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Karl dearest

If you ever think your life lacks purpose, bear in mind that, somewhere out there, someone has the job of being Karl Lagerfeld’s favourite male model. Irina Aleksander’s glimpse of the caviar set, relayed in quiet but lethal prose,  has the … Continue reading

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Dog cartoon of the week

And quite possibly the year… From The New York Times.  

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Screening history

Can we trust film directors to tell the truth about the past?  If “Belle” and “The Imitation Game” are any guide, the answer has to be no.  And now along comes “Selma”. In The New York Review of Books Elizabeth Drew … Continue reading

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Notebook

Mrs Oscar Hammerstein, so the story goes, once overheard someone praise “Ol’ Man River” as “a great Kern song”. “I beg your pardon,” she said, “But Jerome Kern did not write ‘Ol’ Man River’. Mr Kern wrote ‘dum dum dum … Continue reading

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Links

“Bob Dylan’s career-long exploration of regional American music has finally reached Las Vegas.” The snarky way of announcing  the singer’s Sinatra project. How a country haemorrhages people: Portugal’s emigration crisis. Beyond parody. A story for our times. “If you’ve ever wondered what happens … Continue reading

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World music albums of the year

Just for a change, a home-grown recording tops my world music choices in the Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year [£]. 1  VARIOUS  The Elizabethan Session (Quercus) 2  MELINGO Linyera (World Village) 3  AURELIO Landini (Real World) 4  MAYRA ANDRADE, Lovely Difficult (Sterns … Continue reading

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Jazz albums of the year

  My round-up of the best jazz releases of 2014.  Full details in today’s Sunday Times 100 Best Records of the Year [£]. 1 HENRY BUTLER/STEVEN BERNSTEIN  Viper’s Drag (Impulse!) 2 DYLAN HOWE  Subterranean: New Designs on Bowie’s Berlin (Motorik) 3 … Continue reading

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Frank & Dino

On the set of the Judy Garland Show, 1962. From the West End exhibition of Bob Willoughby’s photos. (His classic shot of Big Jay McNeely, rock ‘n’ roll pioneer, is also in the mix.)

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Waiting for Tony Bennett

Royal Festival Hall, last night.

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“The supreme irony was that Viola and Alfred also came from working-class backgrounds.”  The status-conscious parents who disowned their son. And Sinatra said, “That’s kooky, kid.” Paul Anka on writing “My Way”. Photo-opportunity: the glamorous life of a White House … Continue reading

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