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.
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…
The political and social crisis that has erupted between the government of the Spanish state and the people of Catalonia has reached crisis point. Jonathan Hoff, who lives and works in Catalonia, has sent Dream Deferred a personal account of how the struggle for Catalan independence developed and its impact on the village he lives in.
Racist populist billionaire Andrej Babiš has won the parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic with a landslide, taking 29.65%, nearly three times the vote of his nearest rivals.
Updated 9.15pm: The far right racist populist FPÖ party is likely to enter Austria’s government after preliminary results showed it coming second behind the conservative ÖVP in today’s parliamentary elections.
London witnessed the largest demonstration of the far right in generations on Saturday. This was the second outing of the Football Lads Alliance. Here’s our eyewitness report, plus background on the FLA’s racism, financing etc