About Richard Marcus

Richard Marcus is a fifty-two year old writer living a not so quiet life in Kingston Ontario with his artist/poet/musician wife and three active and loud cats. As an online arts critic he's published over 1900 articles about music, books and film. His work has appeared in print in the German edition of Rolling Stone Magazine and two books commissioned by Ulysses Press. Visit his website, Leap in the Dark.

(Music Review) IR 29.1: New Generation Dub

IR 29 - New Generation Dub

One of the biggest crimes committed by the music industry has been their ability to co-opt, dilute and turn even the most radical of genres into something safe for mass consumption. ...{read more}

Movie Review – Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

As a kid in the 1960s, I remember asking my mom why we didn’t ever have Granny Smith apples in the house. ...{read more}

(Music Review) Music of the Sahara: Tinariwen’s new album Emmaar

Tinariwen - Emmaar music review

In the early 1960s the creation of artificial borders in the trackless wastes of the Sahara desert might have been cause for celebration among the inhabitants of the newly created countries. ...{read more}

Book Review – IR 30: Indigenous Visions In Dub

Book Review: IR 30 Indigenous Visions In Dub

I guess it’s appropriate that blockades have gone up again on the Tyndengia Mohawk reservation in South Eastern Ontario Canada as I begin to write this review. ...{read more}

(Movie Review) Come Back Africa: The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume ll

Come Back Africa: The Films of Lionel Rogosin, Volume ll

Documentary movies always seem to get short shrift. For too many people there the things people tell them to watch at school so they will learn something. ...{read more}

(Music Review) Soutak by Aziza Brahim

Soutak by Aziza Brahim

At first glance the Sahara Desert of North West Africa seems like one of the most inhospitable places on the face of the earth. ...{read more}

(Music Review) Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devil’s Tale

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia - Devil's Tale

Adrian Raso and Fanfare Ciocarlia – Devil’s Tale

When the Ottoman Empire invaded Eastern Europe they brought more than just their armies with them. ...{read more}

Book Review: Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

Hijos de la Selva: Sons of the Forest

In the early part of the 20th century photographer Edward Curtis was funded by American businessman J. P. Morgan to undertake the extensive task of making a photographic record of Native Americans across the United States. ...{read more}

(Music Review) Acá: Viggo and Friends

Aca - Viggo Mortensen and Friends

Some people say, “Politics make strange bedfellows” (Don’t say it to Putin – he might take it the wrong way and have you thrown in jail) but the first time I heard Viggo Mortensen had collaborated on an album with the notorious, infamous, riotous, speed metal, punk, over the top guitar player Buckethead, I thought politics has nothing on music. ...{read more}

Book Review – Dreams before Extinction by Naeemeh Naeemaei

Dreams before Extinction by Naeemeh Naeemaei

It’s hard for us in the West not to have misconceptions of what life is like in countries where our perceptions are shaped entirely by what we read in the media. ...{read more}