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Culture Wars

Now active only as an archive, Culture Wars was the online review of the Institute of Ideas in London. It covered books, films, theatre, art and talk events, with a view to understanding how political and other ideas filtered through the culture, and how the arts in turn influenced politics and society.

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Dominic Sandbrook: Never Had It So Good – A History of Britain from Suez to the Beatles

Book Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 8 February 2006

WE THINK WE know the basics about the '60s and the social changes that they ushered in. Against a background of mini-skirts, mods and rockers, ...

Dominic Sandbrook: White Heat – A History of Britain in the Swinging Sixties

Book Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 5 September 2006

THE IDEA OF the '60s as an era of exciting change for everyone has remained more or less the accepted orthodoxy – until now. Few ...

Howard Sounes: Seventies – The Sights, Sounds and Ideas of a Brilliant Decade

Book Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 21 September 2006

AMUSINGLY STUPID, vulgar, a time of endearingly foolish fashions. These views – according to the book's author – represent the consensus thinking of cultural pundits ...

Cathi Unsworth: The Singer

Book Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 24 September 2007

POPULAR MUSIC is, by its very nature, ephemeral. So are its singers. Every rock or pop record that makes it to the charts is a ...

David Bowie: David Bowie is: V&A, London

Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 9 November 2013

Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane, the Thin White Duke, The Man Who Fell to Earth, the man of seemingly endless identity changes. David Bowie has been ...

Club to Catwalk: London Fashion in the 1980s: V&A, London

Review by Nicky Charlish, Culture Wars, 21 December 2013

WHEN WE LOOK at a product of physical design – a building, say – we don't usually think about the influences which went into its ...

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