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At last! I got to hear a live set by the great Mancunian Johnny Crescendo, who was over from the uSA, in the basement of the NUT HQ in KingsX, London. Celebrating 25 years of struggle for inclusive education marked by the ILEA publication of ‘Disability Equality in the Classroom: a human rights issue’ that was put together by Richard Rieser and Micheline Mason. and first came out 25 years ago.   <a href=”http://worldofinclusion.com/res/deinclass/text_only.pdf&#8221; rel=”nofollow”>worldofinclusion.com/res/deinclass/text_only.pdf</a>

Johnny was playing with his long term accompanist Ian Stanton who also doubles at being a technician as and when – sometimes quite a balancing act! Their album is on iTunes. I couldn’t find him on YouTube with good quality sound.

“Writing songs in Welsh was a natural thing for us as native Welsh speakers to do, but there was undoubtedly an element of defending and promoting our culture against those who would see it eroded. We bought a tank as a promotional tool, but it also made a stand against the civil liberties limiting the Criminal Justice Act, by making the driver/DJ immune to arrest. We joined the campaign for a nuclear-free Wales, and I still take an active interest in the campaign to see nuclear power, and its twin Trident, become things of the past.”

says Cian Ciarán in his recent Guardian article.

They are preparing a protest album with, amongst others, Steve Mason singer songwriter of The Beta Band who wrote ‘Fight Them Back’

Super Furry Animals website

Finally winning a Brit award for here last album ‘A Perfect Contradiction’ supercharged by Pharrell Williams and Plan B contributions. A working class hero is something (not easy) to be – Paloma has apparently hired fluffy Owen Jones to be her support act, or is it well-educated mouthpiece, in London and Brighton gigs. Jones is perhaps hoping for a return of ‘Rock Against Racism’ to turn back the tide of Ukip buffoonery . Let’s hope the suffocating world of suck-cess doesn’t shut Paloma up.

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“My mum gets upset when I say I’m working class. She goes, ‘I worked bloody hard for you not to be working class! At least say you’re lower middle class!’

But if I’m looking at what has been praised in recent years there do seem to be a lot of white middle-class boys who, in my view, have it easiest in the entire world… They’re very well represented in the music industry at the moment.” from an interview with Adrian Deevoy in the Mail 14-2-15

She has said she can’t write political songs, but as we showed with Agit Disco there are ‘shed loads’ of political songs out there she could do or team up with the singer-songwriter of… So come on Paloma but your mouth where your money is.

At the same time MasterCard is cashing in on her in the Brits and Paloma is an ‘ambassador’ for the Prince’s Trust who helped her out when she was younger – so success suckers you in sly sorts of ways.

Photo by Deirdre McGale

Photo by Deirdre McGale

Nature Study Notes is a collection of 152 written instructions or ‘scores’ that was published as a booklet by Cornelius Cardew at the beginning of the Scratch Orchestra in 1969. The scores are called ‘rites’ and were used in many of the early Scratch Orchestra concerts. This was a music improvisation and visual performance event an hour and a half long. See photo documentation like below:

Performed by an ensemble of original Scratch Orchestra members and new performers: Jane Alden, George Chambers, Linn D, Carole Finer, John Hails, Bryn Harris, Les Hutchins, Petri Huurinainen, Eve Libertine, Robbie Lockwood, Geraldine McEwan, Christian Sancto, Matt Scott, Hugh Shrapnel, Howard Slater, Stefan Szczelkun, Emmanuelle Waeckerle & Ali Warner.

A radio programme by Carol Finer made before the event:

Photo documentation of the event at Cafe Oto:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/mcgale/sets/72157650612639168/with/16430928357/

“Our improvising, it seems to me, is a matter of entering into relation in the widest possible way: relation with our unconscious, a relation with our materials and expression, a relation with the medium of expression, a relation with imagination, a relation with the recipient of our attempted communications etc. The wider the scope of potential relation then the more possibilities there are to both come across ways in which our activity and expression is determined (by the hidden social messages in language, by the technique of virtuosity, by the closure of product) and to modify and change this determination; to maintain that the social is never fully determined, and its potential for freedom is never closed but persists as the outcome of experimentalism.” – Howard Slater.

“It is impossible to capture the details of such an experience in words, and of course another performance would be an entirely different experience. But this is the beauty of it.” – Bachtrack

Phil England said of our previous performance of Nature Study Notes in his review in The Wire #369

“The fluid relationships and community-forming engendered by tonights performance can be seen as a rehearsal for the peaceful coexistence and non-judgemental acceptance needed to supersede the competitive anxiety that characterises current  financialised interrelations.”

Six Deep Breaths

Photo By Emmanuelle Waeckerle

szczelkun:

How isolated are the suburbs when one of you neighbours hits the big time without you having known about them? He has some superb agit disco style tracks too! Listen to ‘Storm Trooper’!

https://www.youtube.com/embed/HM3TOds46lM?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent

Originally posted on Thornton Heath:

Thornton Heath rapper Stormzy third in big 2015 poll

From the Croydon Advertiser  |  Posted: January 07, 2015

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“A STORMZ A’ BREWIN': Thornton Heath rapper Stormzy is tipped to make it big by the BBC this year. A GRIME artist from Croydon looks set to take the country by storm after coming third in BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll.  Stormzy, 21, from Thornton Heath, appeared on the Radio One breakfast show this morning to hear the news from Huw Stephens.  He is the only unsigned artist from the longlist of 15 and will have his track Know Me From played throughout the day.  Stormzy will appear again on Zane Lowe’s show on Radio One from 7pm tonight.”

 STORMZY’S TRACKS BELOW (WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE):

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 Owlboy – Conspiracy
RECORD LAUNCH EVENT

Owlboy | Conspiracy
Tuesday 13 January 7-9pm
Free admission, no booking requiredConspiracy is the latest track by West London-based rap artist Owlboy written as a direct result of his involvement in the London riots in 2011. The music video, a 12-month collaboration between Owlboy, Reveal Poison (an Iranian born, London raised hip-hop artist, writer and ethnomusicologist), Sam Hepworth (producer and filmmaker) and The Showroom, has been produced as part of The Showroom’s Communal Knowledge programme.Conspiracy is the story of many told through one: including original footage and documentation, it re-tells a series of local events that directly resulted from the larger-scale riots of 2011. Chronicled from the perspective of a young person who was not only present, but who was also reprimanded and imprisoned as a result of his involvement, the narrative serves as an integral chapter in the larger media story dubbed the ‘UK Riots’.This collaboration will extend into 2015 with further music video productions, and will feed into Dutch artist Wendelien van Oldenborgh’s How to work together commission in spring 2015.
THE SHOWROOM
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diagram of event by Howard Slater

Playlist for MDR Nov 2014

Show the National Songbook 1906. The way working class music was selected to create a national identity and fixed. This selection was sung in schools from 1906 to the BBC version ‘Singing Together’ which went on till the 1970s.

themes of my selections:  sense of place, homophobia and gay liberation, equality of intelligence, Psyche Pol

Sense of Place

Germany – Wooden Heart in German ‘Muss I Denn’ by Elvis Presley 1960  (from GI Blues film)  a German Folk song! Not released in the US!  reconciliation effect?

South Wales – Paul Robeson  1898 – 1976  which track?  Scandalise My Name? c1962

“You have shaped my life – I have learnt a lot from you. I am part of the working class. Of all the films I have made the one I will preserve is The Proud Valley.”  Proud Valley 1940 Ealing Studios.  The 1957 phone call…

Brixton – George Reptowski 1958  ‘Three O’clock Thrill’ by Kalin Twins. One hit wonders.  Subversive B-side theme  Media gatekeeping good taste/ vulgarity/ key word= BOWDLERISATION

S. Wales – ’68 Guns’ by The Alarm 1983,  (Sian Addicott – Welsh Not)

Thornton Heath – (subversive B side) 1986 ‘Live as One’  by Tippa Ire –   2nd subversive B-side  Lived in Thornton Heath along with Dekker.

Kennington ‘Attitude Problem’ by (Dave Cope) The 1926 Committee, , 1996  – dubplate from cassette

Sheffield –  ‘Black Commandments’ by 2 Lone Swordsmen 1998

Leicester – ‘Revolution by the Durham Ox Singers’ 1999   (or read from Manifesto in sleeve)

“When I’d needed backing vocals on my World Cup single I’d asked loads of people from different Leicester Bands to meet up for a singalong one Sunday in the Ox. As ever with The Leicester Music Scene, absolutely nobody could be bothered to turn up so I ended up asking a few of the proper regulars to do it, and they did a BRILLIANT job – when you want to record the sound of season ticket holders singing a football chant, pub regulars is what you want – and were thus credited on the single sleeve as The Durham Ox Singers.

We’d had so much fun doing the recording that I was KEEN to do some more and when I eventually got home the night after our discussions i came to the eminently sensible conclusion that we should do a cappella versions of the hits of the avant garde, starting with REVOLUTION #9. For those who don’t know (and if you don’t, please rectify this IMMEDIATELY) this is the penultimate track on The Beatles’ White Album, a roughly ten minute collage of loops, noises, samples and all round WEIRDNESS that divides fans pretty much down the middle into those who think it’s AMAZING and those who think it’s STUPID. I am very much in the former camp, and so spent the next week crouched over my tape player every night working out how to recreate it just with voices. It was a LONG week but by the end of it I was a) BOGGLY EYED b) acting suspiciously and c) in possession of a six part a cappella arrangement.We met a few nights later in the upstairs room of the Ox to have a read through, and by JIMINY it sounded AMAZING. It was a very very carefully worked out version, and if you were familiar with the original you would, I think, be IMPRESSED. If you weren’t, you’d be ALARMED, but in an impressed sort of way. We performed it the next week at the first Lollopa Leicester to an audience AGOG that such a thing could possibly happen, and we had such a good time doing it we agreed to carry on….When the single was released I wrote a MANIFESTO for the back of the sleeve, pointing out that this was PROPER ART made for a LAUGH by people in a PUB, and got quite worked up about it. In my heart of hearts i think this single is the item i am MOST PROUD of making in ALL My Exciting Life In ROCK, because while it IS a ludicrous piece of tomfoolery, it’s ALSO a Profound Art Statement and ALSO ALSO filled with LOVE and FUN. It’s GRATE!”

M.J. Hibbertt  http://mjhibbett.co.uk/articles/article.php?filename=melir10

Stefan stopped to allow Howard Slater to play three 7” records.

Subliminal by Eric Raglan 1981  Sheffield

We are All Prostitutes by The Pop Group  2002

Silence is a Rhythm too by The Slits

Christa Welsh’s selection (played via YouTube):

Junior Byles, ‘Chant Down Babylon’ 1976 Black Wax/Ja Man label

Mighty Sparrow, Birth name Slinger Francisco (Born Grenada 1935) ‘The Slave’ 1963 RCA label

Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five,  ‘The Message’ 1982

Chris Saunder’s  track:

Can (Germany 1971) ‘ Mushroom’ from the album Tago Mago (1971) featuring singer Damo Suzuki

Stefan ended the session by playing 2008 ‘Peaceful Solution’ – Willie Nelson Prod. Mad Professor ARIWA “Let’s take back America”. Many subsequent remixes etc. Mad Prof lives in and around Thornton Heath.

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Saturday 6 December 2014, 2-5pm
Brilliant Corners, 470 Kingsland Rd, London, E8 4AE

Cultural commentator Paul Gilroy will play and discuss a selection of recordings on the legendary audiophile sound system at Brilliant Corners – an audiophile jazz cafe in Dalston – thinking about ways of making sense of the present and past of recorded music, and the relationship of musical experimentation to political radicalism and utopianism. Music courtesy of the Sarava! crew, and normal restaurant service, will continue into the evening.

Respondent: Jennifer Otter (UEL)
Chair: Jeremy Gilbert.

Stefan played his 45s first. Chronological with a few themes interwoven:  class and language; class oppression; local musics; post colonial solidarity; subversive B-sides; Psych-pop and youth consciousness forming on a very emotive plane.

1958 ‘Life of a Millionaire’ by Scrapper Blackwell  (record 1967) Replacement for a lost Sonny Boy Williamson 2 EP

1958  ‘Three O’clock Thrill’ by Kalin Twins. One hit wonders.  Subversive B-side theme  Media gatekeeping good taste/ vulgarity/ key word= BOWDLERISATION

1960  ‘My Old Mans a Dustman’ by Lonnie Donegan – Royal Variety story  theme: class and language  Smash Deference/ class oppression theme. Connection to music hall.

1964 ‘In The Bath’ by Flanders and Swann – Genteel English rap music?!  Hygiene? Class dirt?  class oppression theme. Connection to music hall via respectable and regulated Variety.

1965  ‘My Generation’ – The Who  “Why doncha all FFFF… fade away!” Primetime TV fracture of the media screen.

1966 ‘Shanty Town’ – Desmond Dekker. Lived in Thornton Heath.

NOT THIS ONE !  1978 Sex Pistols do ‘God Save the Queen’ in the UK conspicuous by its absence among my 45s too rare. Smash deference!

1977 Oh Bondage Up Yours – X Ray Spex. Poly Styrene at Oval House workshops in seventies. (not played in Sheffield – left of the printed list I used)

1979 ‘Common as Muck’  – Ian Dury  theme: class and language.

‘Reasons to be Cheerful’   an artwork, or as young Rocko said “Lots of detail”.

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