Dylan poses illustrate the album The Times They Are a-Changin’.

THE TIMES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’

In 1964 I was sixteen. I bought a black rollneck sweater and a pair of Cuban heeled boots from Anello & Davide in Coven Garden. I read The Outsider (L’Étranger) by Albert Camus. I learned how to talk with a cigarette balanced in the corner of my mouth and heard The Times They Are A-Changin’ […]

SALVADOR DALÍ AND RAQUEL WELCH illustrated the Raquel Welch portrait.

SALVADOR DALÍ AND RAQUEL WELCH

Salvador Dalí and Raquel Welch had absolutely nothing in common. He admired beautiful women without wishing to own them and saw nothing in their curves and charms to excite his surreal and original mind. Still, Dalí and Raquel were put together in 1965 as a publicity stunt by film director Richard Fleischer when he was […]

Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney illustrate the song She Belongs To Me.

SHE BELONGS TO ME

When Paul McCartney was asked in HMV’s ‘My Inspiration’ campaign to name the songwriter who had most inspired him, he chose Bob Dylan and said his favourite track was She Belongs To Me. It was an incisive choice. As young guys – before they were famous – they must have had similar experiences with those […]

Clifford Thurlow in art gallery illustrates the incurious eye.

THE INCURIOUS EYE

The incurious eye misses the obvious, the subtle, the subtext. The incurious eye is glazed in a cataract of ignorance and indifference. The incurious eye is neither blind nor myopic. It is empty. If there were a God his great gift to mankind would have been curiosity. Curiosity invented fire, tools, hunting and gathering. Nuclear […]

Rishi Sunak with red case illustrates what is capitalism?

WHAT IS CAPITALISM?

What is capitalism? The corner shop baker selling his bread is capitalism. The rock singer uploading music to Spotify is capitalism. The taxi driver with his own car taking fares is capitalism. I write books. A book that sells for £10 costs £2 to print; the publisher takes £3 and the bookshop £4. That leaves […]

THE TRAGIC MYTH OF THE ANGELUS OF MILLET illustrated by Millet's painting.

THE TRAGIC MYTH OF THE ANGELUS OF MILLET

In his essay The Tragic Myth of The Angelus of Millet, Salvador Dalí interprets Jean-Francois Millet’s 1859 painting of a farmer in the fields with his wife as a depiction of male castration in the shadow of female sexuality and death. Was this Dalí being playful? Surreal? Provocative? Or was there more to Millet’s work than […]

Photo shows DALI AND PICASSO together

DALÍ AND PICASSO

In the land of small minds and minor talent, Dalí and Picasso were giants. They were men with visions wider than the horizon and the stamp they left on the 20th century remains indelible. Twenty years older and already the toast of Paris, Picasso one spring morning in 1928 opened the door to his studio in […]

The Tory war on human rights illustrates by Sunak and Braverman

TORY WAR ON HUMAN RIGHTS

The Tory war on human rights will be raging across the tabloid press in the build up to the next general election. The Daily Mail and its partners in false news will be convincing voters that Britain is hostage to the European Convention on Human Rights and hope they fall for the deceit. What is […]

Bob Dylan and Brigitte Bardot when they were young.

BOB DYLAN AND BRIGITTE BARDOT

Bob Dylan and Brigitte Bardot were outriders, rule breakers, iconoclasts who became icons of the sixties revolution. When Dylan in 1965 played Like a Rolling Stone at the Newport Folk Festival, this electric tidal wave was a manifesto, his resolve to take folk, country and jazz out of their boxes and meld them into the […]

Jacob Rees-Mogg illustrates why the far right hates The Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive.

THE ANTI-TAX AVOIDANCE DIRECTIVE

The Anti-Tax Avoidance Directive adopted by the European Union on 20 June 2016 sent a cold chill up the spines of the rich, elite and powerful who own and run Britain. The directive setting out rules against tax avoidance within the internal market went further on 25 October 2016 by adding an anti-abuse measure to […]