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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.

Nina Simone

Paul Robeson: activist, communist and spokesperson for the oppressed of the earth
Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:06

Paul Robeson: activist, communist and spokesperson for the oppressed of the earth

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On the 120th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birth, Jenny Farrell tells the story of his life.  "The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative." - Paul Robeson at a rally in London’s Albert Hall on…
Joe Solo - Fight the Good Fight!
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:17

Joe Solo - Fight the Good Fight!

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Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. He has a growing reputation as both a performer and political raconteur. Chris Guiton interviews him about his music and his politics. CG. Who are the main musical and poetical influences in your life…
Wearing Civil Rights militancy on record sleeves
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 31 January 2018 10:53

Wearing Civil Rights militancy on record sleeves

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To mark the anniversary of the birthday of Rosa Parks, Phil Brett examines the impact of Civil Rights militancy on the sleeves of soul and funk albums. In Wearing Their Politics on Their Sleeves we looked at how the growing Civil Rights Movement in the USA had influenced the design…
Sidney Finkelstein: an appreciation of the great Marxist cultural critic
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 12 January 2018 15:50

Sidney Finkelstein: an appreciation of the great Marxist cultural critic

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Dan Rosenberg offers an appreciation of Sidney Finkelstein, who died on 14 January 1974. Out Jumped Sidney The Marxist cultural critic Sidney Finkelstein lived in a suitcase in my mother’s closet. My parents never used the suitcase in question for travel. When I was around 13, in 1966, I asked…
Sergei Prokofiev, Dmitri Shostakovich and Aram Khachaturian
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 04 January 2018 10:44

A wave of creativity: music and the Russian Revolution

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Sabby Sagall describes the wave of creativity unleashed by the Russian Revolution, altering the course of twentieth century classical music. The carnage and brutality of World War One had punctured the balloon of late nineteeth-century optimism and established that the industrial and scientific progress of capitalism had not led to…
JD Meatyard
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 09:15

JD Meatyard

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Chris Guiton interviews jd meatyard, who describes himself as a left field artist much favoured in his Levellers 5 and Calvin Party days by the late great John Peel, with albums such as ‘Lies Lies & Government’ and songs such as ‘Tell Me About Poverty’. June 2017 saw the release of…
Lankum
Sunday, 29 October 2017 21:57

Lankum

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Mike Quille interviews Ian Lynch from the four-piece traditional Irish folk group Lankum, formerly known as Lynched, who are currently on tour. Mike: I appreciate you must get asked this all the time, but can you tell us why you changed name, from Lynched to Lankum? Ian: The bottom line…
Singing for Peace and Socialism: Birmingham's Clarion Singers
Tuesday, 17 October 2017 16:03

Singing for Peace and Socialism: Birmingham's Clarion Singers

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Graham Stevenson reports on the recent concert. Birmingham's Clarion Singers, 77 years young this year, recently celebrated with an Autumn Concert with a full programme of songs at All Saints Centre, in Kings Heath, Birmingham. The 25-strong amateur choir – women dressed in red, men in black – led with…
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