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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

Jazz and Justice
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…
Ride of the Red Valkyries: Wagner, Marxism and ‘The Ring’
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Saturday, 17 November 2018 18:29

Ride of the Red Valkyries: Wagner, Marxism and ‘The Ring’

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Sean Ledwith examines how a dialectical approach that recognises the contradictions of Wagner’s ‘Ring’ might help us prepare for capitalism’s Gotterdammerung in the 21st century. In May 1876, as part of his search for spa-based treatments for his carbuncles, Karl Marx found himself in the Bavarian town of Bayreuth. The…
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