Protest, with Chris Thorpe-Tracey: Movements, Scenes, and Genres

Episode 45

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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.

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Our theme music comes from the always excellent Jonathan Fisher

Featuring the wonderful...

Chris Thorpe-Tracey

CJ Thorpe-Tracey is a writer, broadcaster and composer based in Brighton. He has written for The QuietusDark MountainNew 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. 

Episode 45