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About Michael Stuart

After university, Michael spent twelve years working for MELODY MAKER before going freelance. He claims to keep doing it because it is all he knows. More Posts

A tutor who gets his message across well

Here’s another in my occasional series of musical ‘treats’ that I have come across whilst doodling around on the internet since the coronavirus pandemic and the UK lockdown began. Despite having spent the bulk of my working life in and around the music industry I don’t have [...]

August 9, 2020 // 0 Comments

Book review: Utopia Avenue (Part 2)

This is the second part (of two) of my review of Utopia Avenue, the latest novel by David Mitchell just released in the UK. To build upon the themes I touched upon in Part One, I must register that normally I avoid fiction like the plague and hitherto had neither been aware of Mitchell’s [...]

July 29, 2020 // 0 Comments

Book Review: Utopia Avenue (Part 1)

This is a book review with a  difference – a statement I should not be permitted to make here without supplying some sort of justification and I begin by seeking to supply a two-pronged one. Firstly, it arises as a result of one of the ‘signs of our times’ – an online Zoom one-to-one [...]

July 28, 2020 // 0 Comments

Peter Green RIP

Overnight, no doubt like many of my vintage with an interest in popular music, I was deeply saddened to learn the news that guitarist Peter Green had died at the age of 73. In penning this piece I shall leave others who take the trouble to go public with their appreciations – not least media [...]

July 26, 2020 // 0 Comments

A moment in time

Like I suspect many Rusters I have spent of the period since the 2020 coronavirus era hit the UK continuing to do that which I did before, viz. tootling around on the internet in search of entertainment and/or enlightenment. This is the first of an occasional series on music-related items that [...]

July 15, 2020 // 0 Comments

And another thing …

I got up this morning to greet a sunny day, so here’s another offering from Tuba Skinny to get everyone in the mood. As usual, they’re playing at their usual pitch on Royal Street, New Orleans in February of last year (hence the wintry clothes), and in typical style – note the [...]

May 27, 2020 // 0 Comments

A hard choice to make

Spotted today, a choice by Clemencé Michallon of essential Bob Dylan’s songs that everyone needs in their lives, selected upon the occasion of his 79th birthday – see here – THE INDEPENDENT Whenever making a musical list, it’s sometimes a tough and subjective task to choose [...]

May 25, 2020 // 0 Comments

A pleasing find

It’s a fact of life that when you have some time on your hands and access to the internet you can come across some interesting or fun stuff. Shaye Cohn Today – as the first in an occasional series – I’m going to feature Tuba Skinny a busking jazz band previously unknown to [...]

May 23, 2020 // 0 Comments

Creative paradoxes

Donald Macleod on BBC Radio 3 has been presenting an excellent programme on the life and music of Ludwig van Beethoven. Perhaps the most significant aspect of a composer widely acclaimed as the greatest of all was that from 1814 he was totally deaf. Not only could he not hear his music but it’s [...]

May 22, 2020 // 0 Comments

If Elvis was The King, he was The Emperor …

Little Richard was a force of nature and an all-time popular musical great who influenced teenagers the world over and set thousands of pop and rock musicians/singers on the paths that led them ultimately to either lasting glory or oblivion. Whatever was bugging you in life, nobody could Rip It Up [...]

May 10, 2020 // 0 Comments

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