In this week’s edition of The Green Room, deputy editor of The Spectator‘s world edition Dominic Green and co-host Arsalan Mohammad take a look back half a century to 1971, a year currently being explored in a magnificent eight-part documentary series on Apple+ TV. Packed with archival music, contemporary news reports, voices from the mainstream and underground, it’s a fantastic watch and thoroughly recommended. However, Dom and Arsalan soon veer off into a debate on nostalgia, the whys and wherefores of the corporatization of rock music, the astonishing impact made by black artists in 1971 such as Marvin Gaye, Sly Stone and James Brown, versus the pomp-rock of bloated West Coast hippies like Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. Should the supergroup concept ever have been taken seriously? And then, there’s the mind-boggling question — would you let David Crosby father YOUR child?
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Writer, photographer, curator and author Bob Colacello was the editor of Andy Warhol’s Interview magazine during the 1970s, a role that placed him at the very epicenter of that era’s glitter, exuberance, and excess. Camera in hand, he accompanied the legendary pop artist through a dizzying social whirl around the world from the dark corners […]
In this week’s edition of The Green Room, deputy editor of The Spectator World Dominic Green meets human rights activist, campaigner for classical liberal values, research fellow, founder of the AHA foundation and prolific author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, for a chat about her article in the new edition of The Spectator World. In it, she […]
In this week’s edition of The Green Room, deputy editor of The Spectator‘s World edition Dominic Green meets D.J. Taylor, who writes in the latest edition of The Spectator World, about Hawkwind, unlikely champions of the British rock underground. Less a band, more a way of life, the fascinating story of Hawkwind veers from the […]
In this week’s edition of The Green Room, deputy editor of The Spectator‘s world edition Dominic Green and journalist Arsalan Mohammad celebrate Bob Dylan’s 80th birthday by debating a good old-fashioned mixtape of tunes spanning the old master’s 60-year career (with some background sound effects by Arsalan’s dog). To listen to our selection, head over […]
In this week’s episode of The Green Room, deputy editor of The Spectator‘s world edition Dominic Green meets the author Sohrab Ahmari for a chat about his new book, The Unbroken Thread: Discovering The Wisdom Of Tradition In An Age Of Chaos. In it, Ahmari, a writer and the op-ed editor of the New York […]