DANTEmag editor. Rock critic/broadcaster. All You Need Is Rock author. Forbes, ARTINFO contributor. Ex-Bloomberg. Fellow, Royal Soc of Arts.

Column syndicated worldwide. I write about art and culture, for Artinfo; music industry, for Forbes; luxury and lifestyle for DANTE, which I edit; rock music for everyone!. I previously was Bloomberg' rock critic and Muse global team leader. I also write books. I previously worked for ITN, Sunday Times and Press Association. I read PPE at Oxford.

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Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave Take on Death and Rebirth in Stellar Albums: Review

blouinartinfo.com — Leonard Cohen's 14 th studio album, "You Want It Darker," seems like another way to say goodbye. The old stager, now 82, has been saying farewell for some time. On "Popular Problems" in 2014 for example, there are lots of references to slowing down, frozen hearts, withering trees, and winter forever.

Opera Review: ‘The Nose’ Sniffs Out Fear and Fun in Covent Garden

blouinartinfo.com — Castration fears have never seemed so much fun. Shostakovich's surreal opera "The Nose" tells the story of a high-spirited snout which runs around St Petersburg being chased by its owner. In his creepy, circus-like, laugh-out-loud production, director Barrie Kosky suggests that the owner isn't really worried about his nose at all.

Elvis Is Back: Presley Heads for Chart Record

forbes.com — Elvis Presley, we are still stuck on you. The late star is returning to the top as Albums King and is heading for a chart record.

Award-Winning Songwriter Tony Mortimer’s Top Travel Tips

blouinartinfo.com — Award-winning singer and songwriter Tony Mortimer is a home-loving man who is also a seasoned traveler. Mortimer traveled the world with East 17, which has sold 20 million records. He now enjoys his farm in England, complete with a music room where he is working on a new album.

Richard of York Gave Battle in Vain

mark-beech.tumblr.com — By Mark BeechMist puts a Psycho grey chill over the battleground,sunlight stabs through a shower curtain of frost.It rises on a spectral struggle that comes around,that duel which can never be won, only ever lost.

Record 23 Lamborghini Miuras Mark 50 Years of ‘World’s Sexiest Supercar’

blouinartinfo.com — A record 23 Lamborghini Miuras have taken part in the model's half-century celebration rally organized by classic-car collectors' consultancy Kidston SA. Owners brought cars from around the world, including some of the rarest Miuras made. The event included a visit to the car's spiritual home - not in Italy but Andalusia, Spain.

Top 8 Places for Art Lovers to See Autumn Leaves Around the World

blouinartinfo.com — Artists have been inspired by fall colors for centuries. These next few weeks are the perfect time to visit places that are known for their resplendent landscapes during this season. We select our favorites from among the thousands of parks, forests, botanical gardens, and arboretums around the world that are bursting with seasonal color, with many of them also holding art-related or seasonal events.

David Hare Mixes Pent-Up Passion, Public Storms in ‘The Red Barn’

uk.blouinartinfo.com — David Hare's "The Red Barn," premiering at London's National Theatre, starts with a powerful winter storm - and it ends nastily. The play, based on "La Main" by writer George Simenon, comes across almost like a detective B movie script: closing black set windows, flashes of light and piped phone conversations.

5 Things We Learned as Phil Collins Announces a Comeback

blouinartinfo.com — Phil Collins, one of the biggest stars of the 1980s, has announced a comeback - with a tour in 2017 to follow re-released albums, a new hits collection, "Singles," an autobiography "Not Dead Yet."

Phil Collins Announces Live Comeback

forbes.com — Phil Collins, who had more US Top 40 singles than any other artist in the 1980s, is to play his first full live shows in more than a decade.
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Oct 25, 2016

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Oct 24, 2016

ICYM. John Cale plans 50th anniversary concerts for Velvet Underground & Nico album in NYC and Liverpool https://t.co/JR2QZv15ap

Oct 24, 2016

Grow Gatwick/Stansted, maybe build a big new private-funded airport but stop more jets over London...  http://fb.me/5KoeQkdTA 

Oct 24, 2016

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