If ever I would stop thinking about music and politics…

Hello. This is a blog about music and politics based on my book, 33 Revolutions Per Minute, which is due out next spring. I hope to make it a useful outlet for topical links, opinion pieces, Q&As, deleted material and so on. Here’s one to get the ball rolling…


  1. Thanks for this!
    Great idea for a blog. A little more promising than the ‘chase the new MP3’ blogidiom.

  2. *forgot to clink the little ”notify me of follow up…” thingee. Don’t mind me. I’ll just quietly slip in and…ah, there, that’s it.

  3. Hope you included “Wham! Rap” in your opus, the only song I can think of to protest against having a job and in favour of dole-ite spongeing.

    Nice blog, look forward to the book, nice Hiphoprisy soundbite too…

  4. Thanks for the comments. No room for Wham Rap sadly, but a couple of bits about George Michael. A strange band, Wham! – staunch Labour supporters who were widely mistaken as cheerleaders for Thatcherism. I respect them for playing a miners benefit especially as they admitted they couldn’t stand Scargill.

  5. Did you put Rock Island Line in there?

    • Stretching the definition a bit, isn’t it? I don’t hear the protest in there.

      • Perhaps it doesn’t fit. What I was thinking is that such work songs have a place among oppressed workers who didn’t have the freedom to sing or say what they wanted. Singing allegorical songs like Rock Island Line where they could be heard but the meaning only understood by your side was a subversive act. But overtly political in terms of a call to action? Probably not.

      • I know what you mean but I had to draw the line somewhere. The subversive process you describe applies to spirituals during slavery but not so much to the 1930s. Rock Island Line sounds to me more like a personal complaint than coded protest. On one level you could read the whole blues genre as a protest against the plight of the African-American poor but that would be a different book.

  6. Oh, so there will be a next book.

  7. Thought readers of 33 Revolutions Per Minute might be interested in checking out videos of some public domain historical protest folk songs from the post-1965 period of U.S. musical history (like the “Bobby Sands’ Last Cry” protest folk song from 1981 at the following link) that were recently posted on protestfolk channel:

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