Subcultures, Popular Music & Social Change

Subcultures, Popular Music & Social Change

I was in London this week, presenting at a conference about Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. Some really interesting stuff in there – and the keynotes were really quite spectacularly good. Dick Hebdidge (above), who literally wrote the book on...

Un-Convention Argentina

I spent the past week in Buenos Aires, speaking at the 19th Un-Convention event. I was part of a whole bunch of different panels – about live music, copyright, building local music scenes and the relationship between visual aesthetics and music. Un-Convention...
An ordinary afternoon with uncommon records

An ordinary afternoon with uncommon records

I played at the Hare and Hounds this afternoon as usual, and did a 4-hour all-vinyl set while people sat and ate their roast dinners. Just for fun, I played some of the records I picked up in Colombia and Brazil last year, and thought I’d put together a one-hour...
The many faces of Un-Convention Salford

The many faces of Un-Convention Salford

Over the past few days I’ve been in Salford (that’s right next door to Manchester) at an Un-Convention event. As usual, some amazing people talking about some really cool stuff – great music in the evenings (and through the day, actually) and good...

RIP MC Chelo

In May this year, I was in MedellĂ­n, Colombia for Un-convention. As part of that we travelled around the city seeing some of the great work that young community leaders were doing through hip hop culture. These guys are amazing. They run after-school programmes and...