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Bob Dylan fans divided by Subterranean Homesick Blues Remake

Bob Dylan fans were left disappointed after a promised “remake” of the classic track Subterranean Homesick Blues.

The iconic original shows Dylan holding placards in a London alleyway, timing the drop of the card with the lyrics throughout.

Commenters eagerly awaited the launch of the remake, which premiered on YouTube today on the official Bob Dylan YouTube account.

But fans who were hoping for the Mr. Tambourine Man singer to look back on his own work were sorely disappointed by an updated video that removed the classic placard protest.

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Tom Raine Interview – “It’s true that everything run’s its course”

With a Student Radio Association award for Best Specialist Music Show behind him, Tom Raine’s radio work on show Saudade is gearing up for a busy 2022. I sat down with Tom to talk about ambitions for the New Year, bringing Brazillian culture and music to a wider audience and how difficult it can be to research and plan a weekly show amid a global pandemic.

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In Awkward Defence of Steve Bruce

“There he goes, one of God’s own prototypes.” – Hunter S. Thompson.

A prototype indeed. Steve Bruce is gone, and Newcastle United are better for it. Perhaps they will hit the high notes they have been struggling to grasp these past two decades. Even if they do, they must remember those that led them there. For all his faults, Bruce was the man that kept the club’s heart beating. Berated by fans, hated by players, he powered on through with the grace and self-respect few would have for such an uncomfortable position. Mid-table football has been the game of Newcastle United for some years, and Bruce is no better or worse than the men he succeeded.

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Michael Caine’s retirement shows actors can bow out before they burn out

Michael Caine, at the age of 88, has retired from acting. It is not as big a surprise as it should be. Two years into a difficult time for filmmakers, with a global pandemic and shift in audience attitude and viewing style, and there were bound to be career casualties.

His announcement came in an interview with Simon Mayo for Kermode and Mayo’s Film Review, where the veteran actor revealed that his work on upcoming feature Best Sellers would be his last.

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Norm Macdonald didn’t lose, he drew, and he showed us the difference

“I’m pretty sure, I’m not a doctor, but I’m pretty sure if you die, the cancer dies at the same time. That’s not a loss. That’s a draw.” – Norm Macdonald (1959 – 2021)

The passing of a celebrity is an unfortunately grim cog in the machine of life. No harsher could it be to lose Norm Macdonald so soon after Sean Lock, these funny men are different in their approach but identical in their aims. Laughter out of intense, dreary behaviour. Glum delivery, no punches held back and a beautiful irreverence that made them leagues ahead of the rest. Their material, when compared to other comedians, was the same. But it was their delivery, especially that of Macdonald’s, that was so fascinating. Norm Macdonald didn’t lose his battle with cancer, he drew, he took the beast with him, and we would do well to learn from his words and his odd elements of wisdom.

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You’ll Walk Alone – The Passive Ignorance of the Powers That Be

As we enter the new year, scared and alone, fermented in the icing of our aborted lockdown lemon cakes, a time of reflection dawns. The New Year comes thick and fast, waiting for no person before dumping us headfirst into the first of many stinking great horrors this year will bring us. Before us is a choice, of how we conduct ourselves, of how we treat our neighbours, and of how we interact with those around us. At a safe distance, presumably. What that safe distance is can be discovered through guesswork of the highest and most taxing order. Blame the Conservative government for that lapse in competence, of which there are many potholes, problems and shortcomings.  

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