Tema: Kunst og kultur
- Kunst og kultur
- Gareth Jenkins: Shakespeare belongs to us
International Socialism Journal nr. 150, apr 16 – side 121
Note: We don’t know a great deal about William Shakespeare’s life. The records are scant and, in the absence of personal testimony, we know nothing of his intimate feelings or thoughts.
- John Molyneux: A Visit to the Museum – notes on Culture and Barbarism
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 11, dec 14 – side 48
Note: For without exception the cultural treasures he surveys have an origin which he cannot contemplate without horror. They owe their existence not only to the efforts of the great minds and talents who have created them, but also to the anonymous toil of their contemporaries. There is no document of civilization which is not at the same time a document of barbarism. – Walter Benjamin, Theses on the Philosophy of History
- Jesper Juul Mikkelsen: Kunst: mellem oprør og undertrykkelse
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 339, jun 14 – side 13
Note: Denne avis har som mål også at beskæftige sig med kunst og kultur.
- John Molyneux: Art and the First World War
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 10, jun 14 – side 20
Note: Art reflects society. This statement, which is based on a core proposition of historical materialism, is fundamentally true – all art has its roots in developing human social relations – but it is also a condensation of a very complex interaction. This is because the social relations that art reflects are antagonistic relations of exploitation, oppression and resistance. So we should also remember Brecht's words that ‘Art is not a mirror to reflect reality, but a hammer with which to shape it’.
- Mette Jørgensen: Asger Jorn: Den succesfulde idealist
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 338, maj 14 – side 14
Note: Det lyder umiddelbart som et stort paradoks. Ikke desto mindre er Asger Jorn en af Danmarks mest succesfulde idealister nogensinde.
- Raymond Deane: Access and Elitism: On some pitfalls in the relationship between art and politics
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 6, jun 13 – side 36
Note: The early years of the 20th century saw an extraordinary ferment of radical artistic creativity in Russia, parallel to the political upheavals starting in 1905. Malevich, Blok, Mayakovsky, Zamyatin, Bely, Meyerhold, Vertov, Scriabin, Diaghilev, all pushed beyond traditional aesthetic boundaries and were influential beyond the borders of Russia or, eventually, the USSR. Not all subscribed unambiguously to revolutionary politics, but all contributed to the climate of revolutionary change.
- Adam Marks: “Take that, Maynard G Krebs!”: The Beat Generation.
International Socialism Journal nr. 133, jan 12 – side 177
Note: The tag “Beat Generation” mostly refers to a generation of authors and poets, although it is a very flexible epithet. You could easily include various contemporary painters, musicians and so on.
- Gareth Jenkins: Culture and multiculturalism
International Socialism Journal nr. 131, jul 11 – side 105
Note: Multiculturalism is once more under attack. David Cameron’s speech, delivered in Germany on 5 February 2011 at a European governmental conference on security, repeated many familiar criticisms of multiculturalism.
- Book review: Beauty is in the Street: Riotous art emerged from Paris 1968
Socialist Worker nr. 2253, maj 11 – side 11
Note: A new book, Beauty is in the Street, celebrates the Paris uprising of May 1968 through posters.
- Mikkel Birk Jespersen: Marxismen om kunst og litteratur: En dialektik mellem ideologi og utopi
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 302, okt 10 – side 6
Note: Hvad har marxisme med kunst og litteratur at gøre? Kan marxismen overhovedet sige noget interessant om sådanne kunstneriske udtryk?
- Carl Scharnbergs Uofficielle synspunkter
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 291, sep 09 – side 14
Note: Aktivisten og digteren Carl Scharnberg udsendte Uofficielle Synspunkter 10-12 gange årligt fra 1968 til 1995.
Mange af dem var skrevet af Scharnberg selv, ofte i en meget kort tidløs form.
- Terry Eagleton: Culture and socialism
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 91
Note: All human beings are prematurely born, helpless and dependent, unable to look after themselves. This applies not just to Oxbridge dons but to the whole of the human species. Later on, if all goes well, we will achieve a degree of autonomy—but only on the basis of a continuing dependency, this time on culture rather than nature.
- Penny Howard: Book review: Putting “culture” into context
International Socialism Journal nr. 122, apr 09 – side 188
Note: Kate Crehan, Gramsci, Culture and Anthropology (Pluto, 2002), £18.99
Gramsci, Culture, and Anthropology is a welcome contribution to the revival of interest in the work of Antonio Gramsci. Kate Crehan’s clear and succinct book begins with a brief biographical summary, emphasising Gramsci’s engagement with revolutionary politics in Turin and his later imprisonment by Benito Mussolini.
- Esther Leslie: Rodchenko and Popova: Defining Constructivism
Socialist Worker nr. 2139, feb 09 – side 11
Note: Esther Leslie looks at how revolution shaped the work of two leading Russian artists whose work is featured in a new exhibition
- Martin Smith: Culture Column: All art for the masses
Socialist Review nr. 328, sep 08 – side 29
Note: I'm in trouble with some readers of this magazine. It all stems from my column about dance in the last issue. Several people have objected to me writing about dance and "bourgeois" institutions like Sadler's Wells and the Royal Opera House.
- Anindya Bhattacharyya: Culture, commerce and class society
Socialist Worker nr. 2089, feb 08 – side 13
Note: Art can portray inspiring ideas that challenge society, but it cannot be removed from a political and economic context.
- Ernesto Gonzalez: Culture: But is it art?
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 30
Note: Not a week passes without the Daily Mail or the Daily Express bitterly complaining that art has been taken over by anarchists and crackpots.
- John Game: Cultural relativism
Socialist Worker nr. 1987, feb 06
Note: The notion that Western culture is superior to all others underlies much of the recent debate about ‘integration’, writes John Game.
- Mikkel Bay: Borgerlig kulturpolitik af værste skuffe
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 203, maj 02 – side 8
Note: Kunstnere og kulturfolk har allerede afholdt protest-demonstrationer og andre happenings i protest mod den kulturpolitik, som markerer den tydelige ideologi, der skal sættes igennem af den nye regering.
- Jakob Nerup: Rudolf Broby-Johansen: “Kunst er propaganda”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 188, dec 00 – side 8
Note: “Kulturministeriet er det borgerlige samfunds propaganda-central,” skrev socialisten og kultur-manden Rudolf Broby-Johansen i en artikel med titlen “Kunst og Klasse” i 1932. Han blev født for 100 år siden og fejres stadig af kultureliten som “en central outsider”.
- Chris Harman: Comment on Molyneux on art
International Socialism Journal nr. 85, dec 99 – side 153
Note: Chris Harman joins in the debate on art between John Molyneux and Chris Nineham that has appeared in issues 79, 80, 82 and 84 of International Socialism.
- John Molyneux: Art, alienation and capitalism: a reply to Chris Nineham
International Socialism Journal nr. 84, sep 99 – side 133
Note: John Molyneux replies to criticism of his assessment of modern art
- Chris Nineham: Art and alienation: a reply to John Molyneux
International Socialism Journal nr. 82, mar 99 – side 75
Note: John Molyneux's defence of modern art in International Socialism 80 has proved controversial and here we publish a critical response by Chris Nineham.
- John Molyneux: The legitimacy of modern art
International Socialism Journal nr. 80, sep 98 – side 71
Note: John Molyneux develops the themes of his review of the Royal Academy's 'Sensation' exhibition, published in our last issue, International Socialism 79, to provide a general theoretical defence of modern art.
- John Molyneux: State of the art
International Socialism Journal nr. 79, jun 98 – side 89
Note: Modern art is ridiculed by the tabloids and yet the art world makes millions from it. John Molyneux gives a Marxist analysis of the controversies surrounding modern art in his review of the recent 'Sensation' exhibition at the Royal Academy.
- Judy Cox: Robin Hood: earl, outlaw or rebel?
International Socialism Journal nr. 78, mar 98 – side 119
Note: The enduring popularity of the Robin Hood legend is uncovered by Judy Cox in her overview of the history of the myth, from its origins to the present day.
- Jakob Nerup: Kulturby 96: Finkulturelt orgie for overklassen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 149, dec 96 – side 2
Note: Kulturby 96 er endelig slut. Forhåbentlig mindskes det daglige bombardament af intetsigende begreber a la “byens rum”, “kulturel infrastruktur”, som den kulturelle elite har fyldt os med. Alt imens de roste sig selv, skaffede hinanden jobs og fyldte lommerne med vores penge.
- Jakob Nerup: En ny kulturpolitik?
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 115, maj 95 – side 13
Note: Peter Duelund: “Den danske kulturmodel – en idepolitisk redegørelse”, 472 s., kr. 295, Forlaget Klim.
- Jens Klüver: Interview med Ditte Graabøl: “Det forpligter at have folks opmærksomhed”
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 113, mar 95 – side 11
Note: Skuespilleren Ditte Graabøl hører til det mindretal af kunstnere, der tager åben stilling til politik. Socialistisk Arbejderavis har talt med hende om politik, teater og om at tage stilling.
- Jens Klüver: København: Kulturby for de rige
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 108, okt 94 – side 13
Note: I en tid, hvor kultur er blevet et politisk slagord, har to forskellige kulturinstitutioner i København drejet nøglen om. Det drejer sig om Fiolteatret ved Halmtorvet på Vesterbro og to musikscener i Huset i Københavns centrum.
- John Rees: Revolution, reform and working class culture (Helmut Gruber: "Red Vienna, experiment in working class culture 1919-34")
International Socialism Journal nr. 54, mar 92 – side 161
- Dave Beecham: 1789 – Culture and Revolution: Glory of Goya
Socialist Review nr. 119, apr 89 – side 22
- Ian Birchall: 1789 – Culture and Revolution: 'One of us' (Balzac)
Socialist Review nr. 118, mar 89 – side 26
- Gareth Jenkins: 1789 – Culture and Revolution: Triumph of reason (Beethoven)
Socialist Review nr. 116, jan 89 – side 28
Note: The French revolution of 1789 overturned al the old certainties of the feudal world. It was an inspiration to artists internationally for decades to come.
In the first of a new series Gareth Jenkins describes the impact of the revolution focussing in particular on Beethoven.
- Sean Vernell: Cultural Warrior (Leon Trotsky: "Problems of Everyday Life and Other Writings on Culture")
Socialist Review nr. 112, sep 88 – side 28
- Ian Birchall: Raymond Williams: centrist tragedy?
International Socialism Journal nr. 39, jun 88 – side 139
Note: Ian Birchall assesses the work of Marxist critic Raymond Williams, who died earlier this year.
- Colin Sparks: Raymond Williams, Culture and Marxism
International Socialism Journal nr. 9, jun 80 – side 131
Note: Raymond Williams is Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge. Surprisingly, for one holding such a position, he claims to stand within the tradition of Marxism. He is a frequent contributor to New Left Review and the editors of that journal have recently published a 400-page book of interviews with him. Part of the publishers’ blurb says that he is ‘the most productive and most influential socialist writer in England today’. There is no way of knowing if that statement is true, but Williams is certainly widely read: his book Culture and Society, first published in 1958, still sells an average of 5–6,000 copies a year.
- Ian Birchall: Partisanship or abstention? A reply to Andrew Collier
International Socialism Journal nr. 5, jun 79 – side 67
Note: A reply to Andrew Collier: Partisanship and realism in art: a reply to Ian Birchall in ISJ2:2 (which in turn was a reply to Ian Birchall: The spectre of Zhdanov in ISJ2:1)
- Colin Sparks: The debate on art and revolution
International Socialism Journal nr. 5, jun 79 – side 75
Note: Comment on the debate between Ian Birchall and Andrew Collier on realism in art in ISJ2:1, ISJ2:2 and ISJ2:5
- Andrew Collier: Partisanship and realism in art: a reply to Ian Birchall
International Socialism Journal nr. 2, sep 78 – side 1
Note: A reply to Ian Birchall: "The Spectre of Zhdanov" in ISJ2:1
- Ian Birchall: The Spectre of Zhdanov
International Socialism Journal nr. 1, jul 78 – side 67
Note: Andrei A. Zhdanov, secretary of the central committee of the Russian Communist Party, and J.V. Stalin’s front man on cultural and philosophical questions, departed this life in 1948, shortly after organising the suppression of the literary journal Leningrad.
- Kultur: Modernisme
- Chris Nineham: Modernisme: Skitser for En anden verden
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 257, jun 06 – side 12
Note: Som retning inden for mange former for kultur stod modernismen benhårdt på al tings foranderlighed, at vedtagne sandheder i fx religion og samfundssyn måtte forkastes. Selv i dag, længe efter sin storhedstid, er den modernistiske kultur en torn i øjet på højrefløjen. Chris Nineham reflekterer her over modernismens historie og dens betydning for i dag.
- Mike Gonzalez: Is Modernism dead?
International Socialism Journal nr. 85, dec 99 – side 99
Note: Mike Gonzalez reviews Tim Clark's book on the dominant art form of the last 100 years, Modernism.
- Chris Nineham: Two faces of modernism
International Socialism Journal nr. 64, sep 94 – side 133
Note: Gareth Jenkins's review of a history of the 20th century novel in International Socialism 62 has drawn a defence of modernism from Chris Nineham.
- Kultur: Postmodernisme
- Chris Harman: Ved nærmere eftertanke: Nekrolog over postmodernismen
Socialistisk Revy nr. 3, apr 98 – side 10
Note: "Kejseren har ikke noget tøj på." Sådan erklærer forfatterne til en ny bog, Impostures Intellectuelles, ifølge The Guardian. Bogen, der angriber postmodernismen, har skabt tumult i Frankrigs akademiske kredse.
- Cathy Bergin: Review: Terry Eagleton, The Event of Literature, Yale University Press, 2012
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 115
Note: Despite the somewhat flippant tone in the introduction to his new book The Event of Literature, Terry Eagleton takes the oft derided question ‘can there be a definition of literature?’ very seriously indeed.
- Gareth Jenkins: Review: Dickens the radical
Socialist Review nr. 366, feb 12 – side 29
Note: The great Victorian novelist Charles Dickens was born 200 years ago this month. Gareth Jenkins looks back at his life and work.
- Jack Farmer: Book reviews: Revolution rewritten
International Socialism Journal nr. 129, jan 11 – side 216
Note: Colin Jones, Josephine McDonagh and Jon Mee (eds), Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities and the French Revolution (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009), £50
- Gareth Jenkins: Empire and literature
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 167
Note: A review of Jonah Raskin, The Mythology of Imperialism: A Revolutionary Critique of British Literature and Society in the Modern Age (Monthly Review Press, 2009), £15.95
- Gareth Jenkins: Me And Orson Welles: Recreating the creativity and radicalism
Socialist Worker nr. 2181, dec 09 – side 11
Note: Gareth Jenkins looks at Richard Linklater’s new film and the real character who inspired it.
- Patrick Ward + Tim Sanders: Interview: Joe Sacco: A long drawn out conflict
Socialist Review nr. 342, dec 09 – side 22
Note: Joe Sacco talks to Tim Sanders and Patrick Ward about how he got into comic journalism and the power of cartoons
- Sam West: Culture Column: Harold Pinter 1930-2008
Socialist Review nr. 333, feb 09 – side 30
Note: Harold Pinter was the greatest writer of dramatic English we had. He wrote mouth-filling meals for actors, where what you want is who you are, and what you say to get it is provoked by what was said to you only a second earlier. I got to say his words on stage, screen and radio, and I count myself lucky.
- Roger Huddle: Obituary: Allan Mitchell (1932-2008)
Socialist Review nr. 333, feb 09 – side 34
Note: There is always opposition to the dominant culture – sometimes hidden, sometimes out in the open: a radical cultural tradition that accompanies our struggles for a different society, to give shape and meaning to our desire for another way of hearing, of seeing, of feeling. I got this from many people as I was growing up, and the poet Adrian Mitchell was one of those people.
- Sarah Ensor: Interview: Sara Paretsky
Socialist Review nr. 324, apr 08 – side 18
Note: Fighting racism and injustice shaped Sara Paretsky as a crime writer. She talks to Sarah Ensor about her work, the Iraq war and the US elections.
- Mark Bould: Arthur C Clarke’s vision of benevolent empire
Socialist Worker nr. 2094, mar 08 – side 11
Note: Mark Bould looks at the politics of the “endlessly reasonable” science fiction writer who died last week
- Joe Hartney: Shakespeare, literary history and Marxism
International Socialism Journal nr. 117, jan 08 – side 165
Note: Review: Stephen Greenblatt, Will in the World: How Shakespeare became Shakespeare (Jonathan Cape, 2004); and James Shapiro, 1599: A year in the life of William Shakespeare (Faber, 2005)
- Alex Callinicos: Norman Mailer and the menace of the US
Socialist Worker nr. 2077, nov 07 – side 4
Note: Norman Mailer’s dream was to write the Great American Novel, but, by the time of his death at 84 last weekend, it was clear that he hadn’t succeeded.
- Matthew Beaumont: Review: Sci-fi and struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 218
Note: Fredric Jameson, Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions (Verso, 2005), £14.99
- Ken Olende: The literature of a ravished continent: Achebe, Sembène and Ngugi
International Socialism Journal nr. 115, jul 07 – side 177
Note: During the late 1950s and early 1960s a wave of new literature emerged from a defiant Global South. Some of the best came from Africa, then caught up in a range of anti-colonial struggles and the promise of independence.
- Esther Leslie: Novel insights (Julian Markels: "The Marxian Imagination: Representing Class in Literature")
International Socialism Journal nr. 107, jun 05 – side 200
Note: A review of Julian Markels, The Marxian Imagination: Representing Class in Literature (Monthly Review Press, 2003), £15.
- Gareth Jenkins: A truly human culture (Al Richardson (ed): "Victor Serge, Collected Writings on Litterature and Revolution")
International Socialism Journal nr. 104, sep 04 – side 119
Note: Our new reviews sections looks at Victor Serge’s writings on literature.
- Ian Birchall: Zola for the 21st century
International Socialism Journal nr. 96, sep 02 – side 105
Note: EMILE ZOLA'S work is analysed by lan Birchall as a contribution to the discussion provoked by the centenary of the novelist's death.
- Rikke Holm: Læserbrev: Et forsvar for Ringenes Herre
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 201, feb 02 – side 11
Note: I sidste nummer af Socialistisk Arbejderavis bragte man en anmeldelse af Ringenes Herre.
- Gareth Jenkins: We could all do with some more Charles Dickens
Socialist Worker nr. 1675, dec 99
Note: Most people know about Charles Dickens even if few have ploughed through his novels. They have heard of Oliver Twist, the little orphan boy who asked for more food, or Ebenezer Scrooge, the skinflint employer who dismissed time off for Christmas as humbug.
- William Keach: Rise like lions? Shelley and the revolutionary left
International Socialism Journal nr. 75, jun 97 – side 91
Note: Shelley's poetry is a source of debate for William Keach as he takes issue with some of the ideas elaborated in Paul Foot's famous account, Red Shelley.
- Dave Beecham: Ignazio Silone and 'Fontamara'
International Socialism Journal nr. 63, jun 94 – side 155
Note: Dave Beecham reviews the life and work of the socialist author Ignazio Silone, whose great work Fontamara has just been republished.
- Gareth Jenkins: Novel questions (Malcolm Bradbury: "The Modern British Novel" + D J Taylor: "After the War: The Novel and England since 1945")
International Socialism Journal nr. 62, mar 94 – side 107
Note: The 20th century novel is examined by Gareth Jenkins
- Judy Cox: Blake's revolution (E P Thompson: "Witness Against the Beast, William Blake and the Moral Law")
International Socialism Journal nr. 62, mar 94 – side 119
Note: EP Thompson's study of revolutionary poet William Blake
- Paul Foot: Poetry and revolution
International Socialism Journal nr. 57, dec 92 – side 129
Note: Paul Foot's 'Poetry and Revolution' examines the impact of political change on poetry from Milton and the English Revolution to contemporary Irish poetry with the help of interviews with Terry Eagleton, Tom Paullin, Christopher Hill, Marilyn Butler and Tony Harrison.
- John Molyneux: Animal Farm Revisited
International Socialism Journal nr. 44, sep 89 – side 99
Note: George Orwell: “Animal Farm”.
George Orwell has always been a paradoxical figure on the left. How could the author of the inspiring account of the Spanish Revolution, Homage to Catalonia, also write every right winger’s favourite example of why revolution can never work, Animal Farm? John Molyneux revisits Animal Farm in search of an answer.
- Gareth Jenkins: The Devil's prose? (Salman Rushdie: "Satanic Verses")
Socialist Review nr. 118, mar 89 – side 15
- Rahul Patel: A burning issue (Salman Rushdie: "Satanic Verses")
Socialist Review nr. 117, feb 89 – side 24
Note: Salman Rushdie's new novel, Satanic Verses, has provoked fierce controversy internationally. It has been banned for diverse reasons in several countries, including India and South Africa, and has led to demonstrations in Britain. Rahul Patel looks at Rushdie's novels and explains the furore.
- Paul O’Flinn: Re-reading 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' in 1984 (George Orwell: "1984")
International Socialism Journal nr. 23, mar 84 – side 76
- Ian Birchall: Terry Eagleton and Marxist literary criticism
International Socialism Journal nr. 16, mar 82 – side 113
Note: The last decade has seen the production of a considerable amount of work in the area of Marxist aesthetics and literary criticism. This work has been very uneven in quality and in general has revealed serious limitations. A brief historical sketch, necessarily schematic, may help to put this work into some sort of context.
- Paul Cunningham: Writers reviewed (Raymond Chandler): Why you should be a shamus
Socialist Review nr. 1, apr 78 – side 20
Note: Raymond Chandler wrote seven novels, a few dozen good short stories and created the most famous private detective of them all, Philip Marlowe.
- Peter Sedgwick: George Orwell – International Socialist?
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 37, jun 69 – side 28
Note: The purpose of this article is to give a basic account of the development of George Orwell’s political beliefs, from the beginning of his literary vocation down to his death in January 1950.
- Martin Shaw: Review: Williams & Co.
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 37, jun 69
Note: Review: Terry Eagleton and Brian Wicker, eds., From Culture to Revolution, Sheed and Ward, 50s.
- Ian Birchall: Lukacs as Literary Critic
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 36, apr 69 – side 36
Note: The publication of "Goethe and his Age" is a welcome addition to the works of Georg Lukacs available in English. If Marxism is to offer an acceptable world-view to a new generation, the need for works of theory to embrace fields such as literature is very great, and Lukacs’ work can help to break down the deep parochialism of the British Left. At the same time Lukacs’ literary writings contain many weaknesses associated with his political acceptance of Stalinism.
- Ray Challinor: Review: Literature and Revolution
International Socialism Journal (1st series) nr. 001, jun 58 – side 76
Note: Literature and Revolution, by Leon Trotsky, Russell & Russell, New York, 25/-. ---
Leon Trotsky’s book, which considers the relationship between politics and literature, makes an extremely useful contribution to this subject.
- Marnie Holborow: Film Review: Ken Loach, Jimmy's Hall
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 10, jun 14 – side 70
Note: Jimmy's Hall tells the story of Jimmy Gralton who returns home to Leitrim during the 1930’s and decides to re-open the local community hall which has been left derelict since the war of independence. The hall becomes a beacon for everything not obtainable and not allowed in the dark years of 1930’s Ireland.
- Simon Basketter: Finding ways to reboot Hollywood’s profit margins
Socialist Worker nr. 2250, maj 11 – side 11
Note: There are 95 movie sequels currently in production in Hollywood. Despite this, sequels aren’t where the industry sees itself going. It is now into what they like to describe as a “reboot”.
- Simon Hester: Ken Loach interview on Route Irish
Socialist Worker nr. 2244, mar 11 – side 16
Note: Acclaimed film director Ken Loach spoke to Simon Hester about his new thriller Route Irish on mercenaries in Iraq.
- Louis Bayman: Book review: Drama in three acts
International Socialism Journal nr. 127, jul 10 – side 211
Note: Emilie Bickerton, A Short History of Cahiers du Cinéma (Verso, 2009), £12.99
This book charts the story of the most significant film journal in history, not only in its native France, but throughout the world. Cahiers (“notebooks”) was an active—and sometimes activist—participant in the culture and society whose relationship it so keenly theorised. At the same time the trajectory of the journal is also the trajectory of the post-war French left, from radicalisation to disastrous embrace of the free market.
- Mike Wayne: Book Review: The public enemy
International Socialism Journal nr. 125, jan 10 – side 125
Note: Dennis Broe, Film Noir, American Workers and Postwar Hollywood (University Press of Florida, 2009), £62.95
- Anne A. Lange: Film: The Age of Stupid
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 292, okt 09 – side 11
Note: I år 2055 er verden dybt forandret. London er oversvømmet, sneen er væk fra Alperne, Las Vegas er druknet i ørkenen og Sydney brænder. I et tårn 800km. nord for Norge ligger alle jordens kulturelle, videnskabelige og biologiske „værdier“ som i Noahs ark gemt i et arkiv. I dette arkiv sidder en mand og ser tilbage på nutiden.
- Seb Cooke: Book Review: The Cinema of John Sayles (online only)
Socialist Review nr. 338, jul 09
Note: Mark Bould, Wallflower Press; £16.99
In a scene in Matewan, John Sayles's brilliant film about the struggle for unionisation in a West Virginia mining town in the 1920s, an argument erupts that is still relevant today.
- Martin Smith: Interview: Working class life, two Erics and teamwork
Socialist Review nr. 337, jun 09 – side 18
Note: Director Ken Loach and scriptwriter Paul Laverty talk to Martin Smith about their new film Looking for Eric and looking for a new left.
- Pat Stack: Culture Column: Throw the costumes to the moths
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 30
Note: There was a time when the BBC produced some of the finest drama series. Not so now. US channels such as HBO have been leaving them standing.
- Dalia Said Mostafa: Youssef Chahine: remembering Egypt’s greatest film maker
Socialist Worker nr. 2113, aug 08 – side 11
Note: The death of Youssef Chahine on 27 July means that Egypt has lost the last great director from the 1950s generation.
- Sasha Simic: Film Review: Batman: Taking the Dark Knight back into the shadows
Socialist Worker nr. 2112, aug 08 – side 11
Note: As the new Dark Knight film is released Sasha Simic looks at the enduring popularity of Batman
- Bart Griffioen: Interview: Factory of stereotypes
Socialist Review nr. 326, jun 08 – side 34
Note: Jack Shaheen's book Reel Bad Arabs: How Hollywood Vilifies a People appeared just a few months before 11 September 2001. The impact that the 9/11 attacks had on the "dream factory" in the following six years is described in his latest book, Guilty: Hollywood's Verdict on Arabs after 9/11. The documentary version of Reel Bad Arabs was released last year. Shaheen spoke to Bart Griffioen about his work.
- Maina van der Zwan: Geert Wilders’ Fitna: Islamophobia on film
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 11
Note: Behind a film from Dutch politician Geert Wilders lies a system that has let racism into the mainstream, writes Maina van der Zwan
- Phil Turner: Interview: Making drama to quicken the heart
Socialist Review nr. 320, dec 07 – side 18
Note: Trevor Griffiths, co-writer of the film Reds, talks to Phil Turner about why he is committed to making a film on 18th century radical Tom Paine.
- Mike Wayne: Theses on realism and film
International Socialism Journal nr. 116, okt 07 – side 165
Note: Mike Wayne provides a defence of realism in film, and a critique of misuse of the term.
- Berit Kuennecke: Ken Loach interviewed about his new film, It's a Free World
Socialist Worker nr. 2068, sep 07 – side 8
Note: Award-winning director Ken Loach spoke to Berit Kuennecke about his new film, It’s A Free World, an exposé of the exploitation of migrant workers in Britain.
- Patrick Ward: Review: Steinbeck: Of Mice and Men (film): Friendship and alienation as the Depression bites
Socialist Worker nr. 2067, sep 07 – side 11
Note: Patrick Ward writes on a powerful 1930s film version of John Steinbeck’s Of Mice And Men
- John Newsinger: Review: Liberté, fraternité, closed-shoppité
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 194
Note: Tom Sito, Drawing the Line: The Untold Story of the Animation Unions from Bosko to Bart Simpson (University of Kentucky Press, 2006), £16.50
- Chris Nineham: Delving behind the screen
International Socialism Journal nr. 112, sep 06 – side 205
Note: A review of Mike Wayne (ed): "Understanding Film: Marxist Perspectives" (Pluto, 2005), £16.99
- Ben Dickenson: Book Review: Original Directors
Socialist Review nr. 308, jul 06 – side 28
Note: 'The Sundance Kids: How the Mavericks Took Back Hollywood ', James Mottram, Faber and Faber £16.99
- John Newsinger: Scenes from the class war: Ken Loach and socialist cinema (G Fuller (ed): "Loach on Loach" + G McKnight (ed): "Agent of Challenge and Defiance")
International Socialism Journal nr. 83, jun 99 – side 155
Note: The ever popular socialist film maker Ken Loach is the subject of our final book review, in which John Newsinger looks at some new appraisals of Loach's life and work.
- Anna Chen: In perspective: Sergei Eisenstein
International Socialism Journal nr. 79, jun 98 – side 105
Note: This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Sergei Eisenstein, the acclaimed Russian film maker. Anna Chen puts Eisenstein In perspective examining his innovative techniques and his relationship to revolutionary politics.
- Paul D'Amato: Bookwatch: 100 years of cinema
International Socialism Journal nr. 68, sep 95 – side 131
Note: The centenary of cinema provides Paul D'Amato with the chance to recommend some of the best books on the movies in this quarter's Bookwatch.
- John Newsinger: Matewan: film and working class struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 66, mar 95 – side 89
Note: Matewan is one of the finest films about working class struggle. John Newsinger pays tribute to its maker, John Sayles, but also uncovers the equally heroic struggles which surrounded the events that made it to celluloid.
- Peter Green: Sergei Eisenstein: Fire and passion
Socialist Review nr. 113, okt 88 – side 28
Note: ‘Battleship Potemkin’ and ‘October’ are probably the two most fanous films ever to come out of Russia. Sergei Eisenstein directed both and is one of the greatest directors in the history of film. An exhibition of his work is currently on in London.
Pete Green wites about the life and work of Eisenstein.
- Gareth Jenkins: A reply to Lutte Ouvrière
International Socialism Journal nr. 36, sep 87 – side 122
Note: Reply to “A critique of the SWP’s analysis of the French railway workers’ strike” in this issue
- Colin Sparks: A Marxist guide to contemporary film theory
International Socialism Journal nr. 34, dec 86 – side 71
- Abbie Bakan: The legend of Marilyn Monroe
International Socialism Journal nr. 11, dec 80 – side 73
Note: Marilyn Monroe died some 19 years ago. At the time, I was in Grade school. Yet, for our generation, the name and the legend of Marilyn Monroe make her a household word. In her own lifetime, she was the top box office attraction ever, anywhere in the world, for nearly a decade.
- Teater, ballet
- Paul O’Brien: Theatre and politics
Socialist Review nr. 336, maj 09 – side 34
Note: Paul O'Brien looks at the recent controversies over England People Very Nice and Seven Jewish Children
- Jacqueline Mulhallen: Shelley’s plays still emit the light of freedom
Socialist Worker nr. 2114, aug 08 – side 11
Note: Shelley is well-known for poetry that opposed oppression, but his plays also show his hatred of tyranny.
- Terry Eagleton: Shakespeare and the class struggle
International Socialism Journal nr. 49, dec 90 – side 115
Note: The following scene is from Terry Eagleton’s play Brecht and Company which, although it has been staged at the Edinburgh Festival, has never been published. The play concerns Brecht and his company of actors and in this scene they act out the rise of fascism in Weimar Germany in Shakespearian form.
- Colin Sparks: Theatrical Reformism (Michael Holroyd: "George Bernard Shaw The Search for Love 1856-1898")
International Socialism Journal nr. 41, dec 88 – side 165
Note: An analysis of socialist playwright George Bernard Shaw.
- Colin Sparks: The origins of Shakespeare's drama
International Socialism Journal nr. 40, sep 88 – side 89
- David Edgar: Political theatre, part one
Socialist Review nr. 1, apr 78 – side 16
Note: 1978 is the tenth anniversay of all sorts of important things. It is also the tenth anniversay of the beginnings of a small, perhaps not very important, but nonetheless quite remarkable phenomenon: the growth of the socialist theatre movemnet in Britain.
- Simon Behrmann: Wagner: ring of change
Socialist Review nr. 380, maj 13 – side 30
Note: The musical dramas of Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year, are among the most popular works of classical music today. They are regularly staged at all the major opera houses, and tickets sell out fast.
- Mette Hermansen: Giv mig hiphoppen tilbage!
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 295, feb 10 – side 15
Note: 61’s hiphop-klub har udgivet sin første cd med kunstnere, der siden 2008 har stået på scenen til Rap’n’Skralde-arrangementerne i Ungdomshuset. Rhythm and Politics R.A.P. – The Revolution er titlen. Og den lever op til sit navn. Udgivelsen indeholder både systemkritik, opråb og revolutionære idéer. Men også et ønske om at vise, at hiphop er mere og andet end bare bling bling og kællinger.
- Martin Smith: Rage Against the Machine Interview (from 2000) (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2182, dec 09
Note: The campaign to make Rage Against the Machine’s “Killing in the Name” the Christmas number one has renewed interest in the band. Here we represent a Socialist Worker interview, originally published in issue 1683 (12 February 2000)
- Roger Huddle: Music Review: Baku: Symphony of Sirens
Socialist Review nr. 335, apr 09 – side 34
Note: Roger Huddle welcomes the release of original recordings and reconstructions from the Russian avant garde movements.
- Simon Behrmann: From revolution to irrelevance: how classical music lost its audience
International Socialism Journal nr. 121, jan 09 – side 121
Note: For the best part of 50 years it has been common to ask whether “classical” music is dead/dying. More than classical theatre, literature or art, classical music seems more and more to be the preserve of a tiny elite. Are we in danger of losing a living tradition of music that stretches back several hundred years?
- Simon Basketter: Paul Robeson Collection: Flawed attempts to bring black pride to the screen
Socialist Worker nr. 2089, feb 08 – side 11
Note: A new collection of the films of black singer and actor Paul Robeson are a reminder of the racism in the industry in the 1930s.
- Simon Behrmann: Obituary: Karlheinz Stockhausen 1928-2007
Socialist Worker nr. 2081, dec 07 – side 11
Note: The electronic music pioneer Karlheinz Stockhausen died last week aged 79.
- Jimmy Ross: Reviews: Ben Harker on Ewan MacColl and the politics of the folk revival
Socialist Worker nr. 2081, dec 07 – side 11
Note: Author Ben Harker spoke to Jimmy Ross about the life of a legendary socialist folk singer
"Class Act: the Cultural and Political Life of Ewan MacColl" by Ben Harker is published by Pluto Press priced £15.99.
- Yuri Prasad: Review: Arertha Franklin: Two CD album – "I Never Loved A Man" + "Dr Feelgood": Aretha Franklin: preaching the gospel of liberation
Socialist Worker nr. 2080, dec 07 – side 11
Note: A new collection of rare and previously unreleased recordings by Aretha Franklin are a powerful reminder of how she transformed popular music.
- Adeola Johnson: Obituary: Joe Zawinul 1932-2007 (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2070, sep 07
Note: Jazz musician Joe Zawinul recalled his experiences palying in Cannonball Adderley's band during the 1960s: “I often had to sit in the bottom of the car when driving through certain parts of the South… those things never fazed me, I wanted to play with the best and I could play on that level with the best”.
- Ian Birchall: Elvis Presley: an unlikely rebel
Socialist Worker nr. 2064, aug 07
Note: The king of rock’n’roll, died 30 years ago this month. Ian Birchall looks at the contradictions and the tragedy of his life.
- Brian Richardson: Comment: James Brown – Doing it to Death
Socialist Review nr. 313, jan 07 – side 31
Note: In life James Brown was a consummate entertainer whose live performances were the stuff of legend. It seems almost typical of the old showman that he finally bowed out on 25 December 2006.
- Brian Richardson: Bob Marley – Revolutionære rødder
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 239, mar 05 – side 12
Note: Bob Marleys 60 års fødselsdag er en god anledning til at fejre hans inspirerende musik, skriver Brian Richardson.
- Brian Richardson: Bob Marley: Roots Revolutionary
Socialist Review nr. 292, jan 05 – side 27
Note: The 60th anniversary of Bob Marley's birth is a great opportunity to celebrate his inspirational music, writes Brian Richardson.
- Pat Stack: Book reviews: Dylan’s back pages (Bob Dylan: "Chronicles: Volume One")
International Socialism Journal nr. 105, dec 04 – side 173
Note: This is a book many probably thought would never be written. Bob Dylan, the most private of men, telling his own life story – unthinkable.
- Charlie Hore: Jazz: a reply to critics
International Socialism Journal nr. 66, mar 95 – side 127
Note: International Socialism 61 opened a debate on jazz. Here Charlie Hore brings the discussion to a close with a reply to his critics, whose views appeared in International Socialism 64.
- Matt Kelly + Dave Harker + Mike Hobart: Three replies to 'Jazz: a people's music?'
International Socialism Journal nr. 64, sep 94 – side 141
Note: Charlie Hore's "Jazz-a People's Music?", published in International Socialism 61, has prompted three replies
- Dave McNally: EP Thompson: class struggle and historical materialism
International Socialism Journal nr. 61, dec 93 – side 75
Note: E P Thompson was a powerful advocate of Marxism's central role in explaining historical change. He was also an unrepentant enemy of academic phrase-mongering and a lifelong political activist. Dave McNally's obituary highlights Thompson's considerable strengths and suggests how his legacy can best be extended.
- Henrik Friis Madsen: Hip-hop musikken – oprør eller medieflop?
International Socialisme nr. 5, jun 93 – side 30
Note: Hip-hop-musikken og rapmusikken, som er en del af denne, er skyllet som en bølge ud over verden i de sidste 10 år, og har fortrinsvis indtaget storbyerne. Genren er blevet kaldt den vigtigste musiske og ungdomskulturelle strømning siden rock'n'roll'en. Men hvad mange ikke ved er, at hip-hop-musikken stikker langt dybere end blot ekstra-large tøj, slang, smarte rytmer, rappen til ghettoblasteren og dans på gadehjørner.
- Paul McGarr: Mozart, overture to revolution
International Socialism Journal nr. 52, sep 91 – side 95
- David Widgery: ‘Beating Time’ – a reply to Ian Birchall
International Socialism Journal nr. 35, jun 87 – side 148
Note: Reply to review in ISJ2:33 of D Widgery: “Beating Time” (about Anti Nazi League and especially Rock Against Racism)
- Maleri, skulptur
- Mike Gonzalez: Exhibition Review: Joan Miro: A Blow Between the Eyes (Tate Modern)
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 34
Note: "To me rich and vigorous material seems necessary to give the spectator a blow between the eyes at first sight which must hit him before other thoughts can intervene. In this way poetry expressed visually speaks its own language" (Joan Miro)
- John Molyneux: Michelangelo and human emancipation
International Socialism Journal nr. 128, okt 10 – side 149
Note: Michelangelo stands at the very summit of human fame, or celebrity as we now call it. His position is secure among that very small band of individuals—Aristotle, Shakespeare, Goethe, Mozart, da Vinci and so on—who seem to tower over history, much as one imagines the Colossus of Rhodes, and whose status is commonly given a universal, transcendental character.
- Megan Trudell: Reviews: Futurism: worshipping the modern and damning the past
Socialist Worker nr. 2156, jun 09 – side 11
Note: A new exhibition of art from the Futurist movement dazzles but does not tell the full story.
- Andy Ridley: Guernica: A horror of war that gave us a canvas of genius
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 11
Note: Picasso’s Guernica, one of the most powerful indictments of the barbarity of war, has come to London this month
- Matthew Cookson: Exploring the trauma of Guernica through love and loss
Socialist Worker nr. 2146, apr 09 – side 11
Note: The continuing power of the events of 26 April 1937 are shown in Dave Boling’s debut novel
- Mike Gonzalez: Culture Column: Andy Warhol: the man who wasn't there
Socialist Review nr. 329, okt 08 – side 31
Note: It might be said that Andy Warhol's most important art work was himself, or at least himself and the circle that he created around him – The Factory.
- John Molyneux: Art Review: Francis Bacon (Tate Modern)
Socialist Review nr. 329, okt 08 – side 34
Note: Many on the left have long been suspicious of, even hostile to, Bacon.
- John Molyneux: A revolution in paint: 100 years of Picasso’s Demoiselles
International Socialism Journal nr. 115, jul 07 – side 162
Note: This year marks the centenary of the painting of Les Demoiselles d’Avignon by Pablo Picasso. There cannot be many paintings whose anniversary would occasion an analysis in a journal of socialist theory—nevertheless Les Demoiselles certainly repays serious consideration.
- Mike Gonzalez: Introduction to John Berger on Picasso
International Socialism Journal nr. 40, sep 88 – side 105
- John Berger: defending Picasso's late work
International Socialism Journal nr. 40, sep 88 – side 111
- Mike Gonzalez: Diego Rivera – the man who painted walls
International Socialism Journal nr. 38, mar 88 – side 53
- Brian Richardson: Muhammad Ali – en folkets kæmper
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 352, maj 16
Note: Muhammad Ali fascinerede verden, da han blev verdensmester i sværvægtsboksning i 1964. Han kombinerede ekstraordinær ynde og hurtighed i ringen med en stor personlighed udenfor.
- Des Barrow: Review: Love football—hate Fifa
International Socialism Journal nr. 144, okt 14 – side 214
Note: Dave Zirin, Brazil’s Dance with the Devil: The World Cup, the Olympics, and the Fight for Democracy (Haymarket, 2014), £11.99
Dave Zirin is a left wing sports writer from the United States who has written extensively on the Olympics, including a biography of John Carlos. Here he digs beneath the shiny surface of Brazil projected by the ruling Workers’ Party (PT) and details how they are using mega sporting events—the 2014 football world cup and 2016 Olympic Games—both to promote an image (of a stable democracy and a powerhouse economy), and as tools with which to further their neoliberal project.
- Alice Clark: Review: New book on sport pulls no punches
International Socialism Journal nr. 142, apr 14 – side 210
Note: Michael Lavalette (ed), Capitalism and Sport: Politics, Protest, People and Play (Bookmarks, 2013), £9.99
Modern sport is often criticised by socialists for reflecting, or worse, perpetuating aspects of capitalist culture. While there are chapters in Capitalism and Sport that discuss the problematic elements of commercialised sport, there are others that seek to counteract it with examples of how sport has been used as a political tool to challenge oppression.
- John Lyons: Review: Michael Lavalette (Ed.), Capitalism and Sport: Politics, Protest, People and Play
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 7, sep 13 – side 76
Note: The world of sport? A world of mindless nationalism, sexism, homophobia and virulent racism; openly fascist managers, billionaires owners, millionaire professionals and underappreciated fans – and thats just football! No wonder, then, that many interested in changing the world for the better have a rather negative view of sports. But what a mistake!
- Gareth Edwards: Interview: Resistance: the best Olympic spirit
International Socialism Journal nr. 135, jul 12 – side 81
Note: Dave Zirin is one of the most celebrated Marxists writing about sport today. He spoke to Gareth Edwards about the contradictory nature of the Olympic Games.
- Michael Lavalette: The decline and fall of Glasgow Rangers FC
Socialist Review nr. 371, jul 12 – side 4
Note: Back in February Glasgow Rangers Football Club entered administration. The administrators claimed there were short-term problems and the club would be back to normal shortly.
- Gareth Edwards: Faster, Higher, Stronger: A Critical Analysis of the Olympics
Irish Marxist Review (Irland) nr. 2, jun 12 – side 73
Note: For two weeks this summer London will play host to the Olympic Games. Against a backdrop of austerity-driven public spending cuts, thousands of athletes from more than 200 countries will contest 26 events, competing ‘in the true spirit of sportsmanship, for the glory of sport and the honour of our teams’.
- Martin Smith: Pirates of the Bundesliga
Socialist Review nr. 359, jun 11 – side 30
Note: If you hate football with every fibre in your body, then read on. If you love football with a passion, then you need to read on too.
How can I square this circle, I hear you ask. The answer to this conundrum lies in Hamburg, Germany. There, nestling between the Reeperbahn (Hamburg's red-light district), the docks, and poor migrant and working class neighbourhoods is the Millerntor stadium, home to the football team St Pauli.
- Hans Erik Madsen: VM i fodbold: En nationalistisk folkefest
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 299, jul 10 – side 11
Note: VM i fodbold er overstået. Det danske fodboldlandshold havde ikke noget at byde på og røg hurtigt ud. Derfor blev det nationale hysteri kortvarigt, og godt det samme – fodboldmæssigt og politisk. Men nok engang blev VM en udstilling af sportens rolle som en økonomisk og ideologisk faktor.
- Viv Smith: Sydafrika: Venter stadig på frihed
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 297, apr 10 – side 16
Note: Tyve år efter Nelson Mandelas løsladelse kommer verdensmesterskaberne i fodbold til Sydafrika. Viv Smith går bag glamouren for at undersøge betydningen for almindelige mennesker.
- Sportens nådesløse profit
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 297, apr 10 – side 16
Note: Arrangøren af verdensmesterskaberne, Fifa, får 94% af sin indtægt fra sponsor-aftaler – og står skruppelløst fast på sine „rettigheder“.
- Yuri Prasad: Ian Hawkey: How Africans used sport to challenge colonialism
Socialist Worker nr. 2186, jan 10 – side 13
Note: Yuri Prasad interviewed Ian Hawkey, whose book about the history of African football has been shortlisted for the William Hill sports book of the year.
- Bob Holman: Fred Perry: the radical of Wimbledon (online only)
Socialist Worker nr. 2157, jun 09
Note: It's tennis time again at Wimbledon and everybody is watching Andy Murray – the great British hope. The last male British player to win the trophy was Fred Perry in 1936. Unlike Murray, the Wimbledon establishment never accepted him.
- Yuri Prasad: Bluster aside, the Olympic games won't deliver
Socialist Worker nr. 2116, aug 08 – side 4
Note: Yuri Prasad casts a sceptical eye over the patriotic atmosphere that has accompanied the Beijing Olympics and the anticipation of the 2012 games
- Alex Callinicos: Olympian hoo-hah over China power
Socialist Worker nr. 2114, aug 08 – side 4
Note: I find the Olympics irritating at the best of times. Two weeks of corporate-sponsored flag-waving in honour of a bunch of muscle-bound dullards is not my cup of tea. But the orgy of China-bashing surrounding the Beijing Olympics is enough to make one spew.
- Chris Bambery: Sport’s race to the bottom
Socialist Worker nr. 2113, aug 08 – side 13
Note: Modern sport is not about play or enjoyment, argues Chris Bambery. Instead it reflects the constraints and ideology of capitalist society.
- Editorial: Olympics: Repression behind corporate festival
Socialist Worker nr. 2112, aug 08 – side 12
Note: In the final weeks before the Olympic games begin in Beijing, the Chinese state has cracked down on “undesirables” – human rights activists, migrant workers from western China and the city’s poor.
- Patrick Ward: Frontlines: Olympian failure
Socialist Review nr. 325, maj 08 – side 5
Note: When Ken Livingstone lobbied for the 2012 Olympics he argued that the resulting investment was needed desperately by east London, as it had seen none since Victorian times.
- Lene Junker: Tag ikke fejl: OL i Peking 08 drejer sig om: Sport, penge og politik
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 278, apr 08 – side 3
Note: Enhedslistens Per Clausen deltager ikke som politisk gæst i OL, selvom han er inviteret. Han mener, det er at blåstemple Kinas undertrykkelse af menneskerettighederne. Punktum!
- Editorial: Olympics: Competition in sport reflects capitalism
Socialist Worker nr. 2096, apr 08 – side 11
Note: The protests that greeted the Olympic torch in London and Paris have re-ignited a debate about whether you can keep politics out of sport. The simple answer is no. As George Orwell famously wrote, sport "is war minus the shooting".
- Kris Stewart: Football – can we have our ball back please?
Socialist Worker nr. 2089, feb 08 – side 12
Note: The Premier League’s plan for “Game 39” is the latest stage of football club owners’ search for profits and dominance.
- Paul Blackledge: Review: The struggle and the scrum
International Socialism Journal nr. 114, apr 07 – side 198
Note: Tony Collins, Rugby League in the Twentieth Century: A Social and Cultural History (Routledge, 2006), £23.99
Tony Collins’s excellent history of rugby league, from the split with rugby union in 1895 to the emergence of Rupert Murdoch’s Super League a century later, couldn’t be further removed from traditional histories of sports, which seem to consist largely of lists of match statistics flavoured with a few choice biopics of the stars.
- Jakob L. Krogh: Fodbold: Racisme på tribunerne
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 263, dec 06 – side 4
Note: Tre udlændinge overfaldet af 30 racistiske tilhængere fra Århus fodboldklubben AGF. Episoden, der fandt sted lørdag den 11. november efter en udekamp på Sjælland, er endnu et eksempel på, at højre-ekstreme grupper har infiltret hooligan-miljøerne.
- Michael Lavalette: Tour de France: Chain Gang Convicts of the Road
Socialist Review nr. 308, jul 06 – side 21
Note: July sees the annual highlight of the cycling road-race calendar – the Tour de France.
- Ole Andersen: Verdensmesterskabet er: Fodbold for profittens skyld
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 204, jul 02 – side 8
Note: Den 31. maj begyndte en af verdens største sports og medie-begivenheder, verdensmesterskabet i fodbold.
- Jo Cardwell: Sport: It's not just cricket
Socialist Review nr. 265, jul 02 – side 22
Note: You can't seperate sport from the racism and nationalism that go with it, argues Jo Cardwell
- Mike Gonzalez: Arts Review: Cultural currents: Ugly side of the beautiful game (World Cup)
Socialist Review nr. 265, jul 02 – side 23
Note: Watching the world cup was a game of two halves for Mike Gonzalez
- Ole Andersen: Fodbold: Korruption og tvivlsomme forretningsmetoder
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 202, mar 02 – side 8
Note: I det seneste årti er pengemængden i professionel elite sport eksploderet. Der er ikke længere tale om millioner af kroner eller for den sags skyld hundrede millioner kroner, men om milliarder, mange milliarder. Fodbolden er på mange måder eksponent for denne udvikling.
- Ole Andersen: Kommercialisering af sporten er årsag til doping-skandaler
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 187, nov 00 – side 8
Note: Doping er i dag en naturlig del af sporten.
- Paul McGarr: Sport: IOC-skandalen
Socialistisk Revy nr. 12, feb 99 – side 29
Note: Det mest fantastiske ved den skandale, der har ramt den Internationale Olympiske Komite (IOC), er, at dens præsident, Juan Antonio Samaranch, ser ud til at klare frisag.
- Hans Erik Madsen: Derfor kom sporten på sprøjten
Socialistisk Revy nr. 6, aug 98 – side 20
Note: Doping, disciplin og sponsorernes magt har fjernet den sidste rest af kreativitet og leg i sporten. Hans Erik Madsen beskriver, hvordan sporten er en del af den kapitalistiske markedsøkonomi.
- Chris Bambery: Marxism and sport
International Socialism Journal nr. 73, dec 96 – side 35
Note: Sport is played and watched by millions of working class people and big business makes millions out of them as they do so. Chris Bambery looks at the links between capitalism and sport, at why people enjoy sport and at the argument that physical recreation and the modern form of sport are by no means the same thing.
- Jakob Nerup: VM i fordbold: Pas på nationalismen
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 105, jul 94 – side 12
Note: Milliarder af mennesker på hele kloden følger døgnet rundt det gigantiske fodboldshow fra USA. Vi begejstres og udtaler os med skråsikker autoritet om de enkelte holds chancer og spillestil, mens vi læner os tilbage i sofaen og prøver at finde ud af, hvem vi skal holde med.
- Ole Mølholm Jensen: OL i Lillehammer: Coca-Cola er sikker vinder
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 100, feb 94 – side 12
Note: Fra den 12. til den 27. februar vil TV-kanaler og aviser i 14 dage være spækket med nyheder fra Vinter OL i Lillehammer. Verdenseliten vil kæmpe om berømmelse og deraf følgende muligheder for at score penge.
- Pia Larsen: På kanten: Når vi sejler op ad åen ...
Socialistisk Arbejderavis nr. 20, jun 86 – side 4
Note: Mexico er atter i mediernes søgelys. I juni måned vil millioner verden over sidde og bide negle foran skærmen, og lange vidtløftige reportager vil hver dag bringe nyt fra grønsværen og omklædningsrummene.
- Colin Sparks: Bread and Terraces
Socialist Review nr. 41, mar 82 – side 2
Note: Nothring is immune from the World economic crisis. Colin Sparks explores the havoc it is wreaking in the world of sport.
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