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OPINION: I wish it could be Christmas... / Ed King

OPINION: I wish it could be Christmas…

    Words & lead pic by Ed King ‘As long as that’s here, I’ll be OK. I can drink that; by the time the line gets below the bottom of the red shield, past the emblems, the cursive and the thick bold type, I’ll feel OK. I don’t need a mixer but I have orange […]

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OPINION: Where have all the rebels gone?

Words by Helen Calcutt / Lead pic by Tina Barnes – Red Storm Productions  **Oct 6th is National Poetry Day 2016 as organised by Forward Arts Foundation. To find out more about the UK wide initiative, visit www.nationalpoetryday.co.uk / For more on Forward Arts Foundation, visit www.forwardartsfoundation.org** I write because if I didn’t, life as I know it would be a […]

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What is Afrofuturism? / Held at Birmingham Hippodrome on Saturday 24th September

OPINION: What is Afrofuturism?

Words by Juice Aleem *Juice Aleem will be organising & hosting the AfroFlux – what is Afrofuturism? event as part of the B-Side Hip Hop Festival, free to attend at the Hippodrome on Saturday 24th September.  For more info, click here.* You may have heard the term ‘Afrofuturism’ being thrown about a lot in recent […]

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Disgruntled Garden Owner - Sam James / By Reuben Penny

OPINION: Contemporary music is bigger, broader and weirder than you thought

Words by Sam James / Pics courtesy of Reuben Penny Last week, Ed wrote about his journey to overcoming what he called the ‘Michael Nyman Syndrome’. The piece was a call to arms – composers are still writing music and you should listen. He’s right, you should. But there’s more to the story than the […]

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OPINION: Michael Nyman Syndrome

Words by Ed King I call it the ‘Michael Nyman Syndrome’. A few months ago (long enough to now comment without reprisal) Hans Zimmer came to the Barclay Card Arena – performing scores from ‘a career spanning over 150 films including The Lion King, Gladiator and the recently released Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.’ […]

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