Loretta Barnard

In Praise of Leonard Bernstein: The Godfather of Broadway

Leonard Bernstein was one of the few who defined a city; and while he was quintessentially New York, his reach ventured far beyond the Hudson.   On November 14, 1943, Carnegie Hall was packed to the rafters. All 2,840 seats were taken, the audience keen to hear the New York Philharmonic under the baton of famed conductor Bruno Walter. But Walter suddenly ... Read the full article
Loretta Barnard

Loretta Barnard is an Australian freelance writer and editor who, in a long career, has done almost everything possible in the book publishing industry. These days she actively pursues her love of music, literature and theatre, and is something of wannabe roving ambassador for the creative and performing arts.

The Meek Shall Inherit … What? Rush 2112

The next installment of Joel Gunz’s music column Blood, Sweat & Vinyl examines Rush album 2112 and explains the difference between analogue versus digital and why analogue is (always) better.

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl: Introduction: Dropping the Needle

Blood, Sweat & Vinyl is a music column by Joel Gunz sharing records that are the soundtrack to his life, examining each album critically, and providing their historical context—exploring why they mattered when they were created, and why they continue to matter now.

The Three Disputed Sources of the Electric Guitar

We know who can play it, but who was the first person to add electricity to the garden-variety guitar?