“In this third volume of the Arena series we turn our attention to the vehicle of music. From early folk music to the rise of rock n’ roll; to cabaret and the classical avant garde; to anarchist punk and every other cliché-ridden adjective slapped onto the art form by a parasitic music press keen to impose marketing demographics, we examine the phenomenon of music as protest and song as insurrectionary oral tradition. We hear from street musicians and singer-songwriters, players and performers, ranters, ravers and racket-makers from a variety of genres and traditions who promote a libertarian ideal, sing confrontational songs of freedom or simply ‘make an art form out of cheek’. Every revolution needs a soundtrack after all.”
Edited by Daniel O’Guerin; series editor Stuart Christie.