The Forgotten Heroes of English Music

My play started in an epiphany, but it would take me ten years to complete. I had written it off as a failing effort until Roxana Silbert of Hampstead Theatre prompted me to revisit it. Covid intervened, and the production was delayed, leading me to believe it would never be broadcast; nevertheless, BBC Radio 3 […]

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New Morecambe and Wise Episode Provides Christmas Happiness

This Christmas, a lost episode of the Morecambe and Wise Show was resurrected, dating from 1970, just as the comic team had made it to BBC One. They would go on to become Britain's most successful entertainment act, with their Christmas spectacular attracting over 20 million people seven years later - according to some estimates, […]

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‘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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‘Music Comes to You Like a Dream,' Says Michael Hurley, 80

I believe it's OK to refer to myself as an outsider artist. It took a long time for me to join the group." Michael Hurley, a freak-folk singer-songwriter and artist of over 60 years, is pondering his place in the world on Thanksgiving Friday. He's phoning from his little house in rural Oregon, nestled amid […]

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Tokyo Games Art Installation Has BMW Robots As ‘Gardeners' by Bruges, Jason

At the Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, a large-scale robotic art project aims to interrupt urban life. “The Constant Gardeners,” a site-specific outdoor piece by London-based multi-disciplinary artist and designer Jason Bruges Studio, explores how, through art and design, technology can become a positive tool, encouraging us to slow down and reconnect in new and […]

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Why Did Singers Use Two Microphones - The Advantages

Using two microphones can capture different aspects of a singer's voice. This article will talk about the advantages of using two microphones to record vocals, and why singers should consider using two mics for the ultimate vocal sound. When a singer wants to capture a unique vocal sound, she may opt to use two microphones. […]

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