FT Life of a Song

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Each month FT music critics and contributors discuss the story of a song, from its origins and early recordings through cover versions good and bad. Formerly called FT Arts.

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FT Life of a Song

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241 Spoken word: the rise of performance poetry2012-07-03 23:00:00
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242 Interview with playwright Simon Stephens2012-06-22 08:00:00
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243 Whatever happened to Britpop?2012-06-15 08:00:00
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244 The Great Gatsby now2012-06-01 16:46:00
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245 Who's afraid of Pina Bausch?2012-05-25 16:44:00
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246 Rappers and reality: has hip hop lost touch with its roots?2012-05-17 23:01:00
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247 Writing Britain: how landscape shapes art and literature2012-05-11 16:17:00
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248 The Bauhaus revisited2012-05-03 23:00:00
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249 Shakespeare: lost in translation?2012-04-20 17:10:00
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250 British design, then and now2012-03-29 16:27:00
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251 Madonna: still the Queen of Pop?2012-03-26 13:00:00
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252 Bright Young Playwrights2012-03-23 11:18:00
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253 How contemporary classical music got cool2012-03-08 18:18:00
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254 Louis de Bernières on how to film a book2012-02-20 19:10:00
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255 Bollywood now2012-02-13
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Bollywood now

The Indian film industry is famously prolific, turning out hundreds of movies of year. Some of these are "masala movies" – made to appeal to all ages, with plenty of melodrama and musical numbers – but others are very different. Like the rest of India, Bollywood is changing fast. Jan Dalley is joined by Rachel Dwyer, Professor of Indian Cultures and Cinema at SOAS, and Prakash Bakrania, who distributes Hindi films in the UK for Reliance Entertainment. She asks them: is Bollywood escapist? Is it starting to tackle real life issues? And do different films fare well at the Indian and global box offices? Produced by Griselda Murray Brown…read more

256 Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney: is there life in the old dogs yet?2012-02-07 16:00:00
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257 Death of the pop critic?2012-01-13 19:13:00
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258 Woody Allen redux?2012-01-10 17:49:00
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259 'Mile 54' by Amy Waldman2011-12-30 22:00:00
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260 Margin Call and the financial thriller2011-12-16 16:24:00
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