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Issue No. 2433

Conflict, Time, Photography

The Tate Modern’s new photography exhibition looks at 150 years of war.

Its scope is impressive, running from the American Civil War in the 1860s to the US’s latest wars Afghanistan and Iraq. 

It shows long-term effects by grouping pictures by how long after an event they were taken—seconds, months or years.

Japanese photographer Toshio Fukada captured the infamous mushroom clouds just minutes after the US dropped its atomic bomb on Hiroshima. 

The dropping of the atomic bomb and carpet bombing of Dresden in 1945 weigh heavy in the exhibition. 

Many of the photographs have stories behind them, which tell the horror of war.

However, the exhibition doesn’t just focus on world wars. The portrayals of Vietnam go beyond pictures of US troops. 

Some of the most striking images are Susan Meiselas’s striking images from the Nicaraguan revolution in Central America in 1979. 

Her pictures follow the US’s subsequent war on the left wing Sandinistas who led it. 

Tate Modern, London SE1 9TG 
Adult £13.10 and concession £11.30
Until 15 March 2015

A vivid snapshot of our landscape’s industrial scars

Two exhibitions offer a chance to appreciate Welsh artist Mary Lloyd Jones’s paintings and prints inspired by the landscape and the marks humans have made on it. 

The first concentrates on her early works reflecting her experiences growing up in Devil’s Bridge. This was a lead mining area and a prominent theme is the scars it left on it. Her pictures are a series of beautiful snapshots.

However, Jones also focuses on early history and old poetic traditions and language. 

While her artwork remains aesthetically interesting, it is prone to romanticising Wales’s imagined national history. 

Nonetheless, both exhibitions provide an opportunity to see a full range of her work. 

A Journey From Devil’s Bridge
Aberystwyth Arts Centre,
Aberystwyth SY23 3DE
Until 16 January

Martin Tinney Gallery, 
Cardiff CF10 3DD
Until 24 December

Still the Enemy Within

Still the Enemy Within tells the story of the Great Miners’ Strike of 1984/85 through activists’ own voices. 

The DVD of the documentary is now available to pre-order online.

The film’s message is clear—the miners could have won if the leaders of other unions had mobilised support.  

For Socialist Worker’s review go to,+defiance+and+tears+as+miners+recall+their+struggle

Directed by Owen Gower 
DVD out now
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Sonic Highways

Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl has become musicologists’ favourite, with his film Sound City.

It’s a tribute to the legendary studio where his former band Nirvana recorded the seminal grunge album Nevermind. 

The Foo Fighter’s new album Sonic Highways is a continuation of the Sound City project. 

It was recorded in eight cities and is accompanied by a TV series on each city’s local music, which is available on BBC iPlayer. 

The programmes are a tribute to Grohl’s love of America’s music tradition. 

But the album has little trace of the other people’s music.

We are treated to standard Foo Fighters power chords and bombastic drumming. 

Producers have often ironed out too many of the band’s rough edges, leaving a noisy blandness. 

But producer Butch Vig has managed to preserve an exciting rawness. 

There’s plenty of pleasant noise, with outstanding tracks like The Feast and the Famine and Something for Nothing. Make sure you check Joe Walsh’s crystal clear guitar solo on Outside.

It might not be a continuation of their previous album, Wasting Lights, but fans will be happy. 

David Gilchrist 

Foo Fighters
Roswell/RCA Records 
Out now 


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Tue 9 Dec 2014, 18:39 GMT
Issue No. 2433
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