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In this episode of the New Statesman’s pop culture podcast, the past haunts the present: we talk about new film 45 Years, the This Is England series and The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.
From kids playing at their first Fleadh Cheoil na h-Éireann to the uncelebrated session musicians of decades past.
Matthew Warchus’s first production at the Old Vic feels like a declaration of intent – but does it stand up?
Singing (or not singing) the national anthem has long been a political battleground, with a history that stretches back to the Chartists and beyond.
Roland Link's Love in Vain: the Story of the Ruts and Ruts DC reveals the band's eclectic roots.
Against a big, blowsy set, Benedict Cumberbatch delivers a deliberately un-starry performance (shame about the slow-mo).
Petroc Trelawny meets the composer Raymond Yiu, who has written a new work for the BBC Proms.
The unexpected intimacy that performers like Alina Ibragimova can achieve in a space as vast as the Royal Albert Hall is truly breathtaking.
No country has ever left the EU before, so there's no map for where we're going.
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