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 What is British music?2012-08-10 19:50:00
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242 Religious art for atheists2012-07-27 16:25:00
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243 What's the legacy of the Cultural Olympiad?2012-07-06 15:10:00
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244 Spoken word: the rise of performance poetry2012-07-03 23:00:00
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245 Interview with playwright Simon Stephens2012-06-22 08:00:00
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246 Whatever happened to Britpop?2012-06-15 08:00:00
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247 The Great Gatsby now2012-06-01 16:46:00
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The Great Gatsby now

In 1926, LP Hartley called The Great Gatsby “an absurd story”. Now, it is hard to imagine that F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel was ever considered less than a masterpiece. And it seems particularly popular in our recessionary times – with the remarkable eight-hour play Gatz having had rave reviews in York, and now about to open in London; and Baz Luhrmann’s film version starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan released later this year. Jan Dalley talks Gatsby mania with Sarah Churchwell, Professor of American Literature at the University of East Anglia; Mark Ball, artistic director of the London International Festival of Theatre; and the critic Matt Trueman. Produced by Griselda Murray Brown…read more

248 Who's afraid of Pina Bausch?2012-05-25 16:44:00
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249 Rappers and reality: has hip hop lost touch with its roots?2012-05-17 23:01:00
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250 Writing Britain: how landscape shapes art and literature2012-05-11 16:17:00
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251 The Bauhaus revisited2012-05-03 23:00:00
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252 Shakespeare: lost in translation?2012-04-20 17:10:00
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253 British design, then and now2012-03-29 16:27:00
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254 Madonna: still the Queen of Pop?2012-03-26 13:00:00
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255 Bright Young Playwrights2012-03-23 11:18:00
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256 How contemporary classical music got cool2012-03-08 18:18:00
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257 Louis de Bernières on how to film a book2012-02-20 19:10:00
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258 Bollywood now2012-02-13
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259 Leonard Cohen and Paul McCartney: is there life in the old dogs yet?2012-02-07 16:00:00
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260 Death of the pop critic?2012-01-13 19:13:00
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