3 items from 2015
The composer recalls his days as a cab driver, while elsewhere there’s a revival of a reliably unwell columnist
Philip Glass: Taxi Driver (Tuesday, 11.30am, Radio 4) has the composer reminiscing about the period in the early 1970s when he drove a yellow cab down the mean streets of New York during the afternoons and evenings and spent the nights composing new works. It’s possible to read more or less anything into music that relies on repetition and this programme doesn’t resist, underpinning Glass’s accounts of the drudgery and danger involved in driving a cab back in the days when the city was going broke with his tense, gridded music, which keeps coming as remorselessly as the traffic up Fifth Avenue. Over a period of seven years he went from presenting that music before tiny audiences of devotees to selling out major Manhattan venues. His mother, »
- David Hepworth
Ron Moody in Mel Brooks' 'The Twelve Chairs.' The 'Doctor Who' that never was. Ron Moody: 'Doctor Who' was biggest professional regret (See previous post: "Ron Moody: From Charles Dickens to Walt Disney – But No Harry Potter.") Ron Moody was featured in about 50 television productions, both in the U.K. and the U.S., from the late 1950s to 2012. These included guest roles in the series The Avengers, Gunsmoke, Starsky and Hutch, Hart to Hart, and Murder She Wrote, in addition to leads in the short-lived U.S. sitcom Nobody's Perfect (1980), starring Moody as a Scotland Yard detective transferred to the San Francisco Police Department, and in the British fantasy Into the Labyrinth (1981), with Moody as the noble sorcerer Rothgo. Throughout the decades, he could also be spotted in several TV movies, among them: David Copperfield (1969). As Uriah Heep in this disappointing all-star showcase distributed theatrically in some countries. »
- Andre Soares
Forthright and unpredictable poet and author, he co-created the noir-inspired pulp magazine Brute!
The poet and author Malcolm Bennett, who has died aged 56 from as yet unexplained causes, used his compressed, aggressive, comic book literary style to create the pulp magazine Brute! with the artist Aidan Hughes in 1984. A darkly comic, noir-inspired graphic magazine, Brute! garnered Malcolm a wide audience that included Kazuo Ishiguro, Keith Waterhouse and Vivian Stanshall.
Brute!, which included Bennett’s classic creation Jim Mallett, a psychotic benefits fraud investigator, brought chuckles to bloodbaths, as Quentin Tarantino would do in film later, and readers found themselves entertained by subjects that were theoretically beyond the pale. The magazine ran for four years, spawning a film short, Love Me Gangster (1986); a paperback, Brute! Classified Pulp Nasties (1987); an animated TV series, Brute’s Adventures of Sizzler (1988); and various magazine and newspaper comic strips.
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- Vincent Raison
3 items from 2015
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