Rare Ravi Shankar footage released to mark centenary

This week would have seen the 100th birthday of the Indian musician Ravi Shankar, one of India’s most celebrated artists who famously taught Beatle George Harrison to play the sitar. 

Planned celebrations, including concerts at the London South Bank Centre and Carnegie Hall in New York, were postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Music, the Mob and Tommy James

James was invited to New York, where he was wooed by record companies. Then, abruptly, all but one pulled back. He would learn why: That particular label, Roulette, was associated with a New York City mob family, and the other recording companies got the blunt message: Back off on signing James if you know what’s good for you.