All articles by: Cary Gee

Books: Echoes of the ancients

Published: February 6, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Why Dylan Matters by Richard F Thomas William Collins £12.99 In her 1974 song ‘Diamonds and Rust’, Joan Baez sang of Bob Dylan, ‘You, who are so good with words …

Theatre: Once more with feeling

Published: February 4, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Everyone’s Talking About Jamie Apollo Theatre, London Based on a BBC documentary, Jamie, Drag Queen at 16, Everyone’s Talking about Jamie, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells, frontman of chart …

Books: Pretending it’s something it’s not

Published: January 29, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

China In Drag: Travels With A Cross Dresser by Michael Bristow Sandstone Press. £8.99 If asked to identify the embodiment of the post-Maoist Chinese revolution, you might not necessarily think …

Books: Rise and fall of punk’s forebears

Published: January 26, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Roots, Radicals and Rockers: How Skiffle Changed the World by Billy Bragg Faber & Faber £20 As Britain emerged from post-war rationing and Elvis Presley emerged from the swamps of …

Music: Revisiting Britten’s parable

Published: January 17, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

Curlew River London, St Bartholomew the Great Composed in 1964, Curlew River is the first of Benjamin Britten’s three Church Parables to a libretto by William Plomer, and based on …

Out And About

Published: January 14, 2018
Written by Cary Gee

It’s lucky Jesus didn’t have the misfortune to be born in Windsor. If he had, then as a traveller, whose (unmarried) parents found themselves temporarily homeless and seeking shelter where …

Out And About

Published: December 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Jeremy Corbyn’s success in the general election was not just a triumph for all those who believe in a fairer society, it was, above all, a triumph for authenticty. At …

Vox Pop: Jeremy’s Christmas Stocking

Published: December 20, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

What ‘gifts’ should Jeremy Corbyn put in his general election manifesto in order to achieve the 3.57% swing he needs to form the next government? And what gift would you …

A love of music rendered indigestible

Published: December 8, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Why We Love Music by John Powell John Murray £9.99 How much of your day has been spent listening to music? You’re probably thinking not a lot. But according to …

Out And About

Published: November 22, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Last Friday, while trying to enjoy my first drinks party of the season, I was approached by a chap I had met only briefly, once before, while campaigning in the …

Out And About

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

To Let. Double room in shared house. All mod cons; including washing machine, fitted kitchen and garden. 5 minutes walk to the Central Line. £600 per calendar month. No pets. …

Books: Rock ‘n’ roll reminiscences

Published: November 14, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

A Fast Ride Out Of Here by Pete Way Constable £20   Lucky Man by Greg Lake Constable £20   There are rock musicians who live to play, and those …

Music: New purveyors of old school rock

Published: November 8, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Sticky St Moritz Club, Soho, London Remember leaving your school uniform in a carrier bag, in the coatcheck of a dank basement club, before heading downstairs to enjoy a classic-rock …

Theatre: Return to the Age of Aquarius

Published: October 21, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Hair The Vaults, London To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Hair‘s off-Broadway opening, the show has been given one hell of a party. And that’s even before you get into …

Theatre: Julian Clary is cooking

Published: October 13, 2017
Written by Cary Gee

Le Grand Mort Trafalgar Studios, London Julian Clary looks up from his chopping board and with an economical twitch of an eyebrow, expresses his surprise to find us, the audience, …