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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

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  ...

Everything, Everything – Underworld

Even after almost thirty years (possibly less depending on whether you want to count the ascendance of disco, or the emergence of Kraftwerk, as the beginnings of electronic music’s pop presence), it’s still difficult for many listeners to imagine a ‘live’ show that doesn’t involve guitars, grimacing, and histrionic  ...

Patti LuPone: Matters of the Heart

.. Patti LuPone starred on Broadway as Evitaand as Reno Sweeney in the Lincoln Center revival of Anything Goes. Earlier work included the original productions of The Baker's Wife and The Robber Bridegroom. In London she created the roles of Fantine in Les Miserables and Norma Desmond in Lloyd  ...

Me Talk Pretty One Day – David Sedaris

In his best writing, David Sedaris suggests a visiting anthropologist from a distant galaxy or some future civilization, observing and chronicling contemporary life with a mixture of curiosity, disgust, and outright befuddlement. His stranger-in-a-strange-land approach succeeds without undue mean-spiritedness, because time and time again he proves more than willing  ...