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 20 tracks that informed, inspired, or were just on heavy rotation while I was writing Gods Without Men.

1. Poor Wayfaring Stranger - Almeda Riddle Southern Journey, Vol. 1: Voices From The American South

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A few days ago the Youth BNP’s charmless Billy Brit appeared in my Facebook feed. There was something both bizarre and inept about the clip: a pale cream sub-Sesame Street puppet speaks in a castrato voice before a backdrop that looks like it’s been set-dressed by the guy who does beheading

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Massive Attack members

 

This interview was conducted during the build-up to the second Gulf War.
 
HK: I suppose I'm getting a sense of déjà vu with your new record. My lasting memory of Blue Lines is of staying up late watching the gulf war on TV, all the infrared pictures of
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View of a village cemetary

 

Alain Corbin: Village Bells, translated by. Martin Thom (New York: Columbia 1998)

 
The French historian Alain Corbin's Village Bells forms part of a
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Girl in a sweater, wandering in a field

 

If the Millennium meant anything at all, it was not about a digit change in a particular calendrical system, but the opportunity to contemplate the span of a thousand years. As the celebrations focused down on the fleeting instant of transition from 1999 to 2000, distracted by
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Skull drawing

June 1997. A sunny Saturday afternoon in West London. I've got my window open, and, like several other people on my street, I'm listening to the radio. There's a lot to choose from in this part of town. I could turn the dial to the bump-and-grind ragga rhythms of Station FM, or hear revival

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Front of an old car

 

The recent American Pioneers concert season at the Barbican will be remembered as a defining moment for British reception of American Minimalist music. Performances of works by major figures such as John Cage, La Monte Young, John Adams and John Zorn gave London audiences a chance to
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Desolate urban landscape

 

A Hard City:
Detroit has long been a landmark in the sonic imagination. After slavery it became, like Chicago, one of the railheads of the black exodus northwards. The railroads acted as cultural arteries, transmitting people and musical forms from the deep South

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