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To end our series, in which Hassan Mahamdallie delves into his collection of punk singles to tell the story of musical rebellion and growing up as a bored south London teenager of mixed heritage during the turbulent period of Enoch Powell and the nazi National Front, here are his top ten debut singles…

14 January 2018 | NotesTop postTracks of the month

Punk and New Wave exploded onto the musical stage in 1976-77. The new music brought the bloated rock scene that came before it crashing down – and punk has shaped much of the music that has come since. Here, Hassan Mahamdallie looks at the Clash, possibly the most important punk band of all time.

8 January 2018 | NotesTop postTracks of the month

Every year we invite musicians, DJs and readers of this blog to send us their five favourite albums or tracks of the year. The selections by our contributors for 2017 are eclectic and cross many genres. See what you think of their choices…

31 December 2017 | In depthTop postTracks of the month

The results of the French presidential elections are in, with Macron beating the fascist Le Pen. Here we look at the cultural war challenging Marine Le Pen and the FN, and the conditions that have allowed the fascists to flourish

8 May 2017 | In depthNotesTop post

If I recall right, the first woman punk musician I saw on stage was Gaye Advert (Gaye Black), the Adverts’ bass player. It was sometime in 1977 and they were touring with my favourite band, The Damned.

20 April 2017 | In depthTop post

The folk music scene has always had a political, radical edge. This is a short, personal survey by Russ Chandler of the level of political engagement in the scene today.

26 February 2017 | In depthTop post