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Stuart Hall: Mourning, migration and Miles Davis

Jonathan Derbyshire talks to filmmaker John Akomfrah about The Stuart Hall Project

By Jonathan Derbyshire  

Cultural theorist Stuart Hall is the subject of a new documentary

Early in the summer of 2012, I spent an afternoon at the North London home of the cultural theorist and left-wing intellectual Stuart Hall. Our conversation ranged widely, from the birth of the New Left in Britain after Suez and the Soviet invasion of Hungary in 1956 to the cultural politics of Thatcherism. Hall also spoke, with great feeling, about the “emotional damage” that his “cultural formation” in the Caribbean had done to him. (Hall was born…

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