Chapter and Verse

Over the years, David Sheppard has been charged with writing or editing more than half-a-dozen musicianly monographs, and lived, as it were, to tell the tale; so he knows from bittersweet first-hand experience how penning a half-decent tome about the life of a popular recording or performing artist can be a pursuit littered with impediments…

Storytelling

A&M’s resident movie critic, Peter Wix, shines a light on the sometimes opaque world of the film script and attempts to sort the inspired literary gem from the hollywood producer- ravaged schlock. “Who is going to break through with brilliant writing if even celebrated screenwriters feel like taking a producer or two out to a…

Consuming Passion

Cedar Lewisohn provides the first course of our new column, exploring the intersection between art and food: bon appétit. A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to have a chat with Fergus Henderson, the chef responsible for putting bone marrow and pork scratchings on the menus of some of London’s most chi-chi private…

Continental Film Night

Bertolt Brecht said “the worst illiterate is the political illiterate”. Something like this might also apply to those who shy away from political films – “Oh no, I don’t want to see that, it’s about politics!” But political films come in all shapes and sizes and provide many of us with perhaps our only views…

Long Live the New Flesh

The YBAs always seemed to be in a hurry, as if bound to a gaining clock, and so it’s fitting that the two most significant artists associated with the movement both have major long term exhibitions in London one year shy of the 25th anniversary of Freeze. Hirst has his oft-delayed Tate retrospective, timed to…

Rock goes to College

About seven years ago, Blackburn College started inviting bands to come in and record live in our television studio, with the aim to create something that was a youthful mixture of John Peel session and The Old Grey Whistle Test. The idea was to give the Art and Media students a chance to hone their…

A Northern Soul

“So, is Harland in London?” I ask his exhibition liaison at White Cube. “Yeah, he is, he’s just had his Film on Sunday event at Bermondsey and he’s around for a few days before he goes to Italy; just give him a call and see if he’s free”. When I call Harland to arrange an…