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GUEST,Sarah 31 Jan 05 - 04:03 PM
just john 31 Jan 05 - 04:09 PM
GUEST 31 Jan 05 - 05:59 PM
breezy 31 Jan 05 - 06:16 PM
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Peace 31 Jan 05 - 06:48 PM
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Subject: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 04:03 PM

Hi, I'm doing a project on political and protest songs and am looking for some more leads to people writing them in the u.k today from the folk genre...I'm not to sure which vein I am going down yet, I need to listen to somemore people and hear some more influences..
Thanks, Sarah,
sarah_jane_miller@hotmail.com


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: just john
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 04:09 PM

There's always Chumbawamba.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 05:59 PM

You could always try www.unionsongs.com (not sure if the clicky will work. It may be mostly older songs but for more topical material try The Cebtre for Political Song a Glasgow caledonian University. Sorry but I'm not sure of the URL. I found by googling the name... Hope that helps

Andy


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: breezy
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:16 PM

Look at George Papavgeris

www.folk4all.net

'Flowers in the Guns'

Vin Garbutt added this song to his repertoire in 2003

another is 'Remember Joe Turner'

'Langemarck'

for starters


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: breezy
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:29 PM

George Papavgeris has also written

'What life for a Soldier'

'Caligulas and Neros' Heroes lead by zeros


'The Price of Two Cannon Balls'



'Thieves of Innocence' about child soldiers


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Peace
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:48 PM

This link works.


http://www.unionsongs.com/


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Peace
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 06:52 PM

Here is the link to The Center for Political Song at Glasgow University

http://polsong.gcal.ac.uk/


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:18 PM

AHem - two of my songs on the Glasgow Caledonian Uni Political song site.. ( he said modestly)


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:25 PM

also several by another well-known name here - Lorcan Otway


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:29 PM

Robb Johnson, Dick Gaughan, Brian McNeill, Alistair Hulett come to mind.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Scabby Douglas
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:44 PM

Billy Bragg


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,eddie cochranovich
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 08:59 PM

Red Smed and the Hot Trot Smash the System Boogie Band


http://www.midnightmango.co.uk/bands/redsmed/redsmed.html


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Folkiefrank
Date: 31 Jan 05 - 09:27 PM

Not forgetting Harvey Andrews!


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Wilfried Schaum
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 02:12 AM

A song by a German, but in English and written in Barrow upon Humber:

Iraqi War Song. Note that PC in the 4th stanza should read CP.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Teresa
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 02:39 AM

Leon rosselson, eric bogle, and Roy Bailey.

Teresa


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:49 AM

this australian site also includes songs from other countries

Oz union songs site

sandra


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: yrlancslad
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 02:54 PM

Some I like: The Manchester Rambler (new version) and Working Chap, both on Patterson Jordan and Dipper, " Flat Earth" CD, Davie Robertsons song about Bush and Blair-the chimp and the poodle. A more subtle anti-war song Old men sing love songs on Fletcher and Whaley's CD Less Sprightly.
Malcolm


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Richard Bridge
Date: 01 Feb 05 - 07:35 PM

Coope Boyes and Simpson - Didn't I go (Like a lamb to the slaughter). About the miners' strike, Thatcher period.

A lot of Tom Robinson - Glad to be Gay, Liddle Towers song, Winter of '79.

Levellers

But I suppose that may no longer be "today".


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Sarah
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 04:18 PM

I suppose by today (that is a bit of a loose term to use!) I mean the past 15 years or so...This is great, everyone has such different ideas and influences of political and protest in terms of song....


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Cats
Date: 02 Feb 05 - 04:26 PM

Jon Heslop


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Bill the Collie
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 07:50 AM

I saw Damien Dempsey at Celtic Connections this year.
He was support act to good old Billy Bragg.
Damien was very, very powerful - phew, still recovering.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,maire-aine, cookieless
Date: 03 Feb 05 - 01:18 PM

Check out Damien Rice & Christy Moore's song recent song called Lonely Soldier. Can't do a blue clicky right now, but you can find them with a search.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Stu Martin
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 10:29 PM

Try checking out "Flowers in the guns" by The Lovebombs (2006)


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,ollaimh
Date: 22 Jun 11 - 11:05 PM

the iww reissued a collection of all their versions of the little red song book a few years ago--i snapped one up. the modern edition lacks some of my favourites, like "they go wild simply wild over me". now i got em all.

bruce cockburn has written many modern political songs like "if i had rocket launcher" and "lovers in a dangerous time"


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: raredance
Date: 25 Jun 11 - 06:19 PM

David Rovics has written and recorded a few


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 08:42 AM

Alun Parry, from Liverpool, is definitely worth looking up. Formerly awarded the prize of "Busker of the year" by the Liverpool Echo newspaper, he does a lot of gigging for Trade Union events and other rallies. He also used to run the Woody Guthrie folk club at the Ship and Mitre in Liverpool (currently on haitus). He's a skilled songwriter, and although because I find a lot of the political narratives he weaves into his songs to be gross oversimplifications, I do admire the fact that he keeps the memories going of important figures and events in the history of the labour movement, and I also admire his capacity to draw together a political crowd through folk music.

His website is http://parrysongs.co.uk/ - some of his songs are more inspired by traditional folk than others, but I'd particularly flag up his songs "If Harry Don't Go", about the London dockworker and union activist Harry Constable, "The Limerick Soviet", about a self-declared Soviet in the City of Limerick in April 1919 during the Irish war of independence, and the music-hall inspired song "Oh Mr Cameron" (actually mostly by Alun's mum Norma Parry), which has been picked up by the Liverpool Socialist singers and others as a protest song.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Jack Campin
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 09:49 AM

Rhiannon Giddens, "The Bottom 99", at Occupy Wall Street:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gh36PkhmN4U


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 09:53 AM

I'd definitely second that. Alun Parry is a bloody good lad and a bloody good and highly prolific songwriter. To Richard's list I'd add I Want Rosa To Stay. http://parrysongs.co.uk/go/songs/i-want-rosa-to-stay/. Also Union Hall.

Sorry about the lack of blue clickies and stuff, but my computer is playing up something rotten at the moment.

BTW., Richard. How can you have a Soviet which isn't self-declared?


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,OldNicKilby
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 10:11 AM

Try and find a lass called Grace Petrie. Very sharp word smith, even I think that she is pretty damned good and extremely political. I think that she is on all the usual sites, sorry I am a luddite when it comes to the blue clickies


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jan 14 - 10:19 AM

Joe Solo. His new album "No Pasaran" is crammed full of the type of thing you are looking for. The title track is a corker.

http://www.joesolo.co.uk/

Forget David Rovics - brilliant as he is, he's most definitely American!


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Eldergirl
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 06:43 AM

Maggie Holland's song 'Salt of the Earth'. Or is that too old, now? Still a bloody good song which makes a point.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Richard from Liverpool
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 07:07 AM

Well in the history of the USSR, for example, there were many centrally organised 'Soviets', though one might well question whether they could really be called Soviets in the strict sense. It is, I suppose, similar process to what we might call "astroturfing" (the creation and funding of pseudo-grassroots organisations) today!

And aaaaaaaaaaaanyway Fred, just because something's tautological doesn't make it untrue! A great deal of song construction requires tautology in order to make the words scan!


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 23 Jan 14 - 07:24 AM

Richard. I never mentioned tautological. The point I was getting at was that Soviets, in the sense of workers taking control of their own workplaces etc., are not things which can be imposed from above. Either the workers do it themselves or they are not Soviets.

That of course ignores the fact that the word soviet is simply Russian for council. But that's another question and another can of worms.


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: Les in Chorlton
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 05:20 AM

In the meantime listen to The Young Uns - great songs sung well


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,John from Kemsing
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 05:45 AM

Look out! Here`s one coming from the other direction!

https://soundcloud.com/#john-hills/envy-10


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Subject: RE: political and protest songs today?
From: GUEST,John Foxen
Date: 24 Jan 14 - 10:02 AM

Let's not overlook Ralph McTell still turning out stunning songs such as Care In The Community, The Enemy Within, Red Sky and possibly his masterpiece Peppers And Tomatoes.


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