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

Ringo Starr reveals 'Octopus’s Garden' is to be turned into a children’s book

Literature: Once upon a time a Beatle wrote a book about an Octopus’s outdoor area

Ringo Starr reveals 'Octopus’s Garden' is to be turned into a children’s book

German pianist Klavier Kunst (L) performs with an unidentified activist at Taksim Square in Istanbul, Turkey

Turkey protests: The 'peace pianist' trying to bring calm to Taksim Square

The soothing sound of a grand piano drifted across Taksim Square last night, bringing a welcome calm a day after violence rocked the area.

Album: Beady Eye, BE (Columbia)

BE has already been touted in some quarters as Liam Gallagher's art-rock album.

The Grumbleweeds, with Walker second from right

Graham Walker: Co-founder of the musical comedy group The Grumbleweeds

Graham Walker might have reflected that his music-playing comedy group, The Grumbleweeds, were unfortunate enough to reach their zenith in the dying days of variety. But they still enjoyed a long run on radio and television – the mediums they plundered – largely thanks to their talent for impressions and parody.

Daniel Johnston

Music review: Daniel Johnston, Barbican, London

“Do you think that it's wrong to be an artist?” Daniel Johnston breaks off tonight’s all-star tribute to his artistry to ask us. It’s a real question that must sometimes torture him, raised as he was by fundamentalist Christians in Texas.

Clarence Burke Jr. - Singer with the Five Stairsteps, the ‘First Family of Soul’

The singer, guitarist and songwriter Clarence Burke Jr., who died on 25 May at the age of 62, was a mainstay of the Five Stairsteps, the “First Family of Soul” group best known for the sublime 1970 US hit “O-o-h Child”, writes Pierre Perrone.

Jailed Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in court in Moscow.

Russian court rejects Pussy Riot parole bid despite plea from Sir Paul McCartney

A Russian court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

'Strawberry Fields Forever' draft lyric sheet - Part of a number of Beatles memorabilia items donated to the British Library today

The Beatles' lyrics manuscripts and other Fab Four rarities donated to British Library under new scheme

The British Library has become the first institution to benefit from the Government’s new “lifetime giving” scheme after receiving manuscripts of the lyrics to The Beatles’ hit songs “Strawberry Fields Forever”, “She Said She Said” and “In My Life”, handwritten by John Lennon.

Michael Jackson's estate has made over $600m since the singer died, helping to settle his $500m debts

Even in death Jacko is still bigger than Bieber: Michael Jackson posthumously makes $600m

Michael Jackson’s estate has made more money through ticket sales in the four years since his death than the "Thriller" performer made during his lifetime. His posthumous sales are believed to amount to more than any single living artist during the same time period.

Guitar played by John Lennon and George Harrison sells for $400k

A guitar played by Beatles pair John Lennon and George Harrison sold for 408,000 US dollars (£269,000) at a New York auction today.

Album: Georgia Ruth, Week of Pines (Gwymon)

Eisteddfod-reared singer-harpist Georgia Ruth Williams was raised bilingually in Aberystwyth, as far into Wales as you can get without falling off the edge.

John Lennon's 1965 Ferrari 330GT 2+2

Ticket to ride? Bonhams to sell John Lennon's first car - a 1965 Ferrari

The car that gave John Lennon his ticket to ride is to go under the hammer. The Beatle bought his first ever vehicle, a 1965 Ferrari 330GT Coupé, on the day he passed his driving test.

Comedy review: Rob Auton: The Yellow Show, The Warren, Brighton Fringe

Yellow and yelcome, yells Rob Auton at the top of his charming, eccentric and uplifting show. Before this, as the audience files in, he has spent a good 10 minutes festooning the room with yellow objects - dusters, rubber ducks, Marigold washing-up gloves, that sort of thing - as “Yellow Submarine” plays on a nerve-shredding loop.

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