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.
When did all this begin?
Steve Earle’s new album is called The Revolution Starts Now. It’s country music, recorded in Nashville.
How are folk musicians responding to political events?
We set out on a wondrous journey in The Motorcycle Diaries.
Rock Against Bush Volume 2
Various artists, £8
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.
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 has been a stalwart of the underground British hip-hop scene for years, working with his crew Mud Family.
In March Love Music Hate Racism organised a tremendously successful gig at London’s Astoria.
THE EDINBURGH Festival is the biggest arts event in the world.
THE EDINBURGH People’s Festival was set up two years ago by a diverse group of artists and political activists.
IT’S MERCURY Music Prize nominations time again. So the papers have been gushing about how music in Britain is incredibly rich and varied.
Spider-Man 2Directed by Sam Raimi
Spider-Man is a superhero we can all identify with. Peter Parker, the teenager who becomes the superhero, is an impoverished student. He lives in a squalid flat and struggles to keep up with his rent payments.
The Mermaid and the Drunks
Ben Richards, £6.99
ANYONE WHO has campaigned for the Palestinian people will have come across some bizarre arguments explaining why the Israeli government should pursue its policies of repression against the Palestinians.
One Plus One Is One
Badly Drawn Boy
A PHOTO exhibition opened last week in Hackney, east London, remembering the campaign for justice which followed the death of Colin Roach in January 1983.
MICHAEL MOORE’S new film Fahrenheit 9/11, released in Britain on Friday of this week, has got right up the nose of the establishment. First they tried to stop us seeing this anti-Bush documentary and when that failed they attacked it by saying its facts were questionable.