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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

Attica Blues: The Power of Music
Tuesday, 10 September 2019 14:57

Attica Blues: The Power of Music

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Chris Guiton discusses the Attica prison riot of September 1971, and Archie Shepp's creative response to it In September 1971, the bloodiest prison riot that the United States has ever experienced took place at the Attica Correctional Facility in Attica, New York. Archie Shepp, one of the great American jazz…
Jazz and Justice
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 26 August 2019 13:23

Jazz and Justice

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Daniel Rosenberg reviews Jazz and Justice: Racism and the Political Economy of the Music by Gerald Horne. Capitalism turns art into product, which is put on the shelf with other products. Here you have something that is really precious, that really mirrors the human experience, it speaks to the human…
Happy 100th birthday, Pete Seeger
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Friday, 19 April 2019 08:01

Happy 100th birthday, Pete Seeger

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Jenny Farrell honours Pete Seeger as we near what would have been his 100th birthday There are few people more famous in the political song movement than Pete Seeger. Along with his contemporaries Paul Robeson, Woody Guthrie and others, Seeger represented the might of song in highlighting the common cause,…
The Making of a Two Tone Nation
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Thursday, 07 March 2019 14:46

The Making of a Two Tone Nation

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40 years on, Mark Perryman celebrates the release of the debut single from The Specials On the 3rd May 1979, Margaret Thatcher leads the Tories to a crushing General Election defeat of Labour. The next morning I pop into the small independent record shop tucked away by the platforms at…
Rise Up Higher than the Tower Blocks: Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award 2018
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 20 November 2018 22:48

Rise Up Higher than the Tower Blocks: Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award 2018

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The Communication Workers’ Union (CWU) and Culture Matters are pleased to announce the second edition of their successful Bread and Roses Songwriting and Spoken Word Award.The Musicians' Union is also sponsoring and supporting the Award. The Award is an example of cultural democracy - the struggle for a more democratic…
Ordinary Giants: a review and an interview with Robb Johnson
Monday, 19 November 2018 11:32

Ordinary Giants: a review and an interview with Robb Johnson

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Chris Guiton reviews a great new album by Robb Johnson called Ordinary Giants, and interviews the man himself. The release of Ordinary Giants underlines Robb Johnson’s ability to write songs of great sensitivity which address big themes through the prism of ordinary lives. Based on the life of his father,…
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