Eyewitness

No study of The Holy Bible, its artistic impact and its significance in the history of Manic Street Preachers should overlook the band’s live performances throughout 1994. The Life Becoming a Landslide tour early that year saw the group adopting the military look with which they would be associated for their third album, before anyContinue reading “Eyewitness”

Life and Death Sentences

‘Let a hard and just sentence be given and carried out, as the honour of the nation demands and its greatest traitor deserves.’ Resolution of Czechoslovak resistance organisation, demanding severe punishment for Father Jozef Tiso, November 1946 ‘We bear within us a reticent executioner, an unrealised criminal. And those who lack the boldness to acknowledgeContinue reading “Life and Death Sentences”

National Anathema

‘I use “America” throughout the text to refer to the United States. I choose to use the word America for its resonances as marker of a generic nation and mass-mediated political and cultural condition/terrain.’ – S Paige Baty ‘Away shallow USA’ The unusual, compressed typography of the track title ‘Ifwhiteamericatoldthetruthforonedayit’sworldwouldfallapart’ might possibly be traced backContinue reading “National Anathema”