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Writing the Noise: The Second International Conference of the Subcultures Network, 6-7 September 2018

by Prof. Lucy Robinson and Prof. Matthew Worley Last week saw the University of Reading’s History department host the Second International Conference of the Interdisciplinary Network for the Study of Subcultures, Popular Music and Social Change. Titled ‘Writing the Noise’, … Continue reading

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‘Our Friend Rommel’: How Hollywood invented the ‘Good German’

by Professor Patrick Major Twenty years ago the Polish-American installation artist Piotr Uklański mounted an exhibition simply called ‘The Nazis’ (you can see many of the photographs from the exhibition here). It showed 164 images of Wehrmacht officers in uniform, … Continue reading

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Socialism and the Vampire: Comrades, Capitalists and Bloodsuckers

by Dr Dan Renshaw In May 1897 Constable and Co published a limited print run of a new novel by a London-based Irish theatre manager and occasional author named Bram Stoker.  Stoker had enjoyed moderate critical recognition with a series … Continue reading

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Christmas 2016: Holidays are coming…

by Darius Wainright and Dafydd Townley Television adverts are often emotive. From the numerous Go Compare commercials to the festive John Lewis tearjerker, they make us laugh, cry or yearn for the advert free haven that is the BBC. One … Continue reading

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The Sex Pistols at Reading, 30 May 1976

by Prof Matthew Worley As Sex Pistols gigs go, it was not one of the more notorious. By the late spring of 1976, the band’s reputation was just beginning to grow. Having made their debut in November 1975 at St … Continue reading

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