It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave – tanned and beautifully suited – is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming gastropub in Brighton's Kemptown. Born in Australia and variously resident
On the morning of 12 January 1989, I had arranged to meet Shane MacGowan outside the Pogues' management office in Camden Town at 11am. He arrived just after midday, besuited and freshly shaven, with razor
It’s almost worthy of Spinal Tap – a collection of the musician’s thoughts, jotted down while in transit on sick bags. But his book The Sick Bag Song provides a window on Cave’s honesty as well as his
One of the Roman super-rich, he railed against consumerism even as he accumulated more wealth. But then, aren’t we all hypocrites? Income inequality is one of the most important social issues of our time.
They’ve been cab drivers, mystics and ornithologists. One was even a prime minister. Meet music’s greatest multi-taskers To become a leader in any field, specialisation is obligatory. The risk of spreading
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From the 17th century to the present day, there are hundreds of operas written by women – many shamefully unknown and underperformed. From a modern adaptation of Alice in Wonderland to an early gem, here
Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny is a warning about a society of pleasure-seekers on the brink of financial ruin. Sound familiar? The time is right for Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s forgotten opera
A skilled librettist will know how to leave space for the music to flourish, and to edit themselves ruthlessly, writes Stephen Plaice What is the librettist’s role in opera? The job is much more than the
It was 1981 and we all headed down into the dark of the Studio theatre of the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. We were going to see a second-year all-female student production of Waiting for Godot.