This last week I started reading three recent boxing autobiographies or biographies, but didn’t get far with any of them. They weren’t awful, but weren’t good either – plodding, literally blow-by-blow accounts offering little insight into the moral, emotional and financial complexities of what Mike Tyson has memorably called “the hurt business”.
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Monday 13 July 2009
When the music journalist and future Patti Smith guitarist Lenny Kaye compiled and annotated the double album Nuggets: Original Artyfacts from The First Psychedelic Era 1965-1968 for Jac Holzman’s Elektra Records in the early 1970s, he introduced a new generation of fans around the world to US garage bands like the Electric Prunes, the Standells, the Shadows Of Knight, the 13th Floor Elevators, Count Five, the Chocolate Watch Band and the Seeds.
Friday 26 June 2009
Friday 08 May 2009
An extrodinary set of photographs will be showcased at Liberty's, with never before displayed photos from the world renowned photo agency Magnum.
Sunday 03 May 2009
Wednesday 01 April 2009
Monday 26 January 2009
Reg Gutteridge, the legendary boxing commentator and journalist, has died after a short illness, his family said yesterday. He was 84.
Sunday 04 January 2009
In his introduction to "A Man's a man for a' that", Andrew O'Hagan proclaims Burns "the world's greatest and most loveable poet". You could make a case for the latter adjective, but not, I submit, the former. At all. However, these are fighting words for a fighting poet.
Sunday 07 December 2008
Sunday 16 November 2008
Friday 31 October 2008
Muhammad Ali is universally revered, as a boxer and as a human being. Pretty much any list of the biggest stars in sporting history will have Ali in top spot, the "greatest of all time", as the man himself would say.
Tuesday 02 September 2008
A man charged with terror offences linked to an alleged threat to kill Prime Minister Gordon Brown was remanded into custody today.
Thursday 21 August 2008
Monday 18 August 2008
Pakistan's beleagured president Pervez Musharraf today finally fell on his sword and announced that he was standing down as the country's head of state.
Sunday 10 August 2008
It was under-pressure coach Terry Edwards’ 65th birthday yesterday and, although his boxers gave him a cake, none of them offered to share it with him after Frankie Gavin’s weight fiasco. But the celebration Edwards most enjoyed was the double success of two unrelated Saunders, light-welterweight Bradley and teenage welterweight Billy Joe.
Saturday 02 August 2008
Wendo Kolosoy was the first international star of rumba congolaise, a catch-all term for the amalgams of Congolese folk music and Latin American styles that swept Africa in the mid 20th century. Known to his fans as "Papa Wendo" – or simply "Wendo" – as well as "Alanga Nzembo" ("Song master"), he had his first and biggest hit in 1948 with "Marie-Louise" and continued to enjoy considerable popularity in the following decade.
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