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'Around the World in 80 Raves' Is a Serviceable Gazetteer of the Festival Landscape

Did you know that Mexico City hosts its own major rock festival (Corona Capital), there is an annual electronic music fest in Beijing (INTRO), and South Africa has its own Burning Man inspired event (Afrikaburn)?

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On Tradition and Transition: 'Performing the New Europe'

It's remarkable how little Eurovision has changed since it began 57 years ago, especially when the substantial changes to Europe are considered.

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Palgrave

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'The Rise of the Vampire' Reads Almost Like a Narrative of Immigration

Essentially, the vampire is considered as an ‘other’ in a similar manner to the way in which immigrants are othered, and in this way the narrative of immigration that runs through the book is given a greater relevance

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Faber and Faber (UK)

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Lund Humphries

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Where the Bodies Are: David Harvey's 'Rebel Cities'

As the world passes the tipping point where more than half of its population now lives in urban areas, David Harvey condemns the idea of the capitalist machine.

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Self Referentiality in 'The Quiddity of Will Self'

It’s a bold move to centre a book on a living writer who is a clear influence on the novel in which he is invoked. So is this a successful display of intertextual dexterity, or an awkwardly intellectual piece of fan fiction?

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The Age We're At: An Interview with Elbow

Elbow had been labouring at their craft for years, before making the breakthrough of a lifetime with 2008's The Seldom Seen Kid. Now, Elbow's Pete Turner talks about the success of their last album and how they set about following it with their new release, Build a Rocket Boys!.

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Clash City

Marcus Gray's book about London Calling inspires a journey around the London of the Clash. There's a huge sense of disaffection in this city, a feeling that the government protects only the rich and will leave the poor to suffer the recession – it’s like 1979 all over again, and London is still calling, calling out into an atmosphere of impending catastrophe.

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'Don't Mourn, Balkanize!' A Radical Approach to the Balkans by a Paradoxical Thinker

Andrej Grubačić proposes a radical new vision for the chronically misrepresented Balkans.

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'Legal Tender': The Narrative of Love in East German Popular Culture

John Griffith Urang shows that the empty supermarkets and Stasi surveillance of the GDR did not mean that the former East Germany was empty of love.

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