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A familiar story of Lennon's post-Beatles years – with some fascinating new detail

Taylor Swift at the Video Music Awards

Swift success for Taylor: Country singer enters Guinness World Records book twice

Taylor Swift has got one over on ex-boyfriend Harry Styles by clocking up two new entries in the Guinness World Records book - while his band One Direction achieved only one.

Festival No.6 asks... Everything Everything

We spoke to Everything Everything's Jeremy Pritchard ahead of his band's appearance at Festival No. 6.

The News Matrix: Monday 26 August 2013

Irish Sea aftershocks could be felt for days

The festival saw a performance from The Ghetto Youths International Crew, a band formed by the sons of reggae legend Bob Marley

The new Mersey Beat: Thousand flock to Liverpool's Sefton Park for four-day music festival

With tower blocks peeping above the tree line, Liverpool's Sefton Park is just a stroll from Penny Lane and a city steeped in a history of poverty and division.

Star Wars visionary Gilbert Taylor dies at 99

Gilbert Taylor, the veteran cinematographer who shot the first Star Wars film under the direction of George Lucas, has died at the age of 99.

Just imagine! Dentist plans to clone former Beatle John Lennon using DNA extracted from rotten tooth

Dr Michael Zuk hopes to team up with scientists who could work out the late singer’s DNA code

John Lennon told Bernstein, pictured in 2010, that the Shea was 'the top of the mountain'

Beatles promoter Sid Bernstein dies aged 95

Sid Bernstein, the promoter who brought the Beatles to New York's Shea Stadium, has died. He was 95.

Karen Millen snaps up David Bailey

Karen Millen has become the latest fashion retailer to sign up a celebrity photographer to promote its autumn and winter collection.

Bridget Christie – 'A Bic for Her'

Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Awards stand up for stand-up

Stand-up has returned to dominate Edinburgh’s showcase comedy awards after a big year for mime in 2012, with one shortlisted comedian even bringing back mother-in-law jokes.

James Acaster

Edinburgh 2013: James Acaster: Lawnmower

Last year James Acaster beguiled his way on to the Foster's Edinburgh Comedy Awards shortlist with an artfully crafted study in mild lunacy. This year offers something similar, equally well-shaped, and equally kooky, but it sails so close to the wind of being inconsequential that a cloud of uncertainty hangs over the room for portions of the show.

Album: James Govan, Wanted - The Fame Recordings (Kent)

The one time I visited Beale Street in Memphis I walked into the Rum Boogie Cafe and this guy was singing lead, looking a little battered but sounding great.

Comedian turned author Mitch Benn

Edinburgh 2013: Mitch Benn talks stand-up, science fiction snobbery and Doctor Who

I meet Radio 4 comedian Mitch Benn outside Piccadilly Circus tube station, where he’s slouched against a railing checking his phone. Passers-by ignore him, presumably because, in his own words, he “isn’t on telly properly”.

Jean Shrimpton, 1963

'Icons' exhibition shows a Proud history of popular culture

An exhibition featuring some of the 20th-century’s most iconic figures in music, film and fashion opens at a London gallery on Thursday.

Album: Mayer Hawthorne, Where Does This Door Go (Republic)

After his sensitive soul-boy debut and a major label follow-up that flirted with ELO-style cleverness, Michigan auteur Hawthorne has synthesised his influences into perfect power pop, with the help of producers including Pharrell Williams.

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.

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