Oliver Clasper

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.

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.

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".


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.

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.

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

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.

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.

For a duo who named their sixth studio album after one of man's ugliest afflictions, the Eurythmics come across as disarmingly friendly - and not the least bit vengeful.

Salman Rushdie's fantastical tale of a young man born at the precise moment of India's independence is part magic realism, part historical fiction.

An early pioneer of the Jamaican sound system culture and a studio engineer par excellence, Osbourne Ruddock - widely known and revered as King Tubby - was in his time without equal when it came to the manipulation of sonic elements.

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.

It's doubtful a film like this would get made today. Almost three decades on and the world is a vastly different place.

As a region, Asia may be known for its wide variety of music, from the commercial pop of South Korea and Hong Kong to the various indie scenes and the ubiquitous karaoke rooms in Cambodia and Thailand.

Around the time a black South African revolutionary was facing a lengthy spell in jail, a young American musician was engaging in his own form of protest.

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.

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.

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