Free Speech: De Gedachten zijn Vrij: Topic Songs Of Resistance, Eric Burdon & The Animals * Mon. 09, Tue. 10 Jan. [2017-02]

NEW SHOW: Topic “Songs Of Resistanc”e, Eric Burdon & The Animals  ** HERHALING / REPEATED:  REMEMBER CHARLIE HEBDO ** Charlie Hebdo chante Noël ** EASY RIDER, the soundtrack ** Love Nature (Rhythm Rising) + Lay Off (7:84 Theatre Co.) ** [Jan. 09 & 103, 2017-02]

12 noon  and 16:000 hrs CET (11 a.m. and  3 p.m. UK time) NEW SHOW: Legendary and new songs of resistance on Topic Records (2cd Voice and Vision) + Eric Burdon & The Animals “New York 1963 – America 1968”

13:00 and 17:00 hrs CET (12 noon  / 4 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING * REMEMBER CHARLIE HEBDOHans Teeuwen, Youp van ’t Hek, Tom Lehrer, Phil Ochs, Larry Saunders, The Last Poets, Bernard Maris *  PEACE / VREDE: Melanie,  The Holmes Bros.,  CSN&Y


15:00 and 19:00 hrs CET (2 p.m. / 6 p.m. UK time) REPEATED   HERHALING EASY RIDER : the entire soundtrack +  7:84 Theatre Co.: Lay Off  


 Maandag & dinsdag  ** Mondays & Tuesdays CET Brussels
12:00 > 20:00 hrs
GMT London
11 a.m. > 07 p.m.
Topic Songs Of Resistance, Eric Burdon 12:00 + 16:00 11 a.m. + 3 p.m.
Remember Charlie Hebdo 13:00 + 17:00 12 noon + 4 p.m.
Charlie Hebdo  Noël 14:00  + 18:00 1 p.m. + 5 p.m.
Easy Rider (the soundtrack) 15:00  + 19:00 2 p.m. + 6 p.m.
Ends 20::00 hrs Ends 07:00 p.m.


TOPIC: VOICE and VISION:  legendary and new voices of resistance on Topic Records

“Reconnecting with its roots in the Workers’ movement, Topic has collaborated with the General Federation of Trade Unions in ‘Voice & Vision’, a new double-CD set of songs of resistance, democracy and peace. This fabulous collection gathers together legendary Topic artists such as Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen, Anne Briggs and Martin Carthy, alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17-year old Piers Haslam. A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for what is right and just, ‘Voice & Vision’ is a stunning set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.
“A triumphantly topical vision of solidarity….released by Topic Records and the General Federation of Trade Unions (GFTU), and both partners are to be congratulated for having the vision to reaffirm the power of song and the role that it has, does and will play in the fight for a better future.”  ★★★★★ The Morning Star” (Source:

Eric Burdon & The Animals: “New York 1963 – America 1968”

Eric Burdon & the Animals were nearing the end of their string, at least in the line-up in which they’d come into the world in late 1966, when they recorded Every One of Us in May of 1968, just after the release of their second album, The Twain Shall Meet. The group had seen some success, especially in America, with the singles “When I Was Young,” “San Franciscan Nights” and “Sky Pilot” over the previous 18 months, but had done considerably less well with their albums. Every One of Us lacked a hit single to help drive its sales, but it was still a good psychedelic blues album, filled with excellent musicianship by Burdon (lead vocals), Vic Briggs (guitar, bass), John Weider (guitar, celeste), Danny McCulloch (bass,12-string, vocals), and Barry Jenkins (drums, percussion), with new member Zoot Money (credited, for contractual reasons, as George Bruno) on keyboards and vocals. (…) And then there is “New York 1963 — America 1968,” an 18-minute conceptual track with a centre spoken word section featuring not a group member, but a black engineer named Cliff, who recalls his experience as a fighter pilot during World War II, and tells of poverty then and now. (…) In fairness, it must also be said that Burdon’s mixing of politics and music, social criticism and art, however inappropriate as pop music for a mass audience, was out in front of most of the competition during this period, in terms of boldness and reach, if not grasp. (Source: Bruce Eder on


PARIS, 7 Jan. 2015: Remember  The Charlie Hebdo Attack * Vergeten we de aanval op Charlie Hebdo nooit **  In deel 1 van dit programma; brengen we  humor, satire en kritiek. De kritische gedachte is wellicht de belangrijkste culturele bijdrage van het Westen. Een samenleving die humor, satire en kritiek verbiedt, is een verknechte samenleving. ** In deel 2 draaien we enkele vredesliederen, omdat de juiste reactie niet een spiraal van geweld en repressie kan zijn, maar een harder streven naar vrede.



« (…) En fait, ce n’est pas vraiment des chants de noël massacrés par l’équipe de Charlie comme je l’avais pensé au début (ce qui aurait pu être particulièrement savoureux) mais c’est plutôt l’équipe de Charlie qui s’est fait plaisir en poussant la chansonnette. Du coup, on trouve un peu de tout sur ce cd de 10 titres et notamment les piliers de Charlie comme Philippe Val, Wolinski, Charb, Cavanna et Cabu pour n’en citer que quelques uns (Tiens par contre on ne trouve nulle trace de Siné, ah oui c’est vrai il est parti faire un hebdomadaire subversif pour les 10-12 ans). Alors premier scoop, l’équipe de Charlie adore Charles Trenet puisque Philipe Val reprend “Il y avait des arbres” et Cabu, accompagné de Mano Solo (excusez du peu) reprend “La java du diable”, un titre que personnellement je ne connaissais pas et qui s’avère magnifique. Alors oui Charles Trenet ce n’est pas très rebelle mais merde Charles c’était la joie de vivre et on n’en a besoin. Sinon, Wolinski rend hommage au cul des cubaines, Charb s’essaye au rap avec “Christmas dans ton ass”, sympathique sans être transcendant, Maris livre un cantique en hommage au CAC 40 (ça c’est une bonne idée) et Cavanna ne se foule pas en se contentant de réciter un conte de noël. Enfin, tout ce joli monde finit par un chant collectif chaotique intitulé “C’est noël” (…). »


Easy Rider (1969) is an ode to freedom. In the USA of 1969, this freedom was represented by two bikers  (Peter Fonda, Dennis Hopper) on the way to where the road takes them. They’re not true hippies, because they ride Harley Davidson bikes. They’re not  Hell’s Angels because they are entirely non-violent. They are on the road to freedom, carving that rad and that freedom as they go along. A young lawyer (Jack Nicholson) accompanies them  for a time, serving as an echo of “straight” citizens, though he’s not very straight himself. True to the sign of the times, freedom is represented by expanding the mind through drugs, in this case innocent joints.
At the end of the film, both bikers are shot by white trash who are afraid of what these hippie bikers stand for: freedom.

EASY RIDER:  1) the released original soundtrack with Roger McGuinn, Steppenwolf, The Holy Modal Rounders, Fraternity Of Man, Smith, JImi Hendrix, The Electric Prunes, The Byrds  2) + 2 songs from the movie not included on that soundtrack Little Eva (Let’s Turkey Trot), The Electric Flag (Flash, Bam, Pow  3) + movie dialogue on Freedom between Jack Nicholson, Peter Fonda & and Dennis Hopper4) soundtrack of end of film (shooting of the 2 bikers) 5) + Fairport Convention’s version of Ballad of The Easy Rider (Unhalfbricking, 1969)


The “Freedom” dialogue of Easy Rider

George Hanson (Jack Nicholson): You know, this used to be a helluva good country. I can’t understand what’s gone wrong with it.
Billy (Dennis Hopper): Man, everybody got chicken, that’s what happened. Hey, we can’t even get into like, a second-rate hotel, I mean, a second-rate motel, you dig? They think we’re gonna cut their throat or somethin’. They’re scared, man.
George Hanson: They’re not scared of you. They’re scared of what you represent to ’em.
Billy: Hey, man. All we represent to them, man, is somebody who needs a haircut.
George Hanson: Oh, no. What you represent to them is freedom.
Billy: What the hell is wrong with freedom? That’s what it’s all about.
George Hanson: Oh, yeah, that’s right. That’s what’s it’s all about, all right. But talkin’ about it and bein’ it, that’s two different things. I mean, it’s real hard to be free when you are bought and sold in the marketplace. Of course, don’t ever tell anybody that they’re not free, ’cause then they’re gonna get real busy killin’ and maimin’ to prove to you that they are. Oh, yeah, they’re gonna talk to you, and talk to you, and talk to you about individual freedom. But they see a free individual, it’s gonna scare ’em.


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