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A hundred miles north of Calais is the Belgian city of Antwerp – there nestling within its huge docklands is the tiny village of Doel.

Instead of writing about my ten favourite records this month, I have decided to review just one.

Martin Luther King and his supporters fought a titanic battle for suffrage in Selma, Alabama. Brian Jackson was Gil Scott-Heron’s writing partner and pianist. Together they produced some of the most insightful music of the 1970s. Here, Nick Grant reviews the new film Selma and Brian Jackson’s gig in London.

Here is a result to cheer the left across Europe and beyond. Voters have given the radical left Syriza victory in Greece’s parliamentary elections. Syriza has won, and won handsomely.

In the first of an occasional series, Hassan Mahamdallie, a bored teenager growing up in 1970s south west London, delves into his box of punk and New Wave singles and takes us on a personal, musical, cultural and political journey.