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Peter Hook at a recent Joy Division Orchestrated performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall. VDImages & Yannis Hostelidis

Will time tear us apart? Exploring the appeal of Joy Division 40 years on

The music alone, despite its unquestionable majesty, cannot entirely explain the enduring appeal of a band that existed for barely two years before its lead singer took his own life.
David Bowie in the film clip for Space Oddity: the song would become an anthem for space exploration with an enduring appeal. YouTube

Space Oddity at 50: the ‘novelty song’ that became a cultural touchstone

Fifty years ago, on July 11, 1969, David Bowie released Space Oddity. With its adventurous orchestration, unsettling harmonics and melancholy narrative, the now classic song captured a moment.
Kate Miller-Heidke performs Zero Gravity during the Grand Final of the 64th annual Eurovision Song Contest: an oddball, meteoric and sincere performance. Abir Sultan/EPA

Eurovision shock: is ironic appreciation now unnecessary as slick singing styles reign?

Long known as a spectacle of quirky Euro-kitsch, this year’s contest more closely resembled singing TV shows such as The Voice. Notable exceptions, however, were Iceland’s Hatari and our own Kate Miller-Heidke.
Leonard Cohen pictured in July 2008. His 2016 letter to his ‘muse’ Marianne Ihlen went viral after his death in the same year. Rolf Haid/EPA

Mythmaking, social media and the truth about Leonard Cohen’s last letter to Marianne Ihlen

Leonard Cohen’s letter to his former girlfriend on her death bed became a viral phenomenon. But the words that circulated on social media were a paraphrased version, not his own.
A copy of the original White Album signed by George Martin: his son Giles Martin and mix engineer Sam Okell have remixed the album on its 50th anniversary. Julien''s Auctions/Supplied by WE/AAP

Revolution 50: The Beatles’ White Album remixed

Remixing a Beatles album might be seen as both artistically redundant and cynically commercial. But this remixed classic allows us to experience the album in a new way.

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