Free Speech – De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Frank Zappa’s Absolutely Free + Billy Bragg * Mon. 31 Aug., Tue. 01, Wed. 02 Sept. [2015-33].

NIEUW / NEW: FRANK ZAPPA: ABSOLUTELY FREE  (entire cd  from 2012 with 2 bonus tracks) + Billy Bragg  ** AND ALSO: Lieven Tavernier * Roy Bailey & Tony Benn ** Songs of Resistance, Democracy and Peace * Yanis Varoufakis **   NEIL YOUNG:  THE MONSANTO  YEARS ** T

Zappa Absolutely Free over

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TIME ZONE Radio 68 = Central European Time (CET = Brusssels, Paris, Berlin) =  one hour ahead of GMT (London). Example: 20:00 hrs / 8 p.m. CET = 19:00 hrs / 7 p.m. GMT

MONDAYS: 16:00 hrs, TUESDAYS 12:00 and 16:00 hrs, WEDNESDAYS 12:00 hrs

FRANK ZAPPA: ABSOLUTELY FREE + Billy Bragg (a selection from “Must I Paint You A Picture? The Essential Billy Bragg, cd1)

Foreword to the “Absolutely Free Libretto”
words & music by FRANK ZAPPA
© 1967 Frank Zappa Music, BMI a subsidiary of Third Story Music BMI


Music has always shown how people think and feel, according to John Tasker Howard. He is probably right. The music of the MOTHERS speaks of the feelings of what might be described as THE VAST MINORITY. The feelings of the people on the fringe of everything … the ones who don’t care if they’re IN or OUT … don’t care if they’re HIP, HEP, SWINGIN’ or ZORCH. This is the audience the MOTHERS want to reach… those few who have the power within themselves to cause or motiviate social change but have never used it for one reason or another. If you are reading this and understand it (even if you have short hair and watch TV 18 hours a day), it is time that you realized WHO and WHAT YOU ARE. It is time you realized what the words to our songs mean.

This album was recorded the week before Thanksgiving, November 1966 in Los Angeles at the  Sunset-Highland Studios of T.T.G. Inc.,  in a series of 4 sessions (about 25 studio hours). It was edited and re-mixed in New York City at the MGM Studios in 5 sessions (about 35 studio hours) the following week. The album was finally released around May 26, 1967 … the reason for the delay? Partly because of this libretto. The original plan was to include within the album, the words in this brochure. The record company attempted to censor the words and a long involved discussion ensued. We were forced to manufacture this product.

The music itself took several years to compose (America Drinks & Goes Home was writtten in 1964 … most of the other segments were written before or shortly after  Freak Out!, our first album, was released in 1966). We hope that this material will help you to enjoy our work on a more personal level.

Thank you
Frank Zappa
for the MOTHERS of Invention


MONDAYS: 17:00 hrs, TUESDAYS 13:00 and 17:00 hrs, WEDNESDAYS 13:00 CET

LIEVEN TAVERNIER & UNITED BRASS: De fanfare van honger en dorst
ROY BAILEY & TONY BENN: The Writing On the Wall


LIEVEN TAVERNIER United Brass De Fanfare 2013

Alleen al omdat hij “De fanfare van honger en dorst” componeerde, verdient Lieven Tavernier een ereplaats in het Pantheon van het Nederlandstalige lied, mocht hij zoiets al willen natuurlijk.  Het is namelijk een onsterfelijk nummer, wat het drukt in enkele ogenschijnlijk eenvoudige strofen essentiële levenservaringen uit: de hoop die illusie wordt, de desillusie die hoop wordt wanneer anderen overnemen, lees: het leven verder zetten, nooit  aflatend. Sommige mogen hier het failliet van een generatie in horen,  vooral diegenen die aan de kant stonden te wachten tot de anderen zouden verongelukken, ikzelf hoor met Lieven Tavernier alweer een andere fanfare in de verte. En hun brommend geluid gaat crescendo (Eddy Bonte)
Op  ‘De fanfare van Honger en Dorst’ herneemt de 66-jarige artiest tien van zijn oudere nummers met United Brass, een vijfendertigkoppige blaaskapel uit het Leuvense. Samen met onverwachte tonaliteiten brengt hun alliantie ook een mozaïek van uiteenlopende sferen aan de oppervlakte. Producer Yves Meersschaert voorziet de songs van prachtige nieuwe arrangementen, die nu eens uitgesproken elegisch (‘In Knokke’, ‘Kerstdagmorgen’), dan weer luchtig tot opgewekt aandoen (zie: het zonovergoten ‘Molenstraat’). Tijdens ‘Sleutels’ zie je, in gedachten, zelfs enkele rijpere stellen over de dansvloer schuiven
(Dirk Steenhaut). Verder lezen:

ROY BAILEY & TONY BENN: The Writing On the Wall

Recorded live at Cambridge Folk Festival in 2000 this CD is a good substitute for those who haven’t yet managed to catch their show and a fine reminder for those who have. Benn’s contribution is a skip through the history of resistance to oppression and exploitation in England from the Peasants’ Revolt of the 14th century up to the present day…. All this is interspersed with and illustrated by, songs from folk-singer Roy Bailey At the end of the first half Bailey had the audience singing the chorus of one of the West’s most famous revolutionaries.
Socialist Review March 2005

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Reconnecting with its roots in the Workers’ movement, Topic has collaborated with the General Federation of Trade Unions in ‘Voice & Vision’, a new double-CD set of songs of resistance, democracy and peace. This fabulous collection gathers together legendary Topic artists such as Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen, Anne Briggs and Martin Carthy, alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17 year old Piers Haslam.

A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for what is right and just, ‘Voice & Vision’ is a stunning set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.

A triumphantly topical vision of solidarity….released by Topic Records and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), and both partners are to be congratulated for having the vision to reaffirm the power of song and the role that it has, does and will play in the fight for a better future.”

★★★★★ The Morning Star

Released by Topic Records,

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Full album + introduction of the album and the project (audio taken from

Neil Young Monsanto Starbucks

The Monsanto Years was recorded in six weeks between January and February at Teatro Studios, a converted movie theatre in Oxnard, California owned by Daniel Lanois. The album’s nine songs share their rough-hewn, country punk qualities with Young’s liveliest studio recordings, while Promise Of The Real resemble a less expansive Crazy Horse. There is, perhaps, an understandable pragmatism on Young’s part in hooking up with these younger players, (…) – the last time Young engaged a group of musicians outside his regular collaborators was with Pearl Jam on 1995’s Mirror Ball: another bunch of eager acolytes sympathetic to Young’s cause.
The Monsanto Years, het lied, ook titel van het album, is de sterkste song van deze CD. Zelfs voor wie geen flauw benul heeft van waar dit over gaat, is dit een beresterk nummer. Ik geef geen citaat uit de tekst. Laat ik enkel zeggen dat dit nummer niet bepaald populair zal worden in de gebouwen van Monsanto. Prachtige typische Crazy Horse gitaren met dat onnabootsbare staccato-ritme. Als afsluiter ten slotte een wondermooie song van opa Neil: “If I don’t Know (what I’m doin)”.

Lode Van Oost



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