住所: 263-267 Old Brompton Rd, Earl's Court, London SW5 9JA
When Bob Dylan went to London for the first time, the only advice his mentor Pete Seeger gave him was to look for “Anthea at the Troubadour”. It was 1962 and the café in Chelsea was already a legend in the music and countercultural scene. The twenty-one-year-old singer stepped through the ornate door and found Anthea Joseph, the young local event organiser - he would play on Christmas under the name of Blind Boy Grunt. In the rough-edged Earl’s Court, the Troubadour’s name evoked images of Medieval minstrels but it was actually the beating heart of a contemporary revolution. Here, the raw satire of Private Eye was born, as well as the pacifist movement CND, against nuclear proliferation. The Black Panthers would meet here in 1968 after the protests in Paris. However, the Troubadour is, foremost, associated with Rock and Roll and Folk and Blues - Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Elton John, Elvis Costello, Morrissey and Led Zeppelin - they all played here in legendary concerts or sudden improv jams. Unlike the other cafés of that era, the Troubadour never closed. It changed owners more than once but without betraying its roots, renovated and enlarged so it could continue hosting the biggest names in music - from Amos Lee to Adele, from Morcheeba to Ed Sheeran, from Paolo Nutini to Jack Peñate and the Dead 60s.
At the British Museum, a Journey through the History of the Tantra
From India in the Middle Ages to contemporary feminism, tantric philosophy revolutionised both East and West. But what do we really know about it? A gallery of precious objects reveals its secrets across cultures and time.
A Journey in a Painting - William Hodges in Tahiti
It was 1772 when the British artist departed with Captain Cook to explore the Pacific. His paintings showed Europeans far-off lands for the first time, rife with exotic dreamscapes and an unquenchable thirst for knowledge.