Music is one of the most discussed aspects of human existence. Nearly everyone has some music they love, and when we are enthusiastic about things, we tell others. We recommend songs or symphonies, we lend recordings, we share files. We also like to be right, so we argue with people who don’t enjoy what we enjoy, or who like something else. There can’t be many pieces of music uploaded to YouTube that haven’t attracted strong adverse comments.
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I have long believed Van Morrison’s double album It’s Too Late to Stop Now (1974) to be the greatest rock concert ever recorded, though I know that strictly speaking it’s not.
“Do we want Australia for Australians? Or do we just want to give it all up?” That is the proposition driving the neo-Nazi group Patriot Blue in director Geoffrey Wright’s “next generation” Romper Stomper, streaming on Stan.
If you thought Beatlemania was a mid-twentieth-century phenomenon, think again. At the end of 2013, I wanted to write about the second volume of The Beatles at the BBC, so I kept the CDs in my car for a couple of weeks in order to listen on repeat. The side effect was that my three-year-old daughter became a Beatles fan, calling out requests from the back seat: “Play ‘Yeah, Yeah,’ Daddy!”
Several recent books have underlined how hard it is to separate music from its time and place. One of my favourites this year was Ben Yagoda’s The B Side: The Death of Tin Pan Alley and the Rebirth of the Great American Song (Penguin), which has just come out in paperback.
Last year the Salzburg Festival decided to amend the sign at the entrance to their Karl Böhm Room. The new sign states (in both German and English) that while Böhm was an exceptionally gifted conductor, he was also a Nazi.
Small words can create big problems. In the latest Inside Language podcast, Peter Clarke talks to linguist Kate Burridge about misplaced pronouns.
Duration: 8 minutes 59 seconds
For the last twenty-three years, Kate Burridge has been travelling annually to Waterloo County in Ontario, Canada. There she spends research and social time with members of an Old Order Mennonite community similar in their beliefs and customs to another branch of the Anabaptist diaspora, the Amish. For over four hundred years, as a largely oral language, Pennsylvania German has survived alongside one of the globe’s great dialect crushers – English.
John Bell founded the eponymous Bell Shakespeare Company in 1990 to provide a decidedly Australian approach to the Bard’s plays and sustain his cultural and linguistic legacy here. The company started in a tent and inevitably faced its fair share of funding and survival challenges.