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Marc Ribot: drawing a line

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It’s November 8, 2016. Guitarist Marc Ribot is so appalled by Donald Trump’s election he knows he needs to respond. But how? He was making an album with his band, Ceramic Dog, at the time. “I realised that the world might have to wait for another record about me fighting with my girlfriend,” he says […]


The Uyghurs lucky enough to celebrate their own culture

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They’re the lucky ones. Australia’s Uyghurs are still able to celebrate their ancient culture in music and dance. Their compatriots in China’s north-west Xinjiang province, meanwhile, are ever more widely reported as being arrested without charge, sent to political “re-education” camps, or simply disappearing altogether. Such allegations are denied by Chinese authorities, and yet the […]


Jacob Collier does it in his room

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Jacob Collier’s response to Quincy Jones’s offer to produce his first album was certainly novel: “Can we just be friends?” This was a London kid, whose ingenious reimagining of such songs as Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely? had gone viral on YouTube, knocking back the producer of all those Michael Jackson hits, and the man […]