Walls Come Tumbling Down by Daniel Rachel review – where have all the political musicians gone?


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Review by John Harris in The Guardian. Subtitle to article: "This is a triumphant oral history of Rock Against Racism, 2 Tone and Red Wedge, a timely account of 1970s-80s musicians who fought against bigotry and Thatcherism"


Excerpt: "Speaking as someone who was in the audience at the first Red Wedge concert – on 25 January 1986, at the 3,500-capacity Manchester Apollo – it is good to see this overlooked story told at last. The details are as much rooted in great human stories as dry politics, and the text manages to sustain its mood of revelation and excitement – as in the tale of Red Wedge’s stop-off in Newcastle, when the running-order included an unexpected and jaw-dropping performance by the Smiths. “We had 11 bands on … no one in the crowd knew when to go for a piss because they thought they’d miss something,” recalls one musician."


its probably written in their contracts that it will be frowned upon if they partake in any political bias.paul weller in the jam was very political but he now watches x factor instead.

Calamine Lotion

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It seems like the article is really asking where have all the "British political rock musicians gone?" I think the answer is more about looking at where rock music in general has gone. The music scene in general has changed a lot.
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