John Lennon: the former Beatle was killed in New York on December 8th, 1980. Photograph: Bettmann/Getty

On Wednesday, December 10th, 1980, two days after John Lennon was killed, The Irish Times’ front page led with the news that Mark David Chapman h(...)

Get Back: Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon and George Harrison play on the roof of their London building. Photograph: Disney+/Apple Corps

It is a cold January morning in 1969, and three of the four Beatles are assembled in a cavernous film studio in London, with cameras rolling and micro(...)

Tico’s biggest hit is Here Comes the Sun, which has been viewed more than 3.8 million times. Photograph: Frank Maglio/YouTube

In a sure sign that we are starved of live music, a parrot has amassed millions of YouTube views of his warbling. Tico, a yellow-headed Amazon parrot(...)

Donovan in the late 1960s. Photograph: David Redfern/Redferns/Getty

Donovan, born Donovan Phillips Leitch in Scotland in 1946, was famous enough before he was 18 for the world to be on first-name terms with him. You do(...)

Robert Plant and  Jimmy Page: rock nerds have long whispered about similarities between the opening of Stairway to Heaven and an interlude on the debut album from psych-rockers Spirit. Photograph:  Robert Knight Archive/Redferns

We got bad news from the US appeals court this week. Led Zeppelin’s Stairway to Heaven is not to be banned. I’m not certain if the judges actually had(...)

Ashford Castle: The original castle dates back to 1228, when it was built as a stronghold for the Anglo Norman de Burgo family.

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File photograph dated March 2013 of former BBC and ITN newsreader Peter Sissons, who has died at the age of 77. Photograph: Ian West/PA Wire

Peter George Sissons Born: July 17th, 1942 Died: October 1st, 2019 Of the many news bulletins Peter Sissons read over a 30-year career with ITN, Cha(...)

Fortieth-anniversary rerelease: Graham Chapman in Monty Python’s Life of Brian

MICHAEL PALIN Actor, writer We were on a publicity tour in Amsterdam for Monty Python and the Holy Grail when Eric Idle came up with the title Jesus (...)

Peter Tork: role in the band’s TV adventures was as a goofy, dopey comic foil. Photograph:  Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect
Peter Tork of The Monkees dead at 77
  • Music
  • February 21, 2019, 18:10

Peter Tork, bassist-and-singer of 1960s pop sensations The Monkees, has died aged 77. The actor and musician was best known as the keyboardist and bas(...)

A student robot strips to pay her way through college, Las Vegas. Photograph: Alex Wong/Getty Images.

Image of the week: Stripper robot It is with regret that we must confirm that while Planet Earth has had a good run, the human race has now entered i(...)

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