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 French singer and actor Juliette Greco performs in Paris, in 1968. She was the muse of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the link between often impenetrable intellectuals and popular song. Photograph: AFP via Getty Images

Saint-Germain-des-Prés must have felt like the centre of the universe in the aftermath of the second World War. After years of deprivation, French you(...)

The claim of being the Greatest Country in the World is almost quaint.

If you’re in a taxi travelling from JFK, the sudden appearance of the stacked buildings of Manhattan is always breath-taking. Gets me every time. Then(...)

Principle conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra. Photograph: Marco Borggreve

German composer, clarinettist and conductor Jörg Widmann, principal conductor of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, is one of the most energetic people I’ve(...)

In a personal note issued with the publicity for From This Place, guitarist Pat Metheny talks about Miles Davis’s approach to studio recording, where (...)

Art Simon and Paul Garfunkel: Bridge over Troubled Water was  the best-selling LP for 1971, 1972 and 1973.  Yet no student  ever posed with it under their oxter. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Getty

I’ll tell you what I hate (again). I hate the “[X] for people who don’t like [X]” construction. Nothing is more likely to win me round to the merits o(...)

Edward Norton in Motherless Brooklyn

What’s that they say to artists? Kill your babies? It’s particularly important to hack ruthlessly at potential indulgences when directing, producing, (...)

Singer and actor Diahann Carroll in 1972. Carroll has died  after a long bout with cancer. File photograph: AP Photo/Jean-Jacques Levy

Diahann Carroll, the Oscar-nominated actor and singer who won critical acclaim as the first black woman to star in a non-servant role in a TV series, (...)

Donal McCann: You just need to know that he was here. And he was remarkable

I never saw Diego Maradona play football. I never saw Nijinsky dance. And I never saw Miles Davis play the horn. But baby, I saw Donal McCann act. S(...)

Trumpeter Ryan Quigley, who brings ‘Ella & Louis: Porgy & Bess’ to the National Concert Hall on Wednesday 11th.

Saturday, September 7th Honor Heffernan: The Whistling Girl High Tide Club, Castletown Bearhaven, Cork Composer Trevor Knight’s setting of the word(...)

‘There are all sorts of “experts” who will tell you how to get the Wonder back. Climb a mountain. Jump in a lake. See through the eyes of others. Hug a lama.’

If you have ever provided support services to a teenager or “young adult” (eye roll), you’ll be aware that they know it all. At the very least, they k(...)

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