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Barry Manilow: Opium of the Missus

Barney Hoskyns, Marxism Today, April 1984

IF BARRY Manilow’s career is on the wane, you’d never have guessed it from last summer’s grandiose Concert At Blenheim Palace, when 40,000-odd pilgrims, preponderantly female (though including Culture Club’s Boy George), journeyed from all corners of the country to hear the bashful 37-year-old guide them through another nostalgic round trip of "The Old Songs".

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