Category: Music

Ashley Walters in Life and Lyrics

Life and Lyrics

  Ashley Walters first became well known as Asher D in the London garage/grime outfit So Solid Crew. Since it was a gigantic collective of competing egos two things were on the cards – the band was unlikely to produce enough revenue to support all 19+ members, or it was

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Kat Dennings in To Write Love on Her Arms

To Write Love on Her Arms

    Is there anything more life-sapping than listening to a druggie talking about drugs? Yes, a film about one, and it’s not less boring but more if it also offers a redemptive ta-daa. To Write Love on Her Arms is a film about one such, a young woman, played twixt

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Leonard Coen and U2

Leonard Cohen: I’m Your Man

    For decades Cohen’s music has been misrepresented as the soundtrack to suicide. In fact the old (now 73) groaner is something of a comedian, though his wit is so dry it’s taken non-aficionados decades to catch on. He’s also something of a master of self-mythology, the sort of

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John Lennon and Yoko Ono in front of a version of the Stars and Stripes

The U.S. vs. John Lennon

    Professional musician and amateur situationist John Lennon has always been an easy target for anyone wanting to level a charge of hypocrisy. “Imagine no possessions,” he sang, and the fingers started pointing at his lavish lifestyle – insert your own version of the story about the fur coats kept

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Catherine Frot and Déborah François in The Page Turner

The Page Turner

    It’s often forgotten how much genre output the French make, and how well they do it. This icy thriller in a Chabrolesque mould has two brilliant performances at its centre. On the one side we have Déborah François as Mélanie, a young girl from a poor family whose

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André Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix in All Is by My Side

Jimi: All Is by My Side

  Here’s a problem for anyone about to make a film about Jimi Hendrix, genius guitarist, 1960s icon, member of the 27 Club of rock’s premature expirers – how do you get inside a character who was private, taciturn, shy and elliptically cool? With a voiceover? A confidant? Newsreel footage? It’s

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The Isle of Wight Festival, 1970

Message to Love: The Isle of Wight Festival

A movie for every day of the year – a good one     17 August   Woodstock ends, 1969 On this day in 1969, the Woodstock Music & Art Fair ended. Billed as “An Aquarian Exposition: 3 Days of Peace and Music” it was held at a dairy farm

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Fábio Oliveira and Sónia Bandeira

Our Beloved Month of August

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 August   Battle of Aljubarrota, 1385 On this day in 1385, the battle of Aljubarrota ended Spanish designs on Portugal and confirmed an independent throne in Portugal, under King John I. The battle was

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Robert Plant in The Song Remains the Same

The Song Remains the Same

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one         13 July       Live Aid, 1985 On this day in 1985, some of the world’s most popular music acts got together at Wembley Stadium, London, UK, and John F Kennedy Stadium,

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Oscar Isaac and cat in Inside Llewyn Davis

Inside Llewyn Davis

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     30 June   Dave Van Ronk born, 1936 On this day in 1936, one of the great nearly men of popular music was born, in Brooklyn, New York, USA, into a Catholic family who identified

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