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About Michael Stuart

After university, Michael spent twelve years working for MELODY MAKER before going freelance. He claims to keep doing it because it is all he knows. More Posts

The art of keeping up and failing

It ill bodes anyone who ventures to predict the future – I’ll put my hand up straight away to having totally failed to foresee the way things might go when mobile phones and the internet first appeared in the 1970s/1980s – so you’ll excuse me for taking a deep breath before beginning [...]

March 9, 2018 // 0 Comments

Hey you! Get Off Of My Cloud!

And so the Rolling Stones are about to embark upon yet another UK & European tour this summer. See here for a report on the announcement in the – NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS As a former music journo who cut his teeth in the late Sixties and has spent over forty years in and around the industry I [...]

March 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

And now for something completely different

Last night I watched a recording that I’d ‘organised’ of a BBC television documentary called A Life On Screen about Michael Palin that was first broadcast at some point last weekend. It was both fascinating and entertaining. When Monty Python’s Flying Circus first hit the television [...]

January 13, 2018 // 0 Comments

New Years Day Concert Vienna

The ‘attend versus watch it on tv’ debate does not apply to the Vienna traditional New Years Day concert as tickets are gold dust, so I watch it every year on tv. This year they added a short film of an attractive young blonde girl on a bicycle touring the Belvedere and Leopold museums [...]

January 1, 2018 // 0 Comments

Old bones

Yesterday over breakfast I discussed the comments made about Johnny Halliday with an intelligent French friend of mine. She accepted that  whilst Johnny Halliday was France ‘s most celebrated rocker he scarcely compared with American and British music legends. She continued that the most [...]

December 9, 2017 // 1 Comment

Popular does not mean bad

Over in the arts section of the Rust we beat the drum that popularity does not mean an artist or writer is poor and conversely critics do not always read the public mood. Melanie Gay extols the virtues of Daphne du  Maurier, still vastly read over 100 years after her birth and 80 years after [...]

November 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

Does it matter? I don’t suppose he cares …

“There’s nowt so queer as folk …” was, from my personal recollection, a famous catch-phrase of actor, radio presenter and most of all professional Yorkshireman Wilfred Pickles (1904-1978), despite – interestingly – it not being included in the list of them in his [...]

November 18, 2017 // 0 Comments

Treading a careful line

My post today springs from my reaction upon reading a report penned by Roisin O’Conner that appears on the website today of – THE INDEPENDENT (I feel should begin by declaring my inadequate qualifications for my position as occasional Rust musical correspondent. The fact is that, [...]

November 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Thank you for your music, Benny Andersson

In the arts section of the Rust we have our own debates and one is that because an artist is popular that should consign him per se to a negative critique. Whether it’s Melanie Gay extolling the story-telling of Daphne du Maurier, or Alice Mansfield being inspired by Ken Howard’s [...]

October 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

A man who wouldn’t back down

Awoke and came to my computer around midnight last night and heard on Radio Five Live that Tom Petty had suffered a heart attack. I went straight to the newspaper websites and read that some agencies had apparently claimed he’d already died but later reports had denied this was the case. I [...]

October 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

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