Don McLean in Dublin recently. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Don McLean (69) grew up in New Rochelle, New York state, and began performing on the folk circuit as a teenager in the 1960s. He gained considerabl(...)

Jerry’s Sno Cones: a taste of the 1970s. Photograph: Chris Carmichael/New York Times
Weekend in . . . Memphis

Maybe even more Music City than Nashville, its country cousin to the east, Memphis has strong affiliations with not one musical genre but three. It(...)

Ireland’s win  in Italy puts the achievements of Nelson Mandela, Aung San Suu Kyi, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King in the ha’penny place.  Photograph: Ryan ByrneINPHO

Are you old enough to remember the conveyor belt on the Generation Game? No? Well, a bunch of fabulous prizes whizzed by under the contestants’ noses (...)

The boom – or bubble – in the international art market looks set to continue in 2015. The big international art auction houses are benefiting from unp(...)

The products will be sold in countries and jurisdictions where they are legal, including cannabis in some places

Seattle-based private equity firm Privateer Holdings has agreed a deal with the estate of the Jamaican reggae star Bob Marley to launch a global canna(...)

A Michael Jackson triple-signed radio licensed by MJJ Production, Inc, in 1984. His estate has become extremely  lucrative - it made $250 million by extending the singer’s contract with Sony Corp., and more than $260 million from This Is It, a film cobbled together from footage of Jackson rehearsing for a series of concerts canceled in the wake of his death. (Photograph: EPA/MICHAEL NELSON)

Elvis Presley boasts 12.4 million “likes” on Facebook and 187,000 followers on Twitter and recently released a duet with Barbra Streisand. Never mind (...)

Frank Skinner: ‘Looking back at the New Lad thing is fascinating for me’

When Chris Collins left his home in Birmingham’s Irish Catholic enclave in the mid-1970s to study English literature, he could scarcely have imagin(...)

Avicii: ‘massively worried’

The Forbes magazine list of the highest paid DJs in the world over the past 12 months throws up many significant pointers. First is that number one on(...)

Sheelagh Coyle and her cousins, sisters and brother on the front strand in Youghal in the late 1950s

This photograph of myself with my cousins, sisters and brother was taken on the front strand in Youghal in the late 1950s. At that time and thr(...)

In decades past, parents would have perhaps taught their young daughters how to darn socks and bake scones. Thankfully, those days are over. To(...)