Danuta Kean

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Talking at gigs: an angry plea

Went to the Luminaire last night to see the rather wonderful Paul Curreri. His music is smart country, white man’s blues. He has previously supported Kelly Jo Phelps, whom I saw last year thanks to the French Boy, so I knew it would be a good gig.Supporting acts included Ben
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Support your local bookshop! Why?

I was taken for a nice lunch yesterday. It’s one of the perks of the job. The person paying the bill asked me where I thought the industry was going. He mentioned the “death of the bookshop”, and I found myself laughing. It’s such a cliché. What is usually meant
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Review: Days of Glory

MusicOMH.com Empires are like cruel lovers: they demand everything, but if you give in, you’re screwed. It is the message of Days of Glory Rachid Bouchareb’s Oscar nominated story about the African Army in the Second World War. The army, gathered from the French colonies, was instrumental in the liberation
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You’ve been WOMmed

Depressing story of the day: word of mouth marketing companies are heading to the UK. The story on the BBC website states: “WOM marketing companies are at pains to insist it isn’t viral or buzz marketing because the volunteers – known as agents, advocates, ambassadors or transmitters – must state
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How to handle a book launch

The lure of cheap white wine and a room full of people – believe it or not – some of which even I don’t know hasn’t the pull it once had. Why? Well, invariably you walk into the room and are greeted by someone who ticks off your name and points you to a crowded room where the first friendly face you see is the wine waiter’s – and s/he is paid to smile

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