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Art Review: The Estate Of Hermione, The Whitworth, Manchester

June 14, 2022 Comments Off on Art Review: The Estate Of Hermione, The Whitworth, Manchester

Hermione Burton, one hopes, would have loved it.

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Book Review: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers

June 14, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: A Certain Hunger by Chelsea G. Summers

“You can always count on a murderer for a fancy prose style.”

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Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

May 24, 2022 Comments Off on Review: British Pop Archive, John Rylands Library, Manchester

It’s about time. Popular culture may have fragmented, broken up into TikTok-sized soundbites and time-shifted downstream from communal viewing, but it’s still at the heart of everyday living.

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Art Review: Kunichika: Japanese Prints, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Art Review: Kunichika: Japanese Prints, Lady Lever Art Gallery, Wirral

Toyohara Kunichika was, by any standards, something of a character.

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Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

May 4, 2022 Comments Off on Theatre Review: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, HOME, Manchester

From its underground conception in the drag bars of 90s New York where its name spread by word of mouth from lips as unlikely to lock as those of early admirers Barry Manilow and David Bowie, to its ill-starred incarnation in a film that opened then faded in the debris of 9/11; from slow-burning reappreciation through a second life on DVD to providing an early plot point in Sex Education, the cult of Hedwig has swollen in proportion across the decades, gathering disciples devoted to its singular subject.

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Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

April 29, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: Red Guitars, Night & Day, Manchester

In 1983, the last time the Red Guitars performed in Manchester, they played at The Haçienda.

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Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

April 26, 2022 Comments Off on Book Review: Deceit by Yuri Felsen, translated by Bryan Karetnyk

Potentially, at least, the author is a time traveller, and the novel their time machine, one which – Tardis-like – contains the whole of their fixed point in history while being simultaneously their means of stepping outside of it and into the future.

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Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

April 18, 2022 Comments Off on Music Review: The Psychedelic Furs, Manchester Academy  

There have been considerable developments since The Psychedelic Furs last commanded a Manchester stage.

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Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

April 2, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: Don’t You Forget About Me, British Music Experience, Liverpool

At its best, pop resists the definitive. It side-steps the constraints of those who try to pin it down and restrict it to a dull litany of the usual saints, the Dylans and the Lennons, the Whites and the Sheerans, those who are dead and those who might as well be, desiccating them into relics and museum pieces, suitable for endless resale.

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Sweet Meeting. Credit: Brendan Buesnel-2018-image00001_o

Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

March 31, 2022 Comments Off on Exhibition Review: altered by Tony Heaton, Bury Art Museum & Sculpture Centre

It depends on how you look at things: what you see, what you notice, what you take heed of.

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