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Musical Truth: A Musical History of Modern Black Britain in 28 Songs

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Have to go, apparently Duran Duran's music video 'Union of the Snake' has very different connotations once you know what to look for 😁.

I think it's really poignant, I think it's really important and I think it's really accessible to be able to talk about these things via music. Lachlan Goudie brings his perspective and passion as a practising artist and broadcaster to narrate the joys and struggles of artists across the millennia striving to fulfil their vision and the dramatic transformations of Scottish society reflected in their art. This exhilarating playlist tracks some of the key shifts in modern British history and explores the emotional impact of 28 songs and the artists who performed them.While a context for debate and thought is set, the reader is encouraged to be independent and the non-fiction narrative will help them form their own opinions. Boakye’s captivating and deeply insightful book explores the key moments in Black history through twenty-eight powerful songs from ground-breaking musicians, from Lord Kitchener to Stormzy.

I’ve just bought the hardback version because I want to have a physical copy which I can jump in and out of. Reading David Olusoga’s Black and British last year cemented the personal recognition that my education and knowledge of this country’s history was severely lacking. The artist’s greatest innovation – his unorthodox and revolutionary technique is explored in relation to the styles of certain of his most celebrated contemporaries both in Spain and beyond, including Titian and Rubens.

It’s well worth watching after reading chapter 13 and might help students consider how and why music triggers memories and how music can evoke a powerful social message. This thorough and inspiring selection of 28 songs carefully chosen by Jeffrey Boakye to represent Modern Black Britain isn’t just a must-listen playlist – it’s a history book in a league of its own, offering a unique new perspective on postcolonialism and exploring Black identity in the UK. The book concludes with a final chapter on the influence and importance of Velazquez’s art on later painters from the time of his own death to the art of recent times including Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Francis Bacon and the Impressionists. Your access to this site was blocked by Wordfence, a security provider, who protects sites from malicious activity.

Expert art historian Matthew Wilson traces the often surprising trajectories that symbols have taken through history, from their original purposes to their modern meanings, identifying the common themes and ideas that link seemingly disparate cultures. Most people look back with nostalgia at the summer of love but it was refreshing to hear honesty from someone that had actually lived through the era of 'turn on, tune in and drop out' and 'free love'. Despite the great cruelty of slavery, and then, through the twentieth century, service through two world wars, Britain was thought to be a protection, an advocate. Jeffrey Boakye has created a truly unique and delightful book which he has paired with a matching playlist on Spotify meaning you can listen to the songs he details whilst reading about the context at the same time.

In fact, it made me reconsider so much about what I understood of history, it started me off proper on a journey that continues to inform my own teaching and discussions with the young people I work with today.

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