Category: Music

Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious in Sid and Nancy

Sid and Nancy

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 October     Sid Vicious arrested, 1978 On this day in 1978, Sid Vicious, the former bassist with the punk rock band The Sex Pistols, was arrested for the murder of his girlfriend, Nancy

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Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray


  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     23 September     Birth of Ray Charles, 1930 On this day in 1930, Ray Charles was born. Six times married, the father of 12 children, Charles also found time to help create what is

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The lake scene from Dirty Dancing, with Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze

Dirty Dancing

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     14 September     Patrick Swayze dies, 2009   On this day in 2009, Patrick Swayze shimmied off to the great dance studio in the sky. 1991’s “sexiest man alive” (according to People magazine) had

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Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line

Walk the Line

  A movie for every day of the year – a good one     12 September     Johnny Cash dies, 2003   On this day in 2003, Johnny Cash died, aged 71. A star from the mid-50s, after discharge from the army, until his death, the baritone Cash

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Neil Young on stage in Jonathan Demme's Heart of Gold

Neil Young: Heart of Gold

    Jonathan Demme’s Talking Heads film, Stop Making Sense, is one of the best concert documentaries ever made. Now he’s done the same favour for Neil Young, who was just recovering from a brain aneurysm when he delivered this two-part country set in Nashville. The title itself is something

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Elvis in rehearsal in That's the Way It Is

Elvis: That’s the Way It Is Special Edition

      Here’s Elvis trying on the cape, the batwings and the wide belts in Las Vegas in 1970. There must have been a lot of material in that original white outfit because it was certainly let out a lot as the Seventies progressed. But not here, this is

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Max Adrian as Frederick Delius in Song of Summer

Song of Summer: Frederick Delius

  Any follower of British arts programmes on TV, from the South Bank Show backwards, will be aware of the bleating of Ken Russell and his ilk that no one really makes ’em like they did in the Sixties, when clever chaps freshly down from Oxbridge would be sent out

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Anita O'Day in Jazz on a Summer's Day

Jazz On A Summer’s Day

    Back when cats wore hats, stills photographer Bert Stern, fresh from his famous shoot with Marilyn Monroe in the buff, went off to the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival and made a film about Louis Armstrong, Thelonious Monk, George Shearing, Dinah Washington, Anita O’Day, Mahalia Jackson, Jack Teagarden, Gerry

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Dina Korzun in Forty Shades of Blue

Forty Shades of Blue

    An oblique drama which appears to be about a retired Memphis music producer and ends up being more about his much younger Russian, possibly cash-up-front, wife. Rip Torn plays Alan, the legend, blustering egomaniac and serial boozer whom everyone appears to idolise, on the surface at least. The

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Dave Chappelle and invitees

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party

    Hot off Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, director Michel Gondry takes an abrupt left turn with a documentary about US comedian Dave Chappelle hosting a block party in Brooklyn, where the likes of Kanye West, the Fugees, Jill Scott, Mos Def and Erykah Badu rock the house.

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