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Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Old Friends, by Clive Bell

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, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 26 September 2014 at 12:08 pm

Amplifier Interview: ‘We’re playing to all the empowering elements of rock music and playing those cards shamelessly!’, Music

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, [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 24 September 2014 at 8:00 am

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

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 [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 19 September 2014 at 11:47 am

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency, Music

Pete Tong on being a mentor at the Burn Residency

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 [...]

By | Music | Wednesday, 17 September 2014 at 1:35 pm

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger, Music

Why every festival needs a Jolly Dodger

With British weather as unpredictable as it is, surely every music festival should have a pirate ship in case of flash flooding?

By | Music | Monday, 15 September 2014 at 11:30 am

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Man Booker Prize Shortlist Special 2014

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 [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 12 September 2014 at 11:00 am

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy, Arts

Indian art auction gets Delhi’s depressed elite to splash out and buy

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 [...]

By | Arts, The Foreign Desk | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 2:37 pm

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley, Arts

Friday Book Design Blog: Collector’s Edition, by Stuart Tolley

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, [...]

By | Arts | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 1:20 pm

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used to”, Arts

Interview with Maybeshewill: “We’re not relying on guitars as much as we used to”

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 [...]

By | Arts, Music | Friday, 5 September 2014 at 10:41 am

Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event, Music

Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event

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.

By | Music | Thursday, 21 August 2014 at 8:18 pm

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