A Crafty Cigarette

Crafty Cigarette

It could probably be said that the FIFA world cup is the league of leagues, where the club is a school, and the World Cup a university. This unique tournament, now nearly a century old, is one in which the purest skill of each country is put on display.
Having recently celebrated its 40th birthday, we have to go quite a way back to when Dallas first hit the air in 1978. What’s perhaps most surprising about it all is that the show still holds up. In fact, it’s quality enough drama to be on prime time television today, even amidst the supposed golden age of television. Despite the series being made a quarter of a century ago, the characters and stories are just as compelling as they were then. Hagman’s performance is delicious, and Duffy is on point. Some of the other performances can be over-acted, certainly; but it was the 80’s after all, so it’s forgivable.
Granada TV documentary from 1990 exploring the 'Madchester' music phenomena of the late 80's and early 90's.Featuring NME reporters Stuart Maconie and James Brown on a tour of the city along with photographer Kevin Cummins. Also includes live footage and interviews of Happy Mondays,808 State, Inspiral Carpets and Northside.With contributions from Anthony H Wilson , Danny Kelly and the Central Station design team who gave us some of the classic Factory records sleeves.
The origins of hip-hop share provenance with clog dancing as a street dance art form. Clogging was brought to the US in the mid-nineteenth century and local performers refined the steps into tap. Tap dancing was originally performed as an accompaniment to song and the percussive and rhythmic patterns produced by the snags heightened effectiveness. The movement grew larger as rhythms grew more intricate and greater emphasis was placed on elements of dance composition and design. Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, refined the minstrel tradition, and Fred Astaire made ‘hoofing’ a modern art form and the cornerstone of Hip Hop.
In the liner notes to P.P. Arnold’s long-overdue release The Turning Tide, Barry Gibb refers to the singer as “a girl inside a woman. Childlike in many ways, and yet her voice was somehow ancient.” His words only begin to describe a too-oft-overlooked voice of the sixties, and the artist behind that voice, whom he brought into the studio to record ten tracks in 1969.
From the penalty box to Pandora’s Box, a tale of exaggerated religious tribalism, eternal political discord, hope and despair in equal measures and the beginning of the beginning. Welcome to Beirut where the rules are, there are no rules!
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