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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

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

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