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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

The John Maclean Centenary Concert
Wednesday, 24 January 2024 11:11

The John Maclean Centenary Concert

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Celtic Connections put on a wonderful concert recently, in memory of Scotland’s great Marxist revolutionary, John Maclean (1879 -1923). Glasgow’s magnificent concert hall had the 2,000 strong audience deeply engaged with poetry readings and songs all commemorating a figure who entered Scottish folklore and legendary status after his untimely death,…
Using high art as an enrichment, not an escape
Wednesday, 03 January 2024 17:30

Using high art as an enrichment, not an escape

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In October 2023, I had the pleasure of reviewing a book by Jack Van Zandt – Alexander Goehr: Composing a life – published by Carcanet Press, the book reflects on the important figure, and pre-eminent composer Alexander Goehr. My review in the Morning Star covers my joyous feelings around the…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 26 May 2023 09:14

The politics of Eurovision

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Angus Reid reflects on the forces at play in the recent television extravaganza. Above image: Czeslaw Niemen wins Intervision in 1979 for Poland; Kaarija loses Eurovision in 2023 for Finland. Photo: Archiwum Grazyny Rutowskiej/CC It shocked Volodymyr Zelensky that he wasn’t allowed to be the first head of state to…
It's 4am.....
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 12 April 2023 10:46

It's 4am.....

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Ron Brown reviews Calum Baird's latest song, available here and in the Youtube clip below When I first heard the opening lyrics to this song: "Well it's 4am and I'm writing this song what could possibly go wrong?" I have to admit to feeling this could go one way or…
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 11 April 2023 08:25

Nick Cotton

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Danny B the Rapper is a rapper, songwriter and producer from Islington in North London. His music is politically charged, sarcastic and completely relevant. He is currently working on his project titled 'Broke in Britain' from which 'Nick Cotton' is the first single. The video for Nick Cotton was directed…
AVzounds: Radical Speech & Radical Beats
Wednesday, 05 April 2023 10:09

AVzounds: Radical Speech & Radical Beats

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AVzounds is a new music project combining poetry with lo-fi hip-hop and electronic beats. Manifesto, AVzounds' first piece, set parts of The Communist Manifesto to music and got a 4 out of 4 review in the Morning Star. It is available free on Soundcloud. Our new release is Speak! By…
'The future is unwritten' - The Clash, 40 years on
Thursday, 15 September 2022 16:00

'The future is unwritten' - The Clash, 40 years on

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Philosophy Football's Mark Perryman remembers the day Joe, Mick, Paul and Topper broke up 1982, the year of the Falklands War, Gotcha! And when the ships returned to Blighty, the troops greeted us with the banner 'Call Off the Rail Strike or We'll Call In An Airstrike'. A Thatcherite version…
Woodstock '99: Feeling the Heat
Tuesday, 13 September 2022 09:48

Woodstock '99: Feeling the Heat

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The Netflix documentary Trainwreck: Woodstock '99 was most decidedly a depiction of a catastrophe. Watching the concert progress (or regress) from excitement to disaster was a spine-chilling experience. Over time the problems depicted in the film got unbelievably worse. The concert's collapse into complete chaos as the hyped-up concert-goers set…
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