Is Music the Key to Understanding History?

Last Saturday saw one of music history’s lesser-known anniversaries. On March 29th 1942, at the height of the ‘Great Patriotic War’, Dmitri Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony got its Moscow premiere. In truth, it’s not one of the composer’s best works (though it’s pretty stirring stuff), but the story of its premiering across the Soviet Union, in…

9 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT ENGLISH SOCIAL HISTORY THAT WILL BLOW YOUR MIND!

If anyone seriously doubts the impending apocalypse then they should look no further than Buzzfeed, the brain-destroying webpage that is slowly, gradually killing human civilization one list at a time. Unfortunately, I’m probably not going to be able to stop this dangerous tide of philistine listophilia. Instead, I’ve decided to join in, so here are…

Sex, Liberty, and Germaine Greer

Those of you who follow me on Twitter will have noticed that my account’s recently developed just the faintest whiff of smuttery. My excuse is that I’ve been reading the fascinating and delightfully lewd Origins of Sex, the first monograph by my colleague (and old tutor) Faramerz Dabhoiwala. It’s a cracking read – a thoughtful…