Sound System: The Political Power of Music

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Sound System: The Political Power of Music

Dave Randall. Sound System: The Political Power of Music

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground innovators to pop icons many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to challenge the political and social order — and to prop up the status quo.

Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Dave Randall uses his insider’s knowledge of the industry to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. It is a book of raves, riots and revolution and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interests of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Sinead O’Connor, Emiliana Torrini and many others.

Sound System book (on Facebook)
Dave Randall website

What the press says about Sound System:

  • “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)

Admission is free, but is ticketed to manage numbers, and there are a limited number of seats.

A few special £3 tickets are available which offer £5 off your food-and-drink order on the night. A booking fee applies online for the combined food-and-drink offer, but there is no fee if you pre-book in person at Vinyl Head.

A booking fee applies online but you can reserve tickets without fee in person at Vinyl Head.

Part of the Follow the Muse series of events.

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Date: 23rd July 2017
Time: 5:45 pm - 7:30 pm
Cost: Free
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