“If you didn’t have a crush on Nick Kamen in the 80s, you probably weren’t there.” – Matt Lucas Continue reading
A Year in Music, Absolute Beginners, Angel Olsen, Blonde On the Tracks, Bob Dylan, Bobbie Gentry, Brighton, Change, Charley Pride, David Bowie, David Roback, Delta Sweete, Dirk Timmerman, Emma Swift, Fetch the Bolt Cutters, Fiona Apple, Ghost Highway, Hallucinogenics, L.A. Witch, Lana Del Rey, Lissie, Little Bastards, Madonna, Madonna: The Day I Was There, Matt Maeson, Mazzy Star, Play With Fire, Stargazing, The Kills, The Neighbourhood, Whole New Mess
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. For music lovers, this was the year the stage went dark, and we sought comfort in our record collections. Then in April 2020, with the world in lockdown, Fiona Apple surprised us with Fetch the Bolt Cutters, her first album in eight years and perhaps, the wake-up call we all needed. Continue reading
Academy Awards, Alan Parker, Albert Finney, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Angel Heart, Angela's Ashes, Another Suitcase In Another Hall, Antonio Banderas, Argentina, Birdy, Buenos Aires, Bugsy Malone, Carlos Menem, Don't Cry For Me Argentina, Eva Peron, Evita, Fame, Golden Globes, Jimmy Nail, Jonathan Pryce, Lament, Madonna, Marlene Dietrich, Mickey Rourke, Midnight Express, Mississippi Burning, Oliver Stone, Oscars, Reinvention Tour, Robert DeNiro, Shoot the Moon, Soundtracks, Sticky and Sweet Tour, Take A Bow, The Blue Angel, The Commitments, Tim Rice, You Must Love Me
Sir Alan Parker was born in Matlock, Derbyshire in 1944, and grew up in Islington, North London. His father was a house painter, and his mother a dressmaker. After studying at grammar school he began work in advertising, hoping to meet girls. He loved to write, but other than taking an interest in photography, he had no plans to become a filmmaker. While working for an advertising agency in the 1960, he met David Puttnam and Alan Marshall, who would later produce his films. Continue reading
The fourth issue of SOLEDAD Arts Journal is out now on Amazon, for $7.71 (US) or £6.28 (UK.) And at 186 pages, it’s a content-heavy issue, with a cover story on filmmaker Cosmotropia de Xam. Inside she revisits locations and compares them with other movies made there. These include several areas of Spain, and the Polish city of Lodz, where David Lynch filmed Inland Empire (2006.) There’s also an interview with actress Rachel Audrey, who has appeared in five Cosmotropia projects.
Arizona duo Grumpy Bear, interviewed by editor Jeremy Richey, have released a five-track Soledad EP with a cinematic theme, free to readers on Bandcamp (contact Jeremy at firstname.lastname@example.org for the code.) Jeremy has also written a fascinating review of Henry Jaglom’s A Safe Place (1971), starring Tuesday Weld. Elsewhere, LaShane Arnett writes about her love affair with Psychedelic Furs, and Rachael Dunnett and Peter Jilmstead talk about Fragments of Fear, their podcast for fans of Italian horror and ‘giallo’ films.
Marcelline Block’s interview with artist Miles Ladin during his Masquerade exhibit is also featured, and Chris O’Neill talks with singer Gabbie Bam Bam about her influences. Filmmaker John Levy shares still photos from This Wild Wild Wound. Poetry and short fiction make a strong showing, with contributions from regulars Les Bohem, Robert Monell and Emily Clare Bryant, plus newcomers Neddal Ayad and Ruth La Sure, who combines writing and photography to striking effect.
And finally, you can read my review of Madonna’s Madame X – it’s fully illustrated over eighteen pages, and leaves no stone unturned!
Mark Blum was born in Newark and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey. As a teenager, trips to Broadway shows taught him to love the theatre, though he never considered acting as a career. “I was raised in one of those basic middle-class Jewish families in the suburbs,” he told the New York Times, “and that just wasn’t something somebody thought about.” Continue reading