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American artist Jim Shaw

18 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 November 2012

The best of the world's arts, film, music and literature brought to you every day. Presented by Mark Coles. On today's programme: American artist Jim Shaw, the impact of Amazon publishing on traditional booksellers and publishers and Senegalese kora player Seckou Keita.

Image: Jim Shaw - Capitol Viscera Appliances mural 2011 Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London/Hong Kong.

  • Jim Shaw

    Jim Shaw - Untitled (Faces in circle)

    American artist Jim Shaw on the links between a prog rock opera, an invented religion and the economic downturn. A big survey of his art opens at Baltic in England this week.


    Image: Untitled (Faces in circle).

    2009.Courtesy the artist and Simon Lee Gallery, London

  • Book boycott


    The new book by Timothy Ferris, the best selling author of The Four Hour Week, is being boycotted by bookstores in the US because it’s published by Amazon. Professor John Thomson of Cambridge University discusses the potential impact.

    Image: Francois Guillot/AFP/Getty Images.

  • Seckou Keita

    Seckou Keita
    The latest album from this Senegalese kora player blends musical influences from around the world. He explains his love for his instrument and plays for us live in the studio.


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