Free Speech * De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Songs Against the Bomb, Mon. 6, Tue. 7 June 2016 [2016-23]

NEW * NIEUW: Mondays & Tuesdays at 12:00 and 16:00 hrs : Songs Against the Bomb **  (2015-23 = 2015-47)
REPEATED: 13:00 and 17:00 hrs:  Armand (RIP), Antoine, The Subterraneans ** 14:00 and 18:00 hrs:  50 jaar De Muze ** 15:00 and 19:00 hrs: Erri De Luca, Grace Petrie, Dan Kennedy 

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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)
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

Antoine Problemes EP


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

MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 14:00 and 18:00 hrs CET (1 p.m. / 5 p.m. UK time)
50 JAAR MUZE: de volledige MUZE-LP met The Balladeers, Ferre Grignard, Christiane Van de Wyngaert, Jan De Wilde, Endatteme, Wannes, Lode De Ceuster ** Armand ** Fabien Collin

MONDAYS &  TUESDAYS 15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time)
GRACE PETRIE: MARK MY WORDS ** 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


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:


Muze boek cover Luchtschippers

Bij het boek ” “Luchtschippers, wereldsterren en weekendhippies. Een halve eeuw café De Muze in woord en beeld”,  van Felix Huybrechts en Tom DeSmet, hoort ook een cd. En wat voor een cd! De heruitgave van de langspeelplaat die in 1967 door De Muze werd uitgebracht met zeven artiesten die niet van De Muze los te koppelen zijn en er debuteerden. Krijgen heel netjes elk 2 nummers toebedeeld: Ferre Grignard, Jan De Wilde, Wannes Van de Velde, Lode De Ceuster (de zingende dokwerker), Christiane Van De Wyngaert (nu een toprechter) en The Balladeers  (uit ons vizier verdwenen) en de jugband Endatteme. (uitg. Vrijdag, 2015, inclusief cd-heruitgave van de Muze-lp, €29,95.
RADIO 68 draait de volledige cd, PLUS werk van  Fabien Collin. Fabien Collin, die debuteerde in De Muze, leek heel even de man die de Vlaamse protestzanger zou worden en dan van het toneel verdween. PLUS Armand, die op 19 november op 69-jarige overleed en Collins voorbeeld was.

Lees hier mijn boekbespreking:–tom-desmedt.html

Lees hier mijn cd-bespreking:


Grace Petrie and Radio 68's Ed
Grace Petrie and Radio 68’s Ed


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.
RADIO 68 plays tracks from her briljant cd MARK MY WORDS

Dan Kennedy
: “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”.
Dan Kennedy on Vimeo:


Erri de Luca and Jim Hicks (left). Photo is copyright by Paola Porrini Bisson. Courtesy of Paola Porrini Bisson.
Erri de Luca and Jim Hicks (left). Photo is copyright by Paola Porrini Bisson. Courtesy of Paola Porrini Bisson.

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:

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:
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.





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