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My interview Razor Sharp 18 February
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp on Tuesday 18 February. (0)

My interview Razor Sharp 11 February 2014
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace on Razor Sharp this morning. The Royal Commission, car industry and age of entitlement get a lot of the coverage. (0)

Razor Sharp 4 February 2014
Me on 4 February 2014 on Razor Sharp with Sharon Firebrace. (0)

Time for a House Un-Australian Activities Committee?
Tony Abbott thinks the Australian Broadcasting Corporation is Un-Australian. I am looking forward to his government setting up the House Un-Australian Activities Committee. (1)

Make Gina Rinehart work for her dole

Sick kids and paying upfront


Save Medicare

Demonstrate in defence of Medicare at Sydney Town Hall 1 pm Saturday 4 January (0)

Me on Razor Sharp this morning
Me interviewed by Sharon Firebrace this morning for Razor Sharp. It happens every Tuesday. (0)

I am not surprised
I think we are being unfair to this Abbott ‘no surprises’ Government. I am not surprised. (0)

Send Barnaby to Indonesia
It is a pity that Barnaby Joyce, a man of tact, diplomacy, nuance and subtlety, isn’t going to Indonesia to fix things up. I know I am disappointed that Barnaby is missing out on this great opportunity, and I am sure the Indonesians feel the same way. [Sarcasm alert.] (0)



Traditions of Resistance with Alistair Hulett

I can’t do justice to Alistair Hulett’s live concert called Traditions of Resistance. Alistair mixes background discussion (eg on the song, the artist, the context) with the actual songs.  All I can say is, having seen him in Sydney, go to his Melbourne gig if you have the chance.

FRIDAY NOVEMBER 20 7.30pm, University of Melbourne Bar, 1888 Building $20/$15/$10.

What I can do is post clips over time of some of the songs Alistair sings, done by other artists. I will be adding songs over time.

The first song Alistair sang in Sydney at his Traditions of Resistance fundraiser for Marxism 2010 was ‘Which side are you on?‘.  This clip is a version by Natalie Merchant. The first voice you hear is that of Florence Reece, the woman who wrote the song.

The second song he did was one by Leadbelly called Bourgeois Blues. This is the Leadbelly version although others, including Pete Seeger, have also covered it.

And here is Woodie singing Pastures of plenty.

Finally I understand Good night, Irene, done by Leadbelly. Sex, drugs and suicide.

Could there be a more misunderstood song than Woodie Guthrie’s This land is your land? It was his response to God Bless America.

It is so misunderstood that the Republicans sing it at their conventions, minus the last two verses.

This version, sung by Pete Seeger and his grandson, along with Bruce Springsteen, was done for Obama’s inauguration. I guess the Democrats, also defenders of private property, don’t understand it either. Or maybe Pete was being his usual subversive self. Not bad for a 90 year old.


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