Red strains : music and communism outside the communist bloc
- edited by Robert Adlington.
- 1st ed.
- Oxford : Published for The British Academy by Oxford University Press, 2013.
- Physical description
- xv, 309 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
- Proceedings of the British Academy 185.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Communisms, Communist musics / Robert Adlington
- Towards political and musical renewal : the other idea of communism / Giacomo Manzoni
- Talking union : the folk revival and the American left / Ernie Lieberman
- "Non, je ne regrette rien" / Konrad Boehmer
- The multiple politics of Henry Cow / Chris Cutler (in interview with Benjamin Piekut
- On music and politics : Henry Cow, avant-gardism and its discontents / Georgina Born
- "Music left and right" : a tale of two histories of Progressive Music / Anne C. Shreffler
- "Workers' music" : Communism and the British folk revival / Ben Harker
- From the Andes to Paris : Atahualpa Yupanqui, the Communist Party, and the Latin American folksong movement / Fabiola Orquera
- "Put my name down": US communism and peace songs in the Early Cold War years / Robbie Lieberman
- Music, the political score, and communism in Australia, 1945-1968 / Anthony Ashbolt and Glenn Mitchell
- "In onore della Resistenza" : Mario Zafred and symphonic neorealism / Ben Earle
- Key questions of Antagonist music-making : a view from Italy / Gianmario Borio
- Black, white, and red : communism and anti-colonialism in Alan Bush's The sugar reapers / Joanna Sullivant
- The Black Panther Party : three moments of music / Eamonn Kelly
- Music, the Fête de l'humanité, and demographic change in post-war France / Eric Drott
- New "Old Leftist" aesthetics in the West German contemporary music scene : the cantata Streik bei Mannesmann (1973) / Beate Kutschke
- Rocking against racism : Trotskyism, communism, and punk in Britain / Jeremy Tranmer
- Class love and the unfinished transformation of social hierarchy in Nepali communist songs / Anna Stirr.
With the establishment of the People's Republic of China in 1949, a third of the world's population came to live under communist regimes. Over the next forty years, the lives of most people in the non-communist world were also shaped in some way by communism and the Cold War waged against it. In the cases of many artists, intellectuals and workers, this involvement was wished and active. Yet, while the left-leaning tendencies of western artists have long been recognised, the extent and depth of musicians' involvement in communism specifically has been largely ignored, suppressed, or dismissed as youthful infatuation. The present volume offers, for the first time, a representative overview of the relationship of music and communism outside the communist bloc. Ranging across multiple musical genres, five continents, and seven decades, the nineteen chapters address both prominent musicians who aligned themselves with communism, and the investments in music of a range of communist and radical Marxist organisations (including national Communist Parties, the Black Panther Party, and Maoist and Trotskyist groups in Britain, Germany and Nepal). In the book's first section, five musicians (Giacomo Manzoni, Ernie Lieberman, Konrad Boehmer, Chris Cutler and Georgina Born) offer their own, more personal perspectives upon their engagement with communism. The volume as a whole highlights two 'red strains' in particular: the irreducible differences of opinion between communists regarding key debates concerning music's role in society; and the multiple challenges faced by every engaged musician in reconciling political and artistic agendas.
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- Publication date
- Proceedings of the British Academy, 0068-1202 ; 185
- 9780197265390 (hbk.)
- 0197265391 (hbk.)
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