It’s almost too prosaic a point to make but there’s a curious aspect of our attitude to music and musicians as artists. It’s perhaps the one artform where we desire, if not insist upon a direct connection between art, artist and listener/reader/viewer.
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PERHAPS the best description of the evacuation of Dunkirk comes in the first volume of Spike Milligan’s war memoirs, Adolf Hitler, My Part in his Downfall. While on his basic training in Sussex, Milligan asks a veteran what it had been like. ‘Like, son?’ comes the reply. ‘It was a[…]
Much has been written about Jodie Whittaker’s casting as the 13th Doctor – so much so that I’m loathe to add to it. Some of it has been journalists and bloggers who don’t really care about the show as such but have leaped upon the news as a springboard for[…]
A RECENT purchase, if not release, was the first book in a two-volume collection of all the Ro-Busters strips which ran in Star Lord and then 2000AD back in the late 1970s and early 1980s. Ro-Busters: The Complete Nuts and Bolts Vol 1 is a handsome book in sturdy hardback[…]
I was recently given a gift of a second hand copy of Marlowe’s collected plays. It was a slight copy, dating from 1912 and a little battered around the edges, the pages a little discoloured and yellowed. And what’s more there was an old bookplate inside, plus another couple of[…]
It took me a long time to ‘get’ Graham Greene. I first tried to read him (Brighton Rock, I think) when I was about 15. But I was too young, or it was just the wrong time in my life. And so, for years, I’d left myself with the impression[…]