Dennis Bovell and Skin awarded OBE’s
The annual parade of gongs is not something we peruse often but this year through up some great curveballs. We still feel conflicted about anything with the word ’empire’ in it, not least because there is actually no such thing and we have long supported the idea of a generic citizen’s medal as it’s great that people get awarded for their good work.

This year, though, we are cheering the gongs awarded to the charismatic Skunk Anansie singer skin and the producer of The Slits, writer of the brilliant Janey Kay’s 1976 hit Silly Games and all-round dub producer genius Dennis Bovell…

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Award winning journalist and boss of Louder Than War. In a 30 year music writing career, John was the first to write about bands such as Stone Roses and Nirvana and has several best selling music books to his name. He constantly tours the world with Goldblade and the Membranes playing gigs or doing spoken word and speaking at music conferences.


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