Free Speech * De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Hell No, We Won’t Go – Rare Anti Vietnam Songs * Mon. 11, Tue. 12 April [2016-15]

Barbara Dane I hate the capitalist system cover

NEW * NIEUW:   RARE ANTI VIETNAM SONGS ** REPEATED: Julie Felix + Phil Ochs, Dave Swarbrick, Martin Carthy, John Renbourn**  DAVID BLUE, plus Eric Andersen, The Youngbloods, Bob Dylan, The Eagles ** ROGER DE NEEF en de NOORD-AMERIKAANSE INDIANEN  ** 
There is no freedom without freedom of speech: always, everywhere and for everyone. Anything less is a violation of it.  

MONDAYS  & TUESDAYS 12:00 > 20:00 hrs CET or 11 a.m. > 7 p.m. GMT (UK)
Free Speech consists of four 60-minute shows.  A new show is added each week. It is followed by three previous shows. 
12 noon  and 16:000 hrs CET (11 a.m. and  3 p.m. UK time) NEW SHOW:  RARE ANTI VIETNAM SONGS, featuring: Matt  Jones, Henry Flint & The Insurrections, Barbara Dane, Mick Softley, Earth Opera, Covered Wagon Musicians, Jacqueline Sharpe, Tom Parrott, Ian  Temple  ** AND ALSO: Donovan, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary. 

13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
JULIE FELIX: tracks from her LPs CHANGES, 1966 and   FLOWERS, 1967; TV SHOW with Manfred Mann feat. Mike d’Abo:   SHORT INTERVIEW ** ** And Also: :  JOHN RENBOURN ** DORIS HENDERSON & JOHN RENBOURN ** :Dave Swarbrick & Martin Carthy & Diz Disley , Grosschor Berliner Rundfunk, F.J. Degenhardt, Phil Ochs, Leon  Rosselson  **

14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
DAVID BLUE: David Blue’s album (Elektra, 1966), plus friends and associates Eric Andersen, The Youngbloods, Bob Dylan, The Eagles

15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING
Exclusieve voorleessessie en exclusief gesprek met Roger De Neef. De dichter leest de integrale cyclus “De kleine chirurgie (Ballade van Wounded Knee)” en becommentarieert achtergrond, ontstaan en betekenis ervan. Met bijzondere dank aan Roger en Constance.


Featuring: Matt  Jones, Henry Flint & The Insurrections, Barbara Dane, Mick Softley, Earth Opera, Covered Wagon Musicians, Jacqueline Sharpe, Tom Parrott, Ian  Temple  ** AND ALSO: Donovan, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary.


Barbara Dana at NewportFolk

“During all her years singing blues and jazz, Barbara continued to weave in appearances as a solo performer on the coffeehouse circuit with her folk-style guitar.  She also stepped up her work in the movements for peace and justice as the struggle for civil rights spread and the war in Vietnam escalated.  She sang at every big peace demonstration in Washington and many of those in small towns and byways all over America, taking her songs to the Freedom Schools of rural Mississippi and right up to the gates of military bases from Japan to Europe as well as all over the USA.

In l966, Barbara Dane became the first U.S. musician to tour post-revolutionary Cuba.  The impact on the Cuban public was indelible, and she soon returned to take part in an international festival where she met other like-minded singers from all over the world. Through some of these singers, she was invited to tour in both Western and Eastern Europe, Mexico, Nicaragua, and the Far East, even to North Vietnam and the liberated areas of the South as the war still raged.  To all these audiences she brought a range of American genres in order to communicate some of the complexities of American life, and with each encounter she incorporated new songs sung in their original languages or employing English lyrics she had begun to create. This latter work brought her into association with the great Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, with whom she performed sections of his “Romiossini” with her English lyrics based on the poetry of Iannis Ritsos in Florence, Italy and in New York”.
Source: * Buy her cd here:


Julie Felix Flowers LP lowres

Juie Felix rightfully introduces herslef as “peace protester”. Yet, for some reason she Julie Felix is not always listed in the league of major protest singers and singer songwriters, so Radio 68 thought it fit to play tracks from her two mid-sixties albums CHANGES and FLOWERS. On ‘Changes’ (1966)  she is accompanied by several UK folk stars in the making: John Renbourn (Pentangle, etc.), Martin Carthy (Cat Stevens and solo) and fiddler Dave Swarbrick (Fairport Convention, etc.). Swarbrick was later recorded and produced by John Boyd. Richard Unterberger in “The mood is predominantly acoustic folk, but there’s also some tentative, awkward folk-rock with rudimentary drums (particularly on the cover of  Sylvia Fricker’s “Gifts Are for Giving”, strained experimental-surreal comedy (“Brain Blood Volume”), and orchestration (on “Rainy Day” and “I Can’t Touch the Sun”)’ (…).
The songs are a mixture of own material and covers of songs by the likes of Bob Dylan, Donovan and Gordon Lightfoot.
More here:


David Blue firstLP low res

David Blue  – born David Cohen, 1941 – first played in the  short-lived Union Jook Band alongside Debbie Green ad one Eric Andersen  – the latter to become a solo artist in his own right. Paul Arnoldi would do a stint with them, Arnoldi being  the author of ‘A One Note Man’ covered by The Youngbloods on their  first LP. David Blue soon moved to the Greenwich village and become a close friend of Dylan’s.  And an admirer, to the extent that his first LP sounds a lot like Dylan even if all the songs are David Blue originals. Criticised and rejected because it sounds too much like Dylan (and Blue looks too much like Dylan), it remains a fine piece of work by a young artist trying to find his own voice. Also, it is a fine example of how the Greenwich scene would sound like way back in 1966.
Blue released more albums but would never reach star status, even though The Eagles coverd his “Outlaw Man” He died of a heart attack in 1982 and is now all but forgotten. To our knowledge, his albums are not readily available.

RADIO 68 PLAYS: Eric Andersen, The Youngbloods, The Eagles, Bob Dylan  and the entire fist LP “David Blue”, Elektra, 1966.
CHECK OUT the book “American Troubadours” by Mark Brend.
Review by Richie Unterberger here:


Roger De Neef leest voor Indianen DSC09191

Begin 1974, publiceerde Roger De Neef “De kleine chirurgie” in het Nieuw Vlaams Tijdschrift.  Deze kleine cyclus van tien korte gedichten, draagt als ondertitel “Ballade van Wounded Knee”: het is een poëtische en tegelijk diepe aanklacht tegen de genocide op de Noord-Amrikaanse Indianen en bij uitbreiding tegen elke uitroeiing van een volk of een cultuur. De aanleiding? Als redacteur van het nieuwsagentschap Belga, volgde Roger de Neef het conflict van Wounded Knee op de voet. Ter herinnering: op 27 februari 1973, werd het dorp Wounded Knee bezet door honderden leden van de American Indian Movement, die er een Oglala Sioux vrijstaat uitriepen. Die plek was niet toevallig gekozen: in 1890 werd hier de laatste veldslag tussen Indianen en het Amerikaanse leger uitgevochten, met een bloedbad onder de Indianen als gevolg.
De Neef was met het thema bekend dankzij het kunstwerk “Het Concilie van Wounded Knee” van zijn vriend Camiel Van Breedam.  Een niet meer te reconstrueren interactie tussen beide vrienden, resulteerde uiteindelijk in Van Breedams monumentale kunstwerk “De laatste dag, als het heidens oog vol is”.  “De laatste dag” werd in 1970 door de dichter en zijn echtgenote Constance, geschonken aan de Universiteit Gent. Het staat nog altijd opgesteld in het Universiteitsforum.

Deze uitzending brengt de hoogtepunten uit een exclusief gesprek en een exclusieve voorleessessie voor Radio 68. Roger De Neef leest de voltallige cyclus “De kleine chirurgie” en becommentarieert de achtergrond, het ontstaan en de betekenis ervan. Met muziek en woord van Johnny Trudell, The Fearsome Brave, Johnny Cash, Peter LaFarge, Cochise, Redbone en Buffy Sainte Marie.
Met bijzondere dank aan Roger en Constance.

De cyclus verscheen opnieuw in “De laatste dag. Verhalen over een kunstwerk” (red. Yves T’Sjoen en Els Van Damme), Uitgeverij P, 2014, waarin ook bijdragen zijn opgenomen van Marc Boone, René Vermeir, Rik Pinxten, Freddy Mortier, Yves T’Sjoen en Claire  Van Damme. Daarnaast bestaat een bibliofiele uitgave met een onuitgegeven film van Julien Vandevelde, een onuitgegeven en handgeschreven gedicht van De Neef en artefacten van Van Breedam (Universiteit Gent).   (EB)


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