Monday, 19 October 2009

Brecht Poem

The Playwright's Audience

The other day I met my audience
In a dusty street
He gripped a pneumatic drill in his fists.
For a second he looked up. Rapidly I set up my theatre
Between the houses. He
Looked expectant.

In the pub

I met him again. He was standing at the bar.
Grimy with sweat, he was drinking. In his fist
A thick sandwich. Rapidly I set up my theatre. He
Looked astonished.


I brought it off again. Outside the station
With brass bands and rifle butts I saw him
Being herded off to war.
In the midst of the crowd
I set up my theatre. Over his shoulder
He looked back
And nodded.

From The Messingkauf Dialogues by Bertolt Brecht.

100 Poets against the War

WH Auden

Radical Essays

Radical Responses to the Great Depression

The Radical Novel

Workers Climate Action

Feminist Fightback Photos

Some Classic Songs

Bob Dylan
Idiot Wind Live-1976

VAN MORRISON - Sweet Thing - Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Van Morrison - Cyprus Avenue, Live at Fillmore East 1970

Joan Baez - It Ain't Me, Babe (Live 1965)

ODETTA SINGS BOB DYLAN (Blowin' in the wind)

Monday, 12 October 2009

The Faber Book of Utopias

The Black Jacobins: Toussaint L'Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution

In 1789 the West Indian colony of San Domingo supplied two-thirds of the overseas trade of France. The entire structure of what was arguably the most profitable colony in the world rested on the labour of half a million slaves. In 1791 the waves of unrest inspired by the French Revolution reached across the Atlantic dividing the loyalties of the white population of the island. The brutally treated slaves of Saint Domingo seized at this confusion and rose up in rebellion against masters. In this classic work, CLR James chronicles the only successful slave revolt in history and provides a critical portrait of their leader, Toussaint L'Ouverture, 'one of the most remarkable men of a period rich in remarkable men'.