What happens on the casting couch draws the headline, but the problem starts on the page, says James Graham.
As Bowie seems to have known his terminal cancer prognosis for much of the period of working on the show, there is a grave fascination to Lazarus.
A genuine lyric: “She’s a woman so gets treated unfairly / Ain’t nothing new motherf**ker she’s Hillary”
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The formality and reticence of Zayn: The Official Autobiography – which doesn’t once mention his former One Direction bandmates by name – jars with the singer’s handwritten lyrics and online presence.
"I should have cancelled but there was not a chance in hell. The shit I went through on that last tour. I have earned this grey hair."
The criticism of the artistic director's experimental style ignores the fact that Shakeapeare was also a pioneering populist.
The musician's vulnerability and acute individualism made him hard to pigeonhole but ensured endless media fascination.
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