As a youngster I always listened to music, whether it be listening hidden under the bed clothes on my transistor radio on headphones to Radio Caroline, or Radio 2 and Radio 3, or when I was doing my homewor; I have not discounted Radio 4 for it had things like the Navy Lark, Round the Horne, The Goons, Alistair Cooke’s Letter from America etc. Today I am still a devotee of radio in all its forms, and I have it setup on my laptops, tablets, phone and I also have a smal digital portable radio and a Sony Walkman which is now over 10 years old and still working perfectly.
Over time my musical tastes have widened to encompass jazz. Of course, I don’t like all jazz, I’m not a fan of Dickie style jazz, or jazz that seems to forget the rhythm (if it ever had any to start with). But I love the jazz you associate with speakeasies, those smokey havens of people who were keeping low and hiding away from the world.
We must always be sure to stand up for our rights.
- BBC – Strange Fruit: A protest song with enduring relevance
- Youtube – Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit
- The Guardian – Civil rights, civil wrongs
- In these times – The War on Billie Holiday
- BBC -BBC Podcast – Strange Fruit: Emmet Till’s Cousin Speaks