Copyright law encourages artists to feel they're in control of what they've made. But in reality, a song is a different thing once it leaves its creator.
No Land's Song, a new documentary by Ayat Najafi, follows her sister Sara's fight to put on a revolutionary concert.
The Royal Opera House is a fundamentally unsuitable space for its otherwise impressive production of the satire on capitalism, Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.
The Scottish trio tell Kate Mossman why they want racists to hear their music.
Binoche’s Antigone is easier to respect than to pity and, for some reason, one never really feels the pathos of her struggles.
When is an orchestra not an orchestra? The way this policy defines it, northern brass bands and Scottish bagpipe groups will be excluded from the tax relief.
"Painter/musician badly needs rent cheap."
For every successful American remake of a classic British comedy there is a handful of dreadful clangers that never make it beyond a pilot.
Plus In and Out of the Kitchen, where the courgette gags just don't make sense.
A jury's view that Robin Thicke and Pharrell’s Blurred Lines copied Marvin Gaye’s 1977 song, Got To Give It Up is based on a fundamental misunderstanding of what songwriting is.
The title of veteran rock writer Johnny Rogan's biography Ray Davies: a Complicated Life may be something of an understatement.
BFI Southbank's LGBT film festival Flare has become more eye-catching. Now it dazzles.
George Bernard Shaw's Man and Superman and David Hare's The Absence of War have an ideology that speaks to today's politics.
The music and arts festival reveals this year's line-up.
I didn’t really know what tonsils were but my 'uncle' Peter had taken me to see the Beatles.
It used to feel like a school canteen full of rival gangs - now it's a civilised dining room.
Girl in a Band reaps the rewards of its introspective author with a pan-American story that will engross fans and non-fans alike.
The Reading and Leeds line-up is outrageously light on women musicians - but with set-in-their-ways promoters and the exclusionary demands of touring, it's going to be hard to change.
Begad, he revives! I came home and asked my wife if she realised she had been a widow since 1980.
For the second year, the New Statesman is media partner to Latitude, the music and arts festival in Henham Park, Suffolk.
I envy calm people for their apparent immunity to overexcitement or overreaction.
Appearing at the Barbican with the BBC Singers and London Sinfonietta, the composer's hands seem to shape music out of thin air.
The biologist-turned-atheist campaigner is sampled on the band's forthcoming Endless Forms Most Beautiful.
Steve Hanley and Olivia Piekarski's new book lifts the lid on one of the most turbulent bands in pop.
Beyond the intellectual weight of the play's message the production falls a little flat.
The English National Opera’s The Mastersingers of Nuremberg and the Royal Opera’s L’Ormindo show that translated music-theatre can be exceptional.
On Mozart 250 and Sarah Connolly in America.
It may be the shortest Stoppard full-length play, but The Hard Problem still offers 100 minutes of touching humour from a varied cast.
Indulging childishness is why we’re stuck with Boris Johnson, Katie Hopkins and Jeremy Clarkson.
"Time is short, life is short. There's a lot to know."