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Ellen Peirson-Hagger is the New Statesman’s culture assistant.
The closure of Q magazine has highlighted a troubled media landscape and the serious effects of a pandemic on music journalism. But many smaller, independent music magazines are thriving.
Despite the government’s £1.57bn support package, theatres across the UK are being forced to make redundancies – or even to close for good.
The filmmaker, who died this year, made programmes about legendary musicians including Count Basie, Amy Winehouse and Marc Bolan.
A major label record deal can launch an artist's career, but unfair contracts and controlling behaviour can destroy it too.
The LA trio’s first two albums offered glossy pop-rock – but Women in Music Pt. III is rawer. It has less of a sheen.
The alt-rock musician on T-shirt politics, poking fun at misogyny and her new album, Kitchen Sink.
The cancellation of events this year is not just a blow to the festival circuit, but to the music industry’s whole ecosystem.
Books by black authors have topped bestseller charts in recent weeks. Next we must ask: who profits?
The indie-rock artist on collaboration, Ryan Adams and her new album Punisher.
The fourth novel by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara follows a young woman in pursuit of a freer life, and has been shortlisted for this year’s International Booker Prize.