‘Woodstock Was Extremely Terrifying,’ Says Melanie Safka

Melanie vividly recalls the day she busked in London. It was 1983, and the performance she was supposed to perform had been canceled owing to low ticket sales. So she was dining with friends, sipping Pimm’s, when she got a phone from someone informing her that admirers had gathered outside the Royal Albert Hall. “I […]

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Beyond the Stage Review — A Haunting, Heartbreaking Show

A lined A4 notebook is pinned open on a board, highly doodled with love hearts and the strange ideas of an 18-year-old girl, not unlike any other 18-year-old girl throughout history. “Just plain fuckin’ nice” is the title of a playlist that includes Bobby Darin’s I Wanna Be Around (1965), as well as the words […]

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Britney Spears’ Father Files for Divorce

Britney Spears’ father has asked for the “immediate termination” of the conservatorship over his daughter’s life that he has ruled over for more than 13 years. “Britney’s recent testimony and requests to take personal control of her estate and affairs have made clear that continuing the conservatorship is contrary to her desires,” a lawyer for […]

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Sea Offered Me Energy and Spiritual Healing While in Cornwall

My family performed okay through the first lockdown, which was medium-to-spicy. It was only myself, my husband Mark, [my daughter] Tash, and Oliver, Tash’s boyfriend. “Is it OK if Oliver and I come down?” Tash said as the kids were escaping university in London. “Of course!” Mark and I answered, assuming they’d be gone for […]

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A Total of 86,000 Jobs Were Lost Because of Covid-19

According to research, Covid-19 has resulted in the loss of 393,000 employment in the night-time economy, including 86,000 in the “night-time cultural economy” (NTCE), which includes nightclubs and theaters. The study, commissioned by the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) and carried out by leisure consultants CGA and night-time economy researchers Make, discovered that the sector […]

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Louis Armstrong and the CIA: A “Trojan Horse” in Congo

It was a remarkable evening: Louis Armstrong, his wife, and a US embassy official went out to supper in what was still Léopoldville, the newly independent Congo’s capital. The trumpeter, vocalist, and band leader, known as Satchmo as a kid, was in the midst of a months-long tour of Africa, organized and funded by the […]

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