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I know why and it's to Armatrading still inspiring others after 50 years in business
year at a time – but she’s now busy rehearsing for her first live globally streamed concert. She explained: “With the album coming out I thought it would be good to do a gig because I’m not going to be touring in the way I used to. But I’m not saying that I will never do another live concert.” She’ll be appearing with a band on July 31, playing f r o m T h e Asylum C h ap e l i n London, a Grade II listed building built in 1826 and bombed in World War II that she described as ‘atmospheric’.
t’S INCREDIBLE to think that Joan Armatrading is celebrating half a century in the music business. And the peerless singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, whose timeless classics include Love and Affection, Show Some Emotion and Drop The Pilot, thinks so too. She said: “It’s amazing. When you’re young you don’t think about anything other than the day you’re in. And I’m still like that, I tend to be a very ‘now’ person anyway, I’m not nostalgic.” The first British female singersongwriter to achieve international success, her new album Consequences – her 22nd – was released last month and entered the album charts at No 10. “I couldn’t be more thrilled. Who could possibly expect to go straight into the top 10 at the age of 70? Moreover, it means my songs are doing what I want them to do. I never write from the personal, always from observation and I always want people to be able to take my music and make it special to them. It looks like Consequences
I'm here... write songs
has resonated in just this way. I couldn’t be more delighted,” she said. Joan retired from touring last year – huge world tours could take her away from home for a
I'm thrilled. Who could possibly expect to go straight into the top 10 at the age of 70?
She said: “It’s a great venue, just a really characterful, atmospheric place, it’s lovely. "We been having an absolutely
22ND ALBUM: Consequences
great time in rehearsals, sounding really good.” She added: “What I’ve been using to rehearse is [music performance software] Jamulus. I’m at my place, the band members are at theirs and it’s all online and allows you to rehearse as if you’re all in the room together. It works really well.” Since the release of her last album, Not Too Far Away in 2018, Joan has been made a CBE, become a Trustee of The Prince's Trust, been awarded an Ivor Novello Fellowship, and received an Americana Lifetime Achievement Award plus a Lifetime Achievement Award from Women of the Year. One of our most influential musicians, recently the artists Laura Mvula and Arlo Parks have cited Joan as an influence on their music. She said: “I feel very lucky, I know why I’m here and it’s to write songs. It’s a very natural process.” Interview by Tracey Allen n Go to: joanarmatrading.com for livestream concert details.
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Mosley: It's Complicated (E) In cinemas now. DVD, Blu-Ray, digital from July 19
Man who took on the tabloids F
OLLOWING THE recent death of Max Mosley, former president of the FIA – Formula 1's governing body – comes this tell-all documentary that features the man himself, delving into the controversies that surrounded him throughout his heavily publicised life. The film opens by looking at his parents – father Sir Oswald Mosley, a divisive politician credited with the creation of the British Union of Fascists, and mother Lady Diana Mosley, one of the famous Mitford sisters, who was apparently chummy with Hitler. Initially acting in defence of his father, Max grew up wanting to escape the association his name had in politics, ending up in motorsports. This chapter of the documentary is handled deftly, covering the swift evolution of the sport with a trove of archive footage that perfectly
HIGH PROFILE: Mosley with his parents in the 1960s
illustrates every historic moment. Covering the broad strokes and big names of F1 during his involvement from the 70s through to the 90s, it manages to keep it from a perspective of safety procedure. This would become a lifelong pursuit for Mosley, and not just in racing, as illustrated by his involvement in road safety in India. It becomes a morality play of sorts, from his questionable upbringing to his noble pursuits. The way in which this is presented is through the scandals plastered over the tabloids that elevated
PUBLIC FIGURE: There was always great press interest in Max
his infamy and caused a personal war, ultimately leading to the Leveson Inquiry. A man out for justice, not simply his own, but concerned with the wellbeing of others, you would think Mosley a self-important type: but comfortingly he is a relaxed and gently charming character with a sense of humour, especially about himself. Turns out it’s not all as complicated as it seems from the outside. 3 out of 5 roundels Review by Sam Cooney
WE HAVE copies of Mosley: It’s Complicated on DVD from Dazzler Media to win. For your chance to own one, answer this question correctly: Who was Max Mosley’s infamous father? Email your answer, marked: Mosley DVD competition, to: competitions@rafnews. co.uk or post it to: RAF News, Room 68, Lancaster Building, HQ Air Command, High Wycombe, HP14 4UE, to arrive by July 30.