‘The Political Calypso; A Socio – Linguistic Process of Conflict Transformation’. by Everard M. Phillips 2009 seems like a rare book – at least you can’t buy it online. I found a copy in the Oasis Academy public library in Shirley whilst waiting for my daughter to have a music session. It seemed to hold clues as to how we might get out of the mind cage of Humanist (neo-classical) western Literary elite thinking structures? I scanned a couple of pages with my phone.
“Call and Response allows the audience to co-author the proceedings of the evening, while they are engaged in the process of co-constructing meaning…. The phenomenon of Call and Response is a co-active, reciprocal process that involves inter-communication, taken in turn, between the calypsonian and subsets of an audience, as a story is told through the medium of a calypso. The process enables the performer and the audience to engage in a form of rhetoric union, whereby they are together able to create, interpret and respond to a rhetoric act.” p.55
In this book Everard M. Phillips argues that calypso ”is an attempt to consciously articulate a congruent, coherent paradigm for transforming indigenous conflict”.
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The Janey Buchan Political Song Collection at Glasgow University
Read more here
“Oh, dear me, the warld’s ill-divided,
Them that work the hardest are aye wi’ least provided.”
Janey Buchan, born 30th April 1926; died 14th January 2012.
(A Political Song night at the Concert Hall of the University of Glasgow. It’s £7 pay on the door at takes place on 30 November)
33RPM – Voices of the Revolution,
an album of powerful revolutionary and political music produced by artists from across the globe, is to be digitally released via Bandcamp on Monday 14 October 2013.
The collection of 33 songs chronicles oppression, uprisings, land rights issues, political and social abuses and acts of revolution drawn directly from the experiences of established and emerging artists representing over 33 countries across 6 continents, and spans Afrofuturismo, Indian folk-rock, soulful New Zealand reggae, Electro Caribe, Malian hip hop and Iranian electronica amongst other diverse styles and genres.
A global snapshot of musical resistance. Including ‘our’ very own incendary Jun Tzu
Full details of the players on Facebook and here:
The new acoustic album by Manic Street Preachers sounds as if they haven’t lost their agit disco punch. In a review by Rick Pearson in the Metro he reckons it is their ‘bitterest’ record since ‘Holy Bible’ in 1994. My attention was brought to the political importance of the Manics, especially to the youth of South Wales, by the Agit Disco selection made by Sian Addicott. The track ’30 year War’ was written before Thatcher died – “it’s a critique of the attack on the working classes over the last 30 years” James Dean Bradfield.
There are many singer songwriters that have been bashing out political songs and music for years and because I don’t live in my area don’t get onto this blog. Its about time two of them did! One of these is Robb Johnson who also established ‘Irregular Records’ in Brighton in 1985.
Irregular Records also published the music of Alun Parry a Liverpool based musician who organised the unique Liverpool Festival of Working Class (Life and) Music in from 2008 to 2011. Alun is about to bring out a new album after four years and you can order it here; as well as download a free album as a taster. The album launch is on 21st September.
Alun Parry was also one of the founder members of AFC Liverpool. Which is part of an English movement to establish fan owned football clubs.
Derek Malcolm describes this film as “crammed with protest songs and poetry about the vilification of the lower castes (25% of the population) that is still prevalent now.”
Patwardhan “often works alone and with scant resources… he frequently goes where others in India fear to tread.” http://www.standard.co.uk/goingout/film/derek-malcolm-recommends-anand-patwardhan-8732988.html
Have you heard of Patwardhan? I hadn’t.
Shown twice today at Tate Modern!
a blog item from the interesting blog: Working-Class Perspectives Commentary on Working-Class Culture, Education, and Politics
Nick Coles writes: “Why do certain songs get under our skin? How is it that they seem to express the way we are feeling or speak to the times we are living in? The old labor anthem “Which Side Are You On?” has been such a song for me. I’ve been playing it, singing it, and listening for new versions, ever since I first heard Florence Reese perform it in Barbara Kopples’ documentary film Harlan County USA (1976).”
He refers to: George Ella Lyon’s beautiful picture book Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song (2011)
Its also been covered here by Billy Bragg. “The most recent and, to my ears, compelling rewriting of “Which Side Are You On?” comes from Ani DiFranco
on her 2012 CD of the same name. “
Some interesting comments too.
’The Frontman: Bono (In the Name of Power)’ is a new book by Harry Browne that looks closely at Bono’s Faustian Pact with the super rich. It is 176pp long and published by Verso. Here is a good review by Terry Eagleton that puts Browne’s case in a nutshell with an emphasis on the Irish context from which Bono arises.
Read Stewart Home’s more exciting no holds barred review here:
This 420pp tome by Stuart Maconie, based on a radio show, has an interesting relation to the Agit Disco project. Here he is mainly looking at big popular hits and how they effected huge swathes of the Brit population. Or how the tunes reflected bigger changes happening in society.
I’m looking forward to get hold of a copy. He seems to be a good writer and gets at some interesting back stories as far as I can tell from the nice review by John Harris with a convenient click-to-hear playlist: Guardian review. The comments are good too. “ It was such a relief to hear that it was about the people rather than the bands.” and especially the comment by ricklee369…
One.org a online anti-poverty campaigning organisation headed by Bono with Time Magazine’s Michael Elliott as CEO. Other directors include: Joshua Bolten who is MD of Rock Creek Global Advisors, an international business advisory firm; Howard G, Buffett, President of his eponymous Foundation; Joe Cerrell director of the Gates Foundation’s Europe office; John Doerr from Google and Amazon’s board; Condoleezza Rice, etc etc.
They have made a deal to bring us a selection of the worlds top protest songs via Spotify presented on a high-end slickly designed website complete with spray paint stencil graph style logos. ‘scuze me whilst I put two fingers down my throat… Photo gallery sponsored (and edited?) by Nokia.
They want to ensure that the right decisions are made at the G8 by gettting down with the worlds young protestors. Lovely jubbly!
Hang On! Isn’t it just these people we are meant to be protesting against? Did you really sign up to this Elvis Costello? C’mon man!