Music Notes – March 2018

Grammys 1: Getting political? No doubt about it, the 60th annual Grammy Awards celebration at New York’s Madison Square Garden on January 28 was way more political than usual. Of course, it’s not surprising, given the escalation of racism, misogyny, militarism and climate denial in the age of Donald Trump, and the generally liberal nature […]

Charley Stimac, 1949-2018

Labour artist and communist Charley Stimac died in Montreal on New Year’s Day. He was 68, and had struggled with multiple sclerosis (MS) for half of his life. Charley’s death was an occasion for family, friends, and comrades to reflect on the capacity of human beings to overcome disabling adversity. His forebears were working-class people […]

Music Notes – February 2018

Aakuluk: Nunavut’s first record label Iqaliut, capital of Nunavut, “is a place rich in musical culture and talent, but bereft of music business infrastructure. But now there is a music label, and that’s a start”. So says the website of Aakuluk, the northern territory’s first ever recording company, founded in 2016, and headquartered in this […]

Music Notes – January 2018

Spanish Civil War songs for today Eighty years ago, a bitter civil war was raging in Spain, pitting the forces defending the democratic republic – including 35,000 volunteers of the International Brigade – against the fascist rebel army of General Franco, with military support from Hitler’s Germany and Mussolini’s Italy. Last month, an album of […]

Music Notes – December 2017

Adios Daniel Viglietti (1939-2017) One of the outstanding musicians of Latin America, Uruguayan singer, guitarist, and composer, Daniel Vigiletti, died on October 30 while undergoing surgery in Montevideo. He was 78. Just days before, he’d performed in Bolivia at an event commemorating the 50th anniversary of the death of Che Guevara. The Uruguayan Communist Party […]

Music Notes – November 2017

  Celebrating the October Revolution While many readers of Peoples Voice will observe the 100th anniversary of the Great October Socialist Revolution at official commemorations across Canada this month (see listings in this issue), it’s also a good time to explore the cultural achievements of the revolution, including its music. Older readers may have treasured […]

Music Notes – October 2017

Dylan’s Nobel Prize Lecture Bob Dylan ruffled feathers in Oslo last October by skipping the Nobel Prize ceremony, sending a written statement instead. He left it to rock poet Patti Smith to deliver a memorable rendition of his song “A Hard Rain’s a-Gonna Fall” to the assembled dignitaries. But his Nobel Prize Lecture, submitted on […]