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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

K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 06 March 2016 18:17

Wearing their politics on their sleeves: Civil Rights and the art of the jazz album cover

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The cultural struggle takes many forms, says Phil Brett, and shows us the aesthetically beautiful and politically challenging art to be found on the sleeves of albums made by black jazz musicians.. A journalist from the New Yorker, who was writing a piece on Duke Ellington, heard a white New…
Patti Smith in 1978
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 January 2016 18:34

Rock 'n Roll Royalty

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Ross Bradshaw reviews M Train and finds out he's been wearing the same headgear as Patti Smith. For some people in Aberdeen sometime in the 70s, their introduction to Patti Smith was a large graffito saying “Jesus died for somebody’s sins but not mine”, painted up on the back wall…
Reem Kelani
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Wednesday, 27 January 2016 14:34

Long Live Palestine! Long Live Scotland!

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After a long night at a Celtic Connections concert in Glasgow, Chris Barrter introduces us to Burns the internationalist. Robert Burns’ birthday (25 January) always falls during the period of Glasgow’s Celtic Connections (CC) Festival. As the major Scottish folk song festival, it is really incumbent on them to mark that…
Billy Bragg on tour 2015
Thursday, 10 December 2015 23:20

Socialism of the Heart: an interview with Billy Bragg

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 How did the last tour go, did you enjoy it? You had to put on extra dates, what were the audiences like? Do you think you're tapping into a new radical mood among young people, the same mood that got Corbyn elected? The tour's just finished, it was great. I…
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