20 June 2011
Politics and Music: CRASS
The book by Lynskey thus fits aptly with CRASS; the author attempts an ambitious tome of 33 representative tracks for the past 100 years and traces, links and demonstrates to us his personal take and hopes (and perhaps pessimism towards the end of the book, not totally though) of songs as vehicles of protest and politics. (CRASS has 1 song included in his book but though I would prefer the other more straight forward but general CRASS classics, "Do They Owe Us A Living") Of course some of the these singers/bands/song-writers are usually not full-fledged flag wavers of certain causes they commented and wrote about and many became entrapped in the ugly and sinister political undertow of their artistic choices and ventures as a result. A good book nonetheless, perhaps on a more individual note, protest songs might be less effectual but they are still needed today.