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Best Of 2014 list

Best of 2014

Books

Jon Lee Anderson: Che – A Revolutionary Life”, Paul Foot: “Articles of Resistance”, “The Vote”, “How to Vote Socialist”, Masha Gessen: Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot”, Agata Pyzik: “Poor But Sexy: Culture Clashes in Europe East and West”, David Peace: GB84”, Viv Albertine: Clothes Clothes Clothes Music Music Music Boys Boys Boys”, Ian Cobain: “Cruel Britannia: A Secret History of Torture”, “If Spirit Alone Won Battles” by John Lowe, “Shafted – The Media, the Miners’ Strike and the Aftermath” (edited by Granville Williams), “Settling Scores: The Media, the Police and the Miners’ Strike” (edited by Granville Williams), “Nicholas Jones: “Strikes and the Media”, Marc Bennetts: “Kicking the Kremlin”, Stephen Dorrill and Robin Ramsay: “Smear! Wilson and the Secret State”, Dave Sherry: “John Maclean: Red Clydesider”, Gareth Peirce: “Dispatches from the Dark Side”, Harry Patterson: “Look Back in Anger: The Miners’ Strike in Nottinghamshire”, Rob Evans and Paul Lewis: “Undercover: The True Story of Britain’s Secret Police”, Arthur Wakefield: “The Miners’ Strike Day by Day: The Illustrated Diary of Yorkshire Miner Arthur Wakefield”, Nick Grant and Brian Richardson: “Blair Peach: Socialist and Activist”, Jonathan Meades: “An Encyclopedia of Myself”, Eamon McCann: “War and An Irish Town”, John Molyneux: Will the Revolution be Televised? A Marxist Analysis of the Media”, Arthur Scargill and Peter Heathfield: “A Century of Struggle”, Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom: “Big Media and Internet Titans” (ed. Granville Williams), Julian Cope: “One Three One”, Dave Sherry: Empire and Rebellion: a Socialist History of the First World War”, Richard Brautigan: “Willard and His Bowling Trophies”, “In Watermelon Sugar”.

Events

Tidal Wrestling: Wipe Out, The Cockpit Leeds, 9th February

Tidal Wrestling: Release the Kraken, The Cockpit Leeds, 13th April

Jonathan Meades reading from “An Encyclopedia of Myself” at Bowland Auditorum, Berwick Saul Building, York University, 9th May

“Marxism 2014” (10- 14th July)

Exhibitions

Malevich at Tate Modern, Virginia Woolf at the National Portrait Gallery, Anselm Kiefer at the Royal Academy,

Films (cinema)

“Blue is the Warmest Colour”, “Under the Skin”, “The Double”, “Exhibition”, “Frank”, “Jimmy’s Hall”, “Tracks”, “Boyhood”, “Camille Claudel 1915”, “Pride”, “Still The Enemy Within”, “Concerning Violence”

Films (DVD)

Maurice Pialat –  “Naked Childhood”, “We Won’t Grow Old Together”, “The Mouth Agape”, “Graduate First”, “A Nos Amours”, “Police”, “Under the Sun of Satan”, “Van Gogh”. Miklos Jancso – “The Way Home”, “The Red and the White”, “The Round-Up”, “The Confrontation”, “Red Psalm”. Andrzej Wajda – “Innocent Sorcerers”, “Man of Marble”, “Man of Iron”, “Walesa: Man of Hope”. Sam Fuller: “White Dog”, Donald Cammell: “White of the Eye”. Jake West – “Video Nasties 2: Draconian Days”, the Brothers Quay: “Institute Benjamenta”, “Combat Shock”/”American Nightmares”, the Dardennes Brothers: “Two Days, One Night”, “The Miners’ Campaign Tapes”, Theo Angelopoulous: “Ulysses’ Gaze”, Andrei Tarkovsky: “Nostalghia”

Gigs

Magik Markers at City Screen Basement, York, 29th June

Black Bananas, Brudenell Social Club, Leeds, 10th November

Music

Black Bananas: “Electric Brick Wall”, Aleister X: “Keepin’ It Real”, St Vincent: “St Vincent”, Laibach: “Spectre”, Electric Wizard: “Time to Die”, Helms Alee: “Sleepwalking Sailors”, Floor: “Oblation”, Mastodon: “Once More ‘Round the Sun”, SUNNO))) & Ulver: “Terrestrials”, EMA: “The Future’s Void”, Scott Walker and SUNNO))): “Soused”, Pharmakon: “Bestial Burden”, Trans Am: “Volume X”, V/A: “Punk 45 Volume 2 – Underground Punk and Post Punk in the UK 1977 – 81”, Punk 45 Volume 3 – Proto Punk 1969 – 76”, Archie Bronson Outfit: “Wild Crush”, Luke Haines: New York in the 70s”, V/A: “After Dark 2”, Earth: “Primitive and Deadly”, Blonde Redhead: “Barragan”

Television

“The Bletchley Circle”, “My Mad Fat Diary”, “New Girl”, “Bunkers, Brutalism and Bloody-Mindedness: Concrete Poetry with Jonathon Meades”, “Stewart Lee’s Comedy Vehicle”, “True Detective”, “Endeavour”, “The French Revolution: Tearing Up History”, “Edge of Darkness”, “The Changes”, Matthew Collings on Abstract Art, “Heimat”.

Highlights

Meeting three of my favourite people – Jonathan Meades, Jennifer Herrema and wrestler Grado – all in one year. Hearing John Pilger, Gareth Peirce and Darcus Howe pay tribute to the great journalist Paul Foot at “Marxism”. Helping the Doncaster Care UK strikers in my small way throughout the year. Attending the book launch for “Settling Scores” in Leeds and meeting Granville Williams and Nicholas Jones. Attending the Orgreave Picnic and Fair at Catcliffe Recreation Grounds in June – one of the most emotional and eye-opening days of my life. Meeting Anne Scargill, Betty Cook and Dave Douglass at the same event. Seeing my review of “Settling Scores” on the Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom website.

Lowlights

“Powerslam” Magazine ceases publication after 23 years. The sad and untimely deaths of Tony Benn, Bob Crow and Gerry Conlon. The ongoing venom and stupidity of the “Coalition” government. The cowardly inaction and rightward momentum of Labour. The disgusting racism, homophobia, sexism and xenophobia of UKIP. Fascists across Europe. The deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown at the hands of police. MH17.

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