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A Week with Andy Warhol, 1978
Join Andy Warhol at the Dorchester Hotel as he goes to the opening of his Athletes Series at the ICA; as he parties with Bob Dylan, Bianca Jagger and Jack Nicholson; and as the drug-fuelled lives of his entourage are spinning out of control. [CW: suicide attempt]
The Death of “Snakehips” Johnson
On March 8th, 1941, the Café de Paris – ‘the safest and gayest restaurant in town’ – was destroyed in the Blitz. Among the dead was one of the most important figures in Black British jazz: Ken “Snakehips” Johnson.
This viewpoint includes extracts from ‘Snakehips Swing’ by Ken “Snakehips” Johnson and his West Indian Dance Orchestra, available on ‘Black British Swing: The African Diaspora’s Contribution To England’s Own Jazz of the 1930s and 1940s’.
[CW: war; death]
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West Mynstre and the Sons of Cnut
Although it was Edward the Confessor who is most associated with Westminster abbey, the first king of England to be buried there was Harold I ‘Harefoot’, the son of King Cnut. He didn’t rest there for long…