Good article on the Pete Seeger heritage:
Good article on the Pete Seeger heritage:
“The social context of the time and the identity of the musicians (born in France from Algerian immigrants) give it a completely different meaning. To take this standard patriotic song and to sing it with this “furious irony” was actually very provocative and can be considered as an act of protestation against discrimination.” Thanks
What did people make of Gordon Sumner’s aka Sting’s TV concert on 22nd December with Jimmy Nail? (1). On the one hand it was a promo for his latest album ‘The Last Ship’, on the other an impressively reflexive return to the subject matter of his working class childhood in the ship-building town of Wallsend in the North East of England.
photo credit: ‘Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums’
He was refreshingly honest for a celebrity. He told us that as a boy he was scared of going into the shipyards because of the noise and danger. He was inspired by catching the eye of the ship-launching Queen Mother from her regal RollsRoyce. He thought that this might have sown the seed of his aspiration to grandeur that later drove him to become a pop superstar. That was before the whole ship building industry in the North East went belly up. His songs deal with all aspects of that community from the militants to
‘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”.
The Janey Buchan Political Song Collection at Glasgow University
“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 was £7 pay on the door – took place on 30 November 2013)
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 theydon’t live in my area of Greater London don’t come to my notice and 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. These include AFC Wimbledon, now in the professional league, and F.C. United of Manchester
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!