The first thing to note about this book – picked up in a charity shop for 95p – is what good condition it is in, ripped dust jacket aside (worse on the back than on the front – and ignore the dark vertical stripe: dodgy scan), for one printed in 1956. The paper hardly faded, [...]
Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’
Amplifer are a band at the apex between punk and prog, a band for the heart as well as the mind. Their new album, Mystoria, is a summer record, with more concise and direct approach than the music the band are generally known for. Remfry Dedman spoke to frontman Sel Balamir, about simplicity, DIY ethics, [...]
I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]
Pete Tong’s position within the electronic music industry is about as high as one could imagine. Together with his MBE, he hosts two huge radio shows (one in the US and the other here in the UK), is recognised as one of the industry’s key tastemakers and DJs all over the world on a regular [...]
With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?
So we have the shortlist, which leads me naturally to rack up the six books in the running for the 2014 Man Booker Prize and judge them on the purely cosmetic basis of their good looks. In alphabetical order of the authors, then:
First up, Joshua Ferris’s To Rise Again At A Decent Hour (links to [...]
It hasn’t taken much to lift the gloom of Delhi’s elite. Three good months of economic growth plus a booming stock market were capped last night when India’s modern art market came alive with sales totalling Rs38.27 crore ($6.38m – £3.8m) at an auction mounted by Saffronart of Mumbai.
Only four of ninety works on offer [...]
Here’s a book that earns its place in the Book Design Blog not so much for its own formal design (though that is clear and pleasing enough) but for its contents: it’s a book by Stuart Tolley celebrating the ‘innovative packing and graphics’ of the best of recent collector’s editions – not just of books, [...]
Leicester based post rock five-piece Maybeshewill have been making glorious majestic cinematic music, whilst keeping their modus operandi as DIY as possible, since 2005. Now, with the release of their fourth album, Fair Youth, they’re taking their first tentative steps into the mainstream. Remfry Dedman sat down with guitarist John Helps and drummer James Collins [...]
Dusan Kovacevic is the operational manager at Serbia’s one and only EXIT Festival. It is a music event that has its roots steeped in politics and was conceived as a student movement which fought for freedom in the Balkan region. It is now one of the biggest festivals in Europe and remains active in social causes, this year using its position to raise money for the victims of devastating floods in the Balkans.
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