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Thread #89365 Message #1686698
Posted By: akenaton
06-Mar-06 - 05:27 PM
Thread Name: MI5 monitored Ewan MacColl
Subject: RE: MI5 monitored Ewan MacColl
Wolfgang...."He's worst where his politics enter into his songwriting (like in the incredibly bad Stalin song)."
First time I,ve seen you affect naivety as a debating device Wolfgang!!
MacColl was a revolutionary socialist. I don't know if you've ever been of that persuasion, but I can tell you it gets into your blood and consumes every waking moment.
From what I have read, MacColl believed the Capitalist system to be the biggest impediment to the happiness and fulfillment of humanity and made that point over and over again in his songs.
As I'm sure you know for a song to be "political" it doesn't require to contain the names of political figures
MacColl knew that Capitalism destroyed any culture which didn't fit the pattern (The Travelling People.) Destroyed working folk (They killed him...my old man) and will destroy the music we love if we don't heed MacColl's advice.
His work songs are full of political comment and his celebration of the working man and woman in dozens of songs is socialist to the core.
Can you seriously argue that songs like Dirty Old Town, where he contrasts the joy and expectancy of young love with the squalor and hopelessness of youth in a Northern industrial environment has no political content?
To a socialist of MacColl's mould, politics are everywhere. In the books you read, the songs you sing and the air you breathe.
You cant have MacColl without his politics and he needs to apologise to no one for his beliefs, as most of his fears for the future of society and of folk music have been proven correct...Ake