Jacob Brookman
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Jacob Brookman is a composer, producer and blogger based in Shoreditch. He's also a proactive member of the Fabian Society and has written extensively on politics, music and - his speciality - celebrity Twitter rows.

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Soundtracks Are the Essential Format for Modern Orchestral Music

(0) Comments | Posted 7 February 2014 | (08:56)

Classical music is a problematic term - it actually refers to a period of musical development from around 1750 to 1820, during which particular formats were developed - things like symphonies, operas and concertos.

More broadly though, it's used as a catchall for orchestral music right up to the present...

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How Much Does British Culture Cost?

(3) Comments | Posted 3 January 2014 | (18:24)

In a recent BBC radio interview, the actor and singer Michael Ball described how "...the ethic is so different between the commercial theatre and that kind of rarified, subsidised [theatre]". He cited that you can perform just three shows a week in subsidised show like London Road and eight shows...

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Why We Love Pop Music Villains

(1) Comments | Posted 16 December 2013 | (12:01)

With panto season in full flight, I was pleased to see Cold War hero and burger enthusiast David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook at the Theatre Royal - in my native Nottingham.

And it made me wonder about the public's relationship with villainous stars, and why certain individuals continue to court...

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How to Ruin a Lady Gaga Song

(1) Comments | Posted 22 November 2013 | (09:48)

Do What U Want is the second single from Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, and features R. Kelly on backing vocals - a man so sleazy, he makes Robin Thicke look like Aled Jones.

Now, pop collaborations are a pretty vibrant field - when done well they can mean chart-topping...

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Why Bands Aren't as Good as They Used to Be

(5) Comments | Posted 15 November 2013 | (16:20)

This week I was at the Children in Need Rocks concert to see British act, Keane. As someone at the business end of his 20s, I've watched the band's whole career so far, and it felt a bit premature for them to be releasing a Best Of compilation after just...

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How Adele Represents a Renaissance for the British Accent

(0) Comments | Posted 9 November 2013 | (08:46)

This week, former Culture Club singer and gay icon, Boy George performed his new single King of Everything on the BBC's flagship music show, Later... with Jools Holland.

What struck me about the performance was just how dated his affected American singing style sounded; it undermined the song's authenticity.

Now,...

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Why Are Pop Stars So Boring?

(6) Comments | Posted 4 November 2013 | (23:00)

There's a phrase I've come to use to describe some of pop's more 'interesting' offerings: Authentically contrived.

Nicki Minaj is an excellent example. She appears to use her money and appearance as the key creative stimulus for her artistic output.

So because she's heavily...

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Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This One Before

(0) Comments | Posted 10 April 2013 | (07:57)

On Monday the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, was challenged by a northern market stall trader to live on £53 a week. This concept caught fire as an online petition was set up and quickly received over 450k signatures.

It's bad PR for the former arms salesman who...

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Page 3 Is Weird and Embarrassing - Why Keep It?

(0) Comments | Posted 18 February 2013 | (15:37)

As German philosopher and writer, Goethe, said "The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone"' says Amy, 19 from Hartlepool.

The fact that Amy is pictured standing on a beach in nothing but a pair of knickers clarifies the odd use of the quote - for this is no...

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How Social Media Will Cure Voter Apathy

(1) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (23:00)

Last year, US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign was notable for the unprecedented role of social media canvassing. Put frankly, the election will probably be the last where the public is 'surprised' by the role of SM. When used well it can be a decisive factor, and the 2012 election...

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Why I'm Boycotting Rihanna

(2) Comments | Posted 6 February 2013 | (08:15)

"Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake," she says. "After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it." - Interview with Rolling Stone magazine, February 2013

No deal, Rihanna.

Last year, I...

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#Instantcull and the 10 Commandments of Facebook Posts

(2) Comments | Posted 12 November 2012 | (23:00)

I recently left Facebook, but as a parting gift would like to offer a few pointers for users old and new of this fabulous social portal.

Essentially, my final year was a frustrating affair. So frustrating, in fact that I felt the need to implement an 'instant cull' rule whereby,...

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