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Sound System – The Political Power of Music

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Sound System – The Political Power of Music

Harrow BHM Group/Akoben Awards in association with RE:IMI (Race Equality: In Music Industry)/ Music Congress present: Sound System – The Political Power of Music (Dave Randall)

A week after its publication, Dave Randall, a left-leaning musician with Faithless and Slovo will be talking about his book 'Sound System – The Political Power Of Music' (Pluto Press 2017). He will be delving into his book to highlight a number of stories on the engagement of music within politics and anti-racism activism. Signed copies of the hot off the press book will be on sale. Not to be missed! Book now!

NOTE: June 5 2017, 6.30-8.30pm Rock Against Racism: How Music And Culture Can Build Unity (Dave Randall). For more info or to book, click here

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions and to prop up the status-quo. Sound System is the story of one musician s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force for social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. 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?

Earlier Event: March 9