At This Time
Burt Bacharach has been one of the great songwriters of the 20th century. Yet few socialists would boast that they have his love songs in their collection.
Now in his seventies, in his new album At This Time he has turned to politics.
Bacharach wants to know what happened to the world of his youth, its hope and dreams.
He says, “This stupid mess we’re in, so many people dying needlessly. Looks like liars inherit the earth. Even pretending to pray. And getting away with it.”
By themselves the lyrics may seem sentimental. But Bacharach’s words and music fuse and rise above the banal.
This album is like a slap across the face of Bush and Blair’s world.
The Life of Galileo
By Bertolt Brecht
Translated by David Edgar
Birmingham Rep Theatre
Until 12 November
Phone 0121 236 4455
A rare production of this play is only on in Birmingham for a very short time, so take the opportunity to see it if you can.
It explores one man’s conflict with the tyranny of religious and state power.
Galileo’s heretical assertion that the earth revolves around the sun sent tremors through the Catholic church, and rocked the fundamental beliefs of society.
The Daily Show
Channel 4’s new digital channel, More 4, is showing the brilliant US satirical news programme The Daily Show.
For half an hour, John Stewart and his team of “correspondents” ridicule the powerful and those in the US news media who give them an easy ride.