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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

The Making of a Two Tone Nation
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…
He sang on behalf of the people: Victor Jara, 1932-1973
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 10 September 2018 20:16

He sang on behalf of the people: Victor Jara, 1932-1973

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Jenny Farrell memorialises Victor Jara. Forty-five years ago, on 11 September 1973, the Chilean military under the command of General Pinochet and backed by the USA, overthrew the democratically elected, socialist government of Salvador Allende. Allende had won the election in September 1970, and was faced even before taking office…
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