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Donald Trump on the campaign trail. Pic credit: Gage Skidmore

The election of Donald Trump as the president of the US has shocked people across the world. But Trump’s victory was no freak result: it is part of a wider revival of far right racist populist parties and politics, which has also been graphically demonstrated in Europe.

9 November 2016 | Notes
roller crop

On 27 August 1963 Ledger Smith set off from Chicago and made his way to join Martin Luther King’s March on Washington. He didn’t take a bus or a train and he didn’t drive – he made his way on rollerskates.

28 June 2016 | Notes
Brute

The first two albums I have reviewed this month look at America from completely different musical and political perspectives.

3 April 2016 | Tracks of the month
Vote Bernie Sanders

One of the most endearing images of the 2008 US presidential election was the poster of Obama with the word “hope”, “change” or “progress” below. They were created by the street artist Shepard Fairey. Over 300,000 posters were produced during the presidential campaign.

24 February 2016 | Notes
Gainsbourg & the Revolutionaries

You know there is a drought of good music when swathes of the music press tell you Marks to Prove It, by the Maccabees, is the album of the summer. So in the never-ending search for new and exciting music, I have spent the last month buying reissues and crate digging.

11 August 2015 | Tracks of the month