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Music and Movement

Music and Movement

Music and Movement "I don't give a monkey's arsehole about Mods and Rockers. Underneath, we're all the same, 'n't we?" (Ray Winstone, Quadrophenia) May Day Bank Holiday, May 1964, Brighton: the sea front is crowded with tens of thousands of youths from London and its surrounding areas.  The reason, to wage war.  Mods in their US fishtail parkas, Italian suits and shoes, Vespa scooters, descended in droves.  Meanwhile, Rockers in their dirty denim, black leather, greasy hair and Norton motorcycles also popped down to the historic seafront.  Neither group was there for the fish, chips and fresh air. The youngsters...

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Music of Lockdown, by Charlie Brock.

Music of Lockdown, by Charlie Brock. April. We’ve all been waiting patiently for the halfway point of the month, when pub gardens, and “non essential” shops can open their doors and welcome the masses back. This means that our beloved record shops can have us back (I’d argue that they’re the most essential shops of all). Lockdown has been hard: boring, stressful and at times, scary. Personally, I’ve relied on music more than ever over the last 12 months; whether that’s accompanied me around the supermarket, on a run or if I’m spinning some records following a day spent working...

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Spinning Girl

Spinning Girl

Music is always at the forefront of my mind and when I was asked if I would like to contribute on a post to talk about that very subject, I jumped at the opportunity. Being a creative person who loved to tread the boards, I was always up on stage performing in one musical production or another when I was younger. Music soon became my go-to arena in many ways, there was singing lessons (I’m pretty sure I sent a video off to join a certain girl band back in the mid 90's) and lots of dancing. I grew up...

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The Power of Protest in Music Today - Music Declares an Emergency. By Grace Gillan

The Power of Protest in Music Today - Music Declares an Emergency. By Grace Gillan

I have been invited to write a little about the power of protest through music, my experiences as a musician and activist and what can be done right now to encourage our industry to evolve into a more benevolent creature that honours the needs of a world facing environmental and societal collapse. Since the dawn of humanity music has been one of our most raw and provocative means of expression, be it a war cry or a lullaby, a love song or lament. What defines humanity? The qualities that make us human, love, compassion and creativity. When the first bone...

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Music and wellbeing

Music and wellbeing

Rosie Mead is a Music Sociologist finishing her PhD at the University of Exeter. You can find her on Instagram - @iamrosiemead I think it might be fair to say that if you’re reading this blog, you’re an active music listener. By this I mean that you listen to music probably on a daily basis, you have regular conversations around music, you might be a musician, music is a part of your life. But have you ever thought about how music affects your wellbeing? It’s something I hadn’t thought of until I was in the last year of my Music...

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