Only in England: photos by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr at the Walker

On show at the Walker in Liverpool until June is a tremendous exhibition of photography by Martin Parr and Tony Ray Jones. I first saw the exhibition Only in England when it was on at the Science Museum in London in 2013, and it so captivated me then that I had to go and see it again. For a … Continue reading Only in England: photos by Tony Ray-Jones and Martin Parr at the Walker

Bright Phoenix: celebrating the city’s wild, anarchic spirit

Rhodri Meillir as Spike in Bright Pheonix ‘Why is it only ever one shoe?’ At the end of the week in which the new Everyman building won the Stirling Prize for new architecture my daughter treated me to a meal at The Quarter and a ticket to see Jeff Young’s ‘love letter to Liverpool’, Bright Pheonix … Continue reading Bright Phoenix: celebrating the city’s wild, anarchic spirit

Down where the spirit meets the bone

Lucinda Williams: Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone Today’s post celebrates a career masterpiece from Lucinda Williams, purveyor of country-soul, rock’n’roll blues – call it what you will – who for the past thirty years has been writing passionate and fiercely confessional songs rich in flawed and broken characters and rooted in the landscape of the American South. I’ll also trace connections between … Continue reading Down where the spirit meets the bone