Free Speech, De Gedachten zijn Vrij * Lay Off: Mon. 20, Tue. 21 June [2016-25]

784 Theatre Co Lay Off LP Cover

NEW * NIEUW: Mondays & Tuesdays at 12:00 and 16:00 hrs : “Lay Off” by 7:84 Theatre Company   ** REPEATED: Pol Hoste, Jack Kerouac **  Songs Against the Bomb **  Armand (RIP), Antoine, The Subterraneans  **  (2016-25 = 2015-50)

MONDAYS  & TUESDAYS 12:00 > 20:00 hrs CET or 11 a.m. > 7 p.m. GMT (UK)
RADIO 68 TIME = Central European Time (Brusssels, Paris, Berlin) =  GMT+1 (London). Example:  16:00 hrs  CET  (Brusssels) = 3 p.m. GMT (London).
Free Speech consists of four 60-minute shows.  A new show is added each week. It is followed by three shows of the previous week.


MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 12:00 noon and 16:00 hrs CET (11 a.m.  / 3 p.m. UK time)
“Lay Off” by 7:84 Theatre Company : Radio 68 plays the entore LP released in 1975 + PEACE SONGS: Donovan, Melanie, CSN&Y, Elvis Costello,, Joe Cocker; Leon Rosselson.


MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) 

Pol Hoste cover verzwegen boon


DE VERZWEGEN BOON, hoofdstuk 3: exclusieve voorleessessie voor Radio 68, met muziek gekozen door de auteur voor deze uitzending: JAN DE WILDE ** BOUDEWIJN DE GROOT  ** DEGENHARDT, SUVERKRUPP u.a. **


MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time) 

SONGS AGAINST THE BOMB: V.A. Topic LP “Songs Against the Bomb”, 1960, with The London Youth Choir, Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger, Leon Rosselson, Fred and Betty Dallas, Jack Elliot, a.o.
And also: Bonnie Dobson, Jeff Beck Group feat. Ron Wood and Rod Stewart, Sun Ra, The Byrds, Charles Mingus, Bobbie Gentry

MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time)
ANTOINE et LES PROBLEMES,  LES PROBLEMES: “Ballade à Luis Rego, prisonnier politique”  ** ARMAND: van de LP “Een beetje vriendelijkheid” (dubbel-LP, Kilroy, 1974), met begeleiders Bas: Fred van Kampen; Orgel, mondharmonica: Bonkie Bongaerts;  Sax, fluit, gitaar: Bertus Borgers; Drums: Broer Bogaard; Gitaar: Nono Snijtsheuvel.
ARMAND: van de LP “Mooi woorden”: driedubbele LP met 22 nieuwe nummers, MUse-um, 2007
THE SUBTERRANEANS (NL) : van de LP  Down to Earth. 

“The title of the company derived from a 1966 statistic that 7% of the population of Great Britain owned 84 % of the wealth. The company split in two in 1973 to form 7:84 (England) and 7:84 (Scotland). The aims of 7:84 were to present the realities of working class life and history to working class audiences in venues shunned by established national and regional companies”. (Source:  University of Glasgow).

“Based on extensive research, Lay Off scrutinizes how several inter-connecting factors: scientific advancements; new technologies; Henry Ford’s production line; increased mechanisation; changing labour relations; the failures of the TUC and the capitulation of governments to big business, contribute to the formation of large-scale corporations intent on generating increased profits from an exploited international workforce. In many ways, Lay Off echoes recent political commentary and activism around anti-globalisation and the all-pervasive influence of corporatism, documented in Naomi Klein’s No Logo. Certainly, twenty-seven years after Lay Off was written, McGrath’s s recognition of the erosion of national borders as ultimate capitalist utopia appears alarmingly prophetic in the context of a world dominated more and more by American economic interest and the World Trade Organization” (Source: International Journal of Scottish Theatre, vol. 3, no.2, Dec. 2002)

“Schrijver Pol Hoste is een man van vrije woorden.  Op een uitzondering na, passen de meeste Vlaamse schrijvers, van Rodenbach over Gezelle tot  Claus en Lanoye, in een katholieke traditie. Hun taal en hun mentaliteit worden hier dan ook verstaan, ook als ze het geloof en de traditie afzweren. Hoste daarentegen stamt uit een communistisch  en atheïstisch gezin. Daardoor heeft hij met de Vlaamse literaire traditie niets van doen. Zijn taal en zijn denkkader worden in Vlaanderen niet goed begrepen. Hij stoort . Per definitie bijna.” (Eddy Bonte)

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Jef Nutall Bomb Culture cover

“Songs Against the Bomb” was released by the Topic label in 1960 and features thirteen songs recorded between 1955 and 1959. This is a true folk record, even if a choir takes up most of side B.  Soon afterwards, the folk idiom would become immensely popular among youngsters and  symbolize, like rock’n’roll had done, revolt against the musical genres of the older generations.  For sure, the sound of the  sixties owes an awful lot to beat music, but one cannot imagine the sixties without folk. In fact, most messages about peace and love were conveyed by folk songs. Dylan started in 1962, the year The Beatles took off. The protest song often is a folk song. There is a simple reason for this: lyrics with a message are more easily communicated through a softer genre addressed to an audience that really wants to listen. Besides, all the artist needs is a guitar and maybe a harmonica and a kazoo. Folk can be played anywhere, anytime.

Many songs on “Songs Against the Bomb” were written / sung / adapted by Ewan McColl, Peggy Seeger and Fred & Betty Dallas. Jack Elliot and Leon Rosselson can be found playing the guitar on quite some tunes.  “Song Of Hiroshima”  is a Japanese song written by Koki Kinoshita.

After the bombs on Japan, Against the Bomb movements and campaigns were held all over the world. The first March in the UK was held in 1958. Nobel Prize winner Albert Camus  backed this movement, since he feared the annihilation of mankind.

Says Jeff Nuttall in “Bomb Culture”, his 1968 survey of post-war youth culture: “No longer could teacher, magistrate, politician, don or even loving parent guide the young. Their membership of the H-bomb society automatically cancelled anything they might have to say on questions of right or wrong.” In his view, “the so-called ‘generation gap’ started then” and had been widening ever since: “The people who had passed puberty at the time of the bomb found that they were incapable of conceiving of life without a future,” he wrote. “The people who had not yet reached puberty at the time of the bomb were incapable of conceiving of life with a future.”

(Jon Savage


Wie nog altijd worstelt met het onderscheid tussen links en hippie  (een rooie rakker versus langharig werkschuw tuig), moet gewoon even naar Armand luisteren. Armand is een hippie, d.w.z. dat hij in de eerste plaats een grondige afkeer heeft van de reguliere samenleving, die als kleinburgerlijk, repressief, discriminerend, hypocriet en indoctrinerend wordt ervaren. De hippie is wars van de regeltjes en creëert een alternatieve wereld, te beginnen met hemzelf. De hippie is antimaterialistisch en hecht meer belang aan voeding, kledij, filosofie en de omgang met mensen. Die alternatieve wereld creëert hij ook in zijn hoofd, dankzij zg. “geestesverruimende middelen” – let op de term “geestesverruimend”.
Armand is altijd een hippie gebleven en het leuke is dat hij naar zichzelf durfde kijken in de spiegel, getuige daarvan “Armand dicctator” op zijn laatste album. (EB)


LUIS REGO (Les Problèmes: Ballade à Luis rego, prisonnier politique)
Luis Rego naît le 30 mai 1943 à Lisbonne, au Portugal. À 17 ans, il fuit son pays afin d’échapper au  servce militaire en Angola, qui était encore une colonie portugaise et pour fuir la dictature qui régnait alors dans son pays. Il commence sa carrière comme musicien dans Les Problèmes où il tient la guitare rythmique, roupe qui accompagne le chanteur Antoine.  Il est arrêté pour désertion et emprisonné durant quelques mois au Portugal sous le régime dictatorial de Salazar. Son nom apparaît dans une chanson écrite pour le soutenir, “Ballade à Luis Rego, prisonnier politique,”

The Subterraneans  (NL) were a blues / folk duo consisting of former Kick members John Bakker (Sleepy John Baker) and  Henk Jantse (Downy Boy Jason). On this LP, their only release, they are helped by former Kick drummer Beer Klaasse, Brian Ura, Fred Haayen and former Group 1850 member Robby De Rijke. The songs on this album: some are own compositions and some covers of songs by  the likes of Bob Dylan and Sonny Terry. Source:



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