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Policy, Research & Politics

Music ban beaten by desert blues

A guitarist fleeing from a civil war is determined to keep playing, despite restrictions in his country.


Elton John interrupts Russia gig to voice concerns over anti-gay law

'Rocket Man' singer says he was 'sad to learn' of the law banning 'propaganda of homosexuality'.

The Guardian

Sexually explicit music videos 'should have ratings system'

Campaign demands cinema-style restrictions on graphic material aimed at teenage girls.

The Guardian


Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan didn't invent the protest song

We all know what a protest song is. It's an angry man with a guitar. It's Bob Dylan and Blowin' in the Wind. It's Woody Guthrie singing This Land is Your Land.

The Telegraph

Café Society: the groundbreaking club that time forgot

Café Society was the first non-segregated club in the US, yet its pioneering impact has not been recognised. Ivan Hewett reports on an attempt to revive its spirit.

The Telegraph

Music united, strengthened South Africans during apartheid

Music professor Carolyn Burns became familiar with Nelson Mandela through the music that shaped him.

Great Falls Tribune

Breaking the Wagner ban in Israel

How the Principal Conductor of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra hopes to perform 'forbidden' Wagner operas.


Elton John will perform in Russia despite homophobic protests

Russian demonstrators condemn forthcoming concert as 'amoral sabbath' – but singer says he cannot stay at home.

The Guardian

Politics permeating the entertainment industry stays constant

Professor of history Michael Morrison said politics and music have been intertwined since the days of Chuck Berry and the Beatles, but today the alignment seems to be more disinclined.

The Exponent

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