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Criticism » Sohoitis (published 22/06/2010)

London Calling is a comprehensive history of those places within the city that exert the siren call: the Soho of dandy writers and woozy poets, of rackety drinking clubs and jazz basements. The Ladbroke Grove of radical politics, Pop Art and Performance. The King’s Road fashion youthquake from Mary Quant to McLaren and Westwood. The East End that housed both Throbbing Gristle’s Death Factory and Derek Jarman’s waterside warehouse paradises.

Cathi Unsworth responds to the siren call of Barry Miles‘ history of the post-war counterculture.

Buzzwords » Five for Tony O’Neill (published 18/06/2010)

By Andrew Stevens. “Sick city / Gonna be my death, gonna be the death of me” Lee Ranaldo once described Ray Loriga‘s My Brother’s Gun as like “the rush of an electric guitar riff charging up your spine”. Tony O’Neill‘s meth-fuelled crawl through Los Angeles’ underbelly pretty much wires your nipples to the motel mains, [...]

Buzzwords » Electronic Music as the Sound of Space (published )

There’s an excellent essay by Ken Hollings in this month’s INTO magazine, commissioned for the Sonar festival and a history of British electronic music that includes Joe Meek [read Cathi Unsworth on Meek], Ghost Box records and (3:AM favourites) the Radiophonic Workshop, in the context of British science fiction and as bygone visions of the [...]

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 02/05/2010)

An interview with Barry Gifford: “When [David] Lynch had written the first screenplay it was exactly like the book. The ending was the same and all that sort of thing. And then there was some debate about putting a happy ending on Wild at Heart. He called me up and said, “What happens? Do Sailor [...]

Buzzwords » Can you help me occupy my brain? (published 29/04/2010)

Cathi Unsworth will be reading (alongside some others) at the new To Hell with the Lighthouse literary night (Gavin James Bower and Evie Wyld read at the last one), which takes place at Peter Parker’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Club on Denmark Street (where The Rolling Stones recorded their first album, The Kinks did ‘You Really [...]

Buzzwords » Dockers and rockers (published 12/04/2010)

The annual East End Film Festival takes place later this month. Opening night is taken up with a special screening of Bronco Bullfrog (1969), ahead of its BFI Flipside showing and DVD release in June. Director Barney Platts-Mills‘ steer was to “take a neighbourhood and make a film to represent or reflect that place by [...]

Buzzwords » Five for: Alan Kelly (published 16/03/2010)

1) What is your favourite motto? That’s a tricky one, though I’d have to say a favourite of mine is, “If you can’t beat them, fight dirty.” Another one I have been known to use quite often after half a bottle of pink gin and those delicious and perfectly legal highs called Lime Fantasy is [...]

Buzzwords » Testing the limits of words (published 08/03/2010)

Lots on at the London Word Festival not least Avant! Noir, an evening of music & dark fiction from Cathi Unswoth & Toby Litt, while Iain Sinclair introduces Chris McCabe‘s play Shad Thames, Broken Wharf. London Word Festival, 7 March – 1 April 2010 Various venues

Buzzwords » The Missing Links (published 06/03/2010)

“I’m not a luddite. I’m just not the guy with apps.” The Rumpus interview Sam Lipsyte. * “You mourn the passing of your last book, and then you have to figure out what it is you write now.” Sam Lipsyte in conversation with Michael Kimball. * And Lipsyte in The Daily Beast on Gordon Lish: [...]

Buzzwords » ampere’s and (published 10/02/2010)

Today’s quick lit [& alt.cult] links from around the web: Dazed interview Cathi Unsworth [Garth Cartwright's & Andrew Stevens' interviews with Cathi on 3:AM] & David Peace‘s true crimes & Taki’s tall Salinger tales & Mina Loy, woman of the avant-garde [see also, Arthur Cravan] & Ben Myers on homelessness lit & Young, literary London [...]