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From Braham to Bowie: Singers as Symbols of the Past

Yesterday morning the world awoke to the sad news that David Bowie is dead. The passing of such a prolific and influential artist has, unsurprisingly, prompted a deluge of tributes from friends and fans alike. Within these tributes I’ve noticed a recurring theme which interests me, as it’s something I’ve been thinking about a lot… Continue reading From Braham to Bowie: Singers as Symbols of the Past

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BBC’s Queens of Heartache: A Response

I’m not a fan of music documentaries, but BBC’s Queens of Heartache caught my attention as its subjects are five of my very favourite artists; Edith Piaf, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Maria Callas and Janis Joplin. What really piqued my curiosity, however, was what a random grouping of women this is. Wildly different genres, different… Continue reading BBC’s Queens of Heartache: A Response

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Vivien Leigh & John Braham’s Lost Theatre

This year the 5th of November marks not only Guy Fawkes Night, but the one hundredth birthday of my favourite actress – Vivien Leigh. Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara, Gone With The Wind, 1939 I find that research is often a serendipitous experience. On so many occasions I have been researching someone or something, when another person… Continue reading Vivien Leigh & John Braham’s Lost Theatre