Posts for Art/Literature/Culture

RuPaul’s Drag Race: how social media made drag’s subversive art form into a capitalist money maker

Zeena Feldman, King’s College London and Jamie Hakim, University of East Anglia RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a behemoth with seemingly unstoppable forward motion. First aired in 2009 and created by production company World of Wonder, the reality show sees drag queens compete to become “America’s Next Drag Superstar”. Since […]

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Two of Us: inside John Lennon’s incredible songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney

Greatest pop songwriting team ever? United States Library of Congress Adam Behr, Newcastle University John Lennon was acutely aware of his place in the musical lineage, and the strengths and weaknesses of his own songwriting. His tendency to speak in bold strokes – “Before Elvis there was nothing!” – belied […]

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Ennio Morricone: a versatile composer with a distinct sound

Ennio Morricone composed over 500 pieces for film in his lifetime. yakub88/Shutterstock Emilio Audissino, University of Southampton It is a daunting endeavour to sum up in a few words all the ingenious innovations and innumerable achievements in the multi-decade career of such a musical giant as Ennio Morricone. The maestro […]

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Much needed help for the arts and culture announced

Britain’s globally renowned arts, culture and heritage industries will receive a world-leading £1.57 billion rescue package to help weather the impact of coronavirus, the government announced today. Thousands of organisations across a range of sectors including the performing arts and theatres, heritage, historic palaces, museums, galleries, live music and independent […]

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New book – 60 ways to improve your family-life in 60 seconds

If you’re looking to improve your family life, then ‘Meee in a family minute; 60 ways to improve your family life in 60 seconds’ is the perfect book to have in your pocket.   It is part of the ‘Meee in a minute’ books from Sid Madge of Meee.   […]

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Museums, galleries and heritage centres to reopen

New guidance, published today, will outline how museums, galleries, heritage attractions and historic buildings can begin to reopen to the public, paving the way for an economic boost to the sectors. The guidance is specifically for heritage attractions, those running businesses from historic and listed buildings, and those working to […]

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TV cameras to start rolling again in the coming weeks

From the Government: The nation’s favourite soaps are expected to resume production in the coming weeks after new industry guidance is published by broadcasters today. The new guidance sets out steps for a safe return to television production in a significant move towards getting the cameras rolling again on some […]

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VE Day: victory celebrations hid fear of an uncertain future for many Britons

Jubilation in London as Britain rolled out the barrel to celebrate victory in Europe. Imperial War Museum Sean Lang, Anglia Ruskin University The popular image of VE Day is as familiar to the British people even today as Spitfires over Kent or Winston Churchill glowering into the camera. Huge crowds […]

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VE Day anniversary celebrations will be starkly different to 1945

Henry Irving, School of Advanced Study May 8 2015 not only marks the end of an extraordinary general election and the beginning of the struggle for government. It is also the 70th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day), and so is a day well used to times of […]

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When Dame Vera Lynn said ‘we’ll meet again’ to me – the incredible enduring appeal of a British wartime legend

British singer Dame Vera Lynn popularised the song We’ll Meet Again during the second world war. ANDY RAIN/EPA Kate McLoughlin, University of Oxford “We will meet again,” the Queen declared in an April 5 Coronavirus address the UK. Suddenly, a line the British people indelibly associate with the second world […]

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