“The laughs come hard in Auld Lang Syne,” sang the Beach Boys, bitterly, and from experience by the sounds of it. In a song called Surf’s Up, from an album that was supposed to be called Smile, that lyric reflects the mood better than either of the ironic titles, and presages the…
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This post is adapted from a short talk I gave to students enrolled on Kingston University’s Critical Studies & Creative Industries programme. Rina has…
Maybe if the barrel organ had worked that night, things would be very different. But, on the very night the new song was first performed, in 1928, this…
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A trip to the theatre and the search for meaning
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