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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

Cabaret at Proud

For the third time week I open my post with the words “I did not know what to expect.” This time in relation to a night at Proud Cabaret in Kemptown, that lively and predominately gay area between Brighton Pier and the Marina. My hairdresser’s ex-partner is/was the manager and he [...]

September 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Another underwhelming dip into the music world

A week or two ago – no doubt to the despair of publishers now fighting a rear-guard action to deny it by deploying such contradictory evidence as they can collect – there was a media story doing the rounds to the effect that in the 21st Century there was an increasing trend of people [...]

September 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

The future is already here, as well as in the future

When it comes to the relationship between audiences and movies or television programmes, the different sectors in the entertainment industry are split into quite simple divisions. Firstly, the production – the process of deciding what to make, whom to hire to make it (e.g. scriptwriters, [...]

September 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

Proms debut

Here’s a worthy piece that appears upon the website of The Guardian today – an article by former Labour politician Alan Johnson about his first ever visit(s) to the Proms, see here – THE [...]

September 4, 2017 // 0 Comments

Classic fm

The celebration of Classic FM’s 25th anniversary was met by a distinctly cool and critical article in the Telegraph. The writer complained that it blurred the distinction of classical music, the presenters were too anxious to stress that the listener should use music to relax, and the [...]

August 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

Oklahoma! BBC Proms John Wilson Orchestra

The distinction between popular and classical music is becoming more and more blurred and much is due for this to The John Wilson Orchestra who regularly appear at the Proms and at a production at Glyndebourne of Madame Butterfly I saw last October. The orchestra faithfully plays the music of the [...]

August 12, 2017 // 0 Comments

Still Doing It Again

As it does with many things musical, the world of global popular music tends to divide into those that believe in the Beach Boys – or rather, perhaps poignantly, Brian Wilson – and those that do not. I have no need here to declare that I am a worshipper at the Brian Wilson shrine [...]

August 3, 2017 // 0 Comments

Cover music

Overnight on the website of The Independent I spotted an article by Chris Mugan reviewing two new ‘whole album’ tribute releases – music so ‘current’ that many Rust readers, me included, may not have come across them previously and almost certainly otherwise would not have done so in the [...]

July 28, 2017 // 0 Comments

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