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Prison letters and the book Lush Life by Dick Hobbs

Les Back

Les Back reviews Dick Hobbs' book Lush Life: Constructing Organised Crime in the UK Oxford University Press, 2013. He also reflects on the importance of letters for prisoners inside the criminal justice system, which offer a way to escape imaginitively the discipline of life behind prison walls.

Tue, 04 Feb 14 0

New Year's Resolutions and the Joy's of Cycling

Les Back

In this podcast Les Back talks about New Year's resolutions and two of his. In particularly he talks about the need to get away from the scholar's desk and get out more and the joys and perils of cycling in London.

Fri, 10 Jan 14 0

Christmas Lights

Les Back

Les Back offers a class analysis of Christmas and he reflects on contributing to a new collection by Hannah Jones and Emma Jackson on urban culture called Stories of Cosmopolitan Belonging. The book will be published in 2014 and Emma and Hannah were both PhD students at Goldsmiths.

Mon, 23 Dec 13 0

Why music matters

Les Back

In this week's podcast Les Back talks about the frustrations of writing as well as the pleasures of reading. In particular he reviews recent books on the politics of music including Dave Hesmondhalgh's Why Music Matters and John Street's Music and Politics. Les also talks about Dave Beer's new book Punk Sociology and the niceties of writing endorsements for books.

Fri, 22 Nov 13 0

Czech dis out

Richard Robinson, Les Back

Les Back speaks to teacher and Kent based cultural activist Richard Robinson about his work on music and anti-racist education. They discuss the album he produced with Romany RD and Asian Dub Foundation Education in 2001 called Asylum. They also talk about the impact the CD had on the making Terry Hall & Mustaq's collaboration The Hour of Two Lights.

Tue, 29 Oct 13 0