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An artist’s duty, as far as I’m concerned, is to reflect the times. I think that is true of painters, sculptors, poets, musicians. How can you be an artist and not reflect the times? That to me is the definition of an artist.

Nina Simone

He sang on behalf of the people: Victor Jara, 1932-1973
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Monday, 10 September 2018 20:16

He sang on behalf of the people: Victor Jara, 1932-1973

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Jenny Farrell memorialises Victor Jara. Forty-five years ago, on 11 September 1973, the Chilean military under the command of General Pinochet and backed by the USA, overthrew the democratically elected, socialist government of Salvador Allende. Allende had won the election in September 1970, and was faced even before taking office…
Aretha Franklin: the sound of vulnerable, hopeful, defiant, precious humanity
K2_PUBLISHED_ON Sunday, 19 August 2018 20:34

Aretha Franklin: the sound of vulnerable, hopeful, defiant, precious humanity

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Robert J. Gallagher says goodbye to Aretha Franklin Goodbye, Doctor Ree. Fare forward. The death of the great Aretha Franklin has come at a time when a great nation is enduring a relentless assault on its dignity from within. But anybody looking for any firm evidence of a peerless singer…
Paul Robeson: activist, communist and spokesperson for the oppressed of the earth
Saturday, 31 March 2018 11:06

Paul Robeson: activist, communist and spokesperson for the oppressed of the earth

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On the 120th anniversary of Paul Robeson's birth, Jenny Farrell tells the story of his life.  "The artist must take sides. He must elect to fight for freedom or slavery. I have made my choice. I had no alternative." - Paul Robeson at a rally in London’s Albert Hall on…
Joe Solo - Fight the Good Fight!
Wednesday, 28 February 2018 15:17

Joe Solo - Fight the Good Fight!

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Joe Solo is an award-winning musician, writer, poet, activist, broadcaster and washing machine engineer from Scarborough. He has a growing reputation as both a performer and political raconteur. Chris Guiton interviews him about his music and his politics. CG. Who are the main musical and poetical influences in your life…
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