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Performance Live: Why Paul Mason was Kicking Sand Everywhere at the Young Vic

Having read Paul Mason’s premature evaluation of the wave of uprisings at the beginning of the decade, but not having caught his revised theatrical adventure earlier this year, I had to watch the screening of Why It’s Kicking Of Everywhere as part of the BBC’s series of “innovative” theatre broadcasts, Performance Live.

‘Oh Jeremy Corbyn’ – Glastonbury 2017 and the anthem of hope

Jeremy Corbyn was the real headline act at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and I’ve never seen anything like it. He is, after all, a politician!

Mark Fisher – the political, the cultural and the personal

Mark Fisher drew on the working class experience and cultural references that resonated with me personally in order to present serious and apposite cultural and political analysis through a form of personal storytelling that were journeys through contemporary culture. He’ll be sorely missed.

The Return of Project 23

The first ever live Drum n’ Bass band featuring jazz vocalist Cleveland Watkiss and super-human drummer Marque Gilmore, ‘the inna•most’ are back to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of their “landmark album” “23”.

Gambiarra – Rescuing Rio’s Opening Ceremony

It’s hard to imagine that any city as troubled as Rio de Janeiro is at the moment could have pulled that ceremony off as successfully they did, but it was gambiarra with a dose of digital tech that saved the day.

Repurposing The Birth Of A Nation

Repurposing the title of the 1915 racist KKK propaganda epic and reclaiming our emancipation story, Nate Parker’s record breaking independent movie “The Birth of A Nation” tells the story of Nat Turner and the 1831 slave rebellion.

Naná Vasconcelos – autodidata mestre do som

The Brazilian state of Pernambuco is today in three days of mourning for its cultural ambassador. What he taught me has had a lasting impact.

The Ascension of Major Tom

Blackstar is more than just a musically brilliant and compelling album. It’s the core of what is probably David Bowie’s most significant and shining art-work – his own death.

2015 a year – like every year – of great music

Celebrating the New Year and in response to those grumpy old men that lament the “death of music”, I’ve done the unusual thing for me of posting my top 5 albums of 2015 as just a sample of the great music that humans continue to produce with or without a corporate record industry.

The Deeper They Bury Me – interacting with the late Herman Wallace

The late Black Panther activist Herman Wallace, who spent 41 years in solitary confinement for an unconstitutional conviction, has more to share from the grave in an immersive interactive documentary.

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