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Mr And Mrs Blackmore Present

By Alexander Baron

Legendary guitarist Ritchie Black appears to have finalised his plans for a return to his rock roots next year with a series of four concerts in the UK and Europe. Meanwhile, his wife, Faerie Queen Candice Night, has released a new solo album. According to Blabbermouth, the Birmingham show of June 26 will be his […]

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Toussaint And Taylor Pass On

By Alexander Baron

Two fairly big names in music passed on last week; Allen Toussaint was an accomplished composer who although ostensibly a rhythm and blues man refused to be pigeonholed. Phil Taylor was a rock drummer who loed and acted the part. Toussaint was born in Louisiana on January 14, 1938, and in his youth recorded with […]

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Alice At 150

By Alexander Baron

On November 26, 1865, the mathematician Charles Dodgson published a work that was to outshine his contributions in his field of expertise; Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, usually shortened to Alice In Wonderland, has been translated into over a hundred and fifty languages leaving a cultural foot arguably deeper than any other children’s bo. Among other […]

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Ngawang Lodup In Exile

By Alexander Baron

Over the years we’ve had a singing turkey, a Singing Postman, even a Singing Nun, now we have a singing monk, well, a former monk. Ngawang Lodup is Tibetan by birth; the youngest son of a family of nomads, he was sent as is the tradition to a monastery. He endured that for seven years […]

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Psychedelic Britannia

By Alexander Baron

This one-off documentary explores the psycheic explosion in England, mostly but far from exclusively Swinging London, between 1965 and 1970, a time of extraordinary creativity and innovation in both rock and popular music. If you were fortunate enough to have lived through this period it was a truly unique experience, even for those of us […]

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Helloween On Halloween

By Alexander Baron

You’ve obviously heard of Halloween, but what is Helloween? No, it is not an alternative celebration, Helloween is a German power metal band formed in the wake of the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal, which includes bands like Iron Maiden and Praying Mantis. Many bands are noted for longevity, and many non-English bands are noted for […]

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A Romantic Romp With Lucy Worsley

By Alexander Baron

Lucy Worsley may lo like a fashion mo and sound like a flibbertigibbet, but don’t let that fool you. This girl is 41 years young and a PhD. Her thesis was The Architectural Patronage Of William Cavendish, First Duke Of Newcastle, 1593–1676, which was published in 2007 as Cavalier: A Tale Of Chivalry, Passion And […]

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Pure Imagination

By Mark Taha

This show has a cast but no plot or dialogue. It consists of songs by Leslie Bricusse, a prolific songwriter if ever there was one – than forty musical shows and films, many other songs, two Oscars, and a list of artistes who’ve recorded his songs reads like a Who’s Who of popular music; […]

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Can The Soaps Get Any Sillier?

By Alexander Baron

How many resurrections are there in the New Testament? Lazarus and the Great JC himself. To date there have been three in EastEnders: the landlord of the local watering hole; one of Albert Square’s villains; and most recently the mother of one of its small businessmen. The first two have since been killed off permanently, […]

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Tom Robinson – Angry Old Man

By Alexander Baron

In the late 70s, Tom Robinson put out two critically acclaimed albums. At that time he was an out homosexual, and the song …Glad to Be Gay became an anthem, in spite of its apparent condoning of the grotesquely blasphemous Kirkup “poem”. After the Tom Robinson Band came another short-lived project, Sector 27, and then […]

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