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Young musicians breaking free


SAM BESTE is now old enough to drink in the places he’s been earning a fast growing reputation in. Other 18 year olds like Wayne Rooney or soul prodigy Joss Stone may be better known, but Sam’s is an equally impressive talent.

A black slave rebellion for the 1960s generation


QUEIMADA, OR Burn!, has just been released on DVD (£13.99).

Redefining what is possible


Was it a conscious decision to make your new book, Iron Council, very political?

One cruel death but many ruined lives


SILENT CRY is a play about the death in police custody of Arif Ahmed. The dialogue takes place in and around the home of the young man’s family, and focuses on how this avoidable tragedy threatens to pull them apart. It is based on documented evidence and interviews, and the story begins as Arif’s life ends.

Punk funk from the left


Radio 4, from New York, came to prominence with their second album Gotham in 2002.

Red Square to Trafalgar Square


A COLD and wet Sunday night—but Trafalgar Square was packed more densely than a rush hour tube.

Homophobia and the Mobo awards


ONE ISSUE has dominated the build-up to the Music of Black Origin (MOBO) awards at the end of this month—the viciously anti-gay lyrics of two of the original nominees.

Striking a chord with classic film


When did all this begin?

Country’s bitter portraits of a sick America


Steve Earle’s new album is called The Revolution Starts Now. It’s country music, recorded in Nashville.

Interview with Alistair Hulett: folk heroes for a new generation


How are folk musicians responding to political events?

The Libertines: what will happen to these likely lads?


The Libertines

The Motorcycle Diaries: How Ernesto turned into Che Guevara


We set out on a wondrous journey in The Motorcycle Diaries.

Artists come together to rage against Bush


Rock Against Bush Volume 2 Various artists, £8

Edinburgh Festival: theatre that can move the spirit


CONSIDERING THAT it is only a few years since some right wing critics were proclaiming the death of political theatre, there is a surprising amount of it at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe.

The Leopard: a truly great movie


Ask any Marxist film fan (say, me) to name their top ten movies and I’d guarantee that Luchino Visconti’s The Leopard would be on it.

SkinnyMan: a voice for tower block dreamers


SkinnyMan has been a stalwart of the underground British hip-hop scene for years, working with his crew Mud Family.

Rock Against Racism: a new fanzine for a new movement


In March Love Music Hate Racism organised a tremendously successful gig at London’s Astoria.

See the world in new, exciting ways


THE EDINBURGH Festival is the biggest arts event in the world.

Taking arts to parts others can’t reach


THE EDINBURGH People’s Festival was set up two years ago by a diverse group of artists and political activists.

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