Arts & Books
To his surprise Simon Frith finds he agrees with most of Roger Scruton's assertions about musical meaning and value. But why does Scruton hate popular music?
Private sector commercial musicals, such as Chicago, thrive while public sector opera is in crisis. But the latter has a lot in common with the former
Despite its current problems Japan still wields huge economic power. But the country should reject an appeal to use that clout to rebuild the international order. It ain't broke...
Ballet used to be popular with both elite and mass audiences. The Royal Ballet was a centre of world ballet and its profits subsidised the Royal Opera. Now nobody cares
Ten years after its US publication Tom Wolfe's novel is worth another look. But its bleak vision of mid-1980s New York has fortunately not proved prophetic
For most of the 20th century the Tory party has chosen the wrong leader, but has nevertheless won elections. Labour, until recently, has done the reverse
Two years after political activist Ken Saro-Wiwa was executed by Nigeria's military regime, Adewale Maja-Pearce remembers Fela Kuti, creator of Afrobeat and fellow rebel
The movie business's disdain for writers is an ancient part of the Hollywood story. But former agent for Pat Barker, there are good reasons why writers have no rights
David Marquand attributes a succession of Britain's economic and social problems to its archaic state. The link between his politics and economics is not clear and that both have been overtaken by...
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