RANTS & REFLECTIONS

WHO STARTED IT – Daltrey and Townshend deliver a high energy rendition of their Rock Opera.

Having followed them for the better part of forty five years it is safe to say The Who and I have history. Cherished relationships with my wife, sons, step-son, many family members and close friends have not yet lasted as…
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STAR MAN – The Golden Years of David Bowie

Of all the major rock artists whose careers I have followed closely, David Bowie is the one I find it hardest to write about. Most likely it is because Bowie, given his capacity to adopt new personas, was so hard…
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POST WAR PERIOD – Streep and Hanks deliver in Spielberg’s Vietnam Expose

That the Vietnam War, from an American perspective at least, was a misguided, divisive and ultimately futile exercise is these days common theory. For those subscribing to this perspective, the new Steven Spielberg film THE POST (116 minutes) provides ample…
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THE MUNICH AIR CRASH 60 YEARS ON – The Tragedy and Legacy

For a football obsessed child born in the early sixties, the fascination shaped by a Father superbly skilled in bringing the history of the game to life, the Munich air crash of February 6 1958 cast a long shadow. With…
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Darkest Hour Enlightens – despite a grave ten minutes………….

When a film contains a number of excellent performances and takes such care in re-creating period detail and prevailing moods, it may seem churlish to focus on one fatally flawed scene. Unfortunately despite the undoubted excellence of Gary Oldman in…
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When Two Sevens CLASHED: 77 – The Year of The Clash

In a television programme broadcast in the past fortnight the leader of the Labour Party said: ‘This country is walking an economic high wire and if someone jerks the rope we are in serious trouble.’ The man who made that…
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BBC FOUR Documentary explores Hits, Hype and Hustle in the Music Business – but whatever happened to Attitude, Albums and Ability?

About halfway through the first episode of the BBC documentary ‘Hits, Hype and Hustle,’ a series designed to give insight into how an artist becomes successful in the music industry, the old rock romantic within me asked: ‘Whatever happened to attitude,…
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DON’T LOOK BACK WITH CANDOUR – Noel and Liam tell how Oasis conquered the world in ‘Supersonic’ documentary.

While the technique of having the opening scene of a film return at the end (with the story told in between) is hardly new, it does work perfectly for the compelling Oasis documentary ‘Supersonic.’ Beginning with the group boarding a helicopter…
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JIM RODFORD (1941-2018) – Gentleman and Bass Player Par Excellence;

It was with enormous sadness last night that I read Jim Rodford, latterday bass player of The Kinks, had died after falling down a flight of stairs. Rodford (76) was also a member of the Kast Off Kinks and a…
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