A poem can be improved by a mistake: W.H.Auden and Sheenagh Pugh.
Alone in Berlin is based on a real life wartime campaign by one couple of writing and distributing postcards criticising the regime. It was an act of freedom from totalitarianism.
Shakespeare used metre in inventive ways to tell the actors how he wanted them to perform his plays. Ben Crystal explains how.
Writing and playing punk songs about normal teenage dreams in the heart of the city under military occupation was a radical act.
When the fish out of water meets the stranger comes to town, you get the odd couple. The pleasures of The Guard come from the knowing way the writer-director plays with genre.
David Bowie became a star in eighteen months. He spent the rest of his career trying to refuse the narratives of stardom.
The American songwriter Jackson C. Frank’s only record was produced by Paul Simon and had Al Stewart on second guitar. His life was tragic, but his song Blues Run The Game is now a folk standard.
Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s resolutions are a long and detailed list.
Some quotes on films and the film business.
In another universe Skyfall would have been the final Bond film. The villain is the security services, seen in the shadows in a darkened mirror.