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Henry Cow – In Praise of Learning: Art is not a mirror, it’s a hammer.

In Praise of Learning was Henry Cow’s most overtly political album. Printed on the back of the album cover is filmmaker John Grierson’s quote “Art is not a mirror – it is a hammer”, and the Tim Hodgkinson 16-minute composition, “Living in the Heart of the Beast” made explicit Henry Cow’s left-wing political leanings, with Dagmar Krause’s powerful voice adding […]

Art Bears – Winter Songs and The World as it is Today

Art Bears were an English avant-rock group formed during the disassembly of Henry Cow in 1978 by three of its members,Chris Cutler (percussion, texts), Fred Frith (guitar, bass guitar, violin, keyboards) and Dagmar Krause (vocals). The group released three studio albums between 1978 and 1981, and toured Europe in 1979. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with Henry Cow – but they are amazing. I adore their music. Someone gifted me these two […]