BOOK RELEASE: SoundSystem
Musicians have often wanted to change the world...
“A deeply intelligent look at music and society. Thought provoking, readable and clever” Mark Radcliffe (BBC 2 / 6Music)
“A terrific, exciting book, weaving together music, politics and worldwide struggles”. Yasmin Alibhai-Brown (writer and journalist)
“A thrilling trip through the dark corners and secret gardens of the music world” Maxi Jazz (Faithless)
From underground grime artists to pop icons, many musical types have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions – and to prop up the status-quo.
Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall, songwriter, producer, musician, writer and activist, a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force for social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.
This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?