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Democracy Songs Of Resistance

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Democracy Songs Of Resistance
Democracy Songs Of Resistance


The GFTU approached Topic Records with a view to reconnecting trade unions with a long-standing song tradition and a truly independent label with its political roots. This collaboration has resulted in a wonderful collection of songs highlighting Topic's long-standing commitment to 'Political' song, with material linked to social justice, democracy and the resistance of class oppression. Legendary artists who have recorded for Topic Records including Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger, Norma Waterson, Martin Carthy, Pete Seeger, Louis Killen and Anne Briggs feature alongside newer voices like Fran Morter and Adam Rees, Kiti Theobald, Jack Forbes, and 17 year old Piers Haslam. The songs selected here are mostly from a tiny cross-section of material from Topic's vast back-catalogue which describe events across hundreds of years of struggle for social fairness, respect and collective will. Dick Gaughan's version of 'The World Turned Upside Down', a reflection on the Diggers and Levellers of the mid-seventeenth century, is the opening track. 'The Internationale', sung by the Topic Singers & Band, which as the B-side of 'The Man That Waters the Worker's Beer', was on the first ever release by the label. The plight of the miners in the 1980s is represented by Norma Waterson with her moving rendition of the poem by miner's wife Kay Sutcliffe, 'Coal Not Dole'. A collection of songs that form a history of dissent, collaboration and the collective drive for social justice, 'Voice & Vision' is a double CD set of music and words that speak across generations and boundaries of the basic human right to dignity.


  1. Name
  2. The World Turned Upside Down
  3. The Diggers' Song
  4. The Hard Times Of Old England
  5. To The Begging I Will Go
  6. The Recruited Collier
  7. The Rigs Of The Time
  8. The Month Of May
  9. Jerusalem
  10. Captain Swing
  11. General Ludd's Triumph
  12. Four Loom Weaver
  13. Poverty Knock
  14. Song Of The Lower Classes
  15. The Internationale
  16. Black Leg Miner
  17. Free & Easy
  18. Bringing The News From Nowhere
  19. Alice White
  20. Joe Hill
  21. Talking Union Blues
  22. The Man That Waters The Workers' Beer
  23. Dominion Of The Sword
  24. Palaces Of Gold
  25. Saltley Gates
  26. Coal Not Dole
  27. Harry Stone - Hearts Of Coal
  28. Rolling Down The River
  29. If You Want A Better Life
  30. War
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