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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

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

We are free to believe what we believe

Scribes contributing to the Rust have previously offered their opinions upon perception and reality as we find these in the world – whether the subject be ‘fake news’, politics, or the prospect of great movie or music stars being resurrected years after their death and having new [...]

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

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

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

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