Author Archives: garylongden

It’s Hard to be a Saint in the City- song Springsteen / Bowie

“It’s hard to be a saint in the City”, is one of Springsteen’s finest compositions, a narrative and vocal tour de force. Live in Bruce’s hands  it was irresistible with Bittan central to the performance, but the album recording , … Continue reading

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The occasion of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee

I have been asked to write and perform at two events celebrating this occasion. It is, and was, very easy to be ultra cynical, particularly from a child of the Silver Jubilee, the Sex Pistols and the “stuff the Jubilee” … Continue reading

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David Bowie

What is the Ziggy Story? Artwork Brian ward There has been an interesting debate recently about “The Rise and fall of Ziggy Stardust” album. Is there a story? If there is what is it? Could it provide the basis for … Continue reading

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We Will Rock You- Wolverhampton Grand Theatre

***** A jukebox musical of Queen hits with a libretto written by comedian Ben Elton. Since it opened at the Dominion theatre in London in 2002 it  has played to over 600,000 people there alone,  and over fifteen million worldwide. … Continue reading

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The Guitarists of David Bowie

The Guitarists of David Bowie- from Space Oddity to Diamond Dogs Space Oddity, normally regarded as David’s first proper album post Deram featured two guitarists over and beyond David’s contribution. Keith Christmas In 1969 Keith Christmas had recorded his first … Continue reading

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The Rise and Fall of Little Voice

The Rise and Fall of Little Voice – Derby theatre Playwright Jim Cartwright is one of our most important contemporary English  dramatists. “The Rise and Fall of Little Voice”  is one of his finest achievements. First performed in 1992 on … Continue reading

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Stafford Litfest Poetry Competition 2022- behind the scenes of the judging process

On 22nd May the results of the Stafford Litfest poetry competition will be announced. I was honoured to be given the opportunity to judge the entries. Many people have approached me asking what  the process was? I have entered numerous … Continue reading

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Emperor’s New Clothes – Derby Theatre

– The Emperor’s New  Clothes – Derby Theatre This Easter Holiday production continues the tradition of high quality family shows at Derby. With the pantomime season bighted by the impact of covid, it  is an opportunity to draw the whole … Continue reading

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Devotional poems

Inspiration in rhyme 1.Etheric healing Healing of the body, as well as the soul That is Dom ignacios’ dedicated goal Flowing through portals from dimension to dimension Etheric and physical healing his avowed intention Tap into his power, use his … Continue reading

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Sheila’s Island – Derby Theatre

New modern  stage comedy is at a premium, “Sheila’s Island” is a good attempt at rectifying that. Billed as a  comedy in thick fog it is written by  Tim Firth whose stage writing credits include Calendar Girls, Kinky Boots, and … Continue reading

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