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Frank Sinatra Documentary

This documentary directed by Alex Gibney – fully titled as Sinatra – All or Nothing At All and available on Netflix – gives a full and fair account of the 20th Century’s most famous vocalist. In fact there are three Sinatras; the singer, actor and man. The trajectory of his [...]

March 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

I Can’t Explain

“We are only of our time” is a principle that all human beings would do well to acknowledge, whether they are contemplating past events and historical figures, or indeed those of their own lifetimes and generations. As in Britain our higher educational establishments ban free speech, cover up [...]

March 21, 2020 // 0 Comments

The balance of life

Earlier this week (Monday 9th March) I alighted upon a piece by Clare Foges on page 21 of my copy of The Times commenting upon the latest developments in the coronavirus epidemic and the UK government’s official advice on self-isolation – “Remain in your home. Do not go to work, school or [...]

March 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

The business side of it

For musical Rusters – or even just those fascinated by the music industry, here’s an editorial that appears today upon the website of – THE [...]

March 11, 2020 // 0 Comments

Some things keep changing – and some don’t

It is of these things that in the world of entertainment some of the standard rules of business apply and some don’t. In one sense it’s an obvious point to make – and no doubt most sectors (e.g. fishing, fashion, flying and … er porn) would probably claim similar – but few have been more [...]

March 8, 2020 // 0 Comments

“Fake News” musings

One of the joys of being ‘being a certain age’ is the sense you has seen it all before even if, on a personal level, that isn’t quite necessarily true. The art of staying personally relevant in the 21st Century is tied to the notion that, whatever is going on, the essential nature of the [...]

January 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

All that jazz

Michael Stuart, our music man, is eclectic and you can read anything from Rod Stewart to Rigoletto in his column but rarely – if at all – jazz. This mirrors the general attitude to jazz. Major jazz figures and bands are still relatively unknown. It has more of a cult following. This is [...]

January 3, 2020 // 0 Comments

Farewell to a member of the Fab Two

Overnight came the sad news of the death of Neil Innes – a talented musician, humourist, former stalwart of the Bonzo Dog Do-Dah Band, Monty Python collaborator and all round good egg – at the age of 75. One way or another, had the cards fallen his way, he could easily have become one [...]

December 31, 2019 // 0 Comments

The festive spirit

Here’s a bit of fun for this time of year. Sometimes I go on the YouTube website in order to entertain myself or remind myself of musical or other performances from the past. Like many websites, YouTube continually ‘remembers’ the choices you make and then offers you new items, on [...]

December 28, 2019 // 0 Comments

Wimpole Street’s song traditions

You think of Wimpole Street more of a medical quarter than Tin Pan Alley but it can lay claim to two famous songs. The first is Yesterday composed by Paul McCartney when he lived in a flat there with Jane Asher whose father was a famous consultant. The tune came to him in a dream which posed a [...]

December 25, 2019 // 0 Comments

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