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Issue 91 October 2015

Last month’s mag was picked up at an incredible rate, probably due to the combination of Jo Peel’s artwork and our interview with Jeremy Corbyn. I hope you enjoyed it.

It’s a tough act to follow, but we’ve got another stellar issue this month – interviews with writer and broadcaster Paul Mason and spiky rock trio Battles, plenty of info on Off The Shelf Festival of Words, which runs for the whole of October and into November, and a great piece from Nigel Slack about Sheffield Retail Quarter. Did you know that Sheffield City Council currently owns a large portion of the city centre for the first time in god knows how long? Read on for more on that.

Independent artists, traders, campaigners, doers – we want to hear from you. Get in touch.

A lovely (and long) mix this month from Adrian Malekpour of local post-rock band Fly on Byrd, fly on. Hit play, sit back and let it wash over you.

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This month's articles

Localcheck Welcome to Sheffield

When you meet refugees, it's not good to ask too much about their family and home. That kind of talk takes time, trust and confidence. Inste…

Labour: Change beyond Corbyn

When Jeremy Corbyn squeaked onto Labour’s leadership ballot, he was a 100-1 outsider. Nobody expected him to win, least of all a demoralised…

Retail Quarter: Shopping Heaven or Hell?

We all know the heart of the city has been a sad sight for years now. Plans for regeneration came crashing down with the financial crisis of…

Paul Mason: On postcapitalism

Broadcaster and journalist Paul Mason released his new book, Postcapitalism: A Guide To Our Future, back in July, the message of which has o…

Eat Sheffield Awards

383 Abbeydale Road picture-house-social.com Housed in the former 1920s ballroom and billiard hall of the Abbeydale Picture House, Picture …

Mr Werewolf: Imagined Histories

Jakub Rozalksi's art is a curious mixture of traditional and futuristic. His 1920+ series, shown throughout this issue, explores an alternat…

Sound The Art of Getting By

There’s a scene in Family Guy, that cultural behemoth of our times, where Peter Griffin addresses the camera directly in a TV segment he’s h…

Houndstooth / John Otway / Alvvays

12 September Greystones English surrealism is a sullied concept, now most associated with the small 'c' conservatism of the Monster Raving …

Battles: Patterns in Drones and Buzzes

I was at a dead end job, pining for the halcyon days when I lived in Nottingham, somewhere around 3am in a cold Datacom centre in Northern C…

Breakbeat Lou Ultimate Breaks and Beats on Tour

Co-creator of the legendary Ultimate Breaks and Beats compilations between 1986 and 1991, Breakbeat Lou has made a huge contribution to hip hop, soul, R'n'B and pop musioc

Headsup Radkey

Three brothers from St Joseph, Missouri recently chose Sheffield to record their debut album, Dark Black Makeup. I had a chat with garage ro…

Cool Beans Having Fun / Wine Notes #1

Dear Advice Arnold, You may not remember, but I met you at an acid house free party in the Peak District circa '95. It was definitely you …