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Music, All Shook Down Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Five Songs That Explain Why Madonna Had to Remove That Thatcher Photo from Her Instagram

Earlier this week, Madonna received a tidal wave of criticism from her own fans after putting up an Instagram post that praised former British Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher — a woman so hated in the U.K. that after she died…
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Film, The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's <i>Hunger</i>

The excruciating details of death by starvation in Steve McQueen's Hunger

Established artists who've made midcareer leaps from gallery to movie house have not easily found their footing. Julian Schnabel's first feature was a flop; Robert Longo, David Salle, and Cindy Sherman never got any further than theirs. But British video…
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Calendar, Night&Day Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

It's a bit of a shock to discover there's nary a song by the Sex Pistols or the Clash, the bands who denounced Margaret Thatcher's regime most fervidly, on the soundtrack of This Is England. But then Shane Meadows' autobiographical…
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Top Girls

Caryl Churchill seems to be the soup of the day: Crowded Fire is offering a cup-size production of Top Girls to go with the Berkeley Rep's bowl of Cloud Nine (see above). Churchill wrote both plays in the years around…
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The Great Escape

The last time Blur came to town, I inadvertently found myself attending Bimbo's post-gig party. There I stood at the bar, unhappily sandwiched between Blur's Alex James and Graham Coxon, both clearly hammered beyond conversation, even to my less-than-sober eye.…
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