I’m quoted in this romping tale of the Hatton Garden Heist in the Mirror in advance of their book.

Incredible story of how Hatton Garden mastermind Brian Reader became Britain’s most prolific thief

The 77-year-old has committed a number of high-value burglaries and now his untold story is revealed. To read the article click here

Chet Baker at the Canteen

Excellent piece by Richard Williams.

Do you remember  going to gigs at the Canteen. I certainly remember the Slim Gaillard and Chet Baker gigs. Sure I saw Mose Allison there.

“The Canteen was a jazz club at 4 Great Queen Street, on the eastern fringe of Covent Garden: a narrow single-fronted space on the ground floor, backing on to Parker Street. It functioned for probab…

Source: Chet Baker at the Canteen

The great jazz singer that few know of..

Jeanne Burns made very few recordings. One of them is “I got a Need for You” which she recorded for Adrian Rollini and his Tap Room Boys in 1935. I just love her voice but I discovered that there are only a handful of recordings featuring her voice. To hear the track click here. Here’s a piece about the National Sound Archive where I did some research on Jeanne Burns career.

From The Observer 3 April 1988National Sound Archive 4

Calling fellow journalists and filmmakers – where are your historic videos stored – are they in the public domain?

I’ve written the article for Britain Journalism Review (BJR) on what journalists do with their paper and digital archives and what are the problems of preserving ‘the first draft of history’. It should be out in September.

I’m  following up with a natural second part to this which is: what to do about all those significant interview videos and audio tapes that are in warehouses and are historic in value. I made three Timewatchs in the 1990s with people who have never otherwise been interviewed.I interviewed at length a range of USAF (SAC), RAF and Red Air Force generals right down to pilots and then a long list of Cold War players including J K Galbraith. I would say many are of historic value and only a few minutes were actually broadcast. As Gavin McFadyen pionted out there are problems with locating the actual broadcast programmes and he believes there are lots of World in Action progs missing.

There were lots of other significant interviews in other projects I worked on. Mostly we edited in 30 – 60 seconds but there were dozens of hours of tapes. While I have transcripts in my paper archives the beta tapes are stored somewhere by the Independent TV company I was working and I suspect other journalists and film-makers have this problem. Please tell me your story:  paul.lashmar2@btinternet.com


Mark Rylance on the Robert Bly, the man and the film

Mark Rylance has written a lovely tribute to American poet Robert Bly in advance of the film on Bly coming out tomorrow. As another man who was involved with Wild Dance in the early 1990s and met Bly and his peers Michael Meade and James Hillman they had an enormous impact on my  life too. I was surprised at the time at the number of intelligent liberal men and women who thought it hilarious and all about hugging trees. Out of it came a new form masculinity that was not brittle but emotional and stronger.

Here’s Mark’s piece:

Mark Rylance: how Robert Bly changed my life

Ahead of a new film about Robert Bly, Mark Rylance recalls how the poet helped him to live with loss

Robert Bly
Tribal teacher … Robert Bly. Photograph: Sean Smith for the Guardian

I felt a sense of excitement, and a certain nervousness. He had this penetrating ability to see what was going on, and he didn’t have any shyness about saying it. Robert was there the first time I went to a men’s gathering, organised under the auspices of wild dance. There were 90 men gathered, and it was remarkable. I think I got a bit relaxed back in a cabin after a session, and I called him Bob. I can’t imagine why. I remember him turning to me and saying, “You’re going to have to call me Robert.”

to read the whole article click here

There is a premiere of Robert Bly: A Thousand Years of Joy at Gate Cinema, London W11, on 7 August. Also sceening at The Barn Cinema, Dartington, on 10 August. robertblyfilm.com