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Join our exploration of British communism (1917-1991). Listen in to unlikely conversations about the intersections of politics, scholarship and culture.

Conversations on Communism A new light on British communism

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Join our exploration of British communism (1917-1991). Listen in to unlikely conversations about the intersections of politics, scholarship and culture.

    Communism And Jazz (Side B)

    Communism And Jazz (Side B)

    This is the second part of a two-part interview with Professor of History, Kevin Morgan (Manchester) and Brian Blain (formerly of the Musicians' Union and Morning Star). Brian and Kevin spoke to Elinor Taylor and Henry Stead about Jazz and mainly British Communism. The photo shows Kevin reading. The podcast was recorded on 19 April 2017 in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at Westminster University (London).

    • 35 Min.
    Communism And Jazz (Side A)

    Communism And Jazz (Side A)

    This is the first part of a two-part interview with Professor of History, Kevin Morgan (Manchester) and Brian Blain (formerly of the Musicians' Union and Morning Star). Brian and Kevin spoke to Elinor Taylor and Henry Stead about the Jazz and British Communism. The photo shows them both. The podcast was recorded on 19 April 2017 in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at Westminster University (London).

    • 29 Min.
    Prof. George Thomson (Side B)

    Prof. George Thomson (Side B)

    This is the second part of a two-part interview with Professor of Classics, Richard Seaford (Exeter) and Literary Scholar and Historian, Dr Ben Harker (Manchester). Richard and Ben spoke to Elinor Taylor and Henry Stead about the British communist and Professor of Greek, George Thomson (1903-1987). The photo shows Thomson in the Daily Worker. The podcast was recorded on 15 February 2017 in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at Westminster University (London).

    • 35 Min.
    George Thomson: A Classical Communist (Side A)

    George Thomson: A Classical Communist (Side A)

    This is the first part of a two-part interview with Professor Richard Seaford (Exeter) and Dr Ben Harker (Manchester). Richard and Ben spoke to Elinor Taylor and Henry Stead about the British communist and Professor of Greek, George Thomson (1903-1987). The photo shows the interviewees in the Institute for Modern and Contemporary Culture at Westminster University (London), where the podcast was recorded.

    • 33 Min.
    Jack Lindsay: From The Wild Surf

    Jack Lindsay: From The Wild Surf

    This episode of Conversations on Communism is based on an interview with Helen Lindsay. Helen is a heritage consultant by trade, but she also happens to be the daughter of the Australia-born, British poet Jack Lindsay. She kindly spoke with Henry Stead about her father. This podcast is the forth episode in the Conversations on Communism series in association with Brave New Classics (http://www.bravenewclassics.info). It is also available for subscription via Soundcloud and iTunes. The photo shows Helen on the streets of Greenwich, London. Thanks go out to poets Caroline Bird and Hannah Silva for their readings of Jack's poems.

    • 20 Min.
    Colin Chambers And The Cultures Of Communism (Side B)

    Colin Chambers And The Cultures Of Communism (Side B)

    This is the final part of a two-part interview with Prof. Colin Chambers, former books editor of the Morning Star and Literary Editor at the Royal Shakespeare Company. He spoke with Elinor Taylor and Henry Stead about his experience of being a member of the CPGB from the late 1960s to the late 1980s. This podcast is the third episode in the Conversations on Communism series in association with Brave New Classics (http://www.bravenewclassics.info). It is also available for subscription via Soundcloud and iTunes. The photo shows Colin Chambers working as books editor at the Morning Star.

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