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BBC Radio tells the bizarre back story of The Shaggs

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By Jonathan Burton in New Music on Thursday 8 December 2011

BBC Radio 4′s Jon Ronson On is compulsive listening and here he sheds light on the bizarre back story of The Shaggs. It’s a bizarre tale of a 1960s girl group who were forced to rehearse by their overbearing father. They were secluded from society, home schooled, and music was banned in the home. The […]

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Terry Gilliam criticizes Spielberg and Schindler’s List

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By Jonathan Burton in New Film on Thursday 8 December 2011

Insanely talented director and animator Terry Gilliam has a good point here. The best stories are those that leave you asking questions.

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Studio visit with artist Grayson Perry

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By Jonathan Burton in New Art on Thursday 8 December 2011

I have huge respect for Grayson Perry and his dedication to traditional craft and ‘beauty’ that sometimes contrasts with the trends within the contemporary art world. This studio visit is a small insight into his process. His aptly titled curated show, The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman, is at the British Museum until February 19.

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The Perils of Archilbald Toddle

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By Jonathan Burton in New Events on Wednesday 7 December 2011

This is an Audience Participation project I am working on as an experiment in improvisation and new ways of thinking. I am asking people to suggest what happens next and each chosen participant will receive all the illustrations in a handmade book.

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Kitty Daisy and Lewis: I’m So Sorry

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By Jonathan Burton in New Music on Wednesday 7 December 2011

This was my song of the summer. It will always bring back memories of long drives to the beach with my small kids singing along and asking for it to be played again. This live version shows just how good they look and sound. If you don’t know it, their album Smoking in Heaven has […]

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Radio Spiritworld: a broadcast from the afterlife

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By Jonathan Burton in New Trends on Wednesday 7 December 2011

Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz have created a radio program broadcast from the afterlife to the living world. It’s spot on, I imagine. Creepy, strange and very, very funny. [Listen to an excerpt here]

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