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Keep the Noise Down: The Sound of Silence

Music is undoubtedly getting louder. From the moment the dial was turned up to 11 in This Is Spinal Tap, musicians and producers have, on the whole, been...

Paint and pot

Picture the scene: your creative writing deadline is rapidly approaching, you’ve completely run out of ideas, and then the internet tells you that Ernest...

The Top of the Poppers

Be it as an mind opening gateway to creativity, for spiritual and meditative purposes, or to simply enhance the enjoyment of music, psychoactive substances...

Pakistan, India and Bangladesh: tangled up in the Blues

1965 saw a turning point in the Beatles’ music. 'Norwegian Wood' from Rubber Soul (1965) featured George Harrison on the sitar, a traditional Indian...

In defence of… Boybands

First off, I should probably say something about who I am. With both of my parents having trained as professional musicians, it means I have grown...

The DVD Library: It’s only rock ‘n’ roll

Music and film have gone hand in hand since, well, for a very long time. And that’s with good reason too! With their creativity,...

The concept of a concept album

The concept album is one of the key stalwarts of 20th Century popular culture. It represents the height of the idea that rock and...

Keith Richards and Sgt. Pepper’s “Lowly Art Fart” Band

Everyone knows that the world’s most reliable source for current affairs is the Facebook newsfeed. So imagine my surprise, or more like terror and...
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