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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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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Margin Call and the financial thriller

Margin Call, the latest in a line of films on the crash of 2008, depicts a Wall Street investment bank’s last ditch attempts to save itself from impending disaster. Written and directed by first time feature director J.C.Chandor – and starring Kevin Spacey, Demi Moore and Jeremy Irons – The New Yorker called it “the best Wall Street movie ever made”. It’s been marketed as a thriller – but how do you create excitement when the action consists of men in suits peering at computer screens and talking on Blackberries? Does Margin Call have anything new to say on the much-debated causes of the collapse? Andrew Hill, FT management editor, puts these questions to Alex Preston, ex-City trader and author of This Bleeding City; Peter Aspden, FT arts writer; and Leo Robson, film and television critic. Produced by Griselda Murray Brown…read more