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Sound System
Sound System is published in
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Dave Randall

Dave Randall
Sound System

The Political Power of Music

John Pandit
Dave Randall will be in conversation with John Pandit, left, founder member of the Asian Dub Foundation

Musicians have often wanted to change the world. From underground grime artists to pop icons, many have believed in the political power of music. Rulers recognise it too. Music has the power to unsettle the most fundamental political and social conventions, or prop up the status quo.

Sound System is the story of one musician’s journey to discover what makes music so powerful. Years of touring, playing and protesting have given Dave Randall a unique insider’s view of the music industry, enabling him to shed light on the secrets of celebrity, commodification and culture. He finds remarkable examples of music as a force of social change as well as something that has been used to keep people in their place throughout history.

This is a book of raves, riots and revolution. From the Glastonbury Festival to the Arab Spring, Pop Idol to Trinidadian Carnival, Dave Randall finds political inspiration across the musical spectrum and poses the question: how can we make music serve the interest of the many, rather than the few?

Dave Randall is a musician and activist. He was the former guitarist in Faithless and has toured the world playing guitar with Dido, Sinead O’Connor and many others.

“Fascinating… A deeply intelligent look at music and society and in particular pop’s tempestuous relationship with commerce. Thought provoking, readable and clever stuff.” – Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2 and 6 Music.

“What an imaginative idea, what a terrific, exciting book, weaving together the strands of music, politics and worldwide struggles.” – Yasmin Alibhai-Brown.