Half a century on, the song remains an an eternally affecting evocation of the need for solidarity and comfort

The news is bad, but on Del Rey’s watch the poetry is sometimes pretty good, and getting better

Alexander Larman asks whether Jarvis Cocker’s latest album release will reignite his former success

Daniel Johnson describes the joy of indulging in music as a teenage boy

Norman Lebrecht reviews Shostakovich: Violin concertos 1&2, performed by Alina Ibragimova and the State Symphony Orchestra of Russia

Tragedy struck Gustav Mahler, the archetypal summer composer, in 1907

Joseph Connolly reviews One Two Three Four: The Beatles in Time, by Craig Brown

Michael Henderson listens once more to the Great American Songbook, most enriching of entertainments

Dominic Green looks at the immortality of jazz saxophonist, Charlie Parker