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David Bowie: Hero of the Outcasts

David Bowie was destined to be an outcast from only the age of fifteen when, after getting punched in the eye by dear friend George Underwood after a scuffle over a girl, Bowie was left with a permanently dilated pupil. Bowie’s death this week came as a shock and tragic announcement to many, but perhaps […]Read More

TV: Master of None and Hollywood’s Race Issues

The first season of Aziz Ansari’s new show, Master of None premiered earlier this month on Netflix to universal acclaim. The show is simultaneously smart, funny, thought-provoking, and covers a wide range of topics beautifully in only ten episodes. Once I started watching it, I absolutely could not stop watching it and found myself ready […]Read More

The Great Gatsby: The Illusion of Female Liberation

In my reading of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, set in New York in 1922, I was struck by a metaphor that Fitzgerald employs when introducing Daisy and Jordan, the two main female characters. The phrase in question is “Two young women were buoyed up as though upon an anchored balloon”. What Fitzgerald seems […]Read More

Eddie Redmayne and The Danish Girl: Transwashing or Transparency?

Eddie Redmayne is famous for playing Stephen Hawking, being an Eton-Cambridge graduate and, perhaps less so, for being male. He plays Lili Elbe, the first known transgender woman to undergo gender-realignment surgery, in the recent biopic ‘The Danish Girl’ which was met with outrage on social media. Despite Caitlyn Jenner’s public transition in the past year, […]Read More

The Birthday Party: When a Car Factory Met Music

Everyone knows a goth. They might be in your family, or a friend. They might be a particularly moody pet. They might just be that one person who you occasionally see in the Co-op on a Saturday morning. Whoever they are, whatever bands they like, the way they dress, act and think was influenced by one […]Read More

10 Artists To Watch In 2016

With the New Year right around the corner, and 2015 having delivered so much great music, we decided to compile our own list of talented artists set to rise in 2016. If you are a Spotify listener, you may also stream the following artists’ songs (plus a few more) by clicking the following link: 10 Artists To Watch […]Read More

The Indiependent’s Best of Britpop

2015 marks the 20th anniversary of the chart battle between Blur’s ‘Country House’ and Oasis’ ‘Roll With It’, a time when Britpop dominated the airwaves and the UK was witnessing a new age in Rock ‘n’ Roll. Britpop was born as a form of rebellion against the heavier, grungier sounds coming from the USA in […]Read More

The Rise of Nao

Let’s be honest, there are many young, aspiring, soulful, and experimental female artists out there at the moment. But let me introduce you to Nao who, even in a field crowded with aspiring artists, strong voices, and interesting musical visions, manages to stand out and make a name for herself. A year ago, Nao was […]Read More

Humans of New York – Enabling Positive Change

The Humans of New York project began in 2010, when history graduate Brandon Stanton lost his job as a bonds trader and moved to the big apple. Having previously dabbled in photography as a hobby, he decided to make it his career. The aim was to take 10,000 portraits of people on the streets of […]Read More

Have You Lost Your Marbles? A Reproval Of The Repatriation

Calling all art lovers, humanities students and those who are appreciative of cultural articles; in the United Kingdom, you have been given a free pass to visit many museums and galleries – to roam around through the profusion of relics and curiosities available. But wait – we’re just going to return all of these articles […]Read More

Why ‘Face Off’ Is The Best Reality Competition Show On

Television reality competition shows – probably everyone who has ever watched TV can name at least one. There’s been the good, the bad, and the truly awful, but one thing is for certain: they’re addictive, and wildly popular. A unique blend of competition, drama and the knowledge that the people you see on your screen […]Read More

The White Poppy: Remember in Peace

Recently a friend and I were in a pub, relaxing with a pint after a week of evenings spent in the university library. Minding our own business waiting to be served, I felt a small tap on my arm. A forty-something year old man with a shaven head was staring at me, before pointing at […]Read More

Video Didn’t Kill The Radio Star

The idea of an illustrated song has been present in our cultural narrative since the 1920s. Since, then we’ve borne witness to Freddie Mercury donning a leather mini skirt, Kate Bush dancing her way through the smoke of Wuthering Heights, Madonna showing us how to Vogue and Michael showing us how to fight for our […]Read More

The Indiependent’s Favourite Authors

Everyone has a favourite author. Whether an avid, lackadaisical or infrequent reader, everyone has that one person that sparks their interest; whose writing style is so befitting to them that they are drawn in and, ultimately, consumed by adoration for their writer and the beautiful plots and stories that they create. This list will be a […]Read More