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THE PRISONER: Patrick McGoohan 1928-2009
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THE PRISONER: Patrick McGoohan 1928-2009

The recent death of the creator of The Prisoner Patrick McGoohan was given surprisingly little publicity. One of those items towards the end of the news where the newsreader adopts an appropriately nostalgic, slightly reverential tone. Some fairly muted obituaries in the newspapers, with the standard shots of McGoohan in his iconic striped blazer as...

THE BEATLES Who Could Ask For More: Rock ‘n’ Reel Review
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THE BEATLES Who Could Ask For More: Rock ‘n’ Reel Review

The following review of WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE: RECLAIMING THE BEATLES appeared in Rock ‘n’ Reel magazine this month…. REPRODUCED WITH THE PERMISSION OF SEAN McGHEE (EDITOR) WHO COULD ASK FOR MORE: RECLAIMING THE BEATLES    BEATLES SITES BEATLES LINKS BEATLES.COM BEATLES STORY MARK LEWINSOHN BEATLE LINKS BEATLES BIBLE BEATLES NEWS I AM THE...

BOB DYLAN: ‘Cross The Green Mountain
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BOB DYLAN: ‘Cross The Green Mountain

…All must yield To the Avenging God…         In the mud and the blood of the makeshift trench, the soldier boy from Belvedere, South Carolina, is about to breathe his last. The Yankee bullet which had pierced his groin had come from some anonymous source, from the other side of the swirling...

SHORT STORY: Testament
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SHORT STORY: Testament

I, Joseph Ezekiel Green, am your humble servant, O Lord. It is with meekness and with reverence that I kneel here in supplication to ask you to receive this testament. Here at 23 Nelson Crescent, Brentwood, I am waiting by this telephone for your call. Outside I hear another thunder storm brewing. The trees are...

MUSIC BOOK REVIEW: Million Dollar Bash by Sid Griffin
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MUSIC BOOK REVIEW: Million Dollar Bash by Sid Griffin

Year by year the legend of The Basement Tapes grows. Here’s a few personal memories. I remember reading about the legendary Great White Wonder when I was at school in the late ‘60s. A little later, as a spotty teenager, I acquired a copy of The Little White Wonder, a white pressed bootleg album, in...

THE BEATLES:  Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night Part Two
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THE BEATLES: Dylan, The Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night Part Two

The movie A Hard Day’s Night, despite being made in monochrome on a tiny budget, is decidedly cool, witty and fast moving. It has an ‘improvised’ atmosphere that recalls the contemporary methods of French Nouvelle Vague directors like Francois Truffaut and Jean-Luc Godard. As such it avoids many of the clichés of framing and narrative...

EXPLORING TELEVISUALITY: The Tudors
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EXPLORING TELEVISUALITY: The Tudors

   What is ‘televisuality’? The word has been bandied around rather loosely by media academics for a decade or so. Broadly speaking we can say that the word refers to the attempts that have been made to examine the fundamental nature of television as a form of communication. But there is little consensus between those...

POEM: Drum Fire
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POEM: Drum Fire

my restless fingers comb the surface of this animal’s tight skin- these fingers crack, these fingers flex- sparks fly from my fingertips…   summoning the sullen beast’s power into my heart, I can feel the ache of its final mournful cry- gentle bulk swaying, great udders shaking, final breath expelled in an anguished sigh  ...

BOB DYLAN: Waiting For You
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BOB DYLAN: Waiting For You

Happiness is but a state of mind. Anytime you want, you can cross the state line….   Waiting For You was written for the soundtrack of Callie Khouri’s 2002 movie, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, a wryly bittersweet and avowedly feminist tale centred around the complex relationship between a mother and daughter. As with...

POEM: Alison
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POEM: Alison

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