Scott Walker’s versions of Jacques Brel’s songs combined a big pop sound with some very un-pop sensibilities.
Jean Renoir’s masterpiece invented most of the tropes of the prisoner of war film. Eighty years later its themes still speak to our contemporary politics.
Unfaithfully Yours is not one of Preston Sturges’ great movies. But it uses music in a clever and formally interesting way. And, being a Sturges’ script, there is some fine writing.
Paul Sherwen had a successful career as a British racing cyclist and a commentator. But his secret was that he took the time and trouble when he didn’t have to.
Bill Forsyth’s 1980 film Gregory’s Girl has stood the test of time. One reason: it breaks most of the”rules” we get told about film writing.
Cycling author and podcaster Richard Moore on podcasting, cycling, Bernard Hinault, and Chris Froome’s Giro win. (And the salbutamol case).
The plots of musical are preposterous. That’s the point of them. They’re about bringing the impossible to life.
The man who wrote the Cream song I’m So Glad recorded 30 country songs for Paramount as a young man, never saw a cent for them, and disappeared for three decades. But Skip James’ archetypal story earned him a second act in the 1960s.
Songs exist in time, poems exist in space. And other thought on words and music from Pete Atkin.
The opening to Philip Larkin’s poem ‘This Be The Verse’ is the most famous f-word in English poetry. It can survive parodies and remixing.