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.
The hack on Sony and the cancellation of comedy film The Interview have wider implications – for political film and censorship as well as international relations.
Sasha Simic looks at how comic book superheroes responded to the Civil Rights movement, strikes and struggle – and to the onset of the Thatcher and Reagan years and 9/11
Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, the X-Men… Comic book superheroes are big business, they’ve been used as wartime propaganda and condemned for their “lurid, unsavoury, gruesome illustrations”, Sasha Simic reveals
“Their questions hit home, and I knew that I could never again raise my voice against the violence of the oppressed in the ghettos without having first spoken clearly to the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today — my own government.”
There have been some beautiful and thoughtful obituaries remembering Lauren Bacall.