Always wary of books written by musicians, as Elvis Costello once said (before penning his 600+ page autobiography mind) 'reading about music is like dancing about architecture' but very happy to be proved wrong by this one. If I say that it's easy reading, then it risks sounds like it's lightweight, which it absolutely isn't - it's inspiring, and very accessible. Totally recommended.
Sound System: The Political Power of Music
A Paperback edition by Dave Randall in English (Mar 2, 2017)
Musicians have often wanted to change the world, and many?from underground grime artists to mainstream pop icons?channel that desire through the political power of music. Music has a unique ability to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions?or, alternatively, to stabilize the status-quo.
Sound System is the story of one musician's journey to discover what exactly makes music so powerful. Years of touring, protesting, and performing have given Dave Randall an insider's view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the most tightly held secrets of celebrity, commodification, and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum.
A blistering, intelligent polemic about the political power of music, Sound System investigates the raves, riots, and revolution of contemporary culture to answer the question?how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?
Sound System Paperback edition by Dave Randall
- Dave Randall
- Left Book Club
- Pluto Press
- Publication date
- Mar 2, 2017
- Product dimensions
- 132 x 200 x 17mm
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