Posted tagged ‘Woody Guthrie’

The History of Punk Radio Show #16


Here’s the History of Punk Playlist on CJSR from 12 January!

1. X (LA) – “I Must Not Think Bad Thoughts”
2. Woody Guthrie (Okemah) – “Pastures of Plenty”
3. Bob Dylan (NYC) – “Song to Woody”
4. The Clash (London) – “Complete Control” (Live)
5. Billy Bragg (Barking)  – “Lovers Town Revisited”
6. Rancid (Berkeley) – “The Wars End”
7. Billy Bragg and Wilco (Mermaid Avenue) – “All You Fascists”
8. Phil Ochs (El Paso) – “One More Parade”
9. Propagandhi (Portage la Prairie) – “March of the Crabs”
10. Jim Nowhere (Edmonton) – “Alberta Advantage” (Live on CJSR)
11. Tyler Butler (Edmonton) – “Plover” (Live on CJSR)
12. DOA (Vancouver) – “Billy and the Socreds”
13. Dan Mangan (Vancouver) – “Mouthpiece”

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You say you want a revolution: Soundtracks for Change in American Protest Movements


Recently, Tom Morello gave an interview with Keith Obermann on the Occupy movement that has sprung up in the United States, Canada, and across the Atlantic. The musician behind the Nightwatchman and guitarist for Rage Against the Machine spoke of the importance of music and culture in political change, saying that in America, “every successful, progressive, radical or revolutionary movement this country has ever seen has had a great soundtrack.”


Who Said YOU Could Label Dissent?


On Tuesday, 8 March 2011- Dr. Michael MacDonald and I will be giving a public lecture at the University of Alberta. As you can see on the poster, it’s called “Listening to Dissent: The Sound of Protest from Woody Guthrie to Rage Against the Machine.”

The talk is going to deal with the role of music in protest – and I don’t know if you’ve being reading the papers lately, but there’s been a heck of a lot of dissent against authority going on recently. So if you’re in the neighborhood, stop on by Tory 1-125 for a discussion on the attitude that musicians from Woody Guthrie to Joe Strummer to Joey Keithley to Tom Morello share.

Oh yeah, and there’ll be snacks!

Innovative Research Methods 101


When you’re doing historical research, you can be pretty rest assured of a few things:

1) You’re going to have to read a lot of books.
2) You’re going to have to spend a lot of time in the library.
3) You’re going to have to spend a lot of time in the archive (this is different from the library, but only slightly).
4) You’re going to have to forgo any sort of social interaction for long periods of time.  

 Sometimes, though, depending on your topic, you have to get creative with your methodology. Such was the case when Joey “Shithead” Keithley played an afternoon gig at the Black Dog in Edmonton. The frontman for the seminal Vancouver punk band D.O.A., Keithley was a major part of the punk milieu during the 1980s (and ever since). So in the name of historical understanding, I had to put down my book, venture out of the library, and walk past the archive and head to the pub. Once there I had to order a pint from the barman, sit down in front of the stage, and utilize the handy coasters on the table to carry out my important research.

This was the result: