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My parents were ... good-looking LA arrivistes. They were ill-suited for parenthood, so I'm not surprised that I turned out to be both as troubled and gifted as I am.
Two minutes' walk from Waterloo Station and a little, graffiti-covered door in a side wall grants you access to a starkly different world. Cold, smelling of mould, and resounding to the thunder of the trains hurtling overhead, this massive underground labyrinth of high, vaulted brick tunnels forms a magical space that has been commandeered by the Old Vic's artistic director, Kevin Spacey, as a subterranean arena for non-profit theatre pieces and art works.
Jon Ronson's book about the Pentagon's secret experiments in psychic combat has been turned into a film in the most unsatisfying possible manner.
As with previous Gilles Peterson compilations, there's a few tracks here that make you wonder whether he listened all the way through, but once past the dodgy vocals and workaday vamps, this two-CD collection of revolutionary US funky free-jazz contains real goodies.
From the next generation of Brazilian boy wonders, to out-of-contract European stars, Glenn Moore looks past the usual suspects to scout players in Britain and abroad who could change the face of the Premier League
This week, I've been listening to the Argentine tango composer Astor Piazzolla's "Oblivion", Pat Metheny's new age jazz album First Circle, and Miles Davis' track "Blue in Green" on Kind of Blue. My all-time favourite track is Metheny's "Are You Going With Me?" The key to music is in the arrangement, which is something I learnt from him.
Jim Sturgess plays a brilliant but impecunious maths student who's recruited by his professor (Kevin Spacey).
Stipe masters fine art of the comeback