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Dominic Sandbrook on the 80s, singer Blood Orange, Brazilian artists, Robert Mapplethorpe documentary

Arts news, interviews and reviews. Dominic Sandbrook on the 1980s, singer Blood Orange, Brazilian artists, Robert Mapplethorpe documentary.

After tackling the 1960s and 70s, author and cultural commentator Dominic Sandbrook turns his sights on Britain in the 1980s in a new BBC 2 three part series, The 80s, arguing it was as much about Delia Smith as it was about Margaret Thatcher.

Following on from Kirsty Lang's programme from Rio last Friday, this week we hear from Brazilian artists on their current work. First up is the man credited with bringing musicals to Brazil, Claudio Botelho.

A new documentary about controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe looks at the man behind the explicit work. Simon Baker, curator of photography at the Tate, discusses the film and Mapplethorpe's legacy.

Devonté "Dev" Hynes - also known as Blood Orange - is a British singer, songwriter, composer, and producer who has lived in New York for the past decade. He has written for the likes of Florence and the Machine, FKA twigs, and Solange Knowles and has just released his third album as Blood Orange, called Freetown Sound. He talks to John about the album, Black Lives Matter, and how his synesthesia affects his music.

Presenter : John Wilson
Producer : Dymphna Flynn.

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30 minutes


  • Dominic Sandbrook on the 80s

    Duration: 09:14

  • Robert Mapplethorpe documentary

    Duration: 04:02

  • Singer Blood Orange

    Duration: 07:41

  • Brazilian artist Claudio Botelho

    Duration: 06:04

Dominic Sandbrook on the 80s

Dominic Sandbrook on the 80s

The TV series The 80s with Dominic Sandbrook is on BBC 2 at 9.00 pm on Thursdays from 4 August 2016.

Image: Dominic Sandbrook in a Romford snooker club 

Robert Mapplethorpe documentary

Robert Mapplethorpe documentary

The DVD of the documentary Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures is out now.  Screenings are in London from 19 August 2016 and in Hull from 9 September 2016.

Images - Right and main image above: Self portrait by Robert Mapplethorpe.

Image credit: © Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation.  Used by permission

Singer Blood Orange

Singer Blood Orange

Blood Orange's latest album, Freetown Sound is out now.

Image: Dev Hynes

Image credit: Michael Lavine


Brazilian artists

Brazilian artists

Image: Left - Brazilian actor, singer and composer Claudio Bothelo; Right - Kirsty Young



Role Contributor
Presenter John Wilson
Interviewed Guest Dominic Sandbrook
Interviewed Guest Claudio Botelho
Interviewed Guest Simon Baker
Interviewed Guest Blood Orange
Producer Dymphna Flynn




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