Arts and Entertainment Elton John performing at his 'Brits Icon' concert at The Palladium in London

Sir Elton John has become the recipient of the first Brits Icon award after being presented with honour by Rod Stewart at a special concert at the London Palladium.

John and Yoko joined in bed by Chris Evans

JOHN LENNON is to make his television advertising debut, 18 years after his murder in New York. The former Beatle will appear in a plug for mobile phones. Lennon's posthumous appearance, to be shown next week, may sound like bad taste, but it is part of a trend.

Apple fails to account for itself

APPLE Corps, the private limited company which receives royalties from the Beatles' music and films, has fallen foul of Companies House for not filing its accounts on time.

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Theatre: You've got to laugh...

Be honest, how many of you knew that Jimi Hendrix toured with The Monkees? As the support. Even if you're too young to be able to name a single track by the great guitarist, the idea of these two on the same stage is the wrong side of incongruous.

It's different for girls

Man = power, woman = pain: from opera to rock, men's control of music has allowed them to propagate this myth (and express their own pain by proxy). And despite today's so-called girl power, still only a handful of women musicians are making their real voices heard. By Ruth Padel

TV: The parents bicker and snipe during access visits, use their children as spies and catspaws, or even snub them with a playground brutality

Divorce is usually represented as a crashing disruption of family ties but, as Children of Divorce (BBC2) has been demonstrating, it also involves strange inversions too - leaving some relationships intact but upended. "You're supposed to be my mother and I have to look after you," one girl recalled thinking angrily, as she consoled her weeping mother. There are worse obligations too, ones which wrench against the grain of a child's natural instincts for solidarity or consolation.

Why she was right for him

Rock's most vilified spouse deserves a fairer hearing, says the producer of a new film about John and Yoko

Arts: Exhibitions: Ono, Yoko's got a new show

Yoko Ono was born in Japan in 1933. That explains her pacifism. She has never really worked. This may be why her art's so weak be why her art's so weak be why her art's so weak

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Starting over

The press hated her. Beatles fans blamed her. But over 30 years ago, Yoko Ono created one of the first collisions of the avant-garde with pop. It's time, she tells Nick Hasted, to give her music a second chance

Rock: Ballad of Jane and Serge

French pop music in Britain is like British food in France: either ignored or sniggered at. The exception that proves the rule is Jane Birkin, who filled the Festival Hall for an evening of French song last Tuesday. And she is English.

Somebody pick up the phone

When Fluxus were dismantling artistic pomposity in the Sixties, Yoko Ono was there to lend a hand. Now it's the public's turn, at a new exhibition which documents those days.

The dumbing down of an after-dark DJ

Radio 1's new man in the morning isn't moronic enough for the slot, argues David Walker

The night the Stones didn't roll; ROCK

Having seen Mick Jagger in Freejack and the "Dancing in the Street" video, it's hard to get to grips with the idea that he was once worried about embarrassing himself. In 1968, things must have been very different. He had organised the Rolling Stones' Rock'n'Roll Circus, a TV special in which his band shared the big top, mocked up in a north London studio, with The Who, John Lennon, Marianne Faithfull, Taj Mahal and Jethro Tull. Live performances were filmed, the musicians were persuaded to dress up as dandies and clowns (at gunpoint, by the look of mortification on Charlie Watts's face), and a fire-eater and trapeze troupe were wheeled out of retirement for the occasion. With all this loosely controlled nonsense going on, the Stones didn't start to play until 1am, after a long day's filming, and their performance was so lacklustre compared to that of Townshend & Co that the Ringmaster was left with the choice of renaming his film The Who's Rock'n'Roll Circus, or stuffing it in his attic, never to be seen again. He went for the latter option.

I will survive

Yesterday's tabloid headlines told it: Jerry Hall wants a divorce. She had stuck it for years but now Mick Jagger had finally become too much, or too little. Serial infidelity, public humiliation, you name it. But maybe that's just what you get when you marry a rock star. Why would you tie that knot, and how would you keep it tied? A primer for rock wives by Ruth Picardie
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