Will Ashon tells, in 36 interlinked ‘chambers’, the story of Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and how it changed the world. As unexpected and complex as the album itself, Chamber Music ranges from provocative essays to semi-comic skits, from deep scholarly analysis to satirical celebration, seeking to contextualise, reveal and honour this singularly composite work of art. From the FBI’s war on drugs to the porn theatres of 42nd street, from the history of jazz to the future of politics, Chamber Music is an explosive and revelatory new way of writing about music and culture.

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A fascinating trip around the side streets and back to backs of working class cinema, exploring the British New Wave kitchen sink dramas of the 50s and 60s, such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, A Taste of Honey and This Sporting Life, to Kes, Quadrophenia and This is England. From stuffy post-war stereotypes to more ethnically diverse work and female orientated films, this is an unflinching look at a gritty sub-genre and its constant clashes with controversy, censorship and the establishment. If you’re a fan of challenging, unforgettable British movies, this book is it, all the rest is propaganda.

Andrew Graves is a poet and writer who regularly performs his work throughout the UK. His first full collection Light … More

Born OTD in 1936, British director of television & independent film, Ken Loach. Loach’s film Kes was voted the seventh greatest British film of the 20th century in a poll by the British Film Institute. Two of his films, The Wind That Shakes the Barley & I, Daniel Blake, received the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, making him the ninth filmmaker to win the award twice. Loach, a social campaigner for most of his career, believes the current criteria for claiming benefits in the UK are “a Kafka-esque, Catch-22 situation designed to frustrate & humiliate the claimant to such an extent that they drop out of the system & stop pursuing their right to ask for support if necessary”

The Cinema of Ken Loach examines the connection between art and politics that distinguishes the work of this leading British … More

Born OTD in 1949, Slovenian philosopher, Slavoj Žižek. Enjoy Your Symptom! commands the title Slavoj Žižek’s classic work of cultural criticism. And the title is just the first of the many startling asides, observations and insights that fill this guide to Hollywood on the Lacanian psychoanalyst’s couch.

Zizek introduces the ideas of Jacques Lacan through the medium of American film, taking his examples from over 100 years … More

Born OTD in 1943, Canadian filmmaker, writer, and actor, David Cronenberg. Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror genre, with his films exploring visceral bodily transformation, infection, technology, and the intertwining of the psychological with the physical.

With films such as The Brood and Videodrome, David Cronenberg established himself as Canada’s most provocative director. With subsequent movies … More

Born OTD in 1925, French philosopher who wrote on philosophy, literature, film, and fine art, Gilles Deleuze. Deleuze was one of the most influential figures in 20th-century philosophy, well known for his works on the philosophy of art & for his master-works, Difference & Repetition and – with Felix Guattari – A Thousand Plateaus & Anti-Oedipus. Cinema I is the first volume of Deleuze’s revolutionary work on the theory of cinema

Drawing on the philosophy of Henri Bergson, Deleuze identified his work as “a logic of the cinema”, setting out to … More

Slavoj Zizek, dubbed by the Village Voice “the giant of Ljubljana,” is back with a new edition of his seriously entertaining book on film, psychoanalysis (and life). His inimitable blend of philosophical and social theory, Lacanian analysis, and outrageous humor are made to show how Hollywood movies can explain psychoanalysis-and vice versa using films such as Marnie and The Man Who Knew Too Much.

The title is just the first of many startling asides, observations and insights that fill this guide to Hollywood on … More