music

Werqin’ 9 to 5: cursory notes on antiwork politics from Dolly Parton to Shangela Laquifa - Spitzenprodukte

Spitzenprodukte considers autonomist anti-work politics through the lenses of songs by Dolly Parton, Le Tigre and Shangela Laquifa.

Pussy Riot convicted: Britain rails against “disproportionate” sentence - hypocritically

The UK also has no qualms over disproportionate sentencing or criminal sanctions for occupational protest.

Political hiphop in Brum

Pleasantly surprised by some midlands hip-hop

Should Rihanna loot small businesses, or chain stores?

Blog discussing the ethics of Rihanna's looting choices, from a communist perspective.

The Politics Of French Rap

Mr. R's album cover.

This is a small section of a far longer text about music, called "Some Musical Notes" which was originally published on the old endangered phoenix site. It was published at the beginning of 2006.

The Poverty of French Rock ‘n’ Roll by Larry Portis

Johnny Hallyday album cover from the early 60s

This is chapter 6 of Larry Portis' book French Frenzies.
Larry Portis died a week ago near Ales in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of the South West of France, and was buried just 2 days ago on Friday afternoon. He died suddenly of a totally unpredictable heart attack, at the tender age of 67, almost 68.
The following is an example of the originality of his research, which, despite its academic stance , is full of fascinating facts and insights, which can form the basis for a more proletarian critique of musical forms. Despite all its faults, it's a really good read. Enjoy!

Top ten tracks of 2010

Libcom's favourite music of 2010.

Top ten music videos of 2010

Libcom's pick of the best music videos of 2010.

Working on a decaying dream - Kollectiv

The Kollectiv look at Bruce Springsteen in the context of class disintegration and place him firmly in the decadent tradition of Balzac and Huysmans – Á Rebours to Run?

Music and the IWW: the creation of a working class counterculture - RudolfTB

Don't Mourn, Organise!

This article discusses how the early IWW used music both as an organising tool and as a means of developing a sense of community among its members. It puts these activities in the context of the politics and practical activity of the IWW during this period.