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Arts & Culture, Conversations

Hugh Mendes in his studio, 2018

The Hugh Mendes Conversation

Hugh, why were you drawn in particular to painting obituaries, and do you remember the moment when you first had the idea? I was working with newspaper clippings as source material, mainly political stories. As you may know, that really started with 9/11 which happened to be my MA graduation […]

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The Derek Boshier Conversation

The Derek Boshier Conversation

Derek, you were a key member of the early Pop Art movement in the UK. That must have been an exciting time to be a young artist at the Royal College of Art? The Royal College of Art class of 1959 – 62 was perhaps to do with being at […]

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The Gary Daly Conversation

The Gary Daly Conversation

Gary, exciting times and massive congratulations! Your new debut solo album, Gone From Here, is going to be released on 31 May. Can you share with us why you decided to make a solo album at this moment in time? I always imagined Eddie ( my partner in China Crisis ) […]

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The China Crisis Conversation

The China Crisis Conversation

China Crisis are currently on tour around the UK and Ireland, including dates in New York, where you will be performing the entire album: Flaunt The Imperfection live, plus other hits. The album was released in 1985 and produced by the late, great Steely Dan co-founder, Walter Becker. Why did you […]

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The George Moore Conversation

The George Moore Conversation

How did the idea for Paul Is Dead first come to you, and were you aware of the Paul McCartney conspiracy theory beforehand? My friend and co-writer Ben mentioned the conspiracy theory to me during a taxi ride home after a night out. I’d never heard of it before! I […]

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The Setsuko Ono Conversation

The Setsuko Ono Conversation

You have just completed your inaugural London Exhibition at Asia House. Can you tell us how it went? I think the exhibit went well. A large number of people attended the private view and the talk I had with Professor Gladstone. We did not keep a record of how many […]

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The George Seaton Conversation

The George Seaton Conversation

George, can you tell us how the Liver Birds Flying Home musical first came into being? It was a chance remark. My dear friend Barb Jungr and I were walking down Hardman Street in Liverpool with the magnificent Liver Birds atop the Liver Building visible on the skyline. Looking at them […]

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Arts & Culture, Books, Conversations

The Kenneth Womack Conversation

The Kenneth Womack Conversation

Ken, you have written several books about The Beatles. Was a biography about their producer, Sir George Martin, a natural next step? Was it always something which you had planned to do? Writing about Sir George was indeed a natural step in my progress towards understanding the Beatles’ art. After […]

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The Ragnar Kjartansson Conversation

The Ragnar Kjartansson Conversation

You are now well known for your multi-disciplinary art installations, often based around music. Your latest work is ‘Sky in a Room’ now showing at the National Museum of Wales? Can you tell us briefly how this came about and what we can expect? This is a piece that has been […]

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The Joshua Greene Conversation

The Joshua Greene Conversation

Joshua, with your own photography, what subject matters are you drawn to? I do love architecture, gardens and flowers, food, and people. Basically, I love following the light. Can you tell us a little bit about your company, The Archives, a company committed to the restoration and preservation of photography, and […]

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Clifford Slapper and David Bowie together at the piano on the set of ‘Extras’. © RayBurmiston

The Clifford Slapper Conversation

  Cliff, at what age did you begin to play the piano, and who or what were the influences which led you to learn it? When I was aged about six, my parents bought me a toy piano. It was the one toy I kept going back to, so they […]

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The Mike Garson Conversation

The Mike Garson Conversation

“It is pointless to talk about his ability as a pianist. He is exceptional. However, there are very, very few musicians, let alone pianists, who naturally understand the movement and free thinking necessary to hurl themselves into experimental or traditional areas of music, sometimes, ironically, at the same time. Mike […]

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