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Activist

Activist A few years ago, one of my students–I think the class was Environmental Literature.–had been reading a labor newspaper before class and gave it to me. It had an article about how often women organized and supported labor movements but that the men took the credit and also took the labor of women for […]

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“Virtual Bliss” and its Double

The Dub
It’s interesting to think about the relationship of a song to its dub. I discovered this relationship through listening to Burning Spear’s Marcus Garvey and Garvey’s Ghost and Lee “Scratch” Perry’s dubs of many classic reggae songs. Because I was a member of reggae’s white, middle-class audience, I was immediately drawn to the spiritual and political songs and sought them out.

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Notes on the writing of “Streets (One Way)” Dreams and Visions

Notes on the writing of “Streets (One Way)” Dreams and Visions, song 1 One of the aims of this site is to produce songs that are linked to theory that can provide insights into the glut of junk the contemporary consumer world has made for us, and of us.  In that sense, the work of […]

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My Grandmother and the “Bandit”: Two Songs About Marietta Marcolini

My Grandmother and the “Bandit”: Two Songs About Marietta Marcolini My grandmother, Marietta Marcolini, was born in rural northern Italy and came to New York as a very young, naïve woman. She came for an arranged marriage to a much older man, who soon died and left her a single mother. Thus began her descent […]

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Midnight in Triana

In the ruins of the city Cardboard for a bed Sleep the great musicians With visions in their heads. At the end of Empire Living in the debris Arise the great dancers Struggling to be free. The city falls around them “The fruits of Babylon”* Soldiers in the streets at night Terror in the dawn. […]