What might The Strawbs’ Part of the
Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the
and Show of Hands’ Roots
have in common?
Well, curiously enough, they’ve all been used as propaganda for causes directly opposite to the beliefs of the writers/performers.
Part of the
With Part of the Union you can see how the mistake has arisen and with Born in the
The Guardian ran a column at the time written by some metropolitan exquisite who reacted to folk music much as Ronald Firbank may have reacted to a ferret with artistic pretensions and who made the patronising assumption that because folk music is associated with the countryside and the past it was therefore right wing and insular.
Roots was inspired by the actions of the last Government who wanted to change the licensing laws concerning live music performances which would have effectively ended all live music in pubs. When it was put to one of their ministers the disastrous effect this would have on the folk music scene, he sneered in reply that his idea of hell was two folk singers in a pub in
Oh, and if you think it is an angry song, then try this which really lets us now what they’re thinking: