I've made a resolution to post on this site more often. It perhaps won't always be the most 'in-depth' content, but I'm going to post more often anyway. Here's a few things I would like to do this year: Start up Youtube channel (watch this space!) Two articles accepted/published Book proposal submitted + accepted Here's… Continue reading 2021

‘Socialist Realism comes to the Met Stage’

Socialist Realism has frequently been badly received outside of its intended audience. The following is a memorable review by Harold C. Schonberg for the New York Times on a production of Kiril Molchanov's The Dawns are Quiet Here. -------------------------------------- New York Times, July 14, 1975. 'Socialist Realism Comes to Met Stage' Presumably, there was a political… Continue reading ‘Socialist Realism comes to the Met Stage’

Band video: lockdown collaboration indoors

A rare opportunity to see me performing with my covers band on video: KIAF is an annual meet-up for friends from my undergraduate university (Keele, 2008-2011). This being the year of pandemic, we produced an online version. This was painstakingly recorded layer by layer, thanks to the mastermind brilliance of our drummer/producer, Sam. Here… Continue reading Band video: lockdown collaboration indoors

Review – ‘Pandemic: Covid-19 Shakes the World’, by Slavoj Žižek.

Nietzsche used a word, unzeitgemäße, that has a meaning of 'unmodern', or 'out-of-date', or, closer to Nietzsche's usage, being so full of its own sense of temporal situated-ness that it embodied something of that exact moment in time, but nothing after. Compare that to something like Fredric Jameson's work and his take on 'Postmodern', which… Continue reading Review – ‘Pandemic: Covid-19 Shakes the World’, by Slavoj Žižek.

Music Examples for ‘Music Behind the Iron Curtain’

This is a list of audio recordings available for the majority of the music examples featured in my book, 'Music Behind the Iron Curtain'. This is intended for use while reading through the text. You can buy the book from Cambridge University Press here. Square brackets indicate the page number for the example. I have linked… Continue reading Music Examples for ‘Music Behind the Iron Curtain’