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.
‘Silk Stockings’ is one of the last musicals from MGM producer Arthur Freed. It can be read as a commentary on the whole genre, as it’s made obsolete by rock ‘n’ roll.
On his current tour the folk singer Martin Simpson is singing ‘Palaces of Gold’ to remember the Grenfell Fire victims, both dead and alive. The song was written by Leon Rosselson after the Aberfan disaster.
“You never see the music; you only feel it. In American films there is music all the time to tell you how to feel.”
Bowie’s “good at stealing,” says a former bandmate. But he always repaid it handsomely.
The theme of the “wrong man” who ends up on the run is a theme of Alfred Hitchcock’s work. In North by Northwest, it’s more sinister; Cary Grant is being left out there as a decoy.
The 19-year old Leslie Caron was spotted by Gene Kelly in a Paris ballet. The way’s she’s introduced in this, her first screen role, is a masterpiece of direction.
I have been a fan of the songs of Pete Atkin and Clive James for all my adult life, ever … More