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Sound System: The Political Power of Music

by Dave Randall - £12.99  Pluto Press (2017)
paperback    ISBN 13: 9780745399300 | ISBN 10: 0745399304

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?
 
Published in partnership with the Left Book Club.

(Price & availability last checked: November 2017)

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