As Afghanistan finds itself back in the hands of the Taliban, musicians recall the last time the group were in power and how music was banned outright.

An Afghan band performing in Farah (2010)- Source: Wiki Commons

“Musicians do not belong here anymore. We must leave. The love and affection of the last years are gone”.

This isn’t the…

Alan Hawkshaw Plays The Philicorda (1972)

Dr. Lonnie Smith

Beatsie Boys — Aglio E Olio (1995) via Gram Vinyl

Front and Back artwork for Malcom Catto’s Popcorn Bubble Fish (2001) Source

Grandmaster DST, photographed by Patricia Bates for Rap Attack (1984)

Joe Bataan ‎– Rap-O Clap-O (1979)

Photo by Mike Tinnion on Unsplash

Maryanne Amacher in Sisters With Transistors (2021)

Headz 2A by 3D (Source)

Several of Mo’ Wax’s releases featuring Ben Drury’s design and art direction (Source)

Anika ‘Change’ video directed by Sven Gutjahr


James Gaunt

An Australian writer with a passion for research. In 2020 he published Making Psyence Fiction, a book on the creation of UNKLE’s debut album.

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