Hello, I’m Nicola and to mark UK Disability History Month 16th November - 16th December 2022 (UKDHM), I’m going to be writing a series of mini introductory blogs on notable disabled and/or chronically ill musicians.
Why the series?
I am often frustrated with some of the more reductive narratives surrounding disabled creatives in the media and quite how intrusive interviewers’ questions can be when it comes to disability. UKDHM provides an opportunity to challenge some of the more harmful historiography surrounding disabled artists. That may be false-inspirational and objectifying notions of ‘overcoming disability’ or lives erroneously painted in the monotone wash of a single characteristic. For this reason, I have tried to include wherever possible the artist’s own words on topics such as their craft, personal philosophy and views on access within the arts
This Things Musicians Don’t Talk About series aims to celebrate the artistry of each musician, provide a springboard to listening to their music and see where it takes you…
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