Richard Benson

Month: March, 2015

Post-modern Pop: What Zayn’s departure from 1D tells us about modern music

Anyone reading the hundreds of thousands of tweets about Zayn Malik’s announcement that he was leaving One Direction may have a noticed the frequent comparisons to teen-band stars quitting in the past – Ginger leaving the Spice Girls in ’98, Brian McFadden’s splitting from Westlife in 2004, or Robbie’s exit from Take That in 1996. […]

Modern politics, sort of

I saw this in the toilets of the Forest Cafe in Edinburgh last week, and just thought: it’s interesting how fringe left politics went from smashing the system to smashing selective parts of it. You can imagine Margaret Thatcher’s father Alderman Roberts stepping onto this volunteer-run vegetarian cafe and art space by mistake, and feeling a twinge of […]