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.
Sondheim said that Follies was a play without a plot. Maybe. But it does have a story, about memory, regret, and illusion. And songs.
‘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.
The launch of Sputnik, in October 1957, meant that people had to reimagine their ideas about the Soviet Union–and about space.
Philadelphia Story is a classic Hollywood comedy set in the world of the very rich. It works because it makes them vulnerable too.
Race washes lightly through the 1951 second remake of the musical Show Boat without ever touching the sides.
Gordon Brown dithered about a snap election and decided against. Theresa May vacillated then called one. Who made the better decision?
There’s no argument here that Dylan deserved to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, not least because he changed our … More
Obviously the Charlie Haden Liberation Music Orchestra isn’t quite the same without Charlie Haden, who died two years ago. But … More