Rogues & Vagabonds

theatre, film & tv past and present 2001-2008 & 2013…

Ennio Morricone, Oscar-winning Italian film composer, dies aged 91 | Music | The Guardian

Ennio Morricone, the Italian composer whose symphonic scores backed everything from spaghetti westerns to romance, horror and sci-fi films, has died aged 91… … His 1960s scores for Sergio Leone, … Continue reading


JULY 29, 1887: NAUGHTY NOMADS AND SINGING SOTS – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Born in 1887, Sigmund Romberg moved to the United States in 1909 and, after a short resume builder in a pencil factory (as a sharpener?), found work as a pianist.  … Continue reading

07/29/2018 · 1 Comment

Piaf and Cocteau: Les Enfants Terribles | A R T L▼R K

When I write I disturb. When I make a film I disturb. When I paint I disturb. When I exhibit my paintings I disturb, and I disturb if I don’t. … Continue reading

10/11/2017 · 2 Comments

January 16, 1908: Next Day on Your Dressing Room They Hung a Star – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

A few names are synonymous with the Broadway musical theater – Rodgers and Hammerstein, the Gershwins, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin, composers all. As an entertainer, one name looms large; … Continue reading

01/16/2017 · 3 Comments

November 2, 1887: Ode to a Nightingale – Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Wild and crazy entrepreneur, P.T. Barnum was known for bringing audiences such high-brow entertainers as Tom Thumb, the Feejee Mermaid, and Zip the Pinhead. As he said, “Nobody ever lost … Continue reading

11/02/2016 · Leave a comment

June 18, 1913: They Call It Sam’s Song | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Violinist, meat-packer, usher, tinsmith, elevator operator, and lyricist, Sammy Cahn (no relation to Kublai or Genghis) penned his first lyrics at the age of 16 – “Like Niagara Falls, I’… … Continue reading

06/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Mirth, Mayhem and Marvel: A Brief Introduction to Music Halls | Heritage Calling

‘The scent… of music halls everywhere – the scent of wood and grease-paint and spilling beer, of gas and of tobacco and of hair-oil, all combined… later I heard it … Continue reading

05/29/2016 · Leave a comment

Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up my white tie. Dancin’ in my tails…

I just put my feet in the air and move them around. Fred Astaire Source: Happy Birthday Fred Astaire! For I’ll be there. Puttin’ down my top hat. Mussin’ up … Continue reading

05/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Jamming with Shakespeare

This week at BCU we had a visit from the Sonnet Man, aka Devon Glover, a New York based rapper who performs Shakespeare in his own unique way. Sonnet Man’s … Continue reading

04/22/2016 · Leave a comment

March 18, 1902: Italian Tenors Are a Lire a Dozen | Wretched Richard’s Almanac

Tenor Enrico Caruso recorded ten arias for the Gramophone & Typewriter Company in Milan, Italy. He was paid 100 pounds sterling, and was not required to do any typing. These … Continue reading

03/18/2016 · Leave a comment

Rolf Lislevand plays A. Stradivari Sabionari, 1679 guitar – Santiago de Murcia – Tarantela

Rolf Lislevand plays A.Stradivari Sabionari, 1679 guitar – Santiago de Murcia – Tarantela. I defy you not to be enchanted when you listen to this.

02/10/2016 · 2 Comments

Mussolini and Cole Porter – Beachcombing’s Bizarre History Blog

Bit of possible cobblers for the end of the month. In 1934 Cole Porter wrote the musical Anything Goes, the most famous song of which is surely ‘You’re the Top’. … Continue reading

10/25/2015 · Leave a comment

vintage everyday: Hendrix Hits London – How Nine Months in London Made Him a Star

Born in 1942, James Marshall Hendrix grew up in Seattle and honed his craft as a guitar slinger in the South and New York City, but he became star in … Continue reading

10/08/2015 · 2 Comments

October 5, 1967: Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow

10/05/2015 · 2 Comments

Leonard Bernstein • Quote

Originally posted on A Small Press Life: Books. Art. Writing. Life. Tea.:
“To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.”-Leonard Bernstein (born 25…

08/25/2015 · 2 Comments

July 29, 1887: Naughty Nomads and Singing Sots

07/29/2015 · Leave a comment

The Ghost of the Rose

Originally posted on The Genealogy of Style:
“Soulève ta paupière close Qu’effleure un songe virginal ; Je suis le spectre d’une rose Que tu portais hier au bal. Tu me…

06/30/2015 · Leave a comment

Alan Rickman – Quotes | pilar221b

“Actors are agents of change. A film, a piece of theater, a piece of music, or a book can make a difference. It can change the world.” Alan Rickman via … Continue reading

05/12/2015 · 2 Comments

Florence Foster Jenkins: The World’s Worst Singer?

Originally posted on A R T L▼R K:
On the 19th of July 1868, American amateur operatic soprano Florence Foster Jenkins was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Jenkins had no…

07/19/2014 · Leave a comment

Music Hall – not just a lovely war? | objectingtowar

I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier Cards by FirstNightVintage Re-blogged from objectingtowar. It’s hard to imagine but one hundred years ago the cultural life of this country was … Continue reading

06/11/2014 · 1 Comment