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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

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…
A Manifesto for a Choir
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 19 September 2017 05:52

A Manifesto for a Choir

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Boff Whalley from the Commoners Choir was interviewed recently in the Morning Star. Here, he describes the background to the choir's manifesto. ‘Surrealism asserts our complete nonconformism clearly enough so that there can be no question of translating it, at the trial of the real world, as evidence for the…
John Coltrane with Eric Dolphy
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Tuesday, 22 August 2017 21:08

Coltrane's revolutionary musical journey

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Greg Godels traces John Coltrane's revolutionary music against its 60s background of class conflict and Black liberation struggles. John Coltrane died fifty years ago this past July. In 1967, his death, like his music, passed largely unnoticed by most people. Today, his name is part of music lore in the…
Wednesday, 28 September 2016 14:19

Music and Marxism: Part Two

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Mark Abel continues his analysis of how Marxists should appreciate and evaluate music. In the first part of this article, I argued that critique was at the heart of any application of Marxist theory, and that therefore a Marxist musicology must be a critical, rather than a disinterested (or complacent)…
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