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Pondering (published 16/01/2018)

Claire-Louise Bennett at Le Rostand, Paris

Reggae at 3:AM (published 13/01/2018)

To coincide with the Sound System Outernational ‘Strictly Vinyl’ Weekender at Goldsmiths (CAYA Soundsystem pictured), here’s a collection of early 3:AM interviews by Greg Whitfield.

Aba Shanti – ‘Dub Wisers’ (April 2003)

Don Letts – ‘The Rebel Dread’ (June 2003)

Tessa Pollitt – ‘Earthbeat’ (November 2003)

Keith Levene – ‘Looking For Something’ (May 2004)

DJ Scratchy – ‘Roots and Wanderings’ (November 2004)

Rebel Threads (published 10/01/2018)

£5 non-members
61-63 Shaftesbury Ave, London W1D 6LQ

The Sohemian Society are delighted to have been asked to host a series of special events at the Century Club, starting with longstanding ally and sartorial hero ROGER K BURTON of THE HORSE HOSPITAL (scene of 3:AM’s first-ever event in 2003) and CONTEMPORARY WARDROBE COLLECTION. Cathi Unsworth will be discussing Roger’s landmark countercultural style tome REBEL THREADS in an illustrated conversation with Roger on Tuesday 23 January at 6.30pm. The event is open to non-members for the entrance fee of £5.

The recently published Rebel Threads features over 1,300 examples of rare vintage clothing, some of which will be shown as images on a screen at the event, from the swing, counterculture and blank generation eras, detailed photographs and factual stories of the clothes origins, alongside many previously unseen fashion and film stills. The book traces how these distinct street punk styles were originally put together and worn by the predominant teenage sub-cultures that emerged between 1940-1980, and set these kids apart from mainstream fashion.

With 50 years’ experience collecting vintage street fashion, costume designer, stylist and former mod, the author, supplied original mod clothing for the 1978 cult film Quadrophenia, before establishing the Contemporary Wardrobe Collection, to provide street fashion for TV and Film. He went on to dress literally hundreds of influential bands, from David Bowie to the Rolling Stones. The archive now exceeds some 20,000 items and serves as a valuable resource for leading fashion and film stylists, designers and important museums around the world.

The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online (published 06/01/2018)

OR Books Going Rogue

The Digital Critic: Literary Culture Online’ with Houman Barekat, Joanna Walsh and Robert Barry
Wednesday 10th January, 7pm

Entry £3, redeemable against any purchase

Our guests take stock of the so-called Literary Internet up to the present moment, and considers the future of criticism: its promise, its threats of decline, and its potential mutation, in a world of Facebook likes, Twitter wars, and Amazon book reviews.nbsp;

What do we think of when we think of literary critics? Enlightenment snobs in powdered wigs? Professional experts? Cloistered academics? Through the end of the 20th century, book review columns and literary magazines held onto an evolving but stable critical paradigm, premised on expertise, objectivity, and carefully measured response. And then the Internet happened.

From the editors of Review 31 and 3:AM Magazine, The Digital Critic (OR Books, 2017) brings together a diverse group of perspectives—early-adopters, Internet skeptics, bloggers, novelists, editors, and others—to address the future of literature and scholarship in a world of Facebook likes, Twitter wars, and Amazon book reviews. It takes stock of the so-called Literary Internet up to the present moment, and considers the future of criticism: its promise, its threats of decline, and its mutation, perhaps, into something else entirely.

With contributions from Robert Barry, Russell Bennetts, Michael Bhaskar, Louis Bury, Lauren Elkin, Scott Esposito, Marc Farrant, Orit Gat, Thea Hawlin, Ellen Jones, Anna Kiernan, Luke Neima, Will Self, Jonathon Sturgeon, Sara Veale, Laura Waddell, and Joanna Walsh.

About the Speakers

Houman Barekat reviews for the TLS, Literary Review, the Irish Times, Prospect and the London Magazine, and contributes to online journals including 3:AM, Full Stop and the Los Angeles Review of Books. He is the founder and managing editor of the online literary journal Review 31.

Joanna Walsh is the author of Hotel, Vertigo, Grow a Pair and Fractals. She writes literary and cultural criticism for The Guardian, the New Statesman and other magazines. She edits at 3:AM Magazine and Catapult Magazine, and runs @read_women, described by the New York Times as “a rallying cry for equal treatment for women writers.”

Robert Barry writes for publications such as The Wire, Frieze, The Atlantic Monthly, BBC Music, Fact, The Quietus, Thump, Wired, and Art Review. He is the visual art editor at The Quietus and technology and digital culture editor at Review 31.