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In this week's Mark at the Movies, guest columnist Kathy Shaidle delves into the evocative Seconds, starring Rock Hudson. The 1966 sci-fi drama is "fantastical," but also real in its depiction of a man's midlife crisis, Shaidle writes.
A dear and now departed friend of mine used to have a flat in the handsome red-brick building that sits on the southern end of Abbey Road in St John's Wood in north London - at the corner of Grove End Road. And, whenever I went round for dinner, it was always a kick to walk over the street via the internationally famous zebra crossing - not because I was a tourist or a Fab Four fanatic but just because that was where the taxi from the West End would always drop me off. At one level, naming an album after the studio in which you recorded it suggests a certain slackening of creative energy, at least by comparison with the title of its immediate predecessor, Yellow Submarine, and especially so...
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Tal Bachman reflects on the loss of longtime music manager Elliot Roberts.
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