MUSIC IS THE KEY

      Recorded music did not exist before 1877, when Thomas Edison invented his wax cylinder phonograph. Until then the only music available to us was performed music. Now, thanks to our paraphernalia of laptops, iPhones, wireless earbuds, file-sharing software and the playlist culture of Spotify, music is omnipresent and unavoidable. During lockdown,  music played on in the confines …

SALMAN RUSHDIE: OH DEAR

          The first recorded Muslim book-burning in Britain took place in east London in 1938. By symbolically burning A Short History of the World by HG Wells the Muslim community hoped to avenge its portrayal of the Prophet Mohamad as a “man of considerable vanity, greed, cunning and self-deception”. Half a century later, in 1989, another …