Free Speech * De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Sometime in New York City * Mon.06, Tue. 07 & Wed. 08 July [2015-26]

 NEW:  John Lennon: Sometime in New York City ** AND ALSO:  Hair * Tonite, Let’s All Make Love in London * Marshall McLuhan * 

Joh Lennon: Sometime in New York CIty
Joh Lennon: Sometime in New York CIty

MONDAYS 16:00 > 20:00 hrs CET ; TUESDAYS 16:00 > 20:00 hrs CET; WEDESDAYS 12:00 > 16:00 hrs CET


John Lennon: Sometime in New York City (1972)

The political Beatle supported a wide variety of causes, such as the underground press and the peace movement in general, but also revolutionary forces like the IRA or Black Panther. After a number of highly committed and immensely popular stand-alone songs (e.g. ‘Give Peace A Chance’), John Lennon eventually released a collection of committed songs as the double LP ‘Sometime in New York City’ (1972), tackling progressive topics such as oppression (‘Woman is the Nigger of the World’), but also drawing our attention to the struggle of particular people by paying tribute to American activists who had been jailed  – Angela Davis because her communist ideas were seen as threatening and  poet-activist John Sinclair of the White Panther Party who got ten years for the possession of… two joints.
Rejected by many as too overtly political and below standard in terms of song-writing,  to me ‘Sometime in New York City’ still stands as a fine example of how a famous artist can actually make a difference and show without ambiguity which side he’s on. Too easily written off as ‘naïve’, Lennon at least had the courage to speak his mind, while inspiring millions of young people around the world who were striving for a better world – a world of peace and more equality.

RADIO 68 PLAYS disc 1 +  John Lennon & Plastic Ono Band: Give Peace  A Chance (Live At Toronto) * Angela Davis about Revolution * Allen Ginsberg: Prayer for John Sinclair * IRA Rebel Song: Fuck the British Army *


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

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

HAIR Fuck slogan

BBC ON THIS DAY | 27 | 1968: Musical Hair opens as censors withdraw

1968: Musical Hair opens as censors withdraw

The American hippy musical “Hair” has opened in London – one day after the abolition of theatre censorship.Until yesterday, some of the scenes in the musical, written by out-of-work actors Gerome Ragni and James Rado, would have been considered too outrageous to be shown on a stage in Britain.

The show, billed as an American tribal love-rock musical, first opened in New York on 2 December last year.

Many were angered by scenes containing nudity and drug-taking as well as a strong anti-war message at the height of the Vietnam conflict and the desecration of the American flag on stage.

The show’s transfer to London’s West End would not have been possible before the new Theatres Act which ended the Lord Chamberlain’s powers of censorship dating back to 1737.

MONDAYS: 18:00 hrs, TUESDAYS 14:00 and 18:00 hrs, WEDNESDAYS 14:00 hrs

TONITE, LET’s ALL MAKE LOVE IN LONDON (entire soundtrack)

Rare performances appearances, interviews:  by Pink Foyd, Vashti, Mick Jagger, Vanessa Redgrave,  Michael Caine, Alan Ginsberg, Julie Christie, Andrew Loog Oldham, David Hockney, The Small Faces, Twice As Much, The Marquess of Kensington, etc. .
“Departing from typical documentary styles, Tonite eschews neat narrative packaging and voice-over, and opts instead for a sometimes jarring montage of scenes from the London clubs and streets, rare footage of performances by the Stones, the Floyd (in one of their first-ever gigs at the UFO club), and others, and political rallies (with Vanessa Redgrave singing “Guantanamera”) – all intercut with the abovementioned interviews. One of the best of the latter is with a very young and charming David Hockney (below), who compares London to California and New York, and debunks ideas about the “swinging London” nightlife (“you need too much money”)” Source:

MONDAYS: 19:00 hrs, TUESDAYS 15:00 and 19:00 hrs, WEDNESDAYS 15:00 hrs
MARSHALL McLUHAN: The Medium is the Massage (LP, side 1)  ** BANNER THEATRE : RISE UP ** 1 Yes Men * 3 Banker’s Blues * 8 Tax * 4 Entrepreneur * 6 Les * 9 Rise   ** PETER, PAUL and MARY **

MORE ABOUT McLUHAN; see previous show here

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