Alan Rusbridger: Play it Again

Yesterday evening Guardian editor (and amateur pianist/ clarinetist/ classical music buff/ journalist/ author) Alan Rusbridger gave an illuminating, insightful talk at Kings Place about his newly-published book: Play it Again. Upon reaching middle age, Rusbridger had an urge to take up piano-playing again. He’d played until the age of 16 (and grade 6, for which

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RIP Richie Havens

It’s a sad day today. Richie Havens, who opened the 1969 Woodstock with Freedom, has died of a heart attack. I watched the Woodstock video projected onto a screen while sitting on a beach in Goa, about six years ago – and felt completely euphoric. Haven’s Freedom changed my life. I then heard him play

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Ides of March

Ryan Gosling is super-hot in this American political drama, directed by – and featuring – George Clooney. Adapted from Farragut North, a 2008 play by Beau Willimon (who co-wrote the screen play with Clooney), Ides of March focuses on Stephen Meyers (Gosling) as he steals the show whilst working as the junior campaigner for Democratic

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Compliance

If Compliance wasn’t based on a true story, it would be seedy, voyeuristic and horrific. Because we know, from the outset, that this actually happened – it becomes slightly less seedy and voyeuristic, but remains utterly horrific. Two couples walked out of the film when I watched it at the Hackney Picturehouse yesterday. Three couples

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