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 A new short story for the holidays2014-12-19 15:30:00
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142 2014 Comeback Special: Peter Aspden on ‘Elvis at the O2’2014-12-19 15:06:00
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143 Loan goal: Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles2014-12-12 14:05:00
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144 Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell2014-12-05 16:05:00
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145 Kitchen-sink commandments: ‘Decalogue’, 25 years on2014-11-28 14:45:00
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146 Hitting the arts jackpot2014-11-21 16:32:00
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147 Revolution for sale: Peter Aspden on Nike and The Beatles2014-11-14 16:05:00
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148 Beginnings and endings: Taylor Swift and Sylvie Guillem2014-11-07 12:44:00
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149 Show us what you’ve got2014-10-31 15:56:00
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150 Rich pickings: Peter Aspden on spectator apartheid2014-10-24 14:01:00
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151 Rhythm and bruises: Peter Aspden on Boy Blue2014-10-17 13:47:00
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152 Rembrandt right or wrong2014-10-10 10:14:00
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153 Flux and the city: Peter Aspden on urban art2014-10-03 13:05:00
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154 Happy Birthday, Leonard Cohen2014-09-19 13:05:00
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155 Roll over, rock ’n’ roll: Peter Aspden on Miley Cyrus2014-09-12 11:05:00
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156 Computers versus connoisseurs2014-09-09 13:20:00
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157 Sun, sea and tragic wisdom: Peter Aspden on cultural tourism2014-09-05 14:35:00
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158 In praise of boiled string2014-08-29 14:30:00
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159 Snap judgment: Bendor Grosvenor on photography in galleries2014-08-22 11:35:00
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160 The loser’s guide to movie-going2014-08-15 16:35:00
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The loser’s guide to movie-going

Film screenings are becoming ever more inventive, with fine dining, unusual venues and even hot tubs thrown in to lure audiences. But for Antonia Quirke, nothing can match the downbeat charm of a black-box cinema on a weekday afternoon…read more