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  • The life of a song: I’m a Believer Feb 27, 2015 - 4:56 pm
  • The Life of a Song: David Cheal follows the fortunes of Neil Diamond’s ‘I’m a Believer’, from The Monkees to Robert Wyatt to the movie 'Shrek'. Credits: Colgems, Virgin, Interscope, Sony Music
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  • The life of a song: When the Levee Breaks Feb 20, 2015 - 5:58 pm
  • From recordings by Memphis Minnie and Led Zeppelin to sampling by Dr Dre, Eminem and Massive Attack, David Cheal traces the various incarnations of ‘When the Levee Breaks’. Credits: Columbia, Atlantic, The Chronic Interscope
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  • The life of a song: Always On My Mind Feb 13, 2015 - 5:19 pm
  • In the first of a new series, David Cheal looks at the song covered by artists from Brenda Lee to Elvis Presley, Willie Nelson to the Pet Shop Boys
    Credits: Sony Music Entertainment, EMI, Sony BMG
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  • No wonder Europe is annoyed with Greece Feb 06, 2015 - 4:10 pm
  • Greek culture taught the rest of us how to live ‑ and it’s not time to write off that particular debt yet, says Peter Aspden
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  • Reel lives: Jan Dalley on falsity in film Jan 30, 2015 - 5:26 pm
  • As two recent biopics come under fire from those depicted, the FT’s arts editor ponders what compels movie-makers to embellish ‘true stories’
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  • IP or not IP? Jan Dalley on the Luc Tuymans case Jan 23, 2015 - 5:30 pm
  • The Belgian artist has been found guilty of plagiarism. But intellectual property law is a poor fit with contemporary art's mash-ups, multiples and reworkings, says the FT's arts editor
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  • Florence and the machines: the British Library Sound Archive Jan 09, 2015 - 3:52 pm
  • Peter Aspden visits the basement treasure-house where recordings of Florence Nightingale, 1940s electronica and other rarities are stored alongside some equally exotic audio technology
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  • Keep it complex: Peter Aspden on art and identity Jan 02, 2015 - 1:10 pm
  • Politicians love to keep things simple, at least in their public pronouncements. Artists, by contrast, embrace complication, nuance and imagination – so who better to tackle slippery questions of national identity as the UK prepares for a general election?
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  • Cover story: the golden age of Esquire Dec 23, 2014 - 3:52 pm
  • Between 1962 and 1972, the magazine set new standards for its industry – and in doing so created the perfect collectible, says Peter Aspden
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  • A new short story for the holidays Dec 19, 2014 - 3:30 pm
  • 'Ambition', by the award-winning author Helen Simpson, is read by Christopher Villiers.
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  • 2014 Comeback Special: Peter Aspden on ‘Elvis at the O2’ Dec 19, 2014 - 3:06 pm
  • The London venue’s exhibition of Presley memorabilia is curious mix of the banal and the resplendent – and none the worse for that, says the FT’s arts writer
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  • Loan goal: Peter Aspden on the Elgin Marbles Dec 12, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • In lending one of its Parthenon sculptures to Russia, the British Museum has provoked Greece and exposed the hollowness of so-called ‘cultural diplomacy’
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  • Past masters: Peter Aspden on Terry Riley and Joni Mitchell Dec 05, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • Here today, washed-up tomorrow: that’s supposed to be the career trajectory for musicians in the pop age. But, as two recent projects show, great artists will always find ways to keep their signature work fresh and relevant
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  • Kitchen-sink commandments: ‘Decalogue’, 25 years on Nov 28, 2014 - 2:45 pm
  • By focusing on the personal rather than the political, Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski created a quietly subversive masterpiece, Peter Aspden says
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  • Hitting the arts jackpot Nov 21, 2014 - 4:32 pm
  • 20 years after the launch of the National Lottery, Jan Dalley celebrates how it has become the most successful form of cultural crowd-funding ever
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  • Revolution for sale: Peter Aspden on Nike and The Beatles Nov 14, 2014 - 4:05 pm
  • How a legal dispute over the use of a John Lennon song in a sneaker advert paved the way for today’s cultural mash-ups – and put paid to the notion of artists “selling out”
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  • Beginnings and endings: Taylor Swift and Sylvie Guillem Nov 07, 2014 - 12:44 pm
  • As pop star Swift, 24, takes a stand against Spotify and dancer Guillem, 49, announces her retirement, Peter Aspden reflects on two very different divas
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  • Show us what you’ve got Oct 31, 2014 - 3:56 pm
  • Galleries display only a fraction of the works in their collections. Art historian Bendor Grosvenor says it’s time they faced down their conservation departments and liberated their hidden masterpieces
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  • Rich pickings: Peter Aspden on spectator apartheid Oct 24, 2014 - 3:01 pm
  • Art may be essentially egalitarian as it illuminates the human condition – but that hasn't stopped members of the Porsche Travel Club getting special access to the Sistine Chapel. Should we worry if the wealthy corner the finest cultural experiences?
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  • Rhythm and bruises: Peter Aspden on Boy Blue Oct 17, 2014 - 2:47 pm
  • The FT’s arts writer enjoys the troupe’s dance extravaganza at the Barbican – and explains why the fusion of hip-hop and martial arts might just conquer the world
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  • Rembrandt right or wrong Oct 10, 2014 - 11:14 am
  • As London's National Gallery prepares to open a blockbuster exhibition of the artist's late works, art historian Bendor Grosvenor looks at the chaotic world of Rembrandt connoisseurship.
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  • Flux and the city: Peter Aspden on urban art Oct 03, 2014 - 2:05 pm
  • The received wisdom is that contemporary art is just what a regenerating city needs, a stimulant for minds and economies alike. But are the wilfully puzzling tropes of the avant-garde really what the public wants?
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