British folk singers against the Iraq war


This video is called Anti Iraq war march London Sept 2002, Part 1.

Part 2 is here.

Part 3 is here.

From British daily The Morning Star:

Folk singers unite to say no to war

(Friday 14 December 2007)

ALBUM: Various Artists – Not In My Name
(StWC)

NOT In My Name features 15 of the best political musicians and bands around today, proceeds are going to Stop the War Coalition and it’s even got an introduction from Tony Benn on it.

The danger with this type of compilation can be that it just restates already held beliefs and so can be slightly safe and familiar. But the quality of the music on this CD blows that away and, in fact, shows up the cowardice of so much of the political establishment in the world today.

It wasn’t the political classes that led the protests against the war in Iraq, it was ordinary people, singers and songwriters among them.

And, yet, even the “liberal” media didn’t choose to highlight the contribution made by musicians in the campaign against war.

As Robb Johnson – who has an ace track We All Said Stop The War included – recently said: “The media will make a big fuss and take seriously cultural artefacts such as film and theatre, even comedy, and nod sagely whenever they have anything serious to say, but only ever sneer at or ignore popular music whenever it has anything to say.

“There’s lot of fuss now that the liberals in the US are finally coming up with films criticising the Iraq debacle. The people on this CD have been saying the policies that the Iraq debacle represents are crap since long before the invasion.”

British soldiers are under investigation over the theft of a weapons cache in Iraq. The Ministry of Defence launched an inquiry after troops attempted to smuggle the weapons back to Britain: here.

U.S. paid $32M for Iraqi base that wasn’t built: here.

1 thought on “British folk singers against the Iraq war

  1. Pingback: Tony Benn, Galloway, Zephaniah, Rovics, etc. on their favourite music | Dear Kitty. Some blog

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