Perspectives: Dave Randall on Sound System: The Political Power of Music

22/03/2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
£5.00 - reduced from price of book



Join us for a special edition of our Perspectives series in conversation with musician and activist Dave Randall to dicuss the recent publication of his book, Sound System: The Politics Power of Music. 

Doors Open at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start.

“Fascinating… A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop’s tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff.” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music

“A thrilling trip through the dark corners and secret gardens of the music world! Dave Randall leaves no stone unturned and has produced a work of rare insight.” – Maxi Jazz, lead vocalist for Faithless

“What an imaginative idea, what a terrific, exciting book, weaving together the strands of music, politics and worldwide struggles.” – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

“This engaging, hugely readable book should be compulsory reading for anyone interested in the state of the world –  and in the essential, life-affirming role music can play in changing it for the better.” – Tom Robinson, BBC 6 Music

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has been used to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions – and to prop up the status-quo.

Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful.

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He has toured the world playing guitar with Faithless, Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.

Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.

This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

The evening will include a reading from the book, a conversation with Dave followed by Q & A opportunity with all guests.