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This may be of interest:”Collective Listening” followed by discussion – sounds very #agitdisco


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/157702582″>The Pop Group Q&amp;A at Rough Trade</a> from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/roughtradeshops”>Rough Trade Shops</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

The Pop Group Q&A at Rough Trade

This is more than a simple playlist; it’s a podcast programme with its own artistic value. Beautifully put together. Transpontine says: “Mix based on DJ set at  Housmans Radical Booksellers benefit at  Surya a while ago with  Stefan Szczelkun Paul Jam  Stewart Home Martin Dixon.  A mix I did a little while ago of music from the 1984/85 miners strike, with ChumbawambaNocturnal Emissions , Test Dept, Style Council and more…”

http://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/beyonce-formation-political-talking-points

Where are we going with this?  Is it marketising the revolution before it happens? Is it authentic? Is she ready to go to prison for her statements? Risk losing her millions? Or was it all agreed with her marketing department?

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To me it always feels like it might burst but we just ain’t ready.

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/02/19/us/beyonce-police-boycott/

http://www.socialistalternative.org/2016/02/26/beyonce-super-bowl-black-panthers/

http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/hip-hop/6897263/vic-mensa-justice-for-flint-laquan-mcdonald-16-shots-interview

Update 26th April. Lemonade, her new album is certainly making waves. Perhaps it is the radical power of the commodity and celebrity that it can turn on its money master and demand reforms, changes of attitude – in this case changes in normative attitudes to black women in the USA at least.

Todays Hillsborough Enquiry result is more powerful and revolutionary  because it comes form the bottom up – it signifies a working class refusal to take that classist shit? It shows the working class in Liverpool can assert its power within a legal framework that was evolved to protect bourgeois ‘freedoms’ and so class oppression. Equal before the law? We’ll see about that!

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From Smash Hits, 11 December, 1980

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Someone with screen name ‘Protest Songs‘ has accumulated an interesting collection of protest songs on YT. Anti-war songs have been grouped by decade. There are also groups under subject headings like; activists, big business, change and discrimination.

I notice the website of STOP the War Coalition is collecting anti-war songs and has a side bar devoted to songs. Although their list of British songs to inspire the fight against austerity is a bit dated and looks like it has been put together by a set-in-his/her ways 50 plus year old.

http://www.may2015.com/ideas/the-10-greatest-political-songs/

New Statesman last year updated their more obvious 2010 list of 20 ‘top’ political songs with a new, more interesting and nuanced top ten of political songs but it seems to have been updated into May this year. Interestingly it includes a selection by Deborah Levy who I once knew and by chance I’m currently reading her poetic first novel ‘Beautiful Mutants’ which still contains many satiric word images that are as potent now as they were when written in the late Eighties. Find out what song Deborah chose here:

http://www.newstatesman.com/music/2010/03/top-20-political-songs

And to finish with here’s a less Establishment list from ‘Song Facts’ that as you might imagine is much longer!

http://www.songfacts.com/category-songs_with_political_statements.php

A good resource which led me to discover ‘Under Cover of the Night’, a rare political song by The Stones from 1983 with a video by Julien Temple.

This blog is to signpost news of agit disco related events and stories that come to my attention though daily media. It does not mean that I agree with he viewpoints offered. Obviously the BBC World Service tends to have a ‘benign’ paternalistic imperialism behind what it does and does not say.

I find the story of the ‘Halal Rappers’ interesting because it shows a flexible and adaptive approach to making culture rather than one that is hidebound by convention.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02v4y97

or try YouTube direct: https://youtu.be/4JMbqSZ42so?list=PLQesuWE5KRGxpSrOD251uO1WhBlgXcDbr

On another side of another coin are the Russian rappers which might be seen as a détournement of local racism by rapping pro Putin!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-30153955  or

https://youtu.be/6AqE_yT1XuM

Another one of a Vietnamese rapper living in USA doing agit disco stuff:

BBC blurb “Son Nguyen A.K.A. ‘Nah’, a young Vietnamese rapper studying in the United States, has launched a scathing criticism of Vietnam’s Communist Party. ”   https://youtu.be/8SNESJQ4at4?list=PLQesuWE5KRGxpSrOD251uO1WhBlgXcDbr

The world is full of contradictory tactics.  Am I serving imperialism by lazily picking up on BBseize establishment voice? Maybe… I’d appreciate hearing of more direct sources!?

Vinyl Therapy lets people play three tracks on the theme of the month – This month it was politics! photo(1) photo(2) the tracklist for #vinyltherapy Politics (2/5/15) London was:

Gianna ‘The Ballad of Ho Chi Minh’ Ewan Macoll ‘The Times They Are a’ Changin’ Brothers & Sisters ‘Fight the Power’ Public Enemy

Worth ‘For What It’s Worth’ Stapel Singers ‘Political Science’ Randy Newman ‘I Spy (for the FBI)’ Jamo Thomas

Simon ‘Synthetic World’ Jimmy Cliff ‘Lie Down and Be Counted’ Neil Innes ‘Abraham, Martin & John’ Marvin Gaye

Marc ‘Oh Bondage! Up Yours!’ X-Ray Spex ‘Venceremos – We Will Win’ Working Week ‘Struggling Man’ Jimmy Cliff

Carmel ‘I’m Going Left’ Syreeta ‘Clean Up THe Ghetto’ Philadelphia All Stars ‘Takin’ It To The Streets’ Doobie Brothers

Gill ‘Diet’ Au Pairs ‘Little Hitler’ Everything But The Girl ‘Children of the Revolution’ T-Rex

John ‘Get Up Stand Up’ Big Youth ‘Inner City Blues’ Grover Washington Jr. ‘Funky President’ James Brown

Kim ‘Graffiti Limbo’ Michelle Shocked ‘The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down’ Joan Baez ‘You Haven’t Done Nothin’ Stevie Wonder

Sally ‘(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang’ Heaven 17 ‘News at Ten’ The Vapors ‘White Riot’ The Clash

Christine ‘Hard Times’ Human League ‘Somesay’ Wah! Heat ‘Sweet Talking Guy’ The Chiffons

Rachel ‘Part of the Union’ The Strawbs ‘I’m Alright Jack’ Tom Robinson ‘Big A Little A’ Crass Eva ‘Glad to be Gay’ Tom Robinson Band

Pete ‘Johannesburg’ Gil Scott Heron ‘Right On Be Free’ Voices of East Harlem ‘Hell’ James Brown

Billy ‘This Is Your’ Captain Sensible ‘Floating Anarchy Radio’ Here & Now ‘Kill For Peace’ The Fugs

Clive ‘How Can a Poor Man Live Such Times?’ Blind Alfred Reed ‘Outlaw’ Eugene Macdaniels ‘Mao! Mao!’ Claude Channes Maya ‘Keep On Keepin On’ Redskins ‘Babylon’s Burning’ The Ruts ‘English Civil War’ The Clash

Bryan ‘Wind of Change’ Robert Wyatt & Jerry Dammers ‘Breadline Britain’ Jimmy Sommerville ‘Handsworth Revolution’ Steel Pulse

Lisa ‘Margaret on the Guillotine’ Morrissey ‘Good Evening Mr Waldheim’ Lou Reed ‘Belfast’ Boney M

Matt ‘The more that I see (the less I believe)’ Fun Boy 3 ‘Comrades’ Test Department ‘Economics’ Bumbites

Mick ‘If a Peanut Framer can do it (so can I)’ Ed Townsend ‘Get Involved’ George Soule ‘I’m Backing Britain’ Bruce Forsythe

Wayne ‘Dirty Laundry’ Curtis Mayfield ‘Independant Intavenshan’ Linton Kwesi Johnson ‘Same Song’ Israel Vibration

Ian ‘The Last of England’ Simon Fisher Turner/Derek Jarman ‘Bonzo Goes to Bitburg’ The Ramones ‘Kennedy’ The Wedding Present

Rod ‘Nixon’s The One’ Kathryn Duffy & The Enemies ‘(For God’s Sake) Give More Power To The People’ Chi-Lites ‘Revolution’ The Beatles

Andy ‘Holiday In Cambodia’ DJ Lebowitz ‘Jerusalem’ Mark Stewart & The Maffia ‘I am the fly’ Adam Sky

Denise ‘Folsom Prison Blues’ Johnny Cash ‘Kill The Poor’ Dead Kennedys ‘Forward To Death’ Dead Kennedys

******** Extras included: ‘Elected’ Alice Cooper ‘Crazy Baldhead’ Bob Marley & The Wailers ‘I hate Hate’ Razzy & The Neighbourhood Kids ‘The Message’ Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five ‘Gonna Be a Showdown’ Archie Bell & The Drells ‘Harlan County’ Jim Ford ‘Autonomy’ Buzzcocks ‘Cunts are still running the World’ Jarvis Cocker

Their archive of past events:   https://thelisteningcure.wordpress.com

Coming up to the election we have quite a few Agit Disco groups gunning for the charts:

Video above is from West London DIY Creative Collective Dovetown.

https://theefaction.wordpress.com/the-war-of-position/

Cassette Boy + Russell Brand are putting out:

not only but also let’s not leave out:

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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.

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