles musical Let It Be opens on Broadway tonight, despite an on-going copyright dispute filed against the show by a rival production.

Elton John played on the Queens of the Stone Age's new record

Sir Elton John to receive first ever Brits Icon award

Brit Awards organisers are to launch a new annual honour to celebrate major figures in music with Sir Elton John announced as the first ever recipient.

Kraftwerk performing on the Obelisk stage during the Latitude Festival at Henham Park near Southwold, Suffolk

Latitude Festival 2013: It is an eye-opening weekend, but Kraftwerk’s 3D show falls a bit flat

Oxford’s inexplicably popular math-rockers Foals closed Latitude’s main stage last night with something close to thrash-rave, and a laser light-show reaching towards the full moon. Clearly exhilarated by their headline slot, they still struggled to excite.

Judge ready to go to law with ENRC

City grandee Sir Paul Judge has warned that he will countersue the scandal-ridden mining concern Eurasian Natural Resources Corporation after the Kazakhstan-based group lodged a High Court writ against him.

Album review: Grant Hart, The Argument (Domino)

Former Hüsker Dü drummer/songwriter Grant Hart exhibits huge ambition on The Argument, a double-album inspired by William Burroughs' planned sci-fi re-imagining of Milton's Paradise Lost.

Album review: Johnny Borrell, Borrell 1 (Stiff Records/Virgin EMI)

Album of the week: Borrell's back but that razor-sharp rock'n'roll is missing

First night: Easy like Friday evening... Latitude festival basks in heatwave

It is not the most Radio 4-friendly of rock festivals

Chalk talk: Why Gove's classroom plans are just not very rock'n'roll

To the RSA to listen to Sir Ken Robinson, internationally renowned guru on how to introduce creativity into the classroom and former adviser to the previous Labour government – and several other governments around the world.

Cast members of the new Beatles musical 'Let It Be', which is being sued by a rival production

Don't Let It Be: Beatles musical sued by rival over who came up with the idea of impersonating The Fab Four

Rival tribute acts will battle it out in court for the right to recreate the band’s music on stage

Album review: David Lynch, The Big Dream (Sunday Best)

The familiar Lynchian tropes are evident throughout this second solo album from the auteur director. What's not here, though, is the craft and the sheer peculiarity that might make The Big Dream more listenable.

Album review: Rainer and Das Combo, Barefoot Rock with... Rainer and Das Combo (Fire)

Though his life was cut tragically short before he could reap the rewards of his pioneering work, Rainer Ptacek embodied all that was/is best about the Americana movement. Gently dedicated to his chosen instrument – the resophonic steel guitar – he drew from its history without being bound by it.

Benteke celebrates his goal for Aston Villa

Paul Merson doubts Christian Benteke can replicate his goal record but believes Aston Villa have a gamble to make

Former Villa midfielder says that striker will make money for the club whether he stays or goes

Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain

Paul Merson: Arsenal would be a 'massive force' if they managed to sign Gonzalo Higuain and Luis Suarez

The former midfielder fears his old club could miss out on their best targets

Pop review: Beck and Bruce Springsteen need your help

Springsteen is more than happy to take requests, but Hansen the singing Scientologist has a radical take on audience participation

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Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best,' says founder of JustGiving

Anne-Marie Huby: 'Charities deserve the best'

Ten million of us have used the JustGiving website to donate to good causes. Its co-founder says that being dynamic is as important as being kind
The botanist who hunts for giant trees at Kew Gardens

The man who hunts giants

A Kew Gardens botanist has found 25 new large tree species - and he's sure there are more out there
The 12 ways of Christmas: Spare a thought for those who will be working to keep others safe during the festive season

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We speak to a dozen people who will be working to keep others safe, happy and healthy over the holidays
Birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends, new study shows

The male exhibits strange behaviour

A new study shows that birdwatching men have a lot in common with their feathered friends...
Diaries of Evelyn Waugh, Virginia Woolf and Noël Coward reveal how they coped with the December blues

Famous diaries: Christmas week in history

Noël Coward parties into the night, Alan Clark bemoans the cost of servants, Evelyn Waugh ponders his drinking…
From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

From noble to narky, the fall of the open letter

The great tradition of St Paul and Zola reached its nadir with a hungry worker's rant to Russell Brand, says DJ Taylor
A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore: A prodigal daughter has a breakthrough

A Christmas ghost story by Alison Moore

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Marian Keyes: The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment

Marian Keyes

The author on her pre-approved Christmas, true love's parking implications and living in the moment
Bill Granger recipes: Our chef creates an Italian-inspired fish feast for Christmas Eve

Bill Granger's Christmas Eve fish feast

Bill's Italian friends introduced him to the Roman Catholic custom of a lavish fish supper on Christmas Eve. Here, he gives the tradition his own spin…
Liverpool vs Arsenal: Brendan Rodgers is fighting for his reputation

Rodgers fights for his reputation

Liverpool manager tries to stay on his feet despite waves of criticism
Amir Khan: 'The Taliban can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'

Amir Khan attacks the Taliban

'They can threaten me but I must speak out... innocent kids, killed over nothing. It’s sick in the mind'
Michael Calvin: Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick

Michael Calvin's Last Word

Sepp Blatter is my man of the year in sport. Bring on 2015, quick