Politics of Music

Northern Soul

How 60s American soul shaped 70s Working Class Britain  In an interview with Mojo Magazine in 2012, DJ, anarchist, former Motown rep and record shop owner Dave Godin explained how he coined the term ‘Northern Soul’.  In the interview  he mentioned how he first mentioned it in his column in Blues and Soul in 1970, […]

Politics of Music

Being Wrong…

Being Wrong…   Admitting you were wrong is pretty difficult, especially when society is so judgemental and in turn individuals at a personal level feel judged by friends, family and peers. So, I’m going to write a wee series of blogs on “when I’ve been wrong.” Please, judge me all you like. I’m 52 and […]

Politics of Music

Tracks of my Years

This piece originally appeared on Neil’s blog A loaded gun wont set you free…” -Lyrics in the context of my growing up in Northern Ireland that had meaning beyond the meaning Ian Curtis perhaps intended. As a young man I was continually questioning all that was going on around me. Growing up in a mid-Ulster […]

Politics of Music

Bits of Kids

This piece originally appeared on Neil’s blog We drank our tins of Satzenbrau shivering on the school roof looking across the streetlit mid-Ulster valley that was my hometown of Banbridge.  Another Friday night without a care. Out of the six of us, I was the only one working. The others were all still in High […]