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

Explosive return of the all-action heroes

Stallone and Schwarzenegger are back in The Expendables, just one of a slew of macho, retro blockbusters this summer. Is it a response to the 'war on terror'? An antidote to the credit crunch? No, says Geoffrey Macnab – audiences just love an adrenalin rush

Richard Hamilton: Altered images

Richard Hamilton's manipulations of news photographs show just how tricky taking a moral stance in art can be, says Tom Lubbock

'Terror propaganda film made in town park'

A film showing two would-be terrorists dressed in camouflage, crawling across a town centre park in broad daylight was played to a jury today.

The secret army still fighting Vietnam war

Hired and armed by the CIA in the 1960s, the Hmong remain trapped in enemy jungle, forgotten by America and the world

Martin Scorsese planning 'Taxi Driver' part two starring Robert De Niro

Director teams up with De Niro once more for sequel to their 1976 film

Book Of A Lifetime: The Best and the Brightest, By David Halberstam

After college in England, I arrived in the US in the autumn of 1974 to go to graduate school. The war in Vietnam was no longer a bitter political issue on campuses. A few months after I arrived in the US, Saigon fell to the communists. I was not especially politically engaged.

100 years of movie stars: The age of rebellion

The post-war years saw film stars asserting their independence as never before, and acquiring a new, iconic status

Artist back at Tate after porn controversy

Artist Fiona Banner has been invited to create an installation for Tate Britain, eight years after plastering the gallery's space with a vivid description of a pornographic film.

The Big Six: Plane hotels

Costa Verde Resort

Innocence of youth: How Paul Auster excavated his own past for his latest novel

Paul Auster has just loped out of Sweet Melissa, an icing-sugar pink patisserie near his home in Park Slope, when the waitress who has buzzed around our table delivering bowls of soup and plates of quiche, rushes over to inquire after him. I imagine she is keen to share her views on his work - New Yorkers are fierce fans and he has a starry status in this literary square mile of Brooklyn - or admire his Gothic good looks. The most infatuated have been known to follow him across town.

Analysis: It's not Vietnam, but parallels are growing

Two conflicts, a generation apart, in some ways so similar, in others so different. But the question gnaws, ever harder to dismiss. Will Afghanistan prove Barack Obama's Vietnam?

The legacy of Leonard Bernstein

As the Southbank Centre prepares to celebrate the work of Leonard Bernstein, Boyd Tonkin reflects on the impression left by the composer – and recalls a memorable encounter with the great man himself

Story of the song - Jimmy Mack, Martha & the Vandellas (1967)

"Jimmy Mack" dozed on a shelf for two years before Motown's boss, Berry Gordy, realised he had a sleeping giant. ,/p>

"Get this thing ready to go out right away," he is reported to have said when he heard the song. "This is a damn hit record." Gordy was right: 40 years on, it remains one of the label's defining releases, helping to create the sound of Sixties America. It was recorded by the 25-year-old Martha Reeves and her Vandellas (Rosalind Ashford and Betty Kelly), formerly the Del-Phis, in June 1964 and was included on their 1966 album, Watchout!. It finally made it as a single the following year. Although "Jimmy Mack" is credited to Motown's writing/production team of Lamont Dozier and the brothers Brian and Eddie Holland, it was Dozier who came up with the original idea. At a music industry awards dinner in 1964, Dozier saw the mother of the songwriter Ronnie Mack accept an award for her son, who had recently died, for his composition "He's So Fine", a No 1 for the Chiffons. Under pressure to come up with a hit for Reeves and the Vandellas, Dozier and the team wrote "Jimmy Mack", in part a tribute to Mack the writer. The Vietnam war may have helped propel the nostalgic longings of "Jimmy Mack" into the charts

The case for Henry Kissinger

The man who ran US foreign policy from 1969 to 1977 is loathed by liberals as a ruthless practitioner of global Realpolitik. Yet Alistair Horne, his biographer, believes that there is also a great deal about him to admire
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Mary Beard, Caroline Criado-Perez, Louise Mensch, Bunny La Roche and Courtney Barrasford reveal how to trounce the trolls
Gallipoli centenary: At dawn, the young remember the young who perished in one of the First World War's bloodiest battles

At dawn, the young remember the young

A century ago, soldiers of the Empire – many no more than boys – spilt on to Gallipoli’s beaches. On this 100th Anzac Day, there are personal, poetic tributes to their sacrifice
Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves

Follow the money as never before

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