Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Billy Bragg: Music Needs to Get Political Again

We love Billy Bragg here at Radio Free Kansas. Thought you might like to hear some of what he's thinking and have a look at his web site.

While you read the quote bellow consider that the riots in England are probably just a taste of coming conditions in the US and you may be in the middle of it.

Undoubtedly, many people in the 15-24 age group will know people like that and be quick to condemn them. For the rest of us – who know nothing but what we see – we’ll damn you all, because of your clothes, your music, your haircuts, your attitude. You can already hear the generational disdain in mainstream reactions to the sentences handed down to looters.

Now, you don’t have to do anything about this. You can simply shrug your shoulders when politicians speak dismissively about feral youth leading futile lives. But it won’t end there. The authorities are going to lean on your generation and hard. You are being set up as the new enemy within. ‘Feral’ is a word that is virtually interchangeable with ‘vermin’.

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