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

THE PRISONER: PATRICK McGOOHAN 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...

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...

RICHARD THOMPSON  Sweet Warrior
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RICHARD THOMPSON Sweet Warrior

  Richard Thompson can transport you to places in his songs like no-one else. Drawing his inspiration from folk songs, oral tales, tattered history books, half remembered stories, bizarre websites and advertising catalogues, Thompson is a master of time and space. Many of his best songs place you in a specific historical context, then move...

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic: A Review
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BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Magic: A Review

BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: MAGIC REVIEW BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: MAGIC    Bruce Springsteen’s Magic is a journey into the darkness of the ‘American night’; a portrait of a country mired in confusion, its value-systems broken down, its soul in torment. As a writer, Springsteen is often misunderstood. This is partly because he often casts his narratives in the...

BOB DYLAN: Spirit On The Water
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BOB DYLAN: Spirit On The Water

After the apocalyptic thunder subsides, a soft, jazzy shuffle takes us back to the beginning of all things: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was formless and empty. Darkness was on the surface of the deep. God’s Spirit was hovering over the surface of the waters. God said,...

BOB DYLAN: Thunder On The Mountain
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BOB DYLAN: Thunder On The Mountain

…Everybody got to wonder What’s the matter with this cruel world today… MODERN TIMES begins, as it ends, in an apocalyptic landscape.  The earth itself is in tumult.  Volcanoes, hurricanes and whirlwinds scour the land. The power is cut. It’s like Hell’s Kitchen. Everything is broken. Hot stuff everywhere. For the singer, the writing is...