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Series Preface Acknowledgements 1. Roots 2. Culture 3. Partying for Your Right to Fight 4. Getting Political 5. Unity Lost 6. A Short Musical History of Neoliberalism 7. Star Gazing 8. Their Music 9. My Turn I0. Music of the Arab Revolutions 11. Rebel Music Manifesto 12. Conclusion Notes Index

About the Author

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O'Connor and many others. He is the author of Sound System: The Political Power of Music (Pluto, 2017).


'Fascinating ... A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop's tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff' -- Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music
'A thrilling trip through the dark corners and secret gardens of the music world! Dave Randall leaves no stone unturned and has produced a work of rare insight' -- Maxi Jazz, lead vocalist for Faithless
'What an imaginative idea, what a terrific, exciting book, weaving together the strands of music, politics and worldwide struggles' -- Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
'This engaging, hugely readable book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the state of the world - and in the essential, life-affirming role music can play in changing it for the better' -- Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music
'Logical and informed, synthesising the historical and the theoretical with a spirit of warmth and accessibility. We need more left wing writing like this. I give only a fraction of a shit about music, and I can't put this down' -- Season Butler
'A wide-ranging and punchy book' -- Dan Hancox, The National
'Very readable and highly enjoyable' -- Socialist Review
5 Stars! -- Songlines
'Ceaselessly fascinating and incredibly well researched, with a narrative voice that's simultaneously highly educated and humbly inviting' -- Pop Matters
'An outstanding book on many different levels' -- International Socialism Journal

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