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Is folk music too white?

MOWOs anyone? The editor of one of the country’s leading music magazines looks around and doesn’t like what he sees.

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Dodging cows in Cookham

Minor cycling hazard.

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Little Stevie is 65

I still can’t quite believe it.   The first album of his that I bought was “Music of My Mind”, purchased with my school holiday earnings in Littlewoods department store.  The opening track hardly ever gets played nowadays. I have … Continue reading

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How to be a pundit

From Oliver Burkeman’s interview with David Brooks, Obama’s favourite conservative and occupant of one of the uppermost perches at New York Times: Thus Brooks mounted the treadmill of finding two opinions per week to air in the nation’s most influential … Continue reading

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Frankly

One ex-acquaintance of mine – an ultra-hip New Yorker – once told me, in all seriousness, that she refused to listen to Frank Sinatra because he wore a toupee. (For more on that famous artefact, see Gay Talese.) I couldn’t … Continue reading

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Quote of the day

Courtesy of @brian_bilston. Then they came for Katie Hopkins, and I did not speak out – I merely showed them where she was hiding. Bad taste, yes, but I know how he feels…

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Facing the end

Oliver Sacks, eloquent and clear-sighted as ever, on learning that he has terminal  cancer: Over the last few days, I have been able to see my life as from a great altitude, as a sort of landscape, and with a … Continue reading

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An audience with Don McLean

Fans listening to him sing “American Pie” in a BBC studio, 1972. From the nostalgic end credits of tonight’s edition of Newsnight. (The full performance is here.)

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Shouting

Thanks to the success of “Whiplash” Buddy Rich’s name is suddenly back in circulation again. Which means that his dementedly profane band bus stream-of-consciousness may find a whole new audience too. (NSFW, obviously.) Actually, I didn’t know that “Seinfeld” borrowed a couple … Continue reading

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Screaming

Grigor Dimitrov in his match against Andy Murray at the Australian Open. Part of a Wall Street Journal slideshow of photos from the tournament enhanced with a digital filter. Pic: Clive Brunskill/Getty Images.

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