Ed Emery's Revolutionary Radio Show

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This radio show is revolutionary. Revolutionary because my records go round and round, mostly at 33rpm. Revolutionary because music and song circulate - they go round and round - and that is the subject of my musicological researches at SOAS. Revolutionary because the old vinyl which I am going to play before you goes round and round in the sense of recycling - I buy most of it secondhand in cheapo-cheapo record stores around Europe and elsewhere, scouring the bins... And finally, revolutionary because that is the nature of my politics. Activism (musical and otherwise), and dissent as a principle of life.

My programmes (one per month, with luck) will operate on the principle of "maxi musique - mini bla-bla". Most of the tracks speak for themselves. If you want further information, I shall be setting up a website giving lyrics, notes, historical annotations etc for each of the items contained in my radio shows. You can also write to me at the address below.

The tracks are taken from an archive of black vinyl that I have accumulated over the past 40 years. Some of it political, some of it radical, some of it songs of the heart. Songs of love and liberation. The first programme was produced for Mayday 2010. It runs for about 30 minutes. I hope you enjoy it.

ed.emery [@] soas.ac.uk

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  • Charles Penrose

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  • Rambling Jack Elliott Woody Guthrie

  • Ian Dury

  • Phoebe Snow

  • bob dylan

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Revolutionary Radio Programme No. 9Fri, 2014-12-12 02:48

Ed Emery's Revolutionary Radio Show Revolutionary Radio Episode 9 December 2014. A little something to round off... See details

Revolutionary Radio Programme No. 8Sun, 2014-11-23 22:01

Ed Emery's Revolutionary Radio Show Revolutionary Radio Episode 8 November 2014. Always something new musically... See details

Revolutionary Radio Programme No. 7Tue, 2013-10-15 19:34

Brilliant year for music-making at SOAS. Ceilidh Band went to Paris in February, did a ceilidh halfway up the Eiffel... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 6Wed, 2012-09-19 13:57

PLAYLIST ? Programme No. 6 01. Min xechnas ton Oropo ? Mikis Theodorakis ? "Mikis Theodorakis ? Ta Traghoudhia tou... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 5Mon, 2012-03-05 13:25

Plenty of musical madness in the air this month. We?ve started a regular Rebetiko Session on Monday nights in the SOAS... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 4Mon, 2012-02-27 14:45

With something of a delay ? too much work on my PhD ? here is the fourth programme in the series. More episodes will... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 3Wed, 2010-09-29 03:00

. This is the third programme in the series. My next job is to create links from the Playlist which will take you to... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 2Tue, 2010-09-28 18:05

. Welcome to Ed Emery's Revolutionary Radio Show. This is the second programme in the series. PLAYLIST 01.... See details

Revolutionary Radio Episode 1Tue, 2010-05-04 16:41

. "Songs of Love and Liberation." That is the title of our concert at SOAS for Mayday 2010. And it is the theme that... See details