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This seems like a good way of packaging Agit Disco songs that does not challenge the everyday exclusion of political material that Agit Disco was attempting to highlight. What it does do is an international selection of banned songs close to the heart of the British Index on Censorship.

Having had that gripe it sounds like a good project and very well designed and presented. It seems like they took the considerable trouble to go and meet the original musicians to photograph them and find out about the songs and it this research that makes the project impressive.

On their website they say: “WHAT MAKES A SONG BANNED? Through history, thousands of musicians have faced censorship, persecution and violent suppression. Often, their stories remain untold. Who were they? Who are they? And what can we learn from their stories?

In this project, photographer Jørgen Nordby and musician Pål Moddi Knutsen set out to trace the footsteps of songs that have, at one stage, been banned, censored or silenced. In countries as far apart as Mexico and Vietnam, we met musicians who have little in common except their tireless struggle for the right to sing.”

So you can buy the album and listen to the songs as well as read the story of the originals on the websiteunsongs_cover. Moddi seems like an accomplished musician and is soon to be presenting the songs played by himself in London.

 

 

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