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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141 Cover story: the golden age of Esquire2014-12-23 15:52:00
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142 A new short story for the holidays2014-12-19 15:30:00
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143 2014 Comeback Special: Peter Aspden on ‘Elvis at the O2’2014-12-19 15:06:00
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144 Loan goal: Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles2014-12-12 14:05:00
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145 Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell2014-12-05 16:05:00
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Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell

Here today, washed-up tomorrow: that’s supposed to be the career trajectory for musicians in the pop age. But, as two recent projects show, great artists will always find ways to keep their signature work fresh and relevant…read more

146 Kitchen-sink commandments: ‘Decalogue’, 25 years on2014-11-28 14:45:00
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147 Hitting the arts jackpot2014-11-21 16:32:00
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148 Revolution for sale: Peter Aspden on Nike and The Beatles2014-11-14 16:05:00
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149 Beginnings and endings: Taylor Swift and Sylvie Guillem2014-11-07 12:44:00
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150 Show us what you’ve got2014-10-31 15:56:00
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151 Rich pickings: Peter Aspden on spectator apartheid2014-10-24 14:01:00
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152 Rhythm and bruises: Peter Aspden on Boy Blue2014-10-17 13:47:00
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153 Rembrandt right or wrong2014-10-10 10:14:00
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154 Flux and the city: Peter Aspden on urban art2014-10-03 13:05:00
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155 Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen2014-09-19 13:05:00
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156 Roll over, rock ’n’ roll: Peter Aspden on Miley Cyrus2014-09-12 11:05:00
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157 Computers versus connoisseurs2014-09-09 13:20:00
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158 Sun, sea and tragic wisdom: Peter Aspden on cultural tourism2014-09-05 14:35:00
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159 In praise of boiled string2014-08-29 14:30:00
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160 Snap judgment: Bendor Grosvenor on photography in galleries2014-08-22 11:35:00
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