Freitag, 13. November 2020

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - The Angry Muse (1968)

“The term ‘protest song’ has a modern ring to it and, indeed, for many people it means a certain type of popular song specifically located in the 1950s and 1960s,” says MacColl in a gallop through the history of the British protest song in the sleeve notes to this album. “The special nature of the protest song lies in the fact that its theme is meant to convey an author’s conscious awareness of important social problems and the position he or she takes in relations to these problems.

“When disc jockeys, pop singers and the executives of the popular music industry use the term, they are referring to a song in which a writer has made a personal comment on a social theme without introducing specific political comment. In other words, they mean protest songs without real protest or (in the words of a recent radio programme) : ‘songs in which the protest is contained’.

“The era of the commercial ‘protest song’ appears to be ending not with a bang but with a whimper, and already the term begins to lie uneasily on the tongues of those who earn their daily bread by simulating enthusiasm and sincerity for the benefit of the radio and television teenage public. But the eventual disappearance of ‘protest songs’ from the commercial scene will probably have no affect whatsoever upon the development and continuation of the genre: protest songs will, presumably, continue to flourish where they have always flourished: in the arena of political struggle.”

01. Ballad Of Accounting
02. Beans, Bacon and Gravy
03. Epithalamium
04. The Farmer Is The Man
05. Grey October
06. The Coal Owner and The Pitman's Wife
07. Come Live With Me
08. Fragments From Slavery Days
09. Sit Down
10. The Klan Song
11. Fourloom Weaver
12. China Rag
13. In Contempt
14. Strike For Better Wages
15. The Warming Pan
16. Rockabye Baby
17. I am a Union Woman
18. The Whig
19. The Whigs Of Fife
20. Brother Did You Weep

Ewan MacColl & Peggy Seeger - The Angry Muse (1968)
(256 kbps, front cover included)

8 Kommentare:

lemonflag hat gesagt…


zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

orangeopera hat gesagt…

More Ewan MacColl is always appreciated. Thanks!

zero hat gesagt…

That´s right! Greetings!

Feilimid O'Broin hat gesagt…

I have never understood why Ewan MacColl's music has not been more recognized in the United States. After all, Roberta Flack had a mega-hit with one of his songs. The first time, and frankly the only time, I was exposed to his music was during the 1990s on a radio show on a non-commercial radio station in Dallas that played music from Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and Galicia in Spain. I immediately went out and ordered some of his music at the local bookstore/record store because his records were not in stock. Even in my home state which had several radio stations devoted to folk and music from the Celtic countries and to which I avidly listened until I left the state in 1988, he received no air play although others performers, like Dick Gaughan, who performed some of his songs, did. Needless to say, I greatly appreciate your posting so much of his music for those of us of limited budget and otherwise who love his songs and music.

zero hat gesagt…

Thanks a lot for your thoughts, i am glad that readers of this blog are interested in the music of Ewan MacColl.

Fred hat gesagt…

I somehow missed this one when it was posted earlier. Coul you please re-post. Thank you. Stay safe.

zero hat gesagt…

You are welcome!

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