NEW * NIEUW: 12:00 and 16:00 hrs GRACE PETRIE, DAN KENNEDY, ERRI DE LUCA
REPEATED: 13:00 and 17:00 hrs: The World Is My Country ** 14:00 and 18:00 hrs: Chansons du Prolétariat Révolutionnaire + Hören Sie mal Rot ** 15:00 and 19:00 jrs: John Idan.
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 Speec consists of four 60-minute shows. A new show is added each week. It is followed by three shows of the previous week.
NEW: / NIEUW: GRACE PETRIE, ERRI DE LUCA (Jim Hicks), DAN KENNEDY
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS 12:00 and 16:00 hrs CET (11 a.m. / 3 p.m. UK tme)
GRACE PETRIE: MARK MY WORDS www.gracepetrie.com ** ERRI DE LUCA read by Jim HIcks: A Dissenting World, parts 1 and 2 * DAN KENNEDY sings / recites DAN KENNEDY: On Religion, Peace Declaraton, Palestine, Francis Sheehy Skeffington * Mushroom Express, No Interest ** BRITISH LIONS: Eat the Rich ** JIM HIGHTOWER
REPEATED / HERHALING
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS 13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon / 4 p.m. UK time)
THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY pt1. : Peace Poetry & Peace Music from the Poetry Cafe, London: Leon Rosselson Jenny Lewis, Hylda Sims, Emily Johns, Dan Kennedy + Graham Nash, David Ferrard, Children of America
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS 14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time)
MAI 68: CHANSONS DU PROLETARIAT REVOLUTIONNAIRE: Pour en finir avec le travail ** HOREN SIE MAL ROT: ARBEIDERLIEDEERFESTIVAL: Dieter Süverkrüp, Die Conrads, Franz Josef Degenhardt, Hannes Dieter, Hannes Stütz, etc. (tracks 1,3,4,6, 0,10,12,13)**
MONDAYS & TUESDAYS: 15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET 2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time
JOHN IDAN: THE FOLLY: Ballad Of My Life * We All Belong That’s You and Me * Intview 3 * Five More Nights * No Other * Intview 4a * Banging My Head * Set Out before * Intview 4b * TheKali Yuga * A Long Time ** LAURA NYRO * Intview 1, 2 *
Grace Petrie is a songwriter, activist and performer from Leicester, UK. She first exploded on to the national protest scene in 2010 with the emotive anthem Farewell to Welfare, which captured perfectly the spirit of the new wave of dissent in austerity Britain. Since then she has quietly become one of the most prolific and respected songwriters working in the UK today.
MORE INFO: gracepetrie.com
RADIO 68 plays tracks from her briljant cd MARK MY WORDS
Poet, Singer and songwriter. I’m Irish living in London. I started singing as a child, in school/church choir. I’ve sang in Folk, Blues and Reggae bands. Now I prefer to sing solo and add my voice to the growing movement for peaceful change in our world.
Da Kennedy on Vimeo: fierceheadpress.com
ERRI DE LUCA
“In January, the Italian writer Erri De Luca was charged with incitement for an interview he gave in 2013 to Huffington Post Italy. De Luca stated his support for the “NoTav” movement, which for 20 years has been protesting the construction of a high-speed railway line — the TAV — between Turin, Italy, and Lyon, France. In the interview, De Luca said the TAV “should be sabotaged. Shears are useful. They are needed to cut the fences” around the building site. For his words, an Italian prosecutor sought an eight-month jail term for incitement, a criminal offense seldom used in Italy. It was written into the Criminal Law under Benito Mussolini in the 1930s and remains on the books.
Here is De Luca’s last speech in the courtroom on Oct. 19, 2015just before his sentence: http://ilmanifesto.info/the-contrary-words-of-the-writer-erri-de-luca/
A couple of hours later, the Turin judge cleared the writer of the charge.” (Source: IL MANIFESTO 10 October 2015)
ERRI DE LUCA is READ BY Jim Hicks, translator: https://www.umass.edu/complit/people_fac.shtml
Picture courtesy of Paola Porrini Bisson. Paola Porrini Bisson is a producer, manager of Italian writer Erri De Luca and President of the Erri De Luca Foundation.
Sincere thanks to Jim and Paola.
THE WORLD IS MY COUNTRY: PACIFISM and WWI, pt. 1
Excerpts from the poetry evening at The Poetry Café, London, 28 November 2014:.
Fourth Friday is a poetry and music event held at the Poetry Cafe , London, on the fourth Friday of every month (except August and December). The event features booked poets, singers, songwriters and musicians, known and not so known, as well as voices from the floor. Fourth Friday is hosted by Hylda Sims. Hylda is a poet, novelist and songwriter with a track record for organizing live poetry and music events at the Poetry Cafe and elsewhere. Fourth Friday is in its tenth successful year.
On 28 November 2014, the evening’s theme was World War I and Pacifism.
In part one, Radio 68 presents:
Jenny Lewis, Hylda Sims, Dan Kennedy;
floor poets Angela Kirby, Jenny Johnson, The Bard of Solace & Eve Pearce;
Emily Johns, co-editor of Peace News;
live music by Leon Rosselson.
Additional anti-war songs are by Graham Nash (WW1), David Ferrard (Russia-Chechnya) and Children of the Morning (Vietnam).
Jacques Le Glou: http://www.epmmusique.fr/fr/chansons-de-l-histoire/1608-mai-68-debut-dune-lutte-epm-musique-les-chansons-de-lhistoire-de-france-3540139868944.html
HÖREN SIE MAL ROT: ARBEITERLIEDERFESTIVAL
This album is a collection of labour songs recorded at the “Arbeiterliederfestival 1970” in Essen, originally released on “Pläne” in the 70s.
It features classic songs like “Der rote Wedding”, “Brüder, zur Sonne, zur Freiheit”, “Gaslied”, “Einheitsfrontlied” and “Die Internationale” in recordings by artists like Hanns Dieter Hüsch, Dieter Süverkrüp, Dietrich Kittner, Franz-Josef Degenhardt and Lerryn. (ZeroGround) (released on Pläne, 1970, Germany, cd in 1998)
JOHN IDAN: THE FOLLY
The Garden of Idan *
Tracks from John Idan’s solo album “The Folly” and an exclusive Radio 68 Interview *
“John Idan’s “The Folly” is a solo album in the true sense of the word. Not only did Idan write all the songs, he also played all the instruments – except for the strings. “The Folly” is also a solo album in the sense that the music has nothing to do whatsoever with the sound of the groups he has played in, like The Jim McCarty Band, The Yardbirds and The Natural Blues Band. Now, how does “The Folly” sound then? Easy question, complex answer – because John Idan’s song-writing pretty much covers most variants of present-day popular music: singer-songwriter, pure pop, psych, soul. Style and genre are, in fact, closely linked to the lyrics and their message, because this is an album with a message.
Before you start listening, we advise you to have look at the cover and the booklet that find John Idan sitting in pensive mood with a temple and a garden for background. John signs his foreword with ‘Peace’ – a rare word nowadays and John’s not a sixties child. Finally, Idan’s production company is called The Garden of Idan. When you listen to the music and the lyrics with those words and images n mind, the message will become clearer. Imagine yourself in the Garden of Idan.
The cd opens with the beautiful “Ballad Of Myself”, in which Idan tells you the story of his life. Nothing too surprising there, except for the line “Well, there must be some design in the connection in our lives”. Nothing just happens like that. But whose design is it then? That is revealed in the last refrain: “It is only by the Grace of God do I live and tell my tale” – mind the capital letters. You might remark that that so many American artists (John Idan is from Detroit) refer to God, since religion is an integral part of everyday life there, much more so than in Europe. Such, however, is not the case, since “God” here clearly refers to a spiritual feeling, a bond between all human being but not by the hand of those human beings. I find a holistic approach here, but I’m not sure Idan would agree. At any rate, “We all belong in this wondrous life”, though it’s not directly clear how or why. Some mysticism is to be found here too.
Above all, this is e massage of love. Love brings enlightenment. John Idan wants to share, he hopes that people with different opinions will at least agree “to live in peace”. John Idan isn’t a saint. There are moments of frustration and sadness, probably even despair or hopelessness, though he doesn’t say that aloud. Sadness is a probability, and so is madness, no less. Armed with love, peace and belief, John Idan has the strong will to overcome and pleads his god to help me in this endeavour.
The psychedelic song “The Kali Yuga’s Getting Hot”, refers to Hinduism, the Kali Yuga being an age that is about to end, the period in which mankind fought, killed, plundered, burned and moved away from god. A new age is coming. In the sixties, that was the Age of Aquarius.
How about the music? Well, you will find plenty of reviews going into that. Just check them out on John Idan’s website: www.johnidan.net. And listen to this show, of course”.
Review by Eddy Bonte, 06 Sept. 2015