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“In the month leading up to the U.S. presidential election, Dave Eggers, the author, philanthropist, and founder of the satire site McSweeney’s, enlisted a number of musicians across genres and disciplines for what would become the “30 Days, 30 Songs” project, a vocal gesture against a Trump presidency.” Rob Arcand   via

I totally missed this until now.


“unite to coordinate action?”  Its difficult to distinguish capitalist rhetoric from old anti-capitalist words that, as soon as they have wide currency are immediately monetised (and that include Bitcoin versions.) by having their meanings reassigned for new purposes.

“…neoliberal protest music — “30 Days, 30 Songs,” like Third Eye Blind, Green Day, John Mayer before it — has come to seem better suited for sharing and agreement among the like-minded than the sort of direct action upon which protest music was once established. The liberal “folk-political” song, steeped in nostalgia for the mass radicalization of the 1960s, invokes an era defined by collective action while serving mostly as a substitute for action itself.” Rob Arcand

What are we to make to this?

Rebecca MCarthy (see Third Eye Blind link above) “Protest songs are out in force: look at Kendrick Lamar’s “Alright,” Beyonce’s “Formation,” J.Cole’s “Be Free,” Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care,” Lauryn Hill’s “Black Rage,” even Childbirth’s “I Only Fucked You as a Joke.”



This Resonance show is archived on the great archive of the electronic ephemera –

Johnny G Watson

Ben Watson puts it so well:  “For the bourgeois record industry, Johnny Guitar Watson’s protest songs are a gimmick and a frivolity, an underclass whistle in the dark, but behind motivational funk and curse-words stands the livid tongue of the exploited masses, behind these protests at unemployment and computerisation stand the needs of labour versus capital, behind this precise musicality, in-studio 3D construction and cutting wit lurks the Black Revolution, the precursor to any social progress in the United States.”

Hey you folks! Listen HERE !

Ends with a tune for Lol Coxhill R.I.P.

Curzon Cinema, Soho, London.  6.30pm Tuesday 21st December

This is really the best film relating to ‘agit disco’ themes I’ve yet seen.

Sounds Like a Revolution is a feature length doc directed by Summer Preney and Jane Michener. The main voices are those of  Michael Franti, the US punk band Anti-Flag, the rap artist turned producer Paris, old David Crosby (of Still & Nash). Tom Morello of RATM we also get some time with Ani Defranco and Jello Biafra amongst others.

Protest music alive and well in the USA, as well as being heavily repressed, censored or silenced. The  most interesting voice for me was MC Paris who takes on the Music corporation business bigwigs at their own game. Surprising for me was David Crosby who is a right old lefty and more political than I knew.

Followed by a panel discussion… Read More »