Let It Blurt Book Review

If writing about music is like dancing about architecture - a sentiment attributed to various disgruntled musicians and smartasses - then rock critic Lester Bangs was James Brown doing Frank Lloyd Wright. While even the brightest lights of his profession were awkwardly grafting intellectual, sociopolitical and stylistic frames onto rock  ...

Leading Men of Musicals and Cabaret

Suggested reading: Intimate Nights: The Golden Age of New York Cabaret (1992), James Gavin Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop: A New Listener's Guide (1992), Roy Hemming, David Hajdu (Editor) Jazz Singing: America's Great Voices from Bessie Smith to Bebop and Beyond  ...

Born to Entertain – Lisa Richard

The last few years has seen something of an explosion in the release of recordings by relatively young and little known performers on both the Broadway stage and cabaret circuit. While it is most gratifying to see a number of specialist labels taking an interest in such artists, sadly  ...

Last Things

Last Things is an ambitious novel that touches on big themes - the poetry of science and physics; our millennial preoccupation with the end of time; correlations between creativity and insanity; and the allure of mysticism and pagan spirituality. All of this is funneled into a domestic drama about  ...

I Know You by Heart – Lee Lessack

... Review of San Francisco appearance with Joan Ryan Lee Lessack has been one of the US' most successful cabaret performers for some years and his second solo CD amply demonstrates just how he has maintained this position. Lessack's voice is light, sensitive and possess a  ...

Punishing Kiss – Ute Lemper

. Ute Lemper's is, sometimes, not an easy talent to love. Ever intense, she makes considerable demands on both herself and her audience and her performances often seem short on humour. Punishing Kiss takes the singer away from her accustomed recorded milieu of Weill and Berlin cabaret songs into new  ...

Leni Riefenstahl – Five Lives – A. Taschen, editor

Leni Riefenstahl has created some of the most controversial films and photographs in the history of those forms. Unfortunately, criticism of her work often roots itself in criticism of her patrons and her subject matter. This does the images themselves the gravest kind of disservice. For if one agrees  ...

Back to Before and The Slow Drag – Kim Criswell

Kim Criswell is an experienced Broadway performer who relocated to London some years ago. Her US appearances included Nine (taking over as Claudia), Baby and eighteen months as LA's first Grizabella. Her first West End appearance was as Annie Oakley - for which she received an Olivier nomination -  ...

Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell

. This is, quite simply, a delight. After producing only three recordings during the nineties, Mitchell's decision to deliver an album of covers might suggest a dearth of new ideas. Far from being a make-weight, however, Both Sides Now is a masterpiece fit to stand alongside her best work.  ...