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Features & Interviews

CD Special: The Basement Tapes Complete

Tim Cumming

Earlier this year, posted “Full Moon & Empty Arms”, a song associated with Sinatra and the popular music of America before rock'n'roll. Dylan’s new version seemed to presage an album of tunes of similar vintage titled Shadows in the Night, featuring the likes of “Melancholy Baby”, “On a Little Street in Singapore” and “Stormy Weather”. Those new recordings, however, have been pushed back to make room for another release, one so big and wide you’d need to tear out the door to...

First Person: The lure of the lost play

Tom Littler

About a year ago, Alan Brodie, who is the agent for the estate of Terence Rattigan, sent me a handful of his more obscure plays. I had worked with Alan before on a revival of Graham Greene’s first play, The Living Room, so he knew I had a penchant for what are now termed "rediscoveries". The play that jumped out at me was Rattigan’s theatrical debut: a comedy called First Episode. Written while he was still an undergraduate at Oxford in 1933 (co-authored with his friend Philip Heimann), it...

Annie Lennox: The Jazz Singer

Peter Culshaw

Annie Lennox is a far more fascinating artist than she’s often given credit for. Perhaps because she has been around for decades (she’s now 59) and...

theartsdesk in Stockholm: A Nobel Prize for...

David Nice

Should you not have caught one of the 20th century’s handful of greatest Wagnerian singers live - I did, just once, in a Prom of uneven excerpts -...

Robert Wyatt: Different Every Time

Marcus O'Dair

As the presenter of a regular music podcast for a national newspaper, I used to be in the happy position of interviewing one or two artists of my...

RIP Stephen Samuel Gordon aka The Spaceape

Joe Muggs

A sad farewell to the poet laureate of the dubstep generation

theartsdesk in Bamberg: Top Town, Top Orchestra

David Nice

Conductor Jonathan Nott's world-class team is only one reason for visiting Germany's jewel

Remembering Christopher Hogwood (1941-2014)


Tributes to the conductor, scholar and gentleman from musicians who worked with him

theartsdesk Q&A: Singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan

Joe Muggs

After only nine years' break, the introspective Edinburgh songwriter is back

theartsdesk in Cadaqués: Inside Dalí

Markie Robson-Scott

A Catalan fishing village is the world capital of Surrealism

First Person: From Insolence to Defiance

Paul Simmonds

Lyrical country meets rollicking cowpunk: Paul Simmonds on writing songs for two very different new albums

Opinion: What's the point of short film?

Debbi Lander

The director of the Encounters Film Festival leaps to the short film's defence

theartsdesk in Helsinki: Niubi Festival

Kieron Tyler

Head-spinning Mongolians, intense Indonesians and bull-roaring locals at the festival building bridges between Finland and east Asia

Immoral Tales: When Art Met Pornography

Kieron Tyler

Walerian Borowczyk's controversial, censor-baiting Seventies film is re-released

Happy Birthday To Us: theartsdesk is Five

Peter Culshaw

Huzzah! We're blowing out the candles on half a decade of cultural coverage

Listed: theartsdesk's Greatest Hits


To celebrate theartsdesk's fifth birthday, we share your favourite reads

theartsdesk in Limerick: A Royal Visit From Grandma

Veronica Lee

Royal de Luxe put on gigantic show in City of Culture

Joan Rivers, 1933-2014

Fisun Güner

The first lady of comedy whose biggest dread was an empty diary

LFF 2014: Programme Launch

Matt Wolf

Oscar hopeful war films to bookend 'bubbling cauldron' that is LFF

Time, Weather, Place: Folkestone Triennial 2014

Fisun Güner

Headless 'terror' chickens, a naff baroque beach hut, and digging for gold

theartsdesk in Budapest: Sziget to City

Tim Cumming

Fireworks, a festival, and a permanent display of Hungarian applied arts

Richard Attenborough, 1923-2014

Nick Hasted

As filmmaker and man, Attenborough had a tireless energy for useful work

theartsdesk in Verbier: Festival with Fireworks

Alexandra Coghlan

Mozart and Mahler at a festival that's about so much more than just star-power

Frightfest 2014: Preview

Katherine McLaughlin

Werewolves, psychopaths and bloody murders deliver disturbing delights

Lauren Bacall: 'Just put your lips together and blow'

Matt Wolf

The screen made her, but she would become a stage tigress, not least when she sang

Listed: The laughter and tears of Robin Williams

Jasper Rees

From Mork to mawkish, the clips that define a brilliant career

10 Questions for singer Laura Mvula

Russ Coffey

The critic's darling talks Birmingham, fame, books and why she's re-recorded her debut album

theartsdesk in La Foce: War and Peace in Val d'Orcia

David Nice

Musical youth and experience gather in one of the world's most beautiful landscapes

Alright on the Night: at Glyndebourne with the OAE

Adam Sweeting

The view from the pit as Handel's 'Rinaldo' returns to leafiest East Sussex


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