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  • The life of a song: Me and Mrs Jones Apr 17, 2015 - 3:54 pm
  • From Billy Paul’s adulterous original in 1972 to Amy Winehouse's gender-bending twist on the song 30 years later, Ludovic Hunter-Tilney gets to grips with 'Me and Mrs Jones'. Credits:Philadelphia International, 143, Island
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  • The life of a song: It's the Hard Knock Life Apr 10, 2015 - 3:04 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney looks at 'It's the Hard Knock Life' from Broadway's musical Annie and its influences on Katy Perry's 'Roar' and Jay-Z's 'Hard Knock Life (Ghetto Anthem)'. Credits:Columbia, Roc-A-Fella, Columbia
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  • The life of a song: Song of Solomon Apr 02, 2015 - 3:20 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney reveals the Old Testament legacy in popular music: from Robbie Williams' 'Kiss me' to Perry Como's 'Song of Songs' and Kate Bush's 'The Song of Solomon'. Credits:Chrysalis, Noble And Brite, RCA Victor
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  • Life of a song: Ice Ice Baby Mar 27, 2015 - 3:26 pm
  • Ludovic Hunter-Tilney uncovers the back story of Vanilla Ice’s hit Ice Ice Baby.
    Credits:Ultra, EMI
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  • The life of a song: I Just Don't Know What to Do With Myself Mar 20, 2015 - 3:11 pm
  • David Cheal tells the tale of the Burt Bacharach penned classic 'I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself', from the 1964 soul of Dusty Springfield to its 2001 raw-rock treatment by The White Stripes. Credits: Philips, Stiff, Elephant
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  • The life of a song: Guantanamera Mar 13, 2015 - 4:00 pm
  • David Cheal traces the journey of ‘Guantanamera’, from a 19th-century Cuban national hero to a 21st-century recycling campaign, via Celia Cruz and the peace movement of the 1960s. Credits: RCA Victor, Bravo Hit, Universal Music AB, Columbia
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  • The life of a song: Baltimore Mar 06, 2015 - 4:27 pm
  • David Cheal tells the story of Randy Newman’s ‘Baltimore’, through covers by Nina Simone, The Tamlins and Billy Mackenzie. Credits: CTI, Warner Bros., EMI
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  • Bureaucracy: friend or foe? Mar 06, 2015 - 11:00 am
  • The anarchist and anthropologist David Graeber discusses both the stupidity and secret joys of bureaucracy with the FT's Martin Sandbu and Lucy Kellaway
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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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