STANDING UP TO POLITICAL POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE: Weds May 7th

Radical History Network public meeting STANDING UP TO POLITICAL POLICING AND SURVEILLANCE Wednesday May 7th 7.30pm, Wood Green Social Club 3 Stuart Crescent, N22 5NJ [off High Rd Wood Green, near Wood Green tube] – How and why are the police used to try to suppress public dissent and any challenge to the capitalist ‘status …

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February updates

1. SPATIAL INTERVIEWED BY JOHN EDEN An interview I did with Hackney-based producer Spatial is now published exclusively and for the first time at The Liminal. This piece was originally intended for issue 5 of Woofah, but has been fully updated. (It’s the last outstanding thing I wrote for Woofah, which makes me a bit smiley …

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Eastman Connection

Uncle Dugs on Rinse FM with a blazing 1991 selection. But even better than that, he gets Kool FM founder Eastman in for an extended interview. (interview commences at about 1:37:00) Some proper history, covering North London reggae soundsystem, early raves, Jungle Fever, and the full story of Kool FM. An amazing bit of …

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The secret Ska history of Stamford Hill by Malcolm Imrie

Stamford Hill is right at the northern end of the London Borough of Hackney, bordering Haringey/Tottenham. I’ve lived around there for about 15 years now and have always had an interest in its history. Last May, Richie (Maharishi Hi-Fi / Musical Fever) hosted another one of his excellent nights, this time at the Mascara Bar …

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Grime responds to the riots: ‘They have to take us seriously’

Just when you’d thought about giving up on Grime, Dan Hancox pulls this essential piece out of the bag for The Guardian: In the wake of the riots, British urban music has been accused of promoting a culture of entitlement. Here, Professor Green, Lethal Bizzle and Wiley describe a world that politicians have chosen to …

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Colonel Gaddafi’s Kentucky Fried Britain

Jez: Look Mark, I’m a musician, in case you’d forgotten. Yeah? I answer to a higher law. The law of “if it feels good, do it”. Mark: Oh, that’s a great law isn’t it? What’s that, Gaddafi’s law? Jez: It’s the musician’s law. Colonel Gaddafi could not lay down a bass hook, Mark. That should …

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