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Knebworth Festival 1974

In the 1970s the annual Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire was one of the staple fixtures of the UK rock industry, along with its Isle of Wight and Reading counterparts. As with all walks of life – national events, football games, whatever – there’s a weird syndrome about in which if you [...]

June 17, 2017 // 0 Comments

A worthy charity event

It happens in all professions – I’m thinking of a put-upon hotel manager who has to deal with the wacky demands of some jumped-up celebrity diva, a lawyer representing a client who’s denying everything despite his fingerprints being all over the stolen silverware, a head waiter facing Rust [...]

June 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

An American in Paris/Dominion Theatre

There are those high brow theatregoers who often say “I don’t like musicals’, sneering at their perceived lower form of cultural life but not me. Apart from anything else, it demands extraordinary skills from the cast in terms of acting, dancing, singing and energy. At its best [...]

May 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

Going back and coming forward

My hunch is that the majority of our readers would regard it as par for the course – given our self-styled contrary, old-school, anti-mainstream, cult status slant – for the Rust’s music correspondent to admit that he doesn’t listen to music much anymore these days. The fact is [...]

May 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Slipping on a banana skin?

We’ve had Donald Trump being elected US President, the announcement of a UK General Election on 8th June, Emmanuel Macron (who started his own political party only a year ago) now installed as heavy favourite to become the President of French next month – how could the world get any weirder [...]

April 25, 2017 // 0 Comments

Just one more in a long line

The thing about 21st Century communications – e.g. the modern internet and social media, plus probably loads of other things that my grandchildren aged 7 and 3 know about but which I don’t – is that nobody is quite sure who and what might be listening to or reading your outpourings. These [...]

April 14, 2017 // 0 Comments

Still going … but aren’t we all?

On Monday, having seen various positive or better newspaper arts reviews of the new Ryan Adams CD Prisoner, I went onto the Amazon website and bought myself a copy – which duly arrived yesterday. Adams and I have a little bit of history. He was originally in a band called Whiskeytown that [...]

February 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Music matters

I used to be an avid follower of pop music till the 1980s but now have moved to classical music. It took a bit of time to discover in the broad spectrum of classical music what I particularly enjoyed. That turned out to be compositions based on folklore like Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances or [...]

February 16, 2017 // 0 Comments

60th birthday at an iconic venue

Last night I attended the 60th birthday of an old friend held at the Clissold Arms Fortis Green, East Finchley. Not just another local. Ray and Dave Davies of the Kinks lived opposite and the first and last musical sessions of the Kinks in 1960 an 1996 were played there. The room where we ate our [...]

February 5, 2017 // 0 Comments

Lalaland- worth 7 Golden Globes?

The short answer is no. To justify these accolades a musical must have a better score and Lalaland barely has one memorable song. Think of the great MGM musicals of the fifties, Singing in the Rain, My Fair Lady, Gigi and the songs are memorable. The much and justifiably revived Oliver! does not [...]

January 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

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