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From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot

In the next edition of Life Elsewhere, “Protest Music” from: Public Enemy | 3 Phase Featuring Dr Motte | Spiral Tribe | Boney M | Replikas | Pussy Riot | Kendrick Lamar

Yes, Boney M are included in the list of “Protest Music”! Find out why and how when we talk with Matthew Collin about his new book, Pop Grenade: From Public Enemy to Pussy Riot – Dispatches from Musical FrontlinesWe asked Matthew“Where have all the protest songs gone?”  He responded, “If you ask that question, then you haven’t been listening to the right stuff”. He writes that music is still a vital form of resistance in these latter days of Capitalism. He begins his book with the raw political force of Public Enemy at their height, moving next to the ultimately tragic arc of the Love Parade in Berlin. From there, he accompanies a group of techno renegades as they travel central Europe, visiting the war-torn Balkans to inject some humanity into a hell-scape. Next he stops is the slightly surreal era of Saakashvili’s Georgia who enlists the help of Boney M to regain the rebellious states of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Collin journeys to tear-gas clouded Gezi Park, as the Turks push back against Erdoğan and a swelling religio-neoliberalism. Finally, he heads to Moscow, to get a feel for Putin’s Russia after more than a decade of control, and the nascent push-back by the likes of Pussy Riot and others.

His book is a fascinating read, because he writes from experience, documenting a mixture of the personal and the journalistic, interspersed with historical allusions and slices of local flavour. Matthew Collin will join Norman B in the next edition of Life Elsewhere to talk about his engaging book and answer, “Where have all the protest songs gone?”

Life Elsewhere airs every Sunday at 12 noon ET on The Source WMNF HD3 and Mondays at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

The Road To An American Tragedy

“It was called, tellingly and absurdly, the War on Terror, an emotion all nations would like to declare war against if only that were possible. Instead, they waged war on the Muslims. It was always the Muslims.” 

This is a line from the new book The Brothers: The Road To An American Tragedy by Masha Gessen. It is just one of many provocative statements Ms Gessen makes in a her deliberately thorough book about the Boston Marathon bombings. To better understand the sentence above and Masha Gessen’s raison d’être for writing The Brothers, digest her statement at the front of the book, “The pain inflicted by the Boston Marathon bombing was one of the few aspects of that act of terror that were immediately accident and certain. Such is the nature of the crime that hundreds of individuals and families will suffer loss and trauma for many years to come. This book, however is not about that pain. It is about something that, whatever evidence is unearthed, will never be entirely certain: it is about the tragedy that preceded the bombing, the reason that led to it, and its invisible victims”. Masha Gessen writes with an unbridled clarity that may surprise, if you are not familiar with her unwavering observant eye.

The award winning Russian-American author returns to Life  Elsewhere to talk about her new book. Expect insights and details you’ll not hear anywhere else about the Tsarnaev brothers, the investigation and the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings. Masha Gessen’s knowledge of the Russian Federation, Chechnya, Kyrgyzstan and Dagestan was well-documented in her previous (and formidable) book,The Man Without A Face: The Unlikely Rise Of Vladimir Putin. In The Brothers she uses the same persistent reporting, with the end result of inviting us to reconsider all we think we know about terrorism.

This will be a must-listen to show, make sure you tune in at 12 noon ET, Sunday, April 12 at The Source, WMNF HD3 and 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

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Dr. Binoy Kampmark. Zac Bissonnette. Kelela.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew home Wednesday to face a tougher, less adoring crowd than the cheering legislators in Washington. What was Bibi’s controversial speech really all about? Why did a foreign leader usurp protocol? Will ISIS cast a long shadow over the next presidential election? Can resolve be possible in the middle east? What’s happening in Russia? Does Putin actually kill off his detractors? Is everything in our world going crazy? To answer these questions and more, Dr. Binoy Kampmark, Senior Lecturer in Global, Urban and Social Studies at RMIT University Melbourne, Australia and contributing editor for Counterpunch magazine will join the program to help us make sense of what appear to be, ever-increasing problems. Dr. Kampmark has a unique ability to explain complex global issues. His well-considered opinions make for essential listening.

The Dark Side of Cute, is a fitting subtitle for an investigative book on  the “plush toys”, better known as Beanie Babies. Bestselling author, Zac Bissonnette delved into the peculiar, sad, funny and fantastic story of how a troubled and reclusive college dropout named Ty Warner turned his dream of creating the most adorable plush toys the world had ever seen into the largest personal fortune in the history of the American toy industry. Norman B will talk to Zac Bissonnette about his fascinating new book, The Great Beanie Baby Bubble.

This week’s Hit That Never Was features a reverential cover of John Lennon’s haunting, Jealous Guy. Can you guess the name of the artist? Plus, Norman B will introduce you to the music of first generation Ethiopian-American, Kelela. The Los Angeles-based singer sports magnificent dreadlocks, which she appears to chop off in the video for her new single, A Message. This powerful video is a must-see. We wonder if it was intended to be homoerotic? Go to BACK. to view the video and tell us what you think.

It’s a bumper-packed show, you will not want to miss! Life Elsewhere airs Sundays, at 12 noon ET at The Source WMNF HD3  and Mondays, at 5.00pm PT at NWCZ Radio

Make sure you check out the cultural links at BACK.

Life Elsewhere is now available at Soundcloud

Fact or Fiction?

Video game developer releases online game that charges Hollywood tycoon with abducting and murdering actress, hires eccentric lawyer to defend him in libel case!

Music-nerds reinvent The Beatles, Devo, Kraftwek and Depeche Mode with re-tooled Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Commodore 64 and Apple II 8-bit computers!

Malaysian Flight MH17 shot down by Ukrainians, mistaken for Vladimir Putin’s aircraft, Russian Defense Ministry has proof of Ukrainian jets in the vicinity!

Next on Life Elsewhere we separate fact from fiction with Russian blogger, Sergey Armeyskov and ask what do Russians really know about the downing of Malaysian Flight MH17. Entertainment attorney and author Robert Rotstein talks about Parker Stern and his reclusive client known to the world only as “Poniard”. Jeremy Kolosine of 8 Bit Operators explains how music is made with ancient Game Boys. Plus, the latest Hit That Never Was featuring Nigerian-German singer-songwriter Ayo

           

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday

9.00am ET (1400 GMT) 

WMNF 88.5fm

streaming at www.wmnf.org

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Seduced By Music & What Russians Think

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Riff Cohen in the video for her single A Paris

The latest post at BACK. is all about music. Keeping an open mind. And being seduced. Three good reasons to go there now. Music features in the next radio edition of Life Elsewhere with 8 Bit Operators covering innovative musical icons Kraftwerk, Devo, Depeche Mode & The Beatles in micro-digital space-punk hard-chiptune style, utilizing re-tooled micro-chip hardware such as Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo Entertainment Systems, Commodore 64 and Apple II 8-bit computers.

Plus, a Life Elsewhere exclusive interview with Russian blogger Sergey Armeyskov. We’ll ask the author of Russian Universe for his overview of the average Russian’s take on the downing of Malaysia Flight 17.

Life Elsewhere airs every Monday

9.00am ET (1400 GMT) 

WMNF 88.5fm

streaming at www.wmnf.org

Podcast

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