Sound System, The Political Power of Music, by Dave Randall

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Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order - and to prop up the status quo. Sound System is the story of one musician's journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Dave Randall uses his insider's knowledge of the industry to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

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Raves, riots, revolutions. Music has often been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions, to challenge the status-quo, but also as a tool for manipulation and propaganda. What makes music so powerful? And whose interests does it serve? After years of touring, playing and protesting, Dave Randall makes the case for music and social change. From Beethoven to Beyoncé, from the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Schoenberg to Skrillex, he finds political inspiration across the musical world and poses a daring question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many rather than the few?

Contents:

1. Roots
2. Culture
3. Partying for your right to fight
4. Getting Political
5. Unity Lost
6. A short musical history of neoliberalism
7. Star Gazing
8. Their Music
9. My turn
I0. Music of the Arab Revolutions
11. Rebel Music Manifesto
12. Conclusion
Notes
Index

Published by Pluto Press in Mar 2017
Paperback ISBN: 9780745399300
eBook ISBN: 9781786800350
224 pages
129mm x 198mm
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Code BSOUN
ISBN 9780745399300
Values and causes Educational

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