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Rewind album: Uprising by Bob Marley and The Wailers (1980)

In Bob Dylan's 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, the American musician wrote about his frustration at being labelled a saviour, a leader and a prophet.

8 Nov 2014 - 11:11PM

In Bob Dylan's 2004 memoir, Chronicles: Volume One, the American musician wrote about his frustration at being labelled a saviour, a leader and a prophet.

Rewind album: Uprising by Bob Marley and The Wailers (1980)
Carl Craig, Detroit techno's finest

Carl Craig has long been one of the most influential figures in the world of techno.

6 Nov 2014 - 12:23AM

Carl Craig has long been one of the most influential figures in the world of techno.

Carl Craig, Detroit techno's finest
Rapper finds his footing in Hong Kong scene

Brandon Ho, aka Ghost Style, became a leading light of Hong Kong's music scene by way of punk and metal in the US, writes Oliver Clasper.

6 Sep 2014 - 10:11PM

Brandon Ho, aka Ghost Style, became a leading light of Hong Kong's music scene by way of punk and metal in the US, writes Oliver Clasper.

Rapper finds his footing in Hong Kong scene
Book rewind: Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (1985)

American author Bret Easton Ellis, who began writing Less Than Zero during his sophomore year at college in Vermont, has said the debut novel is autobiographical and "reads like teen diaries or journal entries - lots of stuff about the bands I liked, the beach, clubs, driving around, doing drugs, partying".

6 Sep 2014 - 10:11PM

American author Bret Easton Ellis, who began writing Less Than Zero during his sophomore year at college in Vermont, has said the debut novel is autobiographical and "reads like teen diaries or journal entries - lots of stuff about the bands I liked, the beach, clubs, driving around, doing drugs, partying".

Book rewind: Less Than Zero by Bret Easton Ellis (1985)
Rewind album: Sarjana Muds, by Iwan Fals (1981)

Alongside author Pramoedya Ananta Toer and filmmaker Garin Nugroho, musician Iwan Fals is one of the most influential Indonesian artists of the post-war era. And much like the late writer, Fals is a dedicated social activist whose lyrics and music exist not just to entertain, but also raise awareness.

17 Aug 2014 - 8:55AM

Alongside author Pramoedya Ananta Toer and filmmaker Garin Nugroho, musician Iwan Fals is one of the most influential Indonesian artists of the post-war era. And much like the late writer, Fals is a dedicated social activist whose lyrics and music exist not just to entertain, but also raise awareness.

Rewind album: Sarjana Muds, by Iwan Fals (1981)
Frenchman Charles Siegling says he owes the success to time living in Hong Kong
Darkside an unlikely collaboration where electronica meets psychedelic blues

Music producer Nicolas Jaar didn't feel the need to collaborate until he met multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. The happy result of their union was a trippy electronic blues-rock opus, writes Oliver Clasper.

2 Apr 2014 - 10:51PM

Music producer Nicolas Jaar didn't feel the need to collaborate until he met multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington. The happy result of their union was a trippy electronic blues-rock opus, writes Oliver Clasper.

Darkside an unlikely collaboration where electronica meets psychedelic blues
London trio Daughter serve up soulful indie-pop

Moody indie-pop trio Daughter are growing in confidence and looking forward to their first Asian foray, writes Oliver Clasper.

19 Feb 2014 - 11:19PM

Moody indie-pop trio Daughter are growing in confidence and looking forward to their first Asian foray, writes Oliver Clasper.

London trio Daughter serve up soulful indie-pop
Rockers Warpaint riding wave of success straight to Hong Kong

Female rockers Warpaint are here to celebrate their 10th birthday, writes Oliver Clasper.

12 Feb 2014 - 11:26PM

Female rockers Warpaint are here to celebrate their 10th birthday, writes Oliver Clasper.

Rockers Warpaint riding wave of success straight to Hong Kong
Art photographer reaps rewards of snap decisions
Rewind film: The Man With the Golden Gun, directed by Guy Hamilton

Some early films from the Bond franchise are better off consigned to the movie guidebooks, along with the pinching of women's bottoms on live television and racist jokes in stand-up comedy routines.

19 Jan 2014 - 3:47PM

Some early films from the Bond franchise are better off consigned to the movie guidebooks, along with the pinching of women's bottoms on live television and racist jokes in stand-up comedy routines.

Rewind film: The Man With the Golden Gun, directed by Guy Hamilton
James Blake brings his ever-evolving sound to Hong Kong

British musician James Blake's sound has grown more vibrant and diverse with each new release, writes Oliver Clasper.

15 Jan 2014 - 10:51PM

British musician James Blake's sound has grown more vibrant and diverse with each new release, writes Oliver Clasper.

James Blake brings his ever-evolving sound to Hong Kong
Game for a laugh
29 Dec 2013 - 4:56PM
Game for a laugh
Style confessions: Brandon Ho of 24Herbs puts the hip into hip hop
Photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto captures a world without us
Stage frights: The Woman in Black is an atmospheric stage triumph

Director Robin Herford talks to Oliver Clasper about haunted theatres, working with small budgets, and how atmosphere is the key to a successful ghost story.

27 Nov 2013 - 11:26PM

Director Robin Herford talks to Oliver Clasper about haunted theatres, working with small budgets, and how atmosphere is the key to a successful ghost story.

Stage frights: The Woman in Black is an atmospheric stage triumph
Hong Kong gets ready to party at music, food and fashion festival
DJ Loco Dice keeps his feet firmly on the dance floor

DJ Loco Dice has retained his integrity, and prefers the dance floor to the VIP lounge, he tells Oliver Clasper.

6 Nov 2013 - 10:53PM

DJ Loco Dice has retained his integrity, and prefers the dance floor to the VIP lounge, he tells Oliver Clasper.

DJ Loco Dice keeps his feet firmly on the dance floor
Album rewind: Black Sunday, by Cypress Hill
Rewind album: Internal Empire, by Robert Hood

During the bleak, Reagan-dominated 1980s, a group of young, mostly black men living in Detroit went to work on a new breed of machines.

3 Feb 2013 - 5:29PM

During the bleak, Reagan-dominated 1980s, a group of young, mostly black men living in Detroit went to work on a new breed of machines.

Rewind album: Internal Empire, by Robert Hood
Rewind Album: 'Doggystyle' by Snoop Dogg

Picture this: a young writer, musician, film director - whatever - comes virtually out of nowhere to produce a work of staggering, unrivalled genius. It blows people's minds and almost everything else is rendered inconsequential.

For the creator of said art, their life changes overnight. They lose their sense of self and go from a modest and clear-headed artist to a conceited and confused celebrity, unable to see what comes next or how to replicate their early success. Paradoxically, they may be lucky enough to succumb to an early death through drugs or suicide, remaining forever idolised - but most don't. Most grow older and their art gets worse.

25 Nov 2012 - 6:03PM

Picture this: a young writer, musician, film director - whatever - comes virtually out of nowhere to produce a work of staggering, unrivalled genius. It blows people's minds and almost everything else is rendered inconsequential.

For the creator of said art, their life changes overnight. They lose their sense of self and go from a modest and clear-headed artist to a conceited and confused celebrity, unable to see what comes next or how to replicate their early success. Paradoxically, they may be lucky enough to succumb to an early death through drugs or suicide, remaining forever idolised - but most don't. Most grow older and their art gets worse.

Rewind Album: 'Doggystyle' by Snoop Dogg
Rewind: Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock
All the funk of the fair

Bored of LKF? Flying Circus brings top DJs and a carnival vibe to W Hotel.

18 Apr 2013 - 12:52PM

Bored of LKF? Flying Circus brings top DJs and a carnival vibe to W Hotel.

All the funk of the fair
Rewind film: Mad Max, directed by George Miller

The post-apocalyptic Australian action film Mad Max - if nothing else - is the vehicle that introduced Mel Gibson to the world.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:04PM

The post-apocalyptic Australian action film Mad Max - if nothing else - is the vehicle that introduced Mel Gibson to the world.

Rewind film: Mad Max, directed by George Miller
Rewind album: 'The Cars' by The Cars

The Cars, blending traditional rock with pop sensibilities, appeared on the American music scene in the late 1970s with an eponymous debut album regarded in many quarters as a bona fide classic.

7 Apr 2013 - 4:24PM

The Cars, blending traditional rock with pop sensibilities, appeared on the American music scene in the late 1970s with an eponymous debut album regarded in many quarters as a bona fide classic.

Rewind album: 'The Cars' by The Cars
Rewind album: I'm Your Man, by Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen, a bashful septuagenarian singer-songwriter from Montreal, is the kind of man that many men want to be, and many women want to be with.

28 Apr 2013 - 5:00PM

Leonard Cohen, a bashful septuagenarian singer-songwriter from Montreal, is the kind of man that many men want to be, and many women want to be with.

Rewind album: I'm Your Man, by Leonard Cohen
Postcard: Medan

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is one of eight 63rd Berlin International Film Festival winners screening at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. 

24 Mar 2013 - 3:50PM

Joshua Oppenheimer's The Act of Killing is one of eight 63rd Berlin International Film Festival winners screening at the 37th Hong Kong International Film Festival. 

Postcard: Medan
Rewind, book: 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville

This revered American novel is part morality tale, part adventure story set on the turbulent Atlantic and taking place, for the most part, aboard the whaling ship Pequod. It follows the hunt for the titular leviathan by the doomed and mysterious Captain Ahab.

17 Mar 2013 - 5:02PM

This revered American novel is part morality tale, part adventure story set on the turbulent Atlantic and taking place, for the most part, aboard the whaling ship Pequod. It follows the hunt for the titular leviathan by the doomed and mysterious Captain Ahab.

Rewind, book: 'Moby Dick' by Herman Melville
Rewind, book: 'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch

Poor Charles Arrowby. The former doyen of the London theatre scene and ladies' man about town is desperate to get away from it all. He retreats to the coast, where the glistening waters are both lover and mythical beast, a place of dreams and nightmares.

14 Jul 2013 - 4:06PM

Poor Charles Arrowby. The former doyen of the London theatre scene and ladies' man about town is desperate to get away from it all. He retreats to the coast, where the glistening waters are both lover and mythical beast, a place of dreams and nightmares.

Rewind, book: 'The Sea, The Sea' by Iris Murdoch
Rewind, album: 'Another Green World' by Eno

If, for the sake of argument, green can be used as a synonym for beautiful (like Mother Nature herself), then it's as good a word to describe Brian Eno's music as any.

12 May 2013 - 2:21PM

If, for the sake of argument, green can be used as a synonym for beautiful (like Mother Nature herself), then it's as good a word to describe Brian Eno's music as any.

Rewind, album: 'Another Green World' by Eno