Kate Bush, Hammersmith Odeon, 1979

Having seen The Beatles in 1965 and the Bonzos in 2014 and much in between, I can say that I have never seen a more enchanting concert or talented performer than Kate Bush in 1979. Every show at the Hammersmith Odeon notched up thousands of admirers and suitors that will never forget the magic. Many will have again attended the recent shows staged in 2014. Here are some sample shots which are mostly of 'Wuthering Heights' since it was the finale to the show and it was Emily Bronte's bicentenary in 2018 - with a birthday that Kate shares on 30th July! Fittingly she has provided a eulogy for Emily carved on a memorial stone on the Moors.

Wouldn't it be great to have a finely illustrated book which does graphic justice to Kate's theatrical odyssey and epic celebration of Life as demonstrated so divenely in 1979? Two shows (Manchester and London) were captured by television cameras and their live audio was superb too but there is more to admire and enjoy . . .

[. . . Elemental Spirits - as a Romantic Art specialist I can confidently offer the opinion that the vivid poetic outpourings of youth Kate performed, at the highest visual and musical levels, were delivered like an embodiment of sylphs, nymphs and muses, first categorised in classical Greece . . . and unsurpassed in Western art and culture. Of course she has moved on to more mature and reflective art since then with, perhaps, something of William Blake's contrast of Innocence & Experience along the way . . . and there are images of Kate dancing that would not look out of place among Blake's designs . . . I am sure he would have been a fan too. MBx]

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