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Fiona McKinlay's verdict: 4 stars
Sex and drugs and rock and roll may have been a phrase introduced into the world by the late Ian Dury in the post-punk 1970s, but such hedonistic excesses have been around for centuries.
When Paul Allen's stage version of Brassed Off appeared in 1998, two years after Mark Herman's film about a small Yorkshire community's efforts to win a brass band competition was first released, the miners' strike that formed the story's backdrop was still a fresh wound on Britain's landscape.
Gillian Furmage's verdict: Three-and-a-half stars
Since it was launched in 2012, the Scottish Album Of The Year Award has celebrated home-grown music in its myriad forms.
The idea of inviting 20 ­Scottish writers to address one of 20 portraits and artworks at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, and have their "short, sharp" monologues delivered by professional actors to a promenade audience, is a fascinating one - for all its undoubted logistical challenges.
There is a definite buzz about Govan this week - the third Buzzcut festival is taking over the Pearce Institute in Govan Road for the next five days and live art activities are not simply confined to the building.

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