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Hari Kunzru and Sjón
Hari Kunzru And Sjon

Ghost stories, paganism, the blues, and silent cinema are just some of the fixations of two authors known for novels steeped in history.

Vivien Goldman by Michael Patrick MacDonald
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“Dub was my sound because of postcolonial movements. I grew up in it. I bathed in it. I breathed it. So why shouldn’t it be mine?”

Richard Thompson by Keith Connolly
Richard Thompson

Fairport Convention helped to bring traditional music into British folk rock back in the ’60s. Connolly traces Thompson’s evolving style from his Fairport days to his latest solo album, Electric.

Perverted by Language: Fiction Inspired by The Fall by Nick Stillman
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Like the Velvet Underground, the Beach Boys, or the Stooges, The Fall is one of those pop bands that inspires breathless devotion and oceans of superlatives. 

Kula Shaker: Retroculture by Lynn Geller
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A friend of mine once conjectured, What if the ’60s weren’t an era, but a place one could still visit?

Prolapse by Tim Nye
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Sardonic lyrics, a vocal section that approximates flint vigorously being rubbed against stone, a formalist rhythm section that gives Philip Glass and John Zorn a run for their money—these are the things that Prolapse is made of.

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