Music

What is it all for?

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Joe Flynn

Joe Flynn reviews Journal for Plague Lovers by the Manic Street Preachers.

The Manics’ new album has been hyped in the press as a return to their 1994 peak. All the lyrics are taken from notes left by Richey Edwards, a former band member who disappeared in February 1995. Since then the Manics have gone from relative obscurity as dark iconoclasts, to mainstream success as dad-rockers with occasional moments of weird, sub-Stalinite political rhetoric.

Joe Flynn reviews Journal for Plague Lovers by the Manic Street Preachers.

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Debate and discussion: Politics not charity

The last issue of Solidarity (3-63) argued that charity appeals like Bandaid cannot stop world hunger. But does charity do any good at all? The answer to that is yes, to an extent, if you have an immediate need that it meets.

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As we were saying: Bandaid or surgery

A lot of people have been disturbed and sickened by the suffering from famine in Africa. Some rock stars have felt the same way.

The have got together — under the name of Band Aid — to put out a record, “Feed the World”.

All proceeds will go directly to the starving in Ethiopia. Steps have been taken to prevent a repetition of the Bangladesh fiasco when very little of the money raised by George Harrison got beyond embezzlement by state bureaucrats.

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Hunger: a capitalist plague

Thirteen million people watched the Band Aid video on TV on 18 November. Half a million are expected to buy the CD of the song in the first week after its release on 29 November.

The song is a 20th-anniversary remake of the first version of “Feed the World”, and, like the original, produced by star musicians to raise money to help starving people in Africa.

The first version was made because of a famine in Africa. The money from this version will go towards food aid for the Darfur region of Sudan.

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The innovators

Bruce Robinson looks at the lives of Ray Charles and Elvin Jones

Two major innovators in African-American music have died in the last few weeks. Pianist and singer Ray Charles (died aged 73) was central to the development of soul music. Elvin Jones (76) transformed jazz drumming and played in John Coltrane's 1960s Quartet which was a major influence on subsequent generations of jazz musicians.

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Workers of the World: Round-up

by Pablo Velasco

  • Oscar Olivera wins case
  • Urgent appeal for Chinese workers' leaders
  • P Diddy uses sweatshops
  • Brazilian car workers walk out
  • Korean workers' demonstrations
  • Colombian Coca Cola worker visit

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The Man in Black

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Matt Cooper

I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down
Living on the hopeless hungry side of town
I wear it for the prisoner
Who has long paid for his crime
But is there because he's a victim of the times
I wear it for the sick and lonely old
For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold
I wear the black in mourning for the lives that could have been
Each week we lose a hundred fine young men

(From The man in black, 1971)

The life and work of Johnny Cash.

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Frontline poetry: The Diggers' Song

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Robert Coster

You noble Diggers all, stand up now, stand up now,
You noble Diggers all, stand up now,
The waste land to maintain, seeing Cavaliers by name
Your digging does disdain, and persons all defame

A seventeenth century ballad about the Diggers, a group on the left-wing of the English Revolution.

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Baghdad Ska

By Attila the Stockbroker

Hooray Hooray for the USA
Your soldiers took Saddam away
So we're all going out on the streets to play
And celebrate our liberation day
The hospitals overflow with dead
The market's bombed and we have no bread
But you said this was the only way....
And I think my family are all OK
I think my family are all OK

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