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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201 A messy business: Peter Aspden on sex2013-09-27 11:35:00
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202 Something old, something new: Peter Aspden on the classic with a twist2013-09-20 12:50:00
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203 Puccini vs the Twitterverse: Peter Aspden finds shelter in the stalls2013-09-13 13:00:00
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204 Look, don’t sketch: Peter Aspden on the V&A’s blockbuster dilemma2013-09-06 13:40:00
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205 Look at me: Suzi Feay on the perils of self-indulgent art2013-08-30 09:00:00
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206 Party on! Peter Aspden on beach bar music2013-08-23 09:00:00
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207 Art for all: Erica Wagner on the Gramsci Monument2013-08-16 14:35:00
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208 The Great Remembrance: Jan Dalley on the first world war centenary2013-08-09 15:00:00
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209 Going it alone: Erica Wagner on creative independence2013-08-02 13:05:00
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210 Spasticus artisticus: Peter Aspden on Ian Dury2013-07-26 14:15:00
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211 Sound of sci-fi: Peter Aspden on the Dr Who Prom2013-07-19 13:30:00
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212 Ordinary megastar: Raphael Abraham on Amy Winehouse2013-07-12 14:50:00
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213 Howdy, Podner! Peter Aspden on Las Vegas’s heritage impulse2013-07-05 09:00:00
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214 After the spring: Peter Aspden on the Shubbak Festival2013-06-28 16:00:00
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After the spring: Peter Aspden on the Shubbak Festival

Visa problems and nervousness on the part of potential sponsors have made life hard for London’s festival of contemporary Arab culture. But as the Arab Spring gives way to harsher realities, such forums are needed more than ever, says the FT’s arts writer…read more

215 Going soft: Peter Aspden on the cultural wealth of nations2013-06-21 11:10:00
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216 History's second draft: Peter Aspden on theatre and the news2013-06-14 15:05:00
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217 Hobson-Jobson: Julius Purcell on linguistic “barbarisms”2013-06-07 14:51:00
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218 Age of innocence? Julius Purcell on the cultural legacy of 19132013-05-31 14:10:00
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219 A different league: Peter Aspden on our soccer psychosis2013-05-24 14:50:00
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220 Focus, schmocus: Peter Aspden on distraction2013-05-17 12:35:00
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