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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

Hector Berlioz
Wednesday, 09 March 2016 21:01

The Music of Imperialism: Berlioz's The Trojans

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Haydn Greenway analyses the hidden meanings of Berlioz's great opera,'The Trojans'. Classical music can arouse extreme emotional responses. It also requires an intellectual engagement in order to decipher the language hidden within the complexity of sonic patterns. This can require repeated listenings, say, of a Beethoven symphony, to fully understand…
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…
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