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WE NEED OUR AUTHORS AND POETS

It is imperative that we support our authors and poets - many of whom are under direct or indirect threat from extremist states, groups, and individuals - a recent example being the assault on Salman Rushdie
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day 5 of our Sidetracks And Detours LS Lowry festival: SALFORD ARTIST DONE GOOD

"If people call me a Sunday painter, I'm a Sunday painter who paints every day of the week." LS Lowry

JOIN US IN JAZZ

musical journeys of unique rhythms and musical sounds

Boom Radio SIXTIES TURN SEVENTY (part two)

here we are again, faced with DJs being asked to truncate Radio 2's varied playlist to focus on more recent decades. Even Pick Of The Pops, a show fronted by my friend and veteran broadcaster Paul Gambaccini which looks back at music charts from bygone decades, last featured a hit from the Sixties back in September.

JAZZ IN AUGUST 2022

A lady who has appeared on both Steve´s Hot Biscuits radio output and on these pages over the last twelve months or so is jazz singer Beverley Bierne (left) .  As we noted in our feature, The Fifty Best Of on Friday 29th July.  Beverley began a residency last week at The Ticket Office in Ilkely and took to Facebook to tell us all of what an exciting night it was
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SUMMER PAGE-TURNERS: books for the beach

And I will read, and probably leave until last to do so, a book called Naomi Judd, a book that has perhaps been published in haste, talking about the recent death of Naomi Judd, the mother half of my favourite country female duo The Judds. We reported on this in an article called on 25th May in The Judds: A Tragedy Of Our Times, which you can find in our easy to negotiate archives containing more than 650 arts related features.
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DARK ENOUGH TO SEE THE STARS

I tend to go to the desert every year, down on the border by Terralingua, and just sort of make a big deal out of being under the stars and experiencing It wholeheartedly. I think the idea is that we can’t see the stars in our normal day-to-day experiences, because we’re not looking. But when something knocks us off our regular life—and oftentimes that is some kind of a struggle or a painful event—we begin to get more introspective. I think it’s a metaphor for that. 
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WARREN ZEVON: an assessment of credentials

It is certainly true that wherever you look in the rock and roll hall of fame, you will find there is ´heartbreak spoken here.´! And that is one of the Warren Zevon song titles that shares its name with a book..

JAZZ JUMPS FROM MAY TO JUNE

Live On Wye is run by the community with a deserved reputation for being relaxed and family friendly. You can expect delicious local food, arts and crafts and of course the Imaginarium, where you’ll find a superb and continuously improving programme for young people. It’s the kind of festival where you can sip lovely ales on the riverbank while enjoying some of the best emerging bands and service with a smile!
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RHYTHM AND THE BLUES

At first glance Jerry looked like a record executive stereotype, with slightly greying black hair, mustache and goatee, and black-rimmed glasses (which he was constantly exchanging, and peering over the top of), but a closer look at his “mod” dress (turtleneck sweater/shirts with his jackets) and his distinct New York accent (Washington Heights) laced with musicians’ slang, and there was no mistaking that the man you were talking to was the head of Atlantic’s A&R.