‘I wouldn’t mind turning into a vermillion goldfish’ – Matisse’s cut-outs reviewed

The latest exhibition at the Tate Modern is of the cut-outs created by Henri Matisse in his later years. Mitch Mitchell shares his thoughts. Matisse was one of the most influential artists of the 20th...

Through the looking glass darkly: a review of Blade Runner 2049

Science Fiction has a way of questioning our position in the world: by imagining the future we imagine the present. In this piece Jozef Doyle assesses the refraction of late capitalist society through Blade Runner 2019...

The total Marx and the total theory of literature

A lost gem of Marxist aesthetic theory, out of print for over forty years.

Review: Ali Smith’s Autumn, the first Brexit novel

Kate Bradley argues that Ali Smith's Autumn is precisely the kind of book about Brexit we don't need in our changing political climate.   Autumn is a novel about Brexit. It's also a book about Pop...

A brief history of the Teddy Boys

The post war youth subculture that became the subject of a moral panic.

“Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released”

Michael Rosen  reports  on an  "Important Speech on why we should go to war, just released". "We can drop bombs through the eye of a needle. We can't always find the needle. But we drop the bombs anyway. And...

Kes: a tale for our times. Remembering Barry Hines.

Barry Hines, the author of such books as A Kestrel for a Knave, which became the film Kes, has died aged 76. Colin Revolting offers an appreciation of his seminal work. Kes, or A Kestral...

Dario Fo: playwright, performer and revolutionary

Colin Revolting and friends pay tribute to  Dario Fo who died this week at the age of 90. Dario Fo was a great playwright of the years of unrest and rebellion in the 1960s and '70s. His...
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Music as a force for change: an interview with Redskins’ Martin Hewes

An interview with Martin Hewes of the Redskins, to some the true inheritors of the Clash's crown as the radical rockers

Move On Up. Curtis Mayfield – Music and message

Emerging from the civil rights movement in the USA, Curtis Mayfield is one of the best exponents of radical soul music and his music lives on, as remembered by John Wheeler.