For this episode of our podcast, we are joined by musician, radio presenter, and activist Chris Thorpe-Tracey for a freewheeling look at Protest music through the early 20th Century. We focus mainly on the USA but take a few detours. We cover issues including unions, the Vietnam War, Jim Crowe era racism, and The Catholic Church. It was a pleasure to have Chris on and this is quite a long chat, as we just couldn’t stop talking.
Including tracks by Paul Robeson, Bob Dylan, Roberta Flack, Nina Simone, Joan Baez, Sinead O’Conner and many more.
Chris has a substack which you should subscribe to at https://bordercrossing.substack.com/
Our theme music comes from the always excellent Jonathan Fisher
Featuring the wonderful...
CJ Thorpe-Tracey is a writer, broadcaster and composer based in Brighton. He has written for The Quietus, Dark Mountain, New Public Thinkers and The Morning Star among others. Chris runs The Border Crossing email zine, co-hosts Refigure podcast and presents Folkhampton weekly radio show on Slack City Radio.
For twenty years, Chris was a pop singer of repute (‘Genius, a modern-day William Blake’ - Sunday Times) until he retired in 2017. He still occasionally plays piano for other artists.