Jacob Brookman
Jacob Brookman is a composer, producer and blogger based in Shoreditch. He's also a proactive member of the Fabian Society and has written extensively on politics, music and - his speciality - celebrity Twitter rows.

Entries by Jacob Brookman

Which Game of Thrones Family Are You? Premiership Edition

(0) Comments | Posted April 26, 2014 | 12:14 PM

As my girlfriend probably won't agree, this season the Barclays Premier League has been bloody sensational. Global juggernauts are in freefall under inexperienced leadership, early pace setters have faltered amid poor planning, and forgotten masters have been rehabilitated as title favourites.

The burning question on everyone's lips has to be:...

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Soundtracks Are the Essential Format for Modern Orchestral Music

(0) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 3:56 AM

Classical music is a problematic term - it actually refers to a period of musical development from around 1750 to 1820, during which particular formats were developed - things like symphonies, operas and concertos.

More broadly though, it's used as a catchall for orchestral music right up to the present...

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How Much Does British Culture Cost?

(3) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 1:24 PM

In a recent BBC radio interview, the actor and singer Michael Ball described how "...the ethic is so different between the commercial theatre and that kind of rarified, subsidised [theatre]". He cited that you can perform just three shows a week in subsidised show like London Road and eight shows...

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Why We Love Pop Music Villains

(1) Comments | Posted December 16, 2013 | 7:01 AM

With panto season in full flight, I was pleased to see Cold War hero and burger enthusiast David Hasselhoff playing Captain Hook at the Theatre Royal - in my native Nottingham.

And it made me wonder about the public's relationship with villainous stars, and why certain individuals continue to court...

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How to Ruin a Lady Gaga Song

(1) Comments | Posted November 22, 2013 | 4:48 AM

Do What U Want is the second single from Lady Gaga's latest album, ARTPOP, and features R. Kelly on backing vocals - a man so sleazy, he makes Robin Thicke look like Aled Jones.

Now, pop collaborations are a pretty vibrant field - when done well they can mean chart-topping...

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Why Bands Aren't as Good as They Used to Be

(5) Comments | Posted November 15, 2013 | 11:20 AM

This week I was at the Children in Need Rocks concert to see British act, Keane. As someone at the business end of his 20s, I've watched the band's whole career so far, and it felt a bit premature for them to be releasing a Best Of compilation after just...

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How Adele Represents a Renaissance for the British Accent

(0) Comments | Posted November 9, 2013 | 3:46 AM

This week, former Culture Club singer and gay icon, Boy George performed his new single King of Everything on the BBC's flagship music show, Later... with Jools Holland.

What struck me about the performance was just how dated his affected American singing style sounded; it undermined the song's authenticity.


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Why Are Pop Stars So Boring?

(6) Comments | Posted November 4, 2013 | 6:00 PM

There's a phrase I've come to use to describe some of pop's more 'interesting' offerings: Authentically contrived.

Nicki Minaj is an excellent example. She appears to use her money and appearance as the key creative stimulus for her artistic output.

So because she's heavily...

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Stop Me if You Think That You've Heard This One Before

(0) Comments | Posted April 10, 2013 | 2:57 AM

On Monday the Work and Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, was challenged by a northern market stall trader to live on £53 a week. This concept caught fire as an online petition was set up and quickly received over 450k signatures.

It's bad PR for the former arms salesman who...

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Page 3 Is Weird and Embarrassing - Why Keep It?

(0) Comments | Posted February 18, 2013 | 10:37 AM

As German philosopher and writer, Goethe, said "The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone"' says Amy, 19 from Hartlepool.

The fact that Amy is pictured standing on a beach in nothing but a pair of knickers clarifies the odd use of the quote - for this is no...

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How Social Media Will Cure Voter Apathy

(1) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 6:00 PM

Last year, US President Barack Obama's re-election campaign was notable for the unprecedented role of social media canvassing. Put frankly, the election will probably be the last where the public is 'surprised' by the role of SM. When used well it can be a decisive factor, and the 2012 election...

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Why I'm Boycotting Rihanna

(2) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 3:15 AM

"Even if it's a mistake, it's my mistake," she says. "After being tormented for so many years, being angry and dark, I'd rather just live my truth and take the backlash. I can handle it." - Interview with Rolling Stone magazine, February 2013

No deal, Rihanna.

Last year, I...

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Who Has More Clout, Politicians or Actors?

(4) Comments | Posted January 8, 2013 | 10:38 AM

Whether in France, the UK or Hollywood, top actors and politicians have much in common. They are both performers by trade who are put under intense public scrutiny. Their careers require a huge amount of guts and stamina, and can disappear into thin air overnight for seemingly minor offenses.


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#Instantcull and the 10 Commandments of Facebook Posts

(2) Comments | Posted November 12, 2012 | 6:00 PM

I recently left Facebook, but as a parting gift would like to offer a few pointers for users old and new of this fabulous social portal.

Essentially, my final year was a frustrating affair. So frustrating, in fact that I felt the need to implement an 'instant cull' rule whereby,...

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